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First free practice at Sachsenring sees Espargaró in front

In an incident strewn first free practice, it was Pons 40 HP Tuenti’s Pol Espargaró who set the fastest time ahead of Marc Márquez and Bradley Smith at the eni Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland at the Sachsenring.

Espargaró left it late to post the fastest time of 1.25’179 to lead the timesheets, as Team CatalunyaCaixa Repsol’s Márquez crashed out at high speed in his final hot laps. The Spaniard walked away unhurt, yet was unable to re-join. Third place went to a charging Bradley Smith on board his Tech 3 Racing machine just three tenths off the front, with Marc VDS Racing Team’s Mika Kallio in tow.

NGM Mobile Forward Racing’s Alex de Angelis is looking ever quicker on his FTR chassis as he posted the fifth fastest time of the morning, ahead of Speed Master’s Andrea Iannone. Iannone did not start the session well, as he was one of the first crashers in the opening stages. He was however able to re-join for the final part of the session. Behind him in seventh was another crasher in the shape of Interwetten-Paddock’s Tom Lüthi, who came off with one minute remaining.

Technomag-CIP’s Dominique Aegerter continued his good form from Assen as he went eighth quickest, ahead of De Angelis’ teammate Yuki Takahashi and Came IodaRacing Project’s Simone Corsi. Corsi did well to avoid a crash half way through practice, as he ran into the gravel at high speed. The only rider outside the top ten to crash was Thai Honda PTT Gresini Moto2’s Ratthapark Wilairot, who lost the front of his Suter 18 minutes into the session. None of the crashes resulted in serious injury.

Tags:
Moto2, 2012, FP1

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