2014 Sachsenring MotoGP FP1 Result: Aleix Espargaro Leads Yamaha Clean Sweep

Aleix Espargaro has put the soft tire available to the Open class riders to good use, posting a very fast lap at the end of FP1 to take top spot. It was not the first time during the first session of free practice for the MotoGP riders that Espargaro set the fastest time, the Forward Yamaha rider dislodging Jorge Lorenzo from the top spot earlier.

Lorenzo showed he was ready to bounce back after a difficult Assen, leading the way throughout the session and setting down a very strong pace. He ended the session just in front of his Movistar Yamaha teammate Valentino Rossi, who was close to the front for most of the session. Pol Espargaro posted a fast lap at the end of the session to jump up to 4th. The only Yamaha rider missing at the top was Bradley Smith, who suffered a very tough session, crashing at the start and at the end, two both times in tricky positions. Smith's first crash was at the top of the Waterfall, getting flicked off at Turn 10, his bike sliding dangerously to a halt right at the apex of Turn 11. The second crash came as he tried to save a highside, getting flicked off line and running through the gravel down the hill.

Marc Marquez was the other crasher, the Repsol Honda man falling early at Turn 2, the rear breaking away suddenly and flicking him high in the air, landing on his neck. The crash shook Marquez up, leaving him with a sore neck. He was soon back on the bike, and got close to the top of the timesheets, before dropping away at the end as others improved. It left Marquez down in 6th, behind Alvaro Bautista, who was the fastest Honda on the Go&Fun Gresini, and ahead of Stefan Bradl and Dani Pedrosa. Bradl had made the early running, but was left behind as the Yamahas got faster. Andrea Iannone was the fastest of the Ducatis in 9th, leading his Pramac Ducati teammate Yonny Hernandez to round out the top 10.


No Pos Rider Bike Time Diff Prev.
1 41 Aleix Espargaro Forward Yamaha 1'22.170    
2 99 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 1'22.423 0.253 0.253
3 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'22.466 0.296 0.043
4 44 Pol Espargaro Yamaha 1'22.599 0.429 0.133
5 19 Alvaro Bautista Honda 1'22.631 0.461 0.032
6 93 Marc Marquez Honda 1'22.767 0.597 0.136
7 6 Stefan Bradl Honda 1'22.802 0.632 0.035
8 26 Dani Pedrosa Honda 1'22.848 0.678 0.046
9 29 Andrea Iannone Ducati 1'22.874 0.704 0.026
10 68 Yonny Hernandez Ducati 1'22.896 0.726 0.022
11 4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1'22.908 0.738 0.012
12 38 Bradley Smith Yamaha 1'23.150 0.980 0.242
13 35 Cal Crutchlow Ducati 1'23.229 1.059 0.079
14 69 Nicky Hayden Honda 1'23.372 1.202 0.143
15 45 Scott Redding Honda 1'23.420 1.250 0.048
16 8 Hector Barbera Avintia 1'23.428 1.258 0.008
17 17 Karel Abraham Honda 1'23.432 1.262 0.004
18 5 Colin Edwards Forward Yamaha 1'23.699 1.529 0.267
19 7 Hiroshi Aoyama Honda 1'23.825 1.655 0.126
20 70 Michael Laverty PBM 1'23.925 1.755 0.100
21 63 Mike Di Meglio Avintia 1'24.131 1.961 0.206
22 23 Broc Parkes PBM 1'24.974 2.804 0.843
23 9 Danilo Petrucci ART 1'25.219 3.049 0.245


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David's race preview mentioned that there was likely to be rain for FP2 this afternoon. Does anyone know if FP3 tomorrow is likely to be dry, or could Dovi/Crutchlow/Smith be forced to qualify via QP1?

If the forecast is accurate, it will be dry tomorrow. It was sunny for most of today as well, with just punctual rain on very little areas. I live not too far from the track, it was sunny here all day. Apparently, there were a few small showers at the track but nothing too bad. Forecast says, it's most likely going to stay dry tomorrow. Sunday afternoon has a 60% chance of rain. So let's hope for the best (whatever that would be, depending on who you're hoping for).

Edit: Obviously, just about two hours after I wrote this original post, a thunderstorm did indeed hit the track, as several people in the paddock have posted on twitter.

Holy crap that looks bad. I can't believe he didn't go to the medical centre after that!

The last picture shows why MM93 was suffering from a pain in his neck after the crash.

The pictures of Marquez's crash is downright shocking. That is what a near-death experience looks like. I forget how close those guys run to the edge: MM93's career could have ended right there.

All racers deserve our respect, if not appreciation.