Friday at Sachsenring with Tony Goldsmith

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Marc Marquez was back down to business, setting the quickest time in both sessions on Day One at Sachsenring.


You could probably write a book about Valentino Rossi’s “Routine” — he has that many. First up, he always closes his visor with both hands as a walks to his bike from the pit box.


Bradley Smith was only 0.119 seconds behind Marc Marquez at the end of FP2.


Cal Crutchlow finished the first day down in 12th place.


Aleix Espargaro returns to his pit box during FP2.


Jorge Lorenzo prepares to leave his pit box during FP2. He ended the day in 4th place.


It’s great to see a company like GoPro involved in MotoGP. If you haven’t already done so, you should check out some of the GoPro footage on the official MotoGP YouTube channel.


Dani Pedrosa finished Day 1 in 5th place.


Valentino Rossi checks his data during a break in FP2.


Andrea Iannone was on the pace during FP2 finishing 3rd and only 0.2secs behind fastest man Marc Marquez.


Nicky Hayden prepares for FP2. I am not going to comment on the hair.


Marc Marquez was the first to try the asymmetric front tire being provided by Bridgestone for the first time this year and was happy with how it felt.


Andrea Dovizioso finished today down in 10th place.


Jorge Lorenzo found some improvements in the electronic setup of his Yamaha M1, between FP1 and FP2, which helped move him to within 0.263 seconds of Marc Marquez.


Hiroshi Aoyama is filing in for the injured Karel Abraham this weekend, and he will not be popular with the team after crashing in FP2.

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Tony Goldsmith is an Isle of Man based freelance motorcycle racing photographer specialising in MotoGP and the Isle of Man TT races. His website can be found at He can also be found on Facebook and Twitter.