Ducati riders Andrea Dovizioso and Hector Barbera topped the time sheets on the opening day of action for the German Grand Prix in dry and then wet conditions at the Sachsenring, after a mixed day of conditions.
Championship leader Dovizioso was able to make the most of the new surface at the German circuit to take the top spot at at traditionally non-Ducati track, ahead of Maverick Viñales and Dani Pedrosa – but with a number of other fast guys struggling to get times on the board.
And then, with rain throwing the pecking order upside down for the second session of the day, it was Barbera who came out on top ahead of Marc Marquez and Pedrosa.
But, with many failing to get in fast laps in the morning and more rain forecast for tomorrow’s free practice three session, Valentino Rossi (16th), Cal Crutchlow (13th) and Jorge Lorenzo (12th) could be among those set to try and move from qualifying one to two tomorrow afternoon.
Scott Redding was best Brit in 10th overall, ahead of Crutchlow, a strong ride from Sam Lowes to 15th on the Aprilia and the still-injured Bradley Smith in 21st.