Sachsenring MotoGP: Bradl fastest as Lorenzo crashes heavily

Stefan Bradl led a Honda top-three lockout in a second MotoGP Sachsenring practice session marred by a huge accident for the already injured Jorge Lorenzo

Sachsenring MotoGP: Bradl fastest as Lorenzo crashes heavily

The Spaniard carried on his morning momentum to put Yamaha top early on, but just three minutes in he was flicked off his bike at Turn 10 and landed on the left collarbone he broke at Assen.

He spent the remainder of the session in the medical centre undergoing checks. No information about his condition has yet been released.

Cal Crutchlow also crashed heavily, losing the front of his Tech 3 Yamaha on a bump just before the apex of the downhill Turn 11.

He was sent flying through the gravel and, after his won trip to the medical centre, did not head back out.

In the pair's absence, the pace was set by home favourite Stefan Bradl on the satellite LCR Honda.

Works rider Dani Pedrosa snatched second from stable-mate Marc Marquez as the chequered flag fell.

Lorenzo meanwhile was fourth fastest, just one thousandth of a second slower than Marquez and within 0.25s of Bradl.

His Yamaha team-mate Valentino Rossi, who triumphed last time out in the Dutch TT, was fifth ahead of Nicky Hayden, Aleix Espargaro and Andrea Dovizioso.

Hayden, who saved a massive tank-slapper in FP1, made another remarkable recovery to prevent crashing early on at Turn 9.

His clean run came to an end late on however when he lost his Ducati at Turn 3, mirroring Bryan Staring's earlier off at the same corner.

Pos Rider Team/Bike Time Gap Laps 1. Stefan Bradl LCR Honda 1m22.030s 23 2. Dani Pedrosa Honda 1m22.239s +0.209s 25 3. Marc Marquez Honda 1m22.251s +0.221s 23 4. Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 1m22.252s +0.222s 3 5. Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1m22.395s +0.365s 24 6. Nicky Hayden Ducati 1m22.572s +0.542s 19 7. Aleix Espargaro Aspar Aprilia 1m22.763s +0.733s 20 8. Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1m22.850s +0.820s 22 9. Alvaro Bautista Gresini Honda 1m22.976s +0.946s 23 10. Andrea Iannone Pramac Ducati 1m23.008s +0.978s 22 11. Bradley Smith Tech 3 Yamaha 1m23.040s +1.010s 24 12. Randy de Puniet Aspar Aprilia 1m23.255s +1.225s 25 13. Michele Pirro Pramac Ducati 1m23.491s +1.461s 19 14. Yonny Hernandez PBM Aprilia 1m23.524s +1.494s 22 15. Hector Barbera Avintia FTR-Kawasaki 1m23.627s +1.597s 24 16. Michael Laverty PBM-Aprilia 1m23.636s +1.606s 22 17. Danilo Petrucci Ioda-Suter-BMW 1m23.866s +1.836s 26 18. Colin Edwards Forward FTR-Kawasaki 1m23.911s +1.881s 24 19. Cal Crutchlow Tech 3 Yamaha 1m23.932s +1.902s 6 20. Claudio Corti Forward FTR-Kawasaki 1m24.078s +2.048s 23 21. Hiroshi Aoyama Avintia FTR-Kawasaki 1m24.647s +2.617s 24 22. Bryan Staring Gresini FTR-Honda 1m24.862s +2.832s 21 23. Lukas Pesek Ioda-Suter-BMW 1m25.568s +3.538s 23 
shares
comments
Sachsenring MotoGP: Jorge Lorenzo tops crash-strewn first practice

Previous article

Sachsenring MotoGP: Jorge Lorenzo tops crash-strewn first practice

Next article

Sachsenring MotoGP: Jorge Lorenzo pulls out after crash

Sachsenring MotoGP: Jorge Lorenzo pulls out after crash
Load comments
Why Quartararo’s Catalunya suit penalty highlights a wider issue in MotoGP Plus

Why Quartararo’s Catalunya suit penalty highlights a wider issue in MotoGP

OPINION: Fabio Quartararo racing with his leather suit open and subsequent penalty has been the main talking point of the Catalunya MotoGP weekend, which has highlighted a wider issue with MotoGP’s stewarding that risks a negative precedent going forward

MotoGP
Jun 8, 2021
How MotoGP’s “beast” tamers bounced back at Catalunya Plus

How MotoGP’s “beast” tamers bounced back at Catalunya

The expectation on KTM to replicate its winning form from 2020 this season made its difficult start to the new MotoGP campaign even more disappointing. But a key update has seen KTM's fortunes reversed over the last week and returned it to the top step of the podium in Barcelona

MotoGP
Jun 7, 2021
The signs that point to Rossi's MotoGP retirement Plus

The signs that point to Rossi's MotoGP retirement

It's not been a happy start to 2021 for Valentino Rossi at the Petronas SRT satellite squad, with performances that are a shadow of the rider that utterly dominated MotoGP at the start of the new millennium. At the age of 42, how much longer can he go on?

MotoGP
May 19, 2021
Why the most significant Le Mans MotoGP performance wasn't Miller's Plus

Why the most significant Le Mans MotoGP performance wasn't Miller's

Hot on the heels of his first MotoGP win in five years, Jack Miller made it two from two with a commanding French Grand Prix victory at Le Mans despite two long-lap penalties. Impressive though it was, it was an expectation-defying performance from an anticipated title rival that was the real standout

MotoGP
May 17, 2021
The impossible problem Honda faces with its 2021 MotoGP bike Plus

The impossible problem Honda faces with its 2021 MotoGP bike

Honda hasn’t enjoyed an easy start to the 2021 MotoGP campaign, despite gains last season which looked to have carried over into the pre-season. Now admitting it does have issues in serious need of resolving, it faces an almost impossible task in doing so

MotoGP
May 11, 2021
How Jerez underlined MotoGP's speed problem Plus

How Jerez underlined MotoGP's speed problem

The brutal nature of a series of crashes at Jerez has reopened the debate about whether current MotoGP speeds are beyond the safety limits of the tracks. But even if riders are supportive of the move, getting the manufacturers to find a consensus on how speed reductions should be achieved may be altogether harder

MotoGP
May 4, 2021
How a Crutchlow helped Miller to Jerez MotoGP redemption Plus

How a Crutchlow helped Miller to Jerez MotoGP redemption

Jack Miller’s tough start to life as a factory Ducati MotoGP rider left him mentally battered and bruised, but a pep talk and positive reinforcement from a surprising source aided the Australian to show his full potential with victory at the Spanish Grand Prix

MotoGP
May 3, 2021
What does Marc Marquez have to do to get back to his best? Plus

What does Marc Marquez have to do to get back to his best?

Following his resounding MotoGP return with a seventh place finish in Portugal, Marc Marquez now must work to rediscover his best form before turning his attention towards results-based targets

MotoGP
Apr 20, 2021