MotoMatters.com is delighted to feature the work of iconic MotoGP writer Mat Oxley. Oxley is a former racer, TT winner and highly respected author of biographies of world champions Mick Doohan and Valentino Rossi, and currently writes for Motor Sport Magazine, where he is MotoGP correspondent. We are featuring sections from Oxley's blogs, which are posted in full on the Motor Sport Magazine website.
The end of Márquez's happiest hunting ground?
Marc Márquez better make sure he enjoys this weekend at his favourite racetrack, because he may never race there ever again
The last time Marc Márquez left the Sachsenring without a winner’s trophy was during his second season in the world championship way back in 2009. Every July since 2010, the Spaniard has climbed to the top step of the podium at the German venue. That’s eight consecutive victories, across the 125cc, Moto2 and MotoGP classes. In other words, the track is as close as it’s possible to get to a dead-cert 25-point haul for the reigning MotoGP world champion.
However, the much-loved Sachsenring is set to be axed from MotoGP because it can’t make enough money to survive, even though it’s one of the championship’s more popular events.
The venue’s exit from the series is a sad moment for those who enjoy spectacular, challenging racetracks suffused in racing history and surrounded by huge, enthusiastic crowds.
So why is this the end? It’s complicated…
The Sachsenring hosted its first races in 1927, around a 5.3-mile road circuit to the west of the town of Hohenstein-Ernstthal, just down the road from the world’s biggest motorcycle factory, DKW, the heart of Saxony’s love affair with motorcycles and engines. In 1961 the track – still partly cobbled – became the first in a communist country to host a round of the world championships.
After the reunification of Germany, local enthusiasts campaigned for the construction of a Sachsenring short circuit to continue the region’s racing heritage. In 1996, their dreams became reality. Kind of. Plans for a permanent racetrack were turned down because the surrounding area is largely residential, so what they got instead was a compromise, which is why the Sachsenring may never host another MotoGP race after Sunday.
Read the rest of Mat Oxley's blog on the Motor Sport Magazine website.