Moto2 standings after Sachsenring:
Results and summary of the Moto2 race at the Sachsenring:
Results and summary of qualifying for the Moto2 class at the Sachsenring:
The final opportunity for the intermediate class to find their way around race setup went more smoothly for some than others. After the final third of the session saw a multitude of crashes, the red flag had to wave while air fence was being fixed.
That left about eight minutes on the clock for a final charge and attacks to the top position came from all over the place. Joan Mir, Sam Lowes and Marcel Schrotter seemed to be battling it out between themselves for much of the remaining time, until Luca Marini sneaked up on them and grabbed the lead on his very last flying lap.
The final session of the day got underway and Sam Lowes was most eager to get out and post the first solid benchmark of the day. The British rider enjoyed some time in the limelight before the halfway point of the session, when some other familiar faces took their turn at the top, beginning with unfortunate fourth place enthusiast Marcel Schrotter.
Once a red flag cleared in the final ten minutes, the intermediate class riders got another shot to disturb the hierarchy and Xavi Vierge was the first to strike with four minutes left on the clock, the Dynavolt rider holding on to top position despite a spirited charge behind.
The final piece in the FP1 puzzle started with Iker Lecuona as the early but precarious leader of the intermediate class session by only one thousandth of a second. Despite the minuscule advantage, his turn in the spotlight lasted until the final five minutes of FP1, when Dominiqe Aegerter took over the lead and kept it to the flag. Andrea Locatelli flew the flag for Italstrans from second position, only two hundredths of a second behind the leader and with Lorenzo Baldassarri only three thousandths of a second behind, making a late jump into third.
Press releases previewing this weekend's races from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams:
TEAM DEL CONCA GRESINI LOOKING FOR CONFIRMATION AT SACHSENRING
With the summer break around the corner, Team Del Conca Gresini Moto3 is ready to take on the ninth event of the MotoGP World Championship, which takes place one of the most iconic circuits for two-wheeled racing: the Sachsenring.
Gilles Bigot, the French crew chief of Marc VDS MotoGP rider Tom Lüthi, has been in MotoGP a long time. In that time, he has seen a lot of riders come and go, and learned an awful lot about racing. At Jerez, I spoke to the Frenchman about the process of adapting to MotoGP. What started out as an attempt to get to the bottom of the problems Tom Lüthi faces in his switch to MotoGP after spending so many years in Moto2 became something much deeper, and much more interesting. We ended up speaking for half an hour, all of which was fascinating.
In the first part of the interview, Bigot talks about his involvement in three key transitions. First, the switch from two strokes to four strokes, when the MotoGP machines replaced the 500cc bikes, and how Valentino Rossi made that jump faster and more easily than anyone else. Next, the introduction of the Moto2 class, when he was crew chief to Shoya Tomizawa, and how the Japanese youngster adapted to four strokes. And finally, why Kenan Sofuoglu, who eventually took over Tomizawa's seat after the tragic death of the Japanese rider, never really adapted to Moto2, and ended up going back to World Supersport.
Bigot had been crew chief to Alex Crivillé in 1999, when the Spaniard won his, and Spain's, first premier class title. After Crivillé retired at the end of 2001, Bigot embarked on a new project, working with the Tech3 team, who were at that point considering entering MotoGP. For the first part of the 2002 season, the year in which the four stroke 990cc MotoGP bikes made their first appearance, Bigot spent his time at the side of the track, watching the bikes and learning to understand the difference between the old two strokes and the new four strokes.
Gilles Bigot: I spent one year with the Tech3 team. I was in Grand Prix but at that time they wanted to set up a team for Sylvain Guintoli, with Gauloises and Yamaha. That was the idea from Hervé. Then at the end we did it. We did a couple of tests and we did one Grand Prix in Brno. So meanwhile I was doing this, some testing, and of course I was also going to the races. I was doing basically, not sight-seeing, but I was spotting some areas. It was the year of the transition with the 500 and MotoGP, so that was very interesting to watch. I witnessed a few things that were at that time very interesting.
Q: Such as?
Moto2 standings after Assen: