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Well, what's to say?

This little man named Marc has won 8 races in a row. A feat accomplished by only a few others in the entire history of GP. And if he keeps up this winning, he could clinch the 2014 championship in the next 6 races.

Can he pull it off? Will someone step up and give him a run? Will he have a major crash that sidelines him long enough for the others to catch up?? Time will tell.

And worth noting - a washed up 35 year old is tied for 2nd place in the world championship standings. And I don't think there's many who believe 'ol Dani will outrace Vale in any situation anywhere.

And just throwing this out there. Dovi looked really good last race. Can he pull that off for an entire dry race, or was his podium just a fluke?

But I digress. Your thoughts?

 

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I love Sachsenring.
 
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Aleix Espargaro Fastest In First Practice At Former East Germany's Sachsenring

by seymore and shane

Friday, July 11, 2014

Pos. Rider Team Bike Time
1 Aleix Espargaro NGM Mobile Forward Racing Forward Yamaha 1:22.170
2 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha M1 1:22.423
3 Valentino Rossi Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha M1 1:22.466
4 Pol Espargaro Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha M1 1:22.599
5 Alvaro Bautista Go&Fun Honda Gresini Honda RC213V 1:22.631
6 Marc Marquez Repsol Honda Team Honda RC213V 1:22.767
7 Stefan Bradl LCR Honda Honda RC213V 1:22.802
8 Dani Pedrosa Repsol Honda Team Honda RC213V 1:22.848
9 Andrea Iannone Pramac Racing Ducati 1:22.874
10 Yonny Hernandez Energy Ti Pramac Racing Ducati 1:22.896
11 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati Team Ducati GP14 1:22.908
12 Bradley Smith Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha M1 1:23.150
13 Cal Crutchlow Ducati Team Ducati GP14 1:23.229
14 Nicky Hayden Drive M7 Aspar Honda RCV1000R 1:23.372
15 Scott Redding Go&Fun Honda Gresini Honda RCV1000R 1:23.420
16 Hector Barbera Avintia Racing Avintia 1:23.428
17 Karel Abraham Cardion AB Motoracing Honda RCV1000R 1:23.432
18 Colin Edwards NGM Mobile Forward Racing Forward Yamaha 1:23.699
19 Hiroshi Aoyama Drive M7 Aspar Honda RCV1000R 1:23.825
20 Michael Laverty Paul Bird Motorsport PBM 1:23.925
 

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Aleix Espargaro followed up his Assen pole by setting the fastest lap time during opening practice for the German MotoGP at Sachsenring, with world champion Marc Marquez sixth after suffering neck pain in a nasty highside.

Espargaro, like the other Open class riders, has been looking 'forward' to the tight, twisty and shortest circuit of the season, since it will reduce the usual top speed deficit to the Factory bikes.

A career best fourth in the Assen race, the Forward Yamaha rider had also been fourth heading into the final minute of FP1, when he used the special soft Open class tyre to jump ahead of Movistar Yamaha team-mates Jorge Lorenzo (+0.253s) and Valentino Rossi (+0.296s). Aleix's younger brother Pol completed a Yamaha-powered top four on the Factory class Tech 3 bike.

But it was Lorenzo who led for most of the session, providing the perfect response to a poor Dutch TT, when he was 'scared' to push harder in the drizzle due to last year's accident, plus similarly painful memories from the 2013 German round - when both Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa missed the race due to collarbone damage in practice.

Gresini Honda's Alvaro Bautista was best of the non-M1 powered riders this morning after posting a late fifth (+0.461s), followed by Marquez (+0.597s).

Marquez, winner of all eight races this year for a 72-point lead over Rossi and Pedrosa, fell at the long second turn in the opening minutes.

Despite the relatively low speed the young Spaniard was flung high into the air and landed heavily on his head, staying on his knees in the gravel in obvious discomfort.

