Sachsenring MotoGP: Marc Marquez still on top in practice for Honda

Marc Marquez remained unbeaten in MotoGP free practice for the German Grand Prix at the Sachsenring by topping the third session

Sachsenring MotoGP: Marc Marquez still on top in practice for Honda

The Spaniard, who took pole, victory and fastest lap at the circuit in both of the past two years, dominated most of the session after lowering his weekend benchmark early on.

Tech 3 Yamaha man Bradley Smith interrupted his spell at the top with six minutes remaining, before Jorge Lorenzo and Andrea Dovizioso then both moved ahead of the Briton.

Marquez returned to top spot before the chequered flag and then improved again on his final lap, finishing up with a 1m21.183s.

Lorenzo was 0.183 seconds behind in second ahead of his championship-leading factory Yamaha team-mate Valentino Rossi.

Dovizioso and Smith completed the top five, followed by Marquez's Honda team-mate Dani Pedrosa.

Aleix Espargaro and Cal Crutchlow both crashed earlier in the session but returned to action on their second bikes to get through to Q2 in seventh and eighth respectively.

Andrea Iannone did not improve upon his time from practice two but still makes Q2 in ninth ahead of Pol Espargaro.

Scott Redding could not repeat his form from Friday and ended up 12th behind Maverick Vinales.

PRACTICE THREE TIMES:

Pos Rider Team Bike Time Gap Laps
1 Marc Marquez Honda Honda 1m21.083s - 22
2 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha Yamaha 1m21.221s 0.138s 22
3 Valentino Rossi Yamaha Yamaha 1m21.274s 0.191s 24
4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati Ducati 1m21.562s 0.479s 22
5 Bradley Smith Tech 3 Yamaha 1m21.568s 0.485s 26
6 Dani Pedrosa Honda Honda 1m21.622s 0.539s 22
7 Aleix Espargaro Suzuki Suzuki 1m21.689s 0.606s 17
8 Cal Crutchlow LCR Honda 1m21.766s 0.683s 19
9 Andrea Iannone Ducati Ducati 1m21.837s 0.754s 22
10 Pol Espargaro Tech 3 Yamaha 1m21.888s 0.805s 23
11 Maverick Vinales Suzuki Suzuki 1m21.922s 0.839s 22
12 Scott Redding Marc VDS Honda 1m21.962s 0.879s 21
13 Yonny Hernandez Pramac Racing Ducati 1m22.001s 0.918s 21
14 Hector Barbera Avintia Racing Ducati 1m22.030s 0.947s 20
15 Danilo Petrucci Pramac Racing Ducati 1m22.156s 1.073s 22
16 Alvaro Bautista Aprilia Gresini Aprilia 1m22.334s 1.251s 20
17 Jack Miller LCR Honda 1m22.393s 1.310s 19
18 Nicky Hayden Aspar Honda 1m22.572s 1.489s 20
19 Mike Di Meglio Avintia Racing Ducati 1m22.648s 1.565s 20
20 Alex de Angelis IodaRacing Project ART/Aprilia 1m22.975s 1.892s 25
21 Loris Baz Forward Racing Yamaha Forward 1m23.013s 1.930s 22
22 Eugene Laverty Aspar Honda 1m23.027s 1.944s 22
23 Hiroshi Aoyama AB Motoracing Honda 1m23.345s 2.262s 19
24 Michael Laverty Aprilia Gresini Aprilia 1m23.466s 2.383s 19
25 Claudio Corti Forward Racing Yamaha Forward 1m24.658s 3.575s 21

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