Sachsenring MotoGP: Jorge Lorenzo leads Ducati one-two in practice

Jorge Lorenzo led second practice for MotoGP's German Grand Prix, leading Ducati stablemate Danilo Petrucci by a little over a quarter of a second at the Sachsenring

Sachsenring MotoGP: Jorge Lorenzo leads Ducati one-two in practice

Lorenzo left it late to move to the top of the timesheets at a track that has traditionally been one of Ducati's weakest venues, setting his best effort of 1m20.885s with two minutes left in the 45-minute session.

Up to that point, it had been Honda's Marc Marquez - unbeaten at the Sachsenring in MotoGP - who led the way, quickly beating his own benchmark from first practice.

His lap of 1m21.349s held as the quickest of the session until the closing moments, and a lurid save at the plunging downhill Turn 12 left-hander meant he failed to improve on his best time.

As well as Petrucci, who was 0.257s adrift of Lorenzo on the Pramac Ducati, both Andrea Iannone (Suzuki) and the second works GP18 of Andrea Dovizioso bettered Marquez's time.

Behind the reigning champion was Maverick Vinales on the best of the Yamahas, 0.499s off the pace, and Takaaki Nakagami, a surprise seventh-quickest aboard the LCR Honda.

Jack Miller, Cal Crutchlow and Alvaro Bautista completed the top 10.

Some way off the pace was the second factory Yamaha of Valentino Rossi, who languished down in 17th place, 0.899s slower than Lorenzo and a place behind the lead Tech3 machine of Hafizh Syahrin.

Johann Zarco fared even worse on the second Tech3 Yamaha, ending one place behind Rossi.

Dani Pedrosa could do no better than 20th on the second works Honda, while Marc VDS's Franco Morbidelli stand-in Stefan Bradl was 21st in his first official MotoGP session since Valencia 2016.

Mika Kallio suffered a major crash at the Turn 8 left-hander on the third-string KTM, as he went into the gravel and then hit the air fence along with his bike with some force.

The Finn has been taken to the medical centre for further checks.

Xavier Simeon was the only other rider to crash during the session, and was slowest of all in 25th, one place behind Kallio.

FP2 times

Pos Rider Team Bike Time Gap Laps
1 Jorge Lorenzo Ducati Ducati 1m20.885s - 22
2 Danilo Petrucci Pramac Ducati Ducati 1m21.142s 0.257s 22
3 Andrea Iannone Suzuki Suzuki 1m21.204s 0.319s 21
4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati Ducati 1m21.309s 0.424s 22
5 Marc Marquez Honda Honda 1m21.349s 0.464s 27
6 Maverick Vinales Yamaha Yamaha 1m21.384s 0.499s 22
7 Takaaki Nakagami LCR Honda Honda 1m21.447s 0.562s 26
8 Jack Miller Pramac Ducati Ducati 1m21.497s 0.612s 23
9 Cal Crutchlow LCR Honda Honda 1m21.540s 0.655s 23
10 Alvaro Bautista Aspar Ducati Ducati 1m21.568s 0.683s 25
11 Alex Rins Suzuki Suzuki 1m21.616s 0.731s 24
12 Pol Espargaro KTM KTM 1m21.680s 0.795s 21
13 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia Aprilia 1m21.718s 0.833s 25
14 Bradley Smith KTM KTM 1m21.743s 0.858s 23
15 Tito Rabat Avintia Ducati Ducati 1m21.777s 0.892s 23
16 Hafizh Syahrin Tech3 Yamaha Yamaha 1m21.777s 0.892s 22
17 Valentino Rossi Yamaha Yamaha 1m21.784s 0.899s 23
18 Johann Zarco Tech3 Yamaha Yamaha 1m21.787s 0.902s 23
19 Scott Redding Aprilia Aprilia 1m22.003s 1.118s 22
20 Dani Pedrosa Honda Honda 1m22.305s 1.420s 25
21 Stefan Bradl MVDS Honda Honda 1m22.457s 1.572s 22
22 Karel Abraham Aspar Ducati Ducati 1m22.555s 1.670s 22
23 Thomas Luthi MVDS Honda Honda 1m22.767s 1.882s 23
24 Mika Kallio KTM KTM 1m23.194s 2.309s 5
25 Xavier Simeon Avintia Ducati Ducati 1m23.437s 2.552s 19


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