A bruising first day in Germany for the Repsol Honda Team, but both Pol Espargaro and Stefan Bradl put in their maximum – unrewarded by just a few tenths but confident of more on Saturday.

Europe’s heatwave was in full affect at the Sachsenring as temperatures in the mid 20s graced the track all day and temperatures are only set to rise further over the weekend. The summer conditions meant times were immediately fast, the outright lap record already being improved upon in Free Practice 2. There was little to choose between the riders as the hotly contested premier class arrived at the shortest track on the calendar.

Pol Espargaro’s day got off to an incredibly difficult start with two crashes at Turn 1 during Free Practice 1. The first fall was a relatively gentle lowside but the second crash, just a few minutes later, was a vicious highside which brought the #44’s session to an early end. After a visit to the medical centre, Espargaro was deemed fit and fortunate to escape any major injuries. A whole team effort meant that both of Espargaro’s Honda RC213V machines were ready for Free Practice 2. Pushing through some pain in his ribs and wrist from the morning, Espargaro managed a 1’20.816 for 14th overall – just two tenths from the top ten. The time was just a tenth slower than his qualifying time from 2021.

Home hero Stefan Bradl was a man in demand with the fans as the German GP weekend got underway. The HRC Test rider started steadily and improved his pace in the morning before making a big step in FP2. Finding 0.7s from FP1 to FP2, Bradl challenged the top ten until the very final moments of the session. Ultimately taking 20th place on Friday, he is confident a lap in the 1’20s was possible today as his switch from tester to racer continues.

Pol Espargaro

12th 1'20.816

“Today was a tough day. The first crash wasn’t bad but the second one really caught me by surprise and I came down quite hard. My wrist and elbow hurt a bit but the biggest pain at the moment is on my left ribs. It’s hard to take a deep breath and especially with all the left corners here, it’s quite painful. We need to rest tonight and take some anti-inflammatories. Even like this we were able to be faster than last year, but the pace is really high this weekend and we will have to work tomorrow for QP2. Today I was the limit, there’s still some margin inside of me.”

Stefan Bradl

20th 1'21.117

“I am happy after today because we were able to make a good step. In Free Practice 1 we struggled a bit and then in the afternoon we improved. I am happy with the performance because not just the bike made a step, but I also did with my riding. There is still some parts to improve, especially about the timing of runs and my confidence when going for a fast lap. This will come with time and this is where we will find those last tenths we are missing. The goal for tomorrow is to improve again with the soft rear, I want to lap in a 1’20 – that’s the objective.”

MotoGP 2022
Practice Round 10   Germany

Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland Practice Results

Dry
Humidity
34%
Track Temp
46°C
Air Temp
24°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Bagnaia Francesco 62 ITA Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati 1'20.018
2 Marini Luca 10 ITA Mooney VR46 Racing Team Ducati 0.115
3 Miller Jack 43 AUS Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati 0.193
4 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Aprilia 0.201
5 Zarco Johann 5 FRA Pramac Racing Ducati 0.246
6 Martin Jorge 89 SPA Pramac Racing Ducati 0.257
7 Quartararo Fabio 20 FRA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 0.381
8 Vinales Maverick 12 SPA Aprilia Racing Aprilia 0.460
9 Di Giannantonio Fabio 49 ITA Team Gresini Racing MotoGP Ducati 0.527
10 Mir Joan 36 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 0.556
11 Rins Alex 42 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 0.573
12 Nakagami Takaaki 30 JPN LCR Honda Honda 0.598
13 Bastianini Enea 23 ITA Team Gresini Racing MotoGP Ducati 0.729
14 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 0.798
15 Morbidelli Franco 21 ITA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 0.838
16 Bezzecchi Marco 73 ITA Mooney VR46 Racing Team Ducati 0.848
17 Oliveira Miguel 88 POR Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0.897
18 Marquez Alex 73 SPA LCR Honda Honda 1.035
19 Binder Darryn 40 RSA WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team Yamaha 1.095
20 Bradl Stefan 6 GER Repsol Honda Team Honda 1.099
21 Binder Brad 33 RSA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1.250
22 Gardner Remy 87 AUS Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing KTM 1.285
23 Dovizioso Andrea 4 ITA WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team Yamaha 1.712
24 Fernandez Raul 25 SPA Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing KTM 1.802
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 1m19.931s (165.3km/h) Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati, 2022)
Race Lap 1m21.228s (162.6km/h) Marc Marquez (Honda, 2019)
Race Time 41m 01.087s (161km/h) Marc Marquez (Honda, 2015)
2022 Race Winner Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha)