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Pol Espargaro was the fastest man in the first session of free practice for Moto2, the Pons HP Tuenti rider just edging ahead of Marc Marquez in the final moments. Marquez had been leading FP1 until a few minutes before the end, when he suffered a massive crash at Turn 11, the fast right hander at the top of the hill, badly damaging his bike, though the Catalunya Caixa rider walked away relatively unhurt.
Bradley Smith put in a strong showing to nab 3rd spot, ahead of Marc VDS Racing's Mika Kallio. Alex de Angelis ended the session in 5th, the NGM Forward racing rider adapting quickly to the FTR, while Andrea Iannone ended the session in 6th, despite a crash early on in the session.
Dani Pedrosa has topped the first session of free practice at a hot and humid Sachsenring circuit, swapping places with his Repsol Honda teammate Casey Stoner throughout the session until coming out on top in the final minutes. Stoner ended less than a tenth behind Pedrosa, but two tenths ahead of the man he is tied in the championship with, Factory Yamaha rider Jorge Lorenzo.
The Monster Tech 3 Yamahas follow Lorenzo, Andrea Dovizioso a little quicker than his teammate Cal Crutchlow, while Hector Barbera is the first of the Ducatis in 6th, falling fractionally short of Crutchlow's time and only a single thousandth of a second ahead of Nicky Hayden on the factory Ducati. Alvaro Bautista had a modest session, ending in 8th, a tenth ahead of local hero Stefan Bradl, while Ben Spies rounds out the top 10 on the Factory Yamaha, just ahead of Valentino Rossi, who ended the session in 11th.
Practice was marred by an ugly incident in pit lane, where Mattia Pasini swerved to try to avoid hitting a mechanic, and ended up falling heavily. The Speed Master rider hit his head and shoulder, and was transported to hospital in Chemnitz for further examinations.
Jakub Kornfeil topped the first session of practice for the Moto3 class, just pipping Hector Faubel in the final moments of FP1. Faubel was forced to settle for 2nd, after having only just sneaked ahead of RW Racing's Luis Salom. Miguel Oliveira took the 4th spot, while Faubel's Aspar teammate Alberto Moncayo nipped ahead of Maverick Vinales.
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Dani Pedrosa topped a rain-hit practice session on Friday morning, leading the session once the brief rain shower which hit in the early part of practice had passed. The shower passed quickly, leaving the track fairly dry, with just a few wet patches, one of which caught Casey Stoner out, the Repsol Honda man suffering a huge highside on a damp patch at De Bult. Stoner was slow to get up, but eventually rejoined the session, ending in 6th.
Jorge Lorenzo finished in 2nd, just behind Pedrosa, and ahead of San Carlo Gresini's Alvaro Bautista. Despite his still painful ankle, Cal Crutchlow put his Monster Tech 3 Yamaha into 4th, ahead of teammate Andrea Dovizioso and the banged up Stoner. Stefan Bradl posted the 7th fastest time on the LCR Honda, ahead of the Ducatis of Nicky Hayden and Hector Barbera, while Ben Spies rounded out the top 10.
The final standings in the session did not carry that much significance, however. The mixed conditions meant that placings were determined to some extent by timing and the willingness to push. After seeing Casey Stoner crash so badly, there may have been some riders building in a small safety margin.