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Sachsenring MotoGP: Marquez tops damp warm-up

Marc Marquez topped a morning warm-up session held on a drying Sachsenring track ahead of his bid for a seventh successive victory in MotoGP's German Grand Prix.

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Overnight rain meant most of the field opted for wet tyres for their opening runs, although some riders ventured out on slicks as the 20-minute session neared its halfway point.

With eight minutes remaining, Francesco Bagnaia went fastest aboard the Pramac Ducati equipped with slicks front and rear, dislodging Maverick Vinales from the top of the times.

That prompted more riders to try their luck on dry-weather rubber, but it wasn't until the final minute that Bagnaia - who had posted a series of improvements in the meantime - was finally bested, as Vinales posted a 1m24.476s aboard his factory Yamaha.

Vinales' reign at the top was short-lived however as he was immediately displaced by Repsol Honda stand-in Stefan Bradl on a 1m23.349s, and then Marquez on a 1m23.116s.

Bagnaia's Pramac teammate Jack Miller jumped to second at the chequered flag with a time just 0.190s shy of Marquez, while Andrea Dovizioso put the best of the works Ducatis in third with a last-ditch improvement to also move ahead of Bagnaia.

Bradl, deputising for the injured Jorge Lorenzo, was fifth, followed by Danilo Petrucci, who had earlier had a low-speed collision with fellow Ducati rider Tito Rabat at Turn 1.

Best of the Yamahas was Fabio Quartararo in seventh as Vinales slumped to 10th, behind the KTMs of Miguel Oliveira and Pol Espargaro.

The only crasher of the session was KTM rider Johann Zarco at the Turn 11 downhill right-hander, although the Frenchman walked away unscathed.

Suzuki rider Alex Rins and Aprilia men Andrea Iannone and Aleix Espargaro didn't set laptimes, although all three went out for sighting laps.

Joan Mir's session was interrupted by his Suzuki stopping out on circuit, but he was able to get back to the pits and set the 12th-fastest time, ahead of Valentino Rossi (Yamaha).

Session results:

Cla # Rider Bike Time Gap
1 93 Spain Marc Marquez
Honda 1'23.116
2 43 Australia Jack Miller
Ducati 1'23.306 0.190
3 4 Italy Andrea Dovizioso
Ducati 1'23.428 0.312
4 63 Italy Francesco Bagnaia
Ducati 1'23.452 0.336
5 6 Germany Stefan Bradl
Honda 1'23.842 0.726
6 9 Italy Danilo Petrucci
Ducati 1'23.937 0.821
7 20 France Fabio Quartararo
Yamaha 1'24.006 0.890
8 88 Portugal Miguel Oliveira
KTM 1'24.239 1.123
9 44 Spain Pol Espargaro
KTM 1'24.315 1.199
10 12 Spain Maverick Viñales
Yamaha 1'24.476 1.360
11 35 United Kingdom Cal Crutchlow
Honda 1'24.587 1.471
12 36 Spain Joan Mir
Suzuki 1'24.873 1.757
13 46 Italy Valentino Rossi
Yamaha 1'25.306 2.190
14 55 Malaysia Hafizh Syahrin
KTM 1'25.528 2.412
15 53 Spain Tito Rabat
Ducati 1'25.556 2.440
16 30 Japan Takaaki Nakagami
Honda 1'25.957 2.841
17 17 Czech Republic Karel Abraham
Ducati 1'26.057 2.941
18 21 Italy Franco Morbidelli
Yamaha 1'26.169 3.053
19 5 France Johann Zarco
KTM 1'27.044 3.928
20 41 Spain Aleix Espargaro
Aprilia 1'34.648 11.532
29 Italy Andrea Iannone
Aprilia
42 Spain Alex Rins
Suzuki
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