Results and summary of the MotoGP race at the Sachsenring:
Results and summary of the Moto2 race at the Sachsenring:
Casey Stoner was fastest in a sunny and dry warm up at the Sachsenring, leading a Repsol Honda 1-2, his teammate Dani Pedrosa just a couple of hundredths behind. Stoner lost he last couple of minutes of the warm up due to a crash at Turn 3, the Australian lowsiding in the very slow Omega Kurve and walking away unharmed. Jorge Lorenzo leads the Yamaha armada behind the Repsol Hondas, with Cal Crutchlow in 4th and Ben Spies in 5th, with only Nicky Hayden on the Factory Ducati interposing himself between Spies and Andrea Dovizioso.
The weather is set to be hot and sunny until around 3pm, meaning the races should be run in dry weather. Given the lack of dry setup time the teams have had, there may be some gambling on tire choice and setup.
2012 Sachsenring MotoGP Saturday Round Up: Why The Ducatis Aren't Fast In The Wet, And Why The Germans Could Be Happy On Sunday
It poured at the Sachsenring on Saturday afternoon. It absolutely hosed down, rivulets of water running across the track to make the conditions treacherous. Ideal conditions for Ducati, you would say, given their form so far this year in the wet, with Valentino Rossi on the podium in the downpour at Le Mans, and a 1-2 during the first session of free practice at a drenched Silverstone. But Nicky Hayden is 7th and Valentino Rossi 9th, a second or more off the pace of polesitter Casey Stoner. What went wrong?
The answer, to put it succinctly, is the Sachsenring. The bike is leaned over for a lot of the time, and whereas the Ducati's strength is in getting drive out of corners in the wet - ironically one of their biggest problems in the dry - the lean angle prevents the bike from driving forward. "This track has a lot more lean angle," Nicky Hayden explained. "The strength of our bike in the rain is driving off corners, getting it picked up and driving off corners; this isn't really the case here." The rear was sliding too much, Hayden added. "I'm struggling a lot in the long corner to not have the rear come round. Especially on corner entry, there's some places I have to stop a little early and then actually open the throttle and lean it over to set the bike."
Press releases from the MotoGP teams and Bridgestone after qualifying for Sunday's German Grand Prix at the Sachsenring:
Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams after qualifying at the Sachsenring:
Results and summary of a scintillating qualifying session for tomorrow's German MotoGP race:
Results and summary of qualifying for the Moto3 class at the Sachsenring:
Pol Esparagaro's practice dominance continues, the HP Pons Kalex rider topping the final session of free practice for the Moto2 class. Espargaro was fastest both early on and later in the session, going faster as the track dried out, and holding on to the top spot as the rain once again started to fall at the end of FP3. Alex de Angelis took 2nd behind Espargaro, the NGM Forward rider transitioning well to the FTR chassis which the team switched to at Assen, while Marc Marquez ended in 3rd. Andrea Iannone set the 4th fastest time, just ahead of Bradley Smith on the Tech 3 bike.
Rain started to fall very heavily shortly after the session ended, meaning that qualifying looks like taking place in the rain. So far, it has been a very mixed weekend at the Sachsenring.
Weather conditions at the Sachsenring on Saturday morning are the worst of all possible worlds: just enough rain to make the track damp but not properly wet. The track was not dry enough for slicks, but not wet enough to keep the temperatures down in rain tires, meaning that riders choosing to go out risked destroying a set of wet tires just to get some track time. Jorge Lorenzo, Casey Stoner and Cal Crutchlow all chose not to go out at all, Lorenzo to save the miles on his engine and spare his sprained ankle, Stoner to save his knee and shoulder, suffered in the crash during practice at Assen, and Crutchlow to avoid further damage to the ankle he injured at Silverstone.
At the end of the session, with the track drying out a little, Michele Pirro and Mattia Pasini put in a fast lap to take the top two positions, putting a CRT machine on top of the timesheet for the first time. Pirro, on the Gresini FTR Honda, nearly a second quicker than Pasini on the Speed Master Aprilia ART, the latter now recovered from his pit lane crash, when he hit a mechanic who crossed pit lane without looking. Nicky Hayden took 3rd spot, and had been fastest for a large part of the session, the Ducati man ending ahead of Monster Tech 3 Yamaha's Andrea Dovizioso and Pramac's Hector Barbera.