July 2015

Race Direction Get Tough On Towing: Grid Penalties, Points, Loss Of Warm Up Handed Out To 17 Riders, New Moto3 Grid Made

Race Direction has come down hard on riders dawdlilng on the racing line looking for a tow. Punishments have been handed out to a grand total of 17 riders in all three classes.

Punishment is particularly harsh in Moto3. The 11 riders who were caught waiting on the racing line were all given a penalty of 3 grid positions, basically all moving them back one row on the grid. Among the offenders are some high-profile names, including Enea Bastianini, currently second in the Moto3 title chase and who originally qualified 2nd on the grid. Bastianini has been moved back to 5th, Andrea Locatelli is bumped back to 9th, Jorge Navarro starts in 11th, Niklas Ajo in 13th, Jakub Kornfeil in 21st, John McPhee in 23rd, Hiroki Ono in 26th, Ana Carrasco in 27th, Maria Herrera in 31st, and Andrea Migno in 35th and dead last. The new Moto3 grid is shown below.

The loss of grid position is not the only punishment they face. All 11 Moto3 riders will also be forced to sit out the first 10 minutes of warm up on Sunday morning, losing them valuable set up and practice time. The goal of such a drastic measure is to try to drive home a lesson that even a stiff talking to at Assen had not helped make clear. Race Direction is being particularly heavy handed to send out a message which the riders will immediately feel.

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2015 Sachsenring Moto2 Qualifying Practice Result: Tight At The Top

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Johann Zarco grabbed his third-consecutive pole position Saturday at the Sachsenring circuit just beating second-place qualifier Xavier Simeon by a mere eight-hundredths of a second. Franco Morbidelli continuted his strong weekend form to take the third position on the front row.

Zarco's 1'24.044 is the fastest-ever Moto2 lap at the 3.7 km (2.2 mi.) track which is one of the tightest and slowest tracks in the series. Less than a second separates the top 19 riders.

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2015 Sachsenring MotoGP Qualifying Practice Result: Four From Four Equals Six

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Marc Marquez dominated qualifying practice to secure pole position Saturday at the Sachsenring circuit in Germany. 

Marquez’s 1’20.336 lap not only put him nearly three-tenths of a second clear of second place, it was his sixth consecutive pole position at the circuit. Just as worrisome to his competitors, he was fastest in all four sectors of the tight track and he led every practice round.

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2015 Sachsenring Moto3 Qualifying Practice Result: Incidents Fill Qualifying

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Danny Kent has third pole of the year, despite a crash in the middle of the session. Kent tried to cut inside a slower rider, and ended up losing the front. Enea Bastianini put in a fast final push to close the gap to Kent, though the Italian is still over half a second behind him, and just a couple of thousandths ahead of Karel Hanika, who takes his second first row start on the bounce, having secured third on the grid at Assen. Hanika had also crashed during qualifying, but like Kent, did so without injury.

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The Paddock Pass Podcast, Episode 3: The Assen Pass, And Sachsenring Predictions

The Paddock Pass Podcast is back after a brief hiatus, this time coming to you from the Sachsenring. On the show are David Emmett, editor of MotoMatters.com, and two top photographers: Scott Jones of Photo.GP and MotoMatters.com, and Tony Goldsmith, chief shooter for Asphalt & Rubber

In a little under half an hour, we cover a lot of ground. Of course we talk about the Assen pass, between Valentino Rossi and Marc Marquez, but we also look ahead to the Sachsenring. There's plenty to talk and think about, and the two photogs offer a unique perspective from seeing events up close.

Listen to the podcast here, or download it from Soundcloud. An iTunes and RSS feed is under construction, and should be coming soon.

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2015 Sachsenring Moto2 FP3 Result: Morbidelli Smashes Lap Record To Head Zarco And Rabat

Franco Morbidelli put in a late push to lead the final session of free practice for the Moto2 class at the Sachsenring. The Italian smashed the existing lap record by three tenths of a second, to push Johann Zarco into 2nd place, despite the fact that he was quicker than the Jordi Torres' record from 2013 as well. Tito Rabat hung in for 3rd place, finishing ahead of Xavier Simeon and Simone Corsi. Sam Lowes, who had been fastest on Friday morning, suffered a small crash and ended down in 13th, just under eight tenths off the pace of Morbidelli.

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