Barberá fastest in rain-hit second practice
30 June 2017 – Avintia's Héctor Barberá topped the times during a rain-hit second practice session for the German Grand Prix, as a host of riders improved in the closing stages.
Friday's second session started on a fully wet track, with on/off showers covering the new surface, before the clouds cleared and conditions gradually improved.
Several riders spent phases on top, but Barberá ultimately finished on top with a time of 1:28.115, eclipsing Honda's Marc Márquez by 0.063s.
However, given that he finished the much faster, dry first practice session back in 14th position, Barberá's FP2 time was not enough to put him in the Q2 bracket.
As it stands, Márquez, Dani Pedrosa, Danilo Petrucci, Aleix Espargaró, Andrea Dovizioso, Álvaro Bautista, Jack Miller, Johann Zarco, Maverick Viñales and Scott Redding are through to Q2.
Pedrosa ended FP2 third fastest, three-tenths down on team-mate Márquez, with Pramac's Petrucci fourth, having posted an identical lap time.
Espargaró (Aprilia) edged out Cal Crutchlow (LCR) and FP1 pace-setter Dovizioso (Ducati), as Jonas Folger led Tech 3 Yamaha's charge, after Zarco crashed at Turn 4.
Sam Lowes, having spoken of "big steps forward" at Assen, posted the ninth quickest time on the other Aprilia, while Ducati's Jorge Lorenzo moved into the top 10.
Yamaha had a low-key session, with Valentino Rossi's tricky start to the weekend continuing in 15th, after technical trouble in FP1, and Viñales placing 20th.
Saturday's third practice session at the Sachsenring will begin at 09:55 local time