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Huge Marquez/Zarco crash in second German GP practice

by Valentin Khorounzhiy
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A major accident for Marc Marquez left Johann Zarco as collateral damage and consigned Marquez himself to Q1 at the Sachsenring, as Marco Bezzecchi topped the second MotoGP practice of the German Grand Prix weekend.

Key moments:

> Terrifying Marquez/Zarco crash

> Marquez to Q1 at track where he’s never lost

> Bezzecchi leads Ducati 1-2

> Nakagami in big Waterfall shunt

Marquez’s out-of-control Honda RC213V smashed into Zarco’s Ducati, but the Frenchman appeared to walk away without obvious injuries.

After rain drops had played their part in the opening session, a significant rainfall soon after threatened to deny riders outside the top 10 in practice one a chance to bid for Q2 – but the track ultimately dried fast enough.

The hour-long session was suspended less than 10 minutes in, as Takaaki Nakagami fell off at Turn 11 – officially known as the Ralf Waldmann corner and commonly referred to as ‘Waterfall’ – and his Honda RC213V was absolutely annihilated in arriving to the gravel.

It meant Nakagami’s session was limited to just three complete laps, as he headed to the medical centre to get his right hand checked out – with no fractures diagnosed.

Adding insult to the injury of effectively missing the session was the fact the crashed bike was a Kalex chassis, which Nakagami had received this weekend with factory rider Joan Mir absent.

The session resumed after a short debris clean-up but past the session’s halfway point there was another scary crash at Turn 11, Raul Fernandez falling off his RNF-run Aprilia and left stranded on the racing surface after his fall – but thankfully able to hop over the barriers soon enough, likewise heading to the medical centre but returning before the end of the session.

An unseen fall for team-mate Miguel Oliveira in the same sector followed 10 minutes after Fernandez’s crash, and shortly afterwards Marquez was nearly spat off his Honda RC213V through Waterfall, the six-time champion catching a rear slide before angrily deploying a middle finger gesture in its general direction.

It hadn’t been the first scary moment of his day, but the scariest was saved for last – Marquez starting a late flying lap while tucking in behind brother Alex, immediately losing the front at Turn 1 and having his bike smash into Zarco’s Ducati on the outside of the corner.

That meant a red flag with three minutes left on the clock, setting up a late shoot-out for the 10 Q2 spots – one in which neither Zarco, nor Marquez meaningfully participated, despite managing to head back out. Zarco, however, just got in on the basis of his practice one-topping time.

Marco Bezzecchi VR46 Ducati MotoGP

Bezzecchi maximised that final dash to top the session with a 1m20.271s on his VR46-run Ducati, followed by Pramac’s Jorge Martin and Aprilia’s Aleix Espargaro – with Ducati’s champion Pecco Bagnaia relegated to fourth from first but still comfortably making Q2.

Also securing Q2 spots were Jack Miller (KTM), Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha), Luca Marini (VR46 Ducati) and Enea Bastianini (Ducati).

Finally, both Gresini Ducati riders crashed late on, but while Fabio Di Giannantonio’s outlap fall at Turn 11 consigned him to a Q1 appearance, Alex Marquez going down at Turn 13 on his final flyer ultimately didn’t cost him as he advanced to Q2.

KTM rider Brad Binder was 10th in the session, but the first to miss out on a Q2 spot thanks to Zarco’s past lap.

Also missing out were the likes of Maverick Vinales – who’d crashed his Aprilia at Turn 1 just before the red flag – and Franco Morbidelli, the latter half a second down on team-mate Quartararo and the last of 17 riders within a second of the pace-setter.

Practice 2 Results

Pos Name Team Bike Gap Next Gap Leader Best Time
1 Marco Bezzecchi Mooney VR46 Racing Team Ducati 1m20.271s
2 Jorge Martin Prima Pramac Racing Ducati +0.04s +0.04s 1m20.311s
3 Aleix Espargaró Aprilia Racing Aprilia +0.041s +0.081s 1m20.352s
4 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati +0.019s +0.1s 1m20.371s
5 Jack Miller Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +0.049s +0.149s 1m20.42s
6 Fabio Quartararo Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha +0.203s +0.352s 1m20.623s
7 Luca Marini Mooney VR46 Racing Team Ducati +0.016s +0.368s 1m20.639s
8 Enea Bastianini Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati +0.018s +0.386s 1m20.657s
9 Alex Marquez Gresini Racing MotoGP Ducati +0.014s +0.4s 1m20.671s
10 Brad Binder Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +0.094s +0.494s 1m20.765s
11 Fabio Di Giannantonio Gresini Racing MotoGP Ducati +0.034s +0.528s 1m20.799s
12 Augusto Fernandez GASGAS Factory Racing Tech3 KTM +0.019s +0.547s 1m20.818s
13 Miguel Oliveira CryptoDATA RNF MotoGP Team Aprilia +0.044s +0.591s 1m20.862s
14 Johann Zarco Prima Pramac Racing Ducati +0.013s +0.604s 1m20.875s
15 Maverick Viñales Aprilia Racing Aprilia +0.01s +0.614s 1m20.885s
16 Franco Morbidelli Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha +0.237s +0.851s 1m21.122s
17 Raul Fernandez CryptoDATA RNF MotoGP Team Aprilia +0.735s +1.586s 1m21.857s
18 Marc Marquez Repsol Honda Team Honda +0.284s +1.87s 1m22.141s
19 Jonas Folger GASGAS Factory Racing Tech3 KTM +0.764s +2.634s 1m22.905s
20 Takaaki Nakagami LCR Honda IDEMITSU Honda +1.045s +3.679s 1m23.95s
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