The first free practice session of the German Grand Prix at the Sachsenring saw three Ducatis settle in the top four places. Jack Miller set the best time in 1’21”479. The Australian is ahead of his teammate Francesco Bagnaia by fifteen thousandths (1’21”494) and Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha). The Frenchman, reigning world champion and current leader in the Championship, is less than a tenth off the lead (1’21”557) at the end of an extremely tight session, the top 10 being held in less than three tenths.
Johann Zarco (Ducati) took fourth place behind his compatriot while the second in the Championship, Aleix Espargaro, placed his Aprilia in sixth position. His brother, Pol (Honda), led the session in spite of himself with two crashes in the first corner. The second (below) earned him a visit to the German circuit’s medical center but he was cleared to continue his racing weekend. Alex Rins (Suzuki) and Andrea Dovizioso (Yamaha) are the other riders to have visited the gravel pits this Friday morning.