Motogp rider bradl sets fastest training time

Motogp rider bradl sets fastest training time

Motorcycle rider stefan bradl set the fastest time in the second free practice session for the heim-grand-prix at the sachsenring.

The zahlinger beat world championship leader dani pedrosa and his spanish compatriot marc marquez in the motogp king class in 1:22.03 minutes. The 2011 moto2 world champion, who had set the fifth fastest time in the first practice session, fed the hopes of tens of thousands of fans for a top finish. "I am totally enthusiastic. I spurred on as the fans pushed me. In qualifying I’m aiming for the front row of the grid," said bradl. His best time was euphorically cheered by the fans.

The two training sessions were overshadowed by numerous, sometimes spectacular crashes. Motogp world champion jorge lorenzo also caught out. The spanish player fell in the second training session on his shoulder, which was operated on only two weeks ago. In the evening, the spaniard decided to fly home and have another operation. The inserted titanium plate had shifted. "I am now concentrating on the operation. I’m trying to recover and get back as quickly as possible," the 28-year-old said in a press release. Lorenzo, fastest in training in the first session, had broken his clavicle in assen and had finished fifth in the race only 35 hours after the operation.

Jonas folger had no problems with the course. The bavarian finished sixth and twelfth respectively in the moto3 class. He tried a completely new motorcycle in the second session. "Now it’s time for the fine-tuning so that we can get further to the front," reported the kalex rider, who has his sights set on qualifying: "i hope to be able to ride in the front row." The other german riders luca amato (17./27.), toni finsterbusch (19./27.), philipp ottl (23./28.), kevin hanus (29./33.) and florian alt (31./33.) had to be satisfied with the back places.

Last year’s winner sandro cortese finished 17th and 21st in the moto2 class. The moto3 champion says he is getting more and more comfortable in the new class. "It was a good training. I have a positive feeling and I think we can have a good qualifying," said the italian-swabian. Even his forearm, which had caused him severe difficulties due to a compartment syndrome in assen, no longer hurt. "I had no complaints," said cortese. He may even cancel the arm operation planned for tuesday: "if the race is good, the date will be canceled." Marcel schrotter finished eleventh and 15th.