The 21-year-old eventually limped away and was soon back in the Repsol Honda pits, albeit rubbing his neck - team manager Livio Suppo later confirming Marquez was suffering pain in his neck - and returned just before the midway stage.

Behind Marquez, home star Stefan Bradl (LCR Honda), Pedrosa (Repsol Honda), plus Pramac Ducati riders Andrea Iannone and Yonny Hernandez completed a typically close Sachsenring top ten covered by 0.726s.

Andrea Dovizioso was first of the Factory Ducati riders in eleventh with team-mate Cal Crutchlow just behind countryman Bradley Smith in 13th.
 

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Aleix Espargaro Fastest In Second Practice At Former East Germany's Sachsenring

Friday, July 11, 2014

Pos. Rider Team Bike Time
1 Aleix Espargaro NGM Mobile Forward Racing Forward Yamaha 1:22.041
2 Marc Marquez Repsol Honda Team Honda RC213V 1:22.158
3 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha M1 1:22.368
4 Stefan Bradl LCR Honda Honda RC213V 1:22.430
5 Alvaro Bautista Go&Fun Honda Gresini Honda RC213V 1:22.440
6 Andrea Iannone Pramac Racing Ducati 1:22.565
7 Pol Espargaro Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha M1 1:22.569
8 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati Team Ducati GP14 1:22.576
9 Dani Pedrosa Repsol Honda Team Honda RC213V 1:22.589
10 Valentino Rossi Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha M1 1:22.619
11 Bradley Smith Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha M1 1:22.719
12 Yonny Hernandez Energy Ti Pramac Racing Ducati 1:22.724
13 Cal Crutchlow Ducati Team Ducati GP14 1:22.757
14 Michael Laverty Paul Bird Motorsport PBM 1:22.928
15 Scott Redding Go&Fun Honda Gresini Honda RCV1000R 1:22.933
16 Hiroshi Aoyama Drive M7 Aspar Honda RCV1000R 1:22.961
17 Karel Abraham Cardion AB Motoracing Honda RCV1000R 1:23.049
18 Nicky Hayden Drive M7 Aspar Honda RCV1000R 1:23.204
19 Colin Edwards NGM Mobile Forward Racing Forward Yamaha 1:23.327
20 Hector Barbera Avintia Racing Avintia 1:23.393
 

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Having also gone quickest in FP1, Espargaro lapped in 1’22.041 on the NGM Forward Racing ‘Open’ Forward-Yamaha on a softer option rear at the end of the FP2 session. The riders kept their concentration despite some light rainfall 20 minutes from the end of the afternoon run.

World Champion Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) ended the session 0.117s behind compatriot Espargaro, having had a big crash at turn 3 earlier in the day in FP1.

Another Spaniard, Movistar Yamaha MotoGP’s Lorenzo kept out of trouble at a track where he had a big crash last year in practice and missed the 2013 race. Lorenzo was third fastest, trailing Espargaro by 0.327s.

Home rider Stefan Bradl (LCR Honda MotoGP) and his fellow Honda equipped rival Alvaro Bautista (GO&FUN Honda Gresini) were fourth and fifth.

Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) was sixth fastest overall, lapping just over 0.4s slower than pace setter Espargaro – the Italian’s best time came in FP1.

The top ten was completed by Andrea Iannone (Pramac Racing), Pol Espargaro (Monster Yamaha Tech3), Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) and Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team) – who walked away from a high speed FP2 crash at turn 12.

The top 16 riders were separated by less than a second at the short, tight and twisting German track.

Turn 12 also saw another FP2 crash, for Michael Laverty (Paul Bird Motorsport), who was unhurt and ended the day 14th. His teammate Broc Parkes was down in 23rd and crashed in FP1.

Bradley Smith (Monster Yamaha Tech3) crashed twice in FP1 and ended the day 11th best overall.
 

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I know it's FP1, but when I have to go through SIXTEEN riders to get to a 1 second gap from first, it's a good thing.
 
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