Sachsenring MotoGP: Marc Marquez leads practice from Bradley Smith

Marc Marquez set the MotoGP pace at the Sachsenring again in second practice, with Bradley Smith getting closest to the world champion

Sachsenring MotoGP: Marc Marquez leads practice from Bradley Smith

Marquez led the way from 10 minutes into the session and worked down to a 1m21.621s with his final lap.

Tech 3 Yamaha rider Smith leapt up into second place with three minutes remaining, following third-placed Andrea Iannone across the line.

The Briton ended up 0.119 seconds adrift of Marquez once the factory Honda man improved at the end.

Jorge Lorenzo took fourth, just three thousandths of a second ahead of Dani Pedrosa.

Aleix Espargaro was sixth on his Suzuki while championship leader Valentino Rossi could not improve upon his first-practice time and was seventh.

Scott Redding was maintaining his earlier form by moving into fourth place with six minutes left, but the Marc VDS Honda rider was eventually bumped down to eighth in front of Yonny Hernandez and Andrea Dovizioso.

A couple of the weekend's replacement riders got into grief, with Marco Melandri's Aprilla successor Michael Laverty ending his session 20 minutes early when he ran off track and could not restart while Hiroshi Aoyama - standing in for Karel Abraham - crashed out at the very end of the session.

PRACTICE TWO TIMES:

Pos Rider Team Bike Time Gap Laps
1 Marc Marquez Honda Honda 1m21.621s - 25
2 Bradley Smith Tech 3 Yamaha 1m21.740s 0.119s 27
3 Andrea Iannone Ducati Ducati 1m21.824s 0.203s 22
4 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha Yamaha 1m21.886s 0.265s 20
5 Dani Pedrosa Honda Honda 1m21.889s 0.268s 23
6 Aleix Espargaro Suzuki Suzuki 1m22.095s 0.474s 20
7 Valentino Rossi Yamaha Yamaha 1m22.159s 0.538s 25
8 Scott Redding Marc VDS Honda 1m22.170s 0.549s 25
9 Yonny Hernandez Pramac Racing Ducati 1m22.196s 0.575s 22
10 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati Ducati 1m22.340s 0.719s 21
11 Hector Barbera Avintia Racing Ducati 1m22.413s 0.792s 19
12 Cal Crutchlow LCR Honda 1m22.425s 0.804s 22
13 Pol Espargaro Tech 3 Yamaha 1m22.436s 0.815s 21
14 Maverick Vinales Suzuki Suzuki 1m22.507s 0.886s 20
15 Danilo Petrucci Pramac Racing Ducati 1m22.546s 0.925s 20
16 Nicky Hayden Aspar Honda 1m23.008s 1.387s 18
17 Mike Di Meglio Avintia Racing Ducati 1m23.185s 1.564s 21
18 Alvaro Bautista Aprilia Gresini Aprilia 1m23.286s 1.665s 22
19 Loris Baz Forward Racing Yamaha Forward 1m23.344s 1.723s 22
20 Jack Miller LCR Honda 1m23.427s 1.806s 22
21 Alex de Angelis IodaRacing Project ART/Aprilia 1m23.821s 2.200s 21
22 Hiroshi Aoyama AB Motoracing Honda 1m23.925s 2.304s 20
23 Eugene Laverty Aspar Honda 1m23.952s 2.331s 22
24 Michael Laverty Aprilia Gresini Aprilia 1m24.594s 2.973s 14
25 Claudio Corti Forward Racing Yamaha Forward 1m25.160s 3.539s 21


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