Espargaró on top as Márquez crashes

Espargaró on top as Márquez crashes

11 July 2014 – Aleix Espargaró set the pace in Friday morning's first free practice session at the Sachsenring, as Marc Márquez suffered a heavy crash.

Márquez, looking to extend his 100 per cent victory record for the season, lost control of his Repsol Honda machine at the exit of Turn 2 early on.

After initially struggling to stand up, he hobbled away from the scene and avoided a trip to the medical centre.

With serious injury seemingly avoided, Márquez opted to head back out on track with his second bike some 15 minutes later, the Spaniard moving as high as second but dropping down to sixth as rivals found time.

Forward rider Espargaró's pace-setting time of 1:22.170 came in the closing minutes of the session, usurping works Yamaha team-mates Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi and the satellite bike of brother Pol (Tech 3).

The latter's team-mate, Bradley Smith, fell twice during the 45-minute outing but escaped unharmed.

Gresini's Álvaro Bautista was the fastest of the Honda competitors in fifth position, placing just ahead of home rider Stefan Bradl (LCR), the aforementioned Márquez and the remaining factory bike of Dani Pedrosa.

Pramac team-mates Andrea Iannone and Yonny Hernández rounded out the top 10 positions.

Friday's second practice session at the Sachsenring gets underway at 14:05 local time (GMT +1)

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