Márquez moves ahead in third practice
12 July 2014 – MotoGP championship leader Marc Márquez returned to the top of the timesheets during the third practice session for this weekend's German Grand Prix at the Sachsenring.
Márquez, who suffered a heavy crash in Friday's opening session, had struggled for pace in sector three for much of the 45 minute outing but put in a late lap of 1:21.581 to move comfortably fastest as he bids for his ninth successive win.
Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo was second, 0.267s down on Márquez, with home rider Stefan Bradl close behind in third for LCR Honda.
Forward Racing's Aleix Espargaró finished fourth, edging out Bradley Smith, who crashed for the third time this weekend when he lost control of his Tech 3 machine on the exit of Turn 2. The Briton slid into the gravel but was able to remount and return to the track.
Valentino Rossi wound up sixth, ahead of Dani Pedrosa and Pol Espargaró, who was uninjured when he slid off at Turn 11. His Tech 3 bike sustained considerable damage after bouncing across the gravel.
Andrea Iannone and Álvaro Bautista rounded out the top 10 to automatically make it through to Q2.
Neither Ducati rider was able to make it straight through to the second qualifying phase; Andrea Dovizioso was 11th, two positions in front of Cal Crutchlow, meaning both will need to participate in Q1.
The session's other casualty was Broc Parkes, who crashed at the fast downhill right hander of Turn 11.
Qualifying for the German Grand Prix takes place at 14:10 local time (GMT +2)