The opening day of the German GP at the Sachsenring was marked by a range of weather conditions spanning from cold but completely dry in the morning, to full wet in the afternoon.

Dani Pedrosa and Marc Marquez started the weekend well, securing top-10 places in the combined classification, which would grant them direct passage to Q2 should rain affect tomorrow’s FP3 session.

Dani set the third-fastest time in the dry FP1 session and the third-best in wet FP2, with Marc in sixth and second, respectively. Both riders have been consistently fast throughout the two sessions and look forward to continuing to improve their pace and their bike setup.

As previously decided in case of rain today, a new schedule has been issued for tomorrow, providing for 10 minutes of extra time in the FP3 session.

Dani Pedrosa

3rd (FP2 Combined Classification)

“We’ve had a positive start to the weekend. We had the opportunity to ride in the dry and in the wet, and we were able to lap well enough in both conditions. I’m happy with this but we still have work to do on the bike’s setup and on the tyres, to understand which one will be better for Sunday. We expected the weather to stay dry in the afternoon but that wasn’t the case, so we weren’t able to continue our work. Hopefully tomorrow we’ll be luckier with the weather. Anyway, at least I had the chance to lap at length in the rain and the feeling was good, as the new asphalt was quite grippy in those conditions.”

Marc Marquez

6th (FP2 Combined Classification)

“Today was really positive. I felt good and strong in the dry this morning and also in the wet this afternoon. That’s important, as here you never know which conditions you’ll have to face. It now seems that it will be dry tomorrow and Sunday, but we can’t know for certain. We started from a good base with the setup, and I felt comfortable. Now we must pay attention to keep improving along with the track conditions; I think the new asphalt will get better step by step, and that could change everything. In the wet the grip was already amazing, and we were able to be around four seconds faster than last year. In the dry I think the potential is there, but with the asphalt still very new, it was a bit slippery. Anyway, we’ll see what the weather is like tomorrow, but we know that we’re already good enough in every condition.”

MotoGP 2017
Practice Round 9   Germany

FP2 Combined Free Practice Times

Mixed Conditions
Humidity
69%
Track Temp
20°C
Air Temp
18°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Dovizioso Andrea 4 ITA Ducati Team Ducati 1'21.599
2 Vinales Maverick 25 SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 0.038
3 Pedrosa Dani 26 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 0.190
4 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 0.233
5 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA Pull&Bear Aspar Team Ducati 0.241
6 Marquez Marc 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 0.299
7 Zarco Johann 5 FRA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 0.374
8 Petrucci Danilo 9 ITA Octo Pramac Racing Ducati 0.393
9 Miller Jack 43 AUS Octo Pramac Racing Ducati 0.469
10 Redding Scott 45 GBR Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 0.476
11 Folger Jonas 94 GER Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 0.576
12 Lorenzo Jorge 99 SPA Ducati Team Ducati 0.610
13 Crutchlow Cal 35 GBR LCR Honda Honda 0.641
14 Barbera Hector 8 SPA Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 0.737
15 Lowes Sam 22 GBR Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 0.866
16 Rossi Valentino 46 ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 0.936
17 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0.994
18 Abraham Karel 17 CZE Pull&Bear Aspar Team Ducati 1.013
19 Rins Alex 42 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 1.043
20 Rabat Tito 53 SPA Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 1.146
21 Smith Bradley 38 GBR Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1.289
22 Baz Loris 76 FRA Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 1.390
23 Kallio Mika 36 FIN Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1.619
24 Iannone Andrea 29 ITA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 1.700
Location Information

Car and bike races have been held on closed public roads in the area around the town of Chemnitz, Germany since the 1920s and were still taking place until as recently as 1990. It was decided, however, that the five mile course through such a densely populated area was no… read more.

Length 3.671 kilometres / 2.281 miles
Width 12 metres
Left corners 10
Right corners 3
Longest straight 0.700 kilometres / 0.435 miles
Constructed 1996
Modified 2001 (resurfaced in 2017)

Lerchenstraße, 09337 Hohenstein-Ernstthal, Germany - View in Google Maps

www.sachsenring-circuit.com

Records

Pole Position 1m 20.336s (164.5km/h) Marc Marquez (Honda, 2015)
Race Lap 1m21.442s (162.2km/h) Jonas Folger (Yamaha, 2017)
Race Time 41m 01.087s (161km/h) Marc Marquez (Honda, 2015)
2017 Race Winner Marc Marquez (Honda)