Sachsenring MotoGP: Andrea Iannone sets practice one pace

Suzuki's Andrea Iannone took charge of the first MotoGP practice session at the Sachsenring, beating Marc Marquez by nearly four tenths of a second

Sachsenring MotoGP: Andrea Iannone sets practice one pace

Marquez and Iannone locked out the top two positions for the majority of the German Grand Prix Friday morning session, with the Honda rider leading by three tenths initially.

But Marquez, who has won every year at the Sachsenring since he was in 125cc in 2010, did not improve on his 1m21.832s time.

Iannone first closed the gap to less than a tenth and then moved ahead of Marquez, beating him by 0.390s with a 1m21.442s.

Valentino Rossi was best of the rest thanks to a last-minute improvement, more than half a second off the pace. He demoted his Yamaha team-mate Maverick Vinales, who ended up fourth.

Andrea Dovizioso was the top Ducati rider in fifth, closely followed by Pramac duo Danilo Petrucci and Jack Miller - who beat second factory rider Jorge Lorenzo by 0.007s.

Aprilia's Scott Redding was further 0.031s behind in ninth with Johann Zarco completing the top 10.

Alex Rins was 12th behind Takaaki Nakagami, with Rins one of three riders to crash in the session.

The Suzuki rider fell in the twisty section at the start of the lap, while Alvaro Bautista crashed at the first corner while he was passing his Angel Nieto Ducati team-mate Karel Abraham. Avintia Ducati's Tito Rabat crashed at the fast right-hander that follows the track's long sequence of lefts.

After dominating the Thursday media day with his retirement announcement, Dani Pedrosa was only 14th.

That was five places better than Honda stablemate Cal Crutchlow, who was two positions behind top KTM rider Bradley Smith in 19th.

Franco Morbidelli, who returned after skipping Assen with a hand injury was 22nd, with KTM wildcard Mika Kallio taking 24th.

FP1 times

Pos Rider Team Bike Time Gap Laps
1 Andrea Iannone Suzuki Suzuki 1m21.442s - 24
2 Marc Marquez Honda Honda 1m21.832s 0.390s 27
3 Valentino Rossi Yamaha Yamaha 1m21.964s 0.522s 23
4 Maverick Vinales Yamaha Yamaha 1m22.152s 0.710s 26
5 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati Ducati 1m22.261s 0.819s 22
6 Danilo Petrucci Pramac Ducati Ducati 1m22.337s 0.895s 23
7 Jack Miller Pramac Ducati Ducati 1m22.415s 0.973s 22
8 Jorge Lorenzo Ducati Ducati 1m22.422s 0.980s 20
9 Scott Redding Aprilia Aprilia 1m22.453s 1.011s 22
10 Johann Zarco Tech3 Yamaha Yamaha 1m22.490s 1.048s 22
11 Takaaki Nakagami LCR Honda Honda 1m22.513s 1.071s 25
12 Alex Rins Suzuki Suzuki 1m22.554s 1.112s 22
13 Alvaro Bautista Aspar Ducati Ducati 1m22.591s 1.149s 23
14 Dani Pedrosa Honda Honda 1m22.605s 1.163s 25
15 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia Aprilia 1m22.674s 1.232s 19
16 Tito Rabat Avintia Ducati Ducati 1m22.700s 1.258s 20
17 Bradley Smith KTM KTM 1m22.746s 1.304s 23
18 Pol Espargaro KTM KTM 1m22.866s 1.424s 19
19 Cal Crutchlow LCR Honda Honda 1m22.957s 1.515s 22
20 Hafizh Syahrin Tech3 Yamaha Yamaha 1m22.969s 1.527s 22
21 Thomas Luthi MVDS Honda Honda 1m23.350s 1.908s 23
22 Franco Morbidelli MVDS Honda Honda 1m23.379s 1.937s 19
23 Karel Abraham Aspar Ducati Ducati 1m23.393s 1.951s 22
24 Mika Kallio KTM KTM 1m23.557s 2.115s 19
25 Xavier Simeon Avintia Ducati Ducati 1m23.578s 2.136s 24


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