Bradl fastest as Lorenzo crashes heavily
12 July 2013 – LCR rider Stefan Bradl set the pace during second practice for his home Grand Prix at the Sachsenring on Friday afternoon, while reigning World Champion Jorge Lorenzo suffered a heavy crash and has been taken to the Clinica Mobile for checks.
Morning pace-setter Lorenzo quickly got up to speed as the session got underway, but while pushing for an improvement he lost control at Turn 10, landing violently on his left shoulder in the process. The red flags were issued for marshals to clear away the stricken Yamaha machine, while the Spaniard was transported for initial checks.
After a short delay, the field set about toppling Lorenzo's overall best of 1:22.047 from FP1. Bradl was the only man capable of doing so, the German posting a 1:22.030 in the closing 15 minutes of the session. The Repsol Hondas of Dani Pedrosa and Marc Márquez came close to the top spot, but had to settle for second and third.
Fourth went to the sidelined Lorenzo, whose physical condition is yet to be confirmed after his accident, with Yamaha team-mate Valentino Rossi in close company. Nicky Hayden, who lost the front end of his Ducati at Turn 3, was next up in sixth place, just ahead of leading CRT runner Aleix Espargaró and team-mate Andrea Dovizioso.
Álvaro Bautista and Andrea Iannone narrowly denied Bradley Smith of a place inside the top ten, while Cal Crutchlow wound up 19th after suffering a low-side at Turn 11.
Saturday's third practice session begins at 9.55am local time (GMT +2)