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Laverty is hoping practice makes perfect after long day in Germany

By Staff Reporter

Monaco-based Ulsterman Eugene Laverty endured a difficult free practice at the German Grand Prix, placing 20th overall at the Sachsenring circuit on the Pull & Bear liveried Aspar Ducati.

Laverty wasn't the only MotoGP star to struggle - Movistar Yamaha aces Valentino Rossi (14th) and Jorge Lorenzo (16th) also had a bad day.

Laverty, who also suffered a crash, said: "The track temperature is 20 degrees lower this year, so that has had a big effect on grip. I tried the intermediate tyre and was only around six tenths off the guys on slicks, so if it is cold or damp tomorrow, we know it is an option.

"I crashed at turn one, although I am glad it was there rather than turn 11 where a few riders went off."

Suzuki's Maverick Vinales topped the timesheets with Ducati's Andrea Iannone in second place. Repsol Honda's Marc Marquez was third.

Two further free practice sessions for the MotoGP class will take place this morning, with qualifying getting under way at 1.10pm UK time.

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