Decidedly un-summer-like temperatures (max air 16° C, ground 19°) made the opening day of the German GP quite demanding for the riders today. The Sachsenring Circuit is already tough on tyres due to majority of left-hand corners that make it difficult to keep effective operational heat in the right-side rubber, prompting Michelin to bring an asymmetrical front tyre spec for the first time this season.

Weather in the morning’s FP1 session was even colder before a light rain forced everyone back to the pit after just a couple of exits, rendering the session almost useless. In the afternoon, Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa worked hard on their RC213V setups, and while Marc was quite comfortable on his bike at the end of the day, pleased with posting the third-best lap time, Dani recognizes that he needs more time to make the most of the particular conditions.

Marc Marquez

3rd 1'22.775

“Today was a good day, although the way that it began was a little strange. In the first session we were only able to do a few laps because it started to rain slightly, but it wasn’t heavy enough to put on wet tyres. The second session was more-or-less normal, although there were low temperatures and a very cold track. We had to dial things back a little, especially at turn 11, where many riders crashed. Nevertheless, I felt quite comfortable with the bike. We want to improve on some points and have to keep working, because the forecast for tomorrow is that temperatures will improve slightly. It will be an interesting Grand Prix because of the weather, and the prediction is that on Sunday we’ll have a situation like today, when rain could fall at any time.”

Dani Pedrosa

15th 1'23.740

“Today was a very tough day because the track temperature was very low. I was riding on the limit and I saw several riders crash, especially in turn 11. Riding fast wasn’t possible, so we decided against taking risks under the circumstances. Hopefully tomorrow the weather improves, and we’ll continue working to recover our pace and try to place high up on the timesheets.”

MotoGP 2016
Practice Round 9   Germany

Results Session

Track Temp
Air Temp
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Vinales Maverick 25 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 1'22.161
2 Iannone Andrea 29 ITA Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati 0.220
3 Marquez Marc 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 0.614
4 Crutchlow Cal 35 GBR LCR Honda Honda 0.656
5 Dovizioso Andrea 4 ITA Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati 0.769
6 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 0.792
7 Barbera Hector 8 SPA Avintia Racing Ducati 0.854
8 Petrucci Danilo 9 ITA Octo Pramac Yakhnich Ducati 0.892
9 Redding Scott 45 GBR Octo Pramac Yakhnich Ducati 0.900
10 Hernandez Yonny 68 COL Aspar Team Ducati 0.962
11 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1.239
12 Smith Bradley 38 GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1.299
13 Miller Jack 43 AUS EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 1.324
14 Rossi Valentino 46 ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1.373
15 Pedrosa Dani 26 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1.579
16 Lorenzo Jorge 99 SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1.663
17 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA Aprilia Racing Aprilia 1.797
18 Bradl Stefan 6 GER Aprilia Racing Aprilia 1.955
19 Rabat Tito 53 SPA EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 2.585
20 Laverty Eugene 50 IRE Aspar Team Ducati 2.750
21 Baz Loris 76 FRA Avintia Racing Ducati 2.888
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 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)
2021 Race Winner Marc Marquez (Honda)