Francesco Bagnaia at full speed! The Italian rider from the Ducati team set the fastest time in the second free practice session of the German Grand Prix on Friday at the Sachsenring. And Bagnaia was not satisfied with that, since he also broke the absolute record of the German circuit, with a time of 1’20”018.
Bagnaia erases Marquez tablets
The benchmark mark previously belonged to Marc Marquez, who clocked 1:20.195 three years ago. Francesco Bagnaia had already improved this time for the first time, achieving 1’20”132, a few minutes from the end of the session. He was ahead of two other Ducati riders: Italian Luca Marini (+0”115) and Australian Jack Miller (+0”193).
Spaniard Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia) struck first during free practice 2, clocking 1’20”789 at the start of the session. He led for a long time, before Miller took the lead with 0.578 better. Then it was Francesco Bagnaia’s demonstration.
Zarco 5th, Quartararo 7th
On the French side, Johann Zarco (Ducati) was the fastest. He ranked fifth (+0”246), while Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha), reigning and current world champion championship leaderranked seventh (+0”381).
Two other practice sessions will take place on Saturday (at 9.55 a.m. and 1.30 p.m.) before qualifying (from 2.10 p.m.).