Espargaró remains fastest in second practice
11 July 2014 – Aleix Espargaró produced a last-gasp effort to keep his place at the top of the timesheets during second practice at the Sachsenring.
Having comfortably led the morning session, the Forward rider lowered the weekend benchmark by a tenth of a second, using the Soft tyre to clock a time of 1:22.041 just after the chequered flag had dropped.
Repsol Honda's Marc Márquez, showing no signs of discomfort after his FP1 crash, finished 0.117s adrift, with Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo third.
Dani Pedrosa joined team-mate Márquez on the opening day accident list, losing control of his bike on the run down to Turn 12. He escaped without injury and returned on his spare bike, but could only finish ninth.
Behind Lorenzo, LCR rider Stefan Bradl and Gresini's Álvaro Bautista were closely matched in the battle to classify as the fastest of the satellite runners, with just one hundreth of a second separating the pair.
Pol Espargaró placed his Tech 3 Yamaha machine seventh, while the lead Ducati of Andrea Dovizioso, the aforementioned Pedrosa and works Yamaha rider Valentino Rossi rounded out the top 10 positions.
Saturday's third practice session at the Sachsenring gets underway at 09:55 local time (GMT +1)