Just a few days after a superb win in Assen, the Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP team resumed the action at the Sachsenring circuit today. Despite tyre degradation and grip issues, Maverick Viñales and Valentino Rossi showed an encouraging pace in FP1 and continued to up their speed in FP2, finishing in fourth and tenth place respectively in the combined free practice timesheets.Still elated about last Sunday’s victory, Viñales showed he was able to find a good pace right from the start of the German round. He needed little time to adjust to the Sachsenring lay-out, showing steady rhythm as he worked on the base setting. He clocked a 1’22.251s half-way through and held fourth position for a long time. However, as the Assen-winner didn’t put in a hot lap in the final stages, he was ultimately pushed down to fifth place, ending the session 0.861s from first.The Spaniard was eager to show the same strong pace in the afternoon and did just that. He spent the majority of the available time preparing for tomorrow’s hot qualifying day, all the while featuring in sixth or seventh place, but this time made sure to take part in the mini shoot-out and post a fast lap at the end. He clocked a 1’21.193s on his penultimate lap to take fourth place in the FP2 and the combined timesheets, 0.488s from first.
Rossi’s motivation to make a strong start to the German GP was through the roof, and it showed. He carried a competitive pace right from the get-go and settled into the top six for the whole of the morning session. The Italian kept working on his bike and showed the progress he made when setting a 1’21.967s lap that put his YZR-M1 briefly in second place, before being pushed to third, 0.574s from the top.The Doctor continued the positive feelings in the afternoon. As the sun came out at the German track, the Yamaha rider was determined to better his time. He focused on fine-tuning his bike’s settings, all the while maintaining his provisional top-10 position. In the usual mini time attack, Rossi set a 1’21.538, ending the day in tenth place, 0.833s from the front, both in the FP2 and the first day results.