An advantage of over 0.3s saw Marc Marquez lead the MotoGP field on the opening day of the German GP as Stefan Bradl made constant improvements.

A cloudless day welcomed the MotoGP World Championship to the 3.7km long Sachsenring circuit for round nine of the 2019 season. The Repsol Honda Team are eager for a strong result this weekend ahead of the summer break.

Immediately on the pace, Marc Marquez produced a consistent first day at the German Grand Prix. Hardly leaving the top two positions, the reigning World Champion ended the opening day of practice with a 1’20.705 in first place on the combined times. With a total of 50 laps completed across the two sessions, Marquez and the team were able to collect a good amount of information ahead of Saturday and Sunday running. Comfortably in the top ten, Marquez and his Repsol Honda Team are pleased with the progress made on Friday.

Stefan Bradl spent the opening day of practice adjusting the Repsol Honda Team RC213V to both himself and the Sachsenring circuit. Finishing FP1 in 17th, the home hero improved his time by over a second to ultimately end Friday in 14th. Continued improvement remains Bradl’s objective for Saturday as he pushes for a place in Q2.

Competition was tight at the top with only one second dividing the top 15 riders as the day came to a close. On track action resumes with Free Practice 3 tomorrow, Saturday July 06, at 09:55 local time.

Marc Marquez

1st 1'20.705

"We started today well, from the first run I felt good on the bike. Today we were able to try two different bikes to understand some things as well trying all the tyres available. It was a busy day but tomorrow we need to keep working even if we have the best pace now, the others aren’t as far as it seems. We need to keep working in this way, analyse everything and shape our plan."

Stefan Bradl

14th 1'21.693

"It has been great to work with the Repsol Honda Team so far, the level of everyone is very high and we are able to all work efficiently and well today. I'm pleased with how we have started as we aren't so far from the top guys and the times are very close so even a small gain can move you a lot on the time sheets. Tomorrow we will keep pushing and I think we can aim for the top ten."

MotoGP 2019
Practice Round 9   Germany

German GP Combined Free Practice Classification

Sunny
Humidity
34%
Track Temp
41°C
Air Temp
25°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Marquez Marc 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1'20.705
2 Rins Alex 42 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 0.341
3 Quartararo Fabio 20 FRA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 0.360
4 Vinales Maverick 12 SPA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 0.488
5 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0.560
6 Crutchlow Cal 35 GBR LCR Honda Honda 0.687
7 Miller Jack 43 AUS Pramac Racing Ducati 0.737
8 Petrucci Danilo 9 ITA Mission Winnow Ducati Ducati 0.779
9 Dovizioso Andrea 4 ITA Mission Winnow Ducati Ducati 0.784
10 Rossi Valentino 46 ITA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 0.833
11 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 0.838
12 Morbidelli Franco 21 ITA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 0.936
13 Mir Joan 36 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 0.973
14 Bradl Stefan 6 GER Repsol Honda Team Honda 0.988
15 Nakagami Takaaki 30 JPN LCR Honda Honda 1.024
16 Iannone Andrea 29 ITA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1.053
17 Abraham Karel 17 CZE Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 1.192
18 Oliveira Miguel 88 POR Red Bull KTM Tech 3 KTM 1.194
19 Zarco Johann 5 FRA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1.296
20 Syahrin Hafizh 55 MAL Red Bull KTM Tech 3 KTM 1.503
21 Rabat Tito 53 SPA Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 1.757
22 Bagnaia Francesco 63 ITA Pramac Racing Ducati 2.024
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 1m20.195s (164.7km/h) Marc Marquez (Honda, 2019)
Race Lap 1m21.228s (162.6km/h) Marc Marquez (Honda, 2019)
Race Time 41m 01.087s (161km/h) Marc Marquez (Honda, 2015)
2019 Race Winner Marc Marquez (Honda)