A blustery day at the Sachsenring opened the weekend, Luca Marini putting his best foot forward to lead the Repsol Honda Team while Joan Mir looks to come back from an untimely fall.

In almost the blink of an eye the MotoGP World Championship was transported from Assen to the Sachsenring, and it was immediatley time to get out on track again. Conditions were cool as Free Practice 1 began in the morning, Luca Marini getting to work  straight away to right the wrongs of the previous round. Ending the morning in 19th, the Italian would find over a second between sessions to conclude the day with a best lap of 1’20.868. 17th overall and just 0.2s from Zarco, the leading Honda, Marini is content with Friday’s progress but knows there is still much more to do.

On the other side of the Repsol Honda Team garage, Joan Mir endured a more trying day. Starting the day in 21st, he and his team made solid progress to improve his feeling with the Honda RC213V for the afternoon session but a fall at Turn 1 would scupper his chances of improvements. He finished in 22nd.

The work will continue overnight for both Repsol Honda Team riders to achieve their maximum. Forecasts remain mixed as to what conditions Saturday will present.

Luca Marini

17th 1'20.868

“We’ve been able to make a good step today compared to where we started, but there’s still more work to do. There was a lot of wind today which made everything quite tricky, you have to stay really focused every lap. Corner entry is an area that we can still make some improvements in, so this will be one of the focuses for tomorrow.”

Joan Mir

22nd 1'21.847

“Honestly today was a really tough day for us, we went the wrong way with the setting – it was a risk that unfortunately didn’t pay off. In the afternoon we found a better setup, but I had a crash when I started to really push, and this upset the final part of practice. The objective for tomorrow is to be more competitive, to at least be with the other Honda riders and restart what we were doing at the start of the year in races.”

MotoGP 2024
Practice Round 9   Germany

Motorrad Grand Prix von Deutschland- Friday Practice

Track Temp
Air Temp
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Vinales Maverick 12 SPA Aprilia Racing Aprilia 01'19.622
2 Martin Jorge 89 SPA Pramac Racing Ducati 0.340
3 Oliveira Miguel 88 POR Trackhouse Racing Aprilia 0.362
4 Marquez Alex 73 SPA Team Gresini Racing MotoGP Ducati 0.407
5 Bagnaia Francesco 1 ITA Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati 0.439
6 Bastianini Enea 23 ITA Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati 0.463
7 Morbidelli Franco 21 ITA Pramac Racing Ducati 0.464
8 Acosta Pedro 31 SPA Red Bull GASGAS Tech 3 KTM 0.520
9 Di Giannantonio Fabio 49 ITA Pertamina Enduro VR46 Racing Team Ducati 0.658
10 Binder Brad 33 RSA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0.662
11 Miller Jack 43 AUS Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0.663
12 Fernandez Raul 25 SPA Trackhouse Racing Aprilia 0.722
13 Marquez Marc 93 SPA Team Gresini Racing MotoGP Ducati 0.762
14 Quartararo Fabio 20 FRA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 0.785
15 Fernandez Augusto 37 SPA Red Bull GASGAS Tech 3 KTM 0.991
16 Zarco Johann 5 FRA LCR Honda Honda 1.046
17 Marini Luca 10 ITA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1.246
18 Nakagami Takaaki 30 JPN LCR Honda Honda 1.264
19 Bezzecchi Marco 72 ITA Pertamina Enduro VR46 Racing Team Ducati 1.279
20 Gardner Remy 87 AUS Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1.783
21 Bradl Stefan 6 GER HRC Test Team Honda 1.952
22 Mir Joan 36 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 2.225
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



Pole Position 1m 19.423s (166.3km/h) Jorge Martin (Ducati, 2024)
Race Lap 1m 20.667s (163.8km/h) Jorge Martin (Ducati, 2024)
Race Time 40m 40.087s (162.4km/h) Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati,2024)
2024 Race Winner Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati)
2024 Sprint Winner Jorge Martin (Ducati)