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2016 Sachsenring Friday Round Up: Turn 11 Again, Replacing the Sachsenring, and Marc vs Maverick

It was a wasted day at the Sachsenring. The day started cold but with a dry track, then, ten minutes into MotoGP FP1, a fine mist of rain started to fall, making already tricky conditions positively terrifying. A few journalists walked through the Sachsenring paddock up towards the end of pit lane, where the fences give you great views of Turn 1 and Turn 11.

Just as we arrived, Scott Redding's battered Pramac Ducati returned to the paddock in the back of a recovery trailer. When we turned around to watch the bikes coming through Turn 11 again, Jorge Lorenzo slid through the gravel towards us, his foot caught up in his bike for a while. While we were watching Lorenzo hit the gravel, we heard another bike scrape across asphalt and into the gravel. It was Stefan Bradl's Aprilia, the German having lost the front at Turn 11, just as Lorenzo had.

The rain continued, never really heavy enough to soak the track properly, only lifting towards the end. A few riders went out on wet tires to check their repaired bikes, coming straight back in again. The morning session was lost to the weather conditions. The afternoon session was a little better – at least it was dry – but the track temperatures meant that the tires never really got to the operating range they were designed for.

2016 Sachsenring Moto2 FP2 Result: Nakagami Does The Double

The first thing to greet the intermediate class riders as they hit the track was the red and white flag signalling the presence of one of Sachsenring’s most frequent guests: rain. The riders made the pilgrimage back to the pits soon after, as spectators wrapped up in rain capes.

Halfway through the session, Johann Zarco once again took the initiative, slowly prompting his fellow riders to join the track-drying fun. After holding an early lead, the Frenchman dropped to fourth as morning leader Nakagami made the jump from sixteenth to second and then to first in the final five minutes.

2016 Sachsenring Moto2 FP1 Result: Tricky Conditions Favour Nakagami

Still battling the drizzle that turned the MotoGP session into a 10-minute sprint, the Moto2 riders took it easy for the first half of FP1. Dominique Aegerter tested the waters (quite literally) with a slick tyre as the lights turned green for the morning session, leaving the track feeling quite lonely until Raffin, Marini and Pons polished their wet weather skills.

The final half hour saw Zarco bravely out on slicks again, his times encouraging some more action, including a rodeo-style wiggle from the Frenchman himself. He didn’t tumble but times did as riders gained confidence and track conditions improved. Once things settled, the usual suspects took over at the top, a first position certifying Takaaki Nakagami as one of them for yet another weekend.

Guest Blog: Mat Oxley - The million-euro gamble

How much does it cost to get into Grand Prix racing? If you need to ask, you probably can’t afford it

I assume Jack Miller’s post-Assen party is just about over now and that he’s back down the gym, pumping iron like a good lad.

Miller, like many other Aussie battlers before him, has the knack of burning the candle at both ends: working hard and playing hard. And you may have noticed that whenever he has a good day at work he likes to thank his parents for what they’ve done for him.

Moto2 Silly Season: Who Replaces Rins, Lowes, and Zarco?

The first half of 2016 has seen a long and intense period of speculation, gossip and conjecture over which rider ends up where in MotoGP. Big names have jumped from one factory to another, the entry of KTM has opened up opportunities for established satellite riders, and there has been much talk of the rookies entering MotoGP from Moto2 – Sam Lowes to Aprilia, Alex Rins to Suzuki, and Johann Zarco to Tech 3 (though the latter is still to be announced).

What there has been much less talk of is who is to fill their seats. Traditionally, Silly Season for Moto2 and Moto3 starts much later than for MotoGP, speculation and negotiations commencing in the run up to the flyaways and often only being finalized at Valencia. But with three of the strongest teams in Moto2 having seats to fill, team managers are looking ahead a little earlier than usual.

2016 Assen Moto2 & Moto3 Post-Race Press Releases

Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams after Sunday's races at Assen:


Fantastic Victory for Nakagami at ‘Cathedral of Speed’
Rd08 Motul TT Assen : Sunday, June 26 2016
Weather: DRY
Ambient: 20℃:Track: 23℃

IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia rider Takaaki Nakagami made fantastic maiden victory today at historic Dutch TT race a.k.a. ‘Cathedral of Speed’.

2016 Assen MotoGP Sunday Round Up: Filling Up The Record Books

We knew that the 86th edition of the Dutch TT at Assen was going to be historic. It was, after all, the first time the race was to be run on Sunday, after being run on Saturday since 1925. What we didn't know was that the day the race was held would end up being the least interesting historic fact about it. The record books will have plenty to say about Sunday's race at Assen.

There was some fascinating racing in all three classes, as is is so often the case at Assen. The Moto3 race saw a scintillating race decided at the line, the podium separated by less than four hundredths of a second. We had a return to something like the Moto2 of old, with a sizable group battling over the podium spots. And last but not least, we had a bizarre two-part MotoGP race, red-flagged, restarted, and with a mold-breaking winner. When we look back, the MotoGP race at Assen could well prove to be a pivotal point in the championship.

The red-flagged MotoGP race was down to the weather once again playing a starring role in the weekend. After rain on Saturday, Sunday started bright, though the track took time to warm up and dry out. Clouds rolled in and rolled back out again, as is their wont at Assen, occasionally spitting but not looking like they would cause major problems for any of the three classes. Until the last part of the Moto2 race, when the heavens finally opened and drenched the track. That race would be red-flagged, and it would not be the only one.

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