Fabio Quartararo set the quickest time in FP3 in Germany, while Johann Zarco went fastest in FP4.
Saturday morning started with FP3 as we headed on the Sachensring in preparation for the German Grand Prix. The track being known to be a tricky track with the huge elevation changes is often compared to the Belgian circuit of Spa.
Early on, Vinales was the first to top the session, while Iker Lecuona dropped at T1 into the gravel. Alex Rins had early issues with his bike and eventually got the spare one out and ended up P14.
Johann Mir at one point put himself P9 before going into the gravel off T1. Then, as the times started to improve and the clock ticked down, Maverick Viñales also crashed into T1.
Quartararo was fastest and he will be hoping for a good weekend to strengthen his championship position but a few surprises were in there like Mir, Morbidelli, Viñales, and Rins all in Q1, promising a very intriguing session.
The top 5 from FP3 are as follows:
|4||M.Olivera||Red Bull KTM||+0.103|
Practice 4 began in the afternoon with Jack Miller taking an early lead, but was soon in the gravel trap and into the escape road. The Australian drove around turn 1 and back to the pits for the spare bike.
The conditions were scorching and made it impossible to run the soft tires. The Hard front with a Medium rear was the popular choice with everyone using the Hard front and everyone but Viñales on the medium rear.
Alex Marquez took a big tumble at turn 1 meaning he took no part in the last 13 minutes of the session, posting an impressive time before the crash. Aleix Espargaro got up to P5 and Pol Espargaro sat in P6. Pol also debuted a very stylish silver boot which was an odd choice but it looked good.
The top 5 was as follows:
|3||M.Olivera||Red Bull KTM||+0.157|