Sachsenring MotoGP: Marc Marquez heads Valentino Rossi in practice

Marc Marquez outpaced Valentino Rossi to head the first MotoGP practice session ahead of the German Grand Prix at the Sachsenring

Sachsenring MotoGP: Marc Marquez heads Valentino Rossi in practice

Two weeks after their spectacular battle and controversial spat at Assen, Marquez and Rossi were again the main protagonists in practice one for the last race before the summer break.

Having swapped places a few times early on, Honda rider Marquez overcame the small advantage Rossi's Yamaha held following the opening runs.

The only man who lapped in 1m21s, Marquez stretched his margin to 0.336 seconds with with a time of 1m21.766s on his penultimate flying lap.

Jorge Lorenzo had been close behind the lead pair on the second Yamaha until a gaggle of other riders made last-minute improvements and pushed him back.

Scott Redding was foremost among them, putting the Marc VDS Honda third in his strongest performance of 2015 so far.

The Briton was ahead of the second factory Honda of Dani Pedrosa and the Ducatis of Pramac's Yonny Hernandez and wroks man Andrea Dovizioso.

Lorenzo ended up down in seventh.

Suzuki, running a special livery to mark 30 years of the GSX-R, took eighth and 11th with Aleix Espargaro and Maverick Vinales, sandwiching Cal Crutchlow's LCR Honda and Andrea Iannone's Ducati.

Pol Espargaro and Alvaro Bautista both had heavy crashes at the fast downhill Turn 11. Neither was hurt.

Bautista's new Aprilia team-mate Michael Laverty made an encouraging start by lapping within six tenths of the Spaniard and taking 23rd, closer to the pace than his predecessor Marco Melandri had generally been.

The grid is back up to 25 bikes this weekend, with Honda test rider Hiroshi Aoyama - who was 20th quickest - standing in for Karel Abraham at Cardion.

The team had missed Assen following Abraham's Barcelona toe injury and the collapse of a planned stand-in deal with World Superbike rider Michael van der Mark.

The field's other returnee, Claudio Corti, brought up the rear on the Forward Yamaha usually raced by the injured Stefan Bradl.

PRACTICE TIMES:

Pos Rider Team Bike Time Gap Laps
1 Marc Marquez Honda Honda 1m21.766s - 21
2 Valentino Rossi Yamaha Yamaha 1m22.102s 0.336s 26
3 Scott Redding Marc VDS Honda 1m22.167s 0.401s 23
4 Dani Pedrosa Honda Honda 1m22.243s 0.477s 23
5 Yonny Hernandez Pramac Racing Ducati 1m22.396s 0.630s 23
6 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati Ducati 1m22.428s 0.662s 20
7 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha Yamaha 1m22.445s 0.679s 21
8 Aleix Espargaro Suzuki Suzuki 1m22.462s 0.696s 19
9 Cal Crutchlow LCR Honda 1m22.567s 0.801s 20
10 Andrea Iannone Ducati Ducati 1m22.670s 0.904s 24
11 Maverick Vinales Suzuki Suzuki 1m22.674s 0.908s 19
12 Pol Espargaro Tech 3 Yamaha 1m22.696s 0.930s 20
13 Bradley Smith Tech 3 Yamaha 1m22.698s 0.932s 25
14 Danilo Petrucci Pramac Racing Ducati 1m22.792s 1.026s 22
15 Nicky Hayden Aspar Honda 1m22.935s 1.169s 21
16 Hector Barbera Avintia Racing Ducati 1m23.163s 1.397s 18
17 Mike Di Meglio Avintia Racing Ducati 1m23.299s 1.533s 21
18 Alvaro Bautista Aprilia Gresini Aprilia 1m23.878s 2.112s 16
19 Eugene Laverty Aspar Honda 1m24.007s 2.241s 24
20 Hiroshi Aoyama AB Motoracing Honda 1m24.063s 2.297s 20
21 Alex de Angelis IodaRacing Project ART/Aprilia 1m24.063s 2.297s 23
22 Jack Miller LCR Honda 1m24.096s 2.330s 21
23 Michael Laverty Aprilia Gresini Aprilia 1m24.446s 2.680s 20
24 Loris Baz Forward Racing Yamaha Forward 1m25.462s 3.696s 26
25 Claudio Corti Forward Racing Yamaha Forward 1m26.771s 5.005s 22



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