2013 Sachsenring MotoGP Preview Press Releases

Press releases from the MotoGP teams and Bridgestone ahead of this weekend's German Grand Prix at the Sachsenring:


Repsol Honda Team prepare for GP of Germany

After a dramatic weekend in Assen 10 days ago, the Repsol Honda Team head to Sachsenring this weekend for the Grand Prix of Germany, the eighth round of the season.

The 3.67km Sachsenring track, the second shortest on the calendar after Laguna Seca, has numerous tight corners - 10 left and 3 right - and requires a very accurate set up of the bikes.

Dani Pedrosa, who still leads the Championship with 136 points, has an incredible history at this circuit with six victories (four in MotoGP), including the past three years, and a total of seven podiums. Likewise, teammate Marc Marquez, who is 3rd in the Championship just 23 points off Dani, has a very good record here too. He's also won here the last three years (2010 125cc, 2011 and 2012 Moto2) and will be hoping for some dry track time to learn the lines on MotoGP machine.

Dani Pedrosa Championship Standing: 1st - 136 points

"This week we head to Germany and I hope we can get a good feeling and have a good weekend. Sachsenring has typically been a good track for me in the past and it's a circuit where I always enjoy racing. It's a short track where you spend a lot of time on the left, but the fastest corner is to the right, so tyre performance will be key. It's important to keep the momentum and ride my best to keep fighting for race wins"

Marc Marquez Championship Standing: 3rd - 113 points

"It was a tough and complicated weekend in Assen, but the important thing is that we learned a lot and picked up another podium and some important points. Now we head to Sachsenring, another new circuit for us on the MotoGP machine. We will see how the weather is there as it can change quite a lot!It will be interesting to see what the circuit is like on this bike because it's one of the smallest circuits on the calendar and I already found it small in Moto2 so I can't imagine how it will be in MotoGP! When we get there, I'll take my time to learn the lines with my team, as we do every week, and try our best for another good result"


Ducati Team looks to rebound in Germany

Fresh off a positive test at Misano, the Ducati Team heads to Germany eager to erase the memory of an unsatisfying race weekend in the Netherlands. Andrea Dovizioso will be switching to the updated version of the Desmosedici GP13 for his first Sachsenring appearance with the Italian brand, while Nicky Hayden prefers to continue with the bike