MotoGP Germany FP3 LIVE: Francesco Bagnaia bis repetita! Helmet problem for Fabio Quartararo.

On a Sachsenring circuit so far marked with a hot iron by Honda rider Marc Marquez, it was an all-Ducati top 3 that won on the first day of the Liqui Moly Motorrad Grand Prix of Germany, Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati Lenovo Team) ahead of Luca Marini (Mooney VR46 Racing Team) and Jack Miller (Ducati Lenovo Team). There are even 5 in the first 6 places…

Francesco Bagnaiaof the Ducati Lenovo team, shot in 1’20.018 to set a new Sachsenring record, while Ducati locked up the top three spots in the afternoon and overall standings. Even though the winding Sachsenring layout was not always agreed upon with the Bologna riders, it seems that times are changing as the Ducati Lenovo Team had already achieved a one-two finish in FP1, Jack Miller leading the charge with a time of 1’21.479 and ahead of Francesco Bagnaia just over a tenth.

The reverse operation took place in the afternoon in FP2, Luca Marini managing however to insert himself between the two officials of Borgo Panigale and being also part of the two pilots having already beaten the old record of the absentee Mark Marquez.

6th in the morning and 4th in the afternoon, Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia Racing) was the best of the other drivers, but the French were also solid, in particular John Zarco (Prima Pramac Racing) 5th in FP1 and 4th in FP2. Fabio Quartararo (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP™), who had the new swingarm on his YZR-M1, was not far off either, 3rd in the morning and 7th in FP2.

jorge martin (Prima Pramac Racing), Maverick Vinales (Aprilia Racing), Fabio Di Giannantonio (Gresini Racing MotoGP™) and Joan Mir (Team Suzuki Ecstar) complete a top 10 who will have to defend their positions during this expected fresher and possibly more efficient FP3.

It should be noted that a good number of pilots worked on the aerodynamics during this first Germanic day, whether at Ducati where the “small” fairing works wonders on this kind of track, at Honda where Pol Espargaro and Stefan Bradl continued to test the model with less downforce, at Suzuki with a new configuration and especially at Aprilia where Aleix Espargaro tested a new, significantly widened lower fairing.

The last 5 minutes of FP2:

While waiting to find out more, as the 24 drivers prepare for this third 45-minute free practice session, with clear skies and temperatures of 27° in the air and 34° on the ground, let’s take advantage of these few moments live thanks to the official website:

Here are the past references:

Sachsenring MotoGP™ 2021 2022

1’21.660 Marc Marquez (See here)

1’21.479 Jack Miller (See here)

1’20.690 Miguel Oliveira (See here)

1’20.018 Francesco Bagnaia (See here)

1’20.348 Fabio Quartararo (See here)

1’19.765 Francesco Bagnaia (See here)

1’21.397 Johann Zarco (See here)

Q1 1’20.644 Alex Rins (See here)

1’20.236 Johann Zarco (See here)

Warm up

1’21.341 Fabio Quartararo (See here)

Course Marquez, Oliveira, Quartararo (See here)

1’20.195 Marc Marquez (2019) (See here)

1’19.765 Francesco Bagnaia (See here)

When the red lights go out… as since the start of the weekend, it’s Joan Mir who rushes first while Fabio Quartararo perpetuates the tradition by doomed to leave everyone in front.

At the tire level, all the tires are out…

From his first turn, Fabio Quartararo pulls straight without consequence in the gravel while Luca Marini scored the first reference in 1’21.619.

On the next pass, Aleix Espargaroin 1’21.094, precedes Marco Bezzecchi, John Zarco Corn Fabio Quartararo has already returned to fourth position.

Marco Bezzecchi fall without gravity at turn 12 while Francesco Bagnaia puts 1’20.690 at the top of the table.

Miguel Oliveira then recalls his good performance of last year by positioning himself second in front of Jack Miller, Aleix Espargaro and Fabio Quartararo.

After 10 minutes, when the pilots are already entering their boxes, the hierarchy is made up of Francesco Bagnaia, Miguel Oliveira, Jack Miller, Fabio Quartararo, Aleix Espargaro, Marco Bezzecchi, Johann Zarco, Jorge Martin, Joan Mir, Franco Morbidelli, Takaaki Nakagami, Luca Marini, Brad Binder, Fabio Di Giannantonio, Andrea Dovizioso, Pol Espargaro, Maverick Vinales, Enea Bastianini, Alex Marquez, Remy Gardner, Stefan Bradl, Alex Rins, Darryn Binder and Raul Fernandez but alone Miguel Oliveira and Andrea Dovizioso improved their times compared to yesterday.

On recovery, Maverick Vinales climbed to fourth and then third position, before Brad Binder ranks 5th.

Miguel Oliveira then achieves the best time of the session in 1’20.554, which allows him to integrate the top 10 in the combined and to exclude for the moment Joan Mir

At the start of the last quarter of an hour, Joan Mir reacted with a soft rear tire and first set the second time of the session before registering 120549, the best time of the session which allowed him to re-enter the top 10 in the combined!

Two minutes later, Aleix Espargaro in turn produces his effort and achieves 1’20.013, the new absolute record of the circuit! The Aprilia rider continues on his introduced in 1’20.007 despite being hampered by Franco Morbidelliwhat makes the Catalan furious…

Fabio Quartararo reacts well and is positioned second, only 31/1000 fromAleix Espargaro Corn Francesco Bagnaia broke the 1’20 bar before registering 1’19.765 on the next lap, a new circuit record!

When we go back into the boxes one last time to prepare for the final confrontation, the combined hierarchy is now made up of Francesco Bagnaia, Jorge Martin, Aleix Espargaro, Fabio Quartararo, Joan Mir, Luca Marini, Takaaki Nakagami, Jack Miller, Johann Zarco and Miguel Oliveira.

The final rush sees first Jack Miller move up to second position in the session before being immediately dethroned by Aleix Espargaro.

Alex Marquez minor fault at turn #9.

Fabio Quartararo, whose visor has come off, sees all his chances of improving reduced to nil. The Frenchman goes into his box and leaves with his second helmet, at the last second, to do his test start!

Takaaki Nakagami falling at high speed at turn #1.

John Zarco improve significantly by positioning itself fourth.

MotoGP German Grand Prix FP3 results at Sachsenring:

Results FP1/FP2/FP3 of the MotoGP German Grand Prix at Sachsenring:

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