Mattia Pasini took pole position for the German GP, possibly the last pole at Sachsenring for the near future.
Niki Tuuli would miss the session, and the race due to his Assen crash which resulted in a finger amputation.
Pasini was the early pacesetter in the first few laps, followed by Xavi Vierge and Joan Mir. Fabio Quartararo would take an early tumble on his Speed Up machine, but he still had 40 minutes to rescue the session. Championship leader Pecco Bagnaia would be third after the first runs, behind Pasini and team mate Luca Marini.
After the halfway point, Sam Lowes had worked his way up to fourth, Lorenzo Baldassarri was fifth and the fastest man in practice, Alex Marquez, was seventh. Home favourite Marcel Schrotter was ninth.
As we approached the 15 minute remaing mark, the only rider to improve was Issac Vinales, taking his SAG Team Kalex up to 13th. Quartararo had worked his way up to 17th after missing a chunk of the session due to the early crash.
As we approached what we expected to be the usual boom from the last ten minutes of the session, we were all waiting to see who would take the position from Pasini, if anyone was in fact able. Khairul Idham Pawi would crash with 5 minutes left, ruling himself out of any improvement from his position outside the top 20.
It seemed there was going to be no improvement from the early laps, there was no change in any positions down the field, Pasini’s first lap was the one that would be good enough for pole. He would be joined by the two Sky VR46 riders Marini and Bagnaia.
Can anyone overhaul Pasini tomorrow? WIll Bagnaia extend his championship lead over the lowly Miguel Olivera? Find out tomorrow here on NowMoto!
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