German GP: Marquez returns to the top at Sachsenring in FP1

‘King of the Ring’ Marc Marquez has started as he means to go on this weekend, topping FP1 of the German GP in Sachsenring.

MotoGP returns to the German circuit this weekend, having missed out the track last year due to Covid-19, giving the Marquez the perfect opportunity to get back to winning ways since returning from injury.

From 2010 to 2019, Marquez has took pole and then won the race in every category he has raced here in, so it’s no surprise to see the Spaniard at the top straight away.

There were two crashes in quick succession just seven minutes into FP1, with Jorge Martin down at Turn 12 and Pol Espargaro down at Turn 3 almost straight after.

The third crash of the session came from championship leader Fabio Quartararo, a rare off for the Frenchman, he’ll be hoping to have a better weekend than last time out at Catalunya.

A 1m21.660s lap from Marquez early on was good enough to keep him top for the remainder of the session, 0.168s separated him and Quartararo in second.

Overall it was a solid session for the Honda’s, Taka Nakagami put his LCR Honda in third, with Pol Espargaro just 0.074s behind.

Aleix Espargaro ended FP1 in fifth for Aprilia, ahead of Jack Miller and Alex Rins who returns to the grid this weekend following an injury suffered before the Catalan GP.

Johann Zarco put his Pramac in eighth with Joan Mir and Maverick Vinales rounding out the top-ten.

Pecco Bagnaia put in a 1m22.260s lap which put him 11th, ahead of Catalan GP race winner Miguel Oliveira and Luca Marini.

Franco Morbidelli could only manage 14th on his Sepang Racing Yamaha, with Enea Bastianini 15th, who was yesterday confirmed to be heading to Gresini Racing next year.

Alex Marquez finished in 16th on his LCR Honda ahead of Lorenzo Savadori and Danilo Petrucci.

Following his crash early in the session, Martin finished 19th ahead of Valentino Rossi.

Iker Lecuona and Brad Binder rounded FP1 of the German GP in 21st and 22nd.