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The first day of the German Grand Prix saw dominant performances from Simoncelli and Lorenzo with Pedrosa and Stoner in close attendance although with...

The first day of the German Grand Prix saw dominant performances from Simoncelli and Lorenzo with Pedrosa and Stoner in close attendance although with such small differences in the lap times that could all change tomorrow. The day will be remembered for a series of ugly crashes (Stoner, Valentino, Elías, Pedrosa, etc.) caused by particularly low track temperatures this morning although thankfully all of them were able to continue working this afternoon.

Héctor Barberá made a positive start with the seventh fastest time this morning although he lost some time tyre testing in the afternoon and then a crash on his final lap, when he was on course to improve his best time, put paid to further progress. Thankfully the Spaniard’s spill in the final corner had no serious consequences and he ended the day just 1.2 seconds off Simoncelli and satisfied with his first day overall.

12th Héctor Barberá 1.23.433 (36 laps):
“We started out quite well this morning but we did some tyre tests this afternoon and lost a little time. Once we had the bike sorted and I was ready to push at the end of the session I crashed, which was the first time in quite a while. I think we are doing a good job and can improve. I am struggling in two points within the opening half of the lap but I am sure that together with the team we can fix it. I was only 0.8 seconds off the fastest time when I crashed so it looks like things are in place and we have started well. The Ducati is working well at this track so I I hope we can confirm our progress tomorrow.”

Source: Aspar Media