Luca Marini and Enea Bastianini have finished the first day of the Liqui Moly Motorrad Grand Prix, where both riders had their first contact with the Sachsenring circuit aboard their Ducati Desmosedici GP19.

Marini was 18th in the combined free practice with a best time of 1’21.595. Bastianini ended the first day in 19th position after setting a time of 1’21.702.

The third free practice of the Liqui Moly Motorrad Grand Prix will start tomorrow at 9:55.

“It was a difficult day, however, we got some positive things out of it and we have a good pace. This morning I was able to try different tires, but I didn’t feel comfortable with the hard one. My fast lap wasn’t very good and also some other riders bothered me and didn’t allow me to give 100%. I am sure that tomorrow we will achieve better times and we will try to give our best.”

“It was not an easy day, we had some problems, but the feeling was not bad at all. What we did in the Barcelona test worked here, I felt good on the bike and I rode as I like. In FP2 I had a problem shortly after the start, which made me lose feeling with the rear. I went back out on the soft tire, but I couldn’t get the most out of it because I had the medium tire in front, whereas I prefer the hard one. I tried to push anyway because the top 10 was possible, but I crashed. The soft held out for about three laps, so I tried to make the most of it on my fifth attempt. I’m really sorry for the team because they’ll have a lot of work to do tonight.”