MOTOGP: Fast Friday; Marquez Sweeps Pair of Practice Sessions in Germany

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CHEMNITZ, Germany — official series release — Repsol Honda photo —

Two-time and defending MotoGP world champion Marc Marquez led both practice sessions Friday for Sunday’s German Grand Prix.

The Repsol Honda rider turned his top lap at a clip of one minute, 21.621 seconds.

“I think that today has been a positive day,” Marquez said. “We felt good, and that’s the important thing. It’s true that there was a strong wind that made things tough for everyone. We followed a good working plan but we still have things to improve. I don’t feel completely comfortable, but we can reflect positively on today. The important thing for the moment is that we are going well, but I am aware that tomorrow everyone will get better.”

Bradley Smith (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) was second, 0.119 seconds off Marquez’s pace.

Andrea Iannone (Ducati Team) came in third, with Yamaha rider Jorge Lorenzo fourth and Marquez’s teammate Dani Pedrosa fifth.

Marquez and Pedrosa’s pace is a good sign for Honda, who has a good record in Germany. Since the introduction of the 4-stroke MotoGP class in 2002, the Japanese manufacturer has been the most successful at the Sachsenring with nine wins in total.

Point leader Valentino Rossi was seventh for Yamaha.

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