Just when it looked like the MotoGP silly season was getting ready to wrap up, a few new developments threw a spanner or two in the works. A week ago, most MotoGP pundits were convinced that Cal Crutchlow would be going to Ducati, Scott Redding would be moving up with his Marc VDS Racing team, and there was next to no interest in Yamaha's leased engines. At the Sachsenring, many things changed, in part at the instigation of Honda, and in part because of Yamaha.
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Losing focus in MotoGP
The upcoming Red Bull US GP this weekend at Laguna Seca is one of the MotoGP paddock's favorite events. Surrounding the race on Sunday are a host of supporting activities well worth attending. It all starts on Thursday, with the Day of Stars, an exclusive event organized by Riders for Health. The Day of Stars is an exclusive event which includes a motorcycle tour of the Carmel Valley, lunch and a guided tour of the pits with Randy Mamola, and then a couple of parade laps around the circuit to get a feel for the event.
The composition of the MotoGP grid at Laguna Seca remains uncertain at the moment, as injuries sustained at the Sachsenring continue to take their toll. On Tuesday, Andrea Iannone announced that he would not be fit enough to race at Laguna Seca, after a CT scan showed up problems with the shoulder he hurt at the Sachsenring.
Two days, two big highsides, and two championship contenders down and out. Friday and Saturday at the Sachsenring saw both Jorge Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa have massive crashes, and forced to withdraw from the race in Germany. Jorge Lorenzo bent the titanium plate holding together the collarbone which he broke at Assen, while Dani Pedrosa suffered an incomplete fracture of his collarbone, and had problems with blood pressure and dizziness.
The Sachsenring is a key point on the MotoGP calendar. For the Moto2 and Moto3 riders, it is the last race before the summer break, while the MotoGP men have one more race, at Laguna Seca, before heading off for an all too brief summer hiatus. A good result in Moto2 and Moto3 is crucial, as it determines the momentum you carry into the summer: you either spend the next five weeks brooding over what could have been, or on a high and wishing the next race was the next weekend.
Press releases from the MotoGP teams and Bridgestone after Sunday's German Grand Prix at the Sachsenring:
Magnificent win for Marquez in Germany but disappointment as Pedrosa declared unfit to race
Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams after the German Grand Prix at the Sachsenring:
Alex Rins decisive for victory
Repsol rider passes Salom on penultimate corner and takes win. Marquez places fifth in another excellent race.
Rookie Marc Marquez continued his remarkable first season taking the win at the Sachsenring circuit and, along with it, the lead in the world championship. The 20-year old Honda rider grabbed first place with 24 laps to go. And he never looked back for his second win of the season.
An inspired – and injured -- Cal Crutchlow finished second and Valentino Rossi took third.
Jordi Torres won his first-ever Grand Prix race at the Sachsenring circuit Sunday taking the lead with 10 laps to go and never coming under serious threat after. Simone Corsi took a surprising second after a last-lap pass of Pol Espargaro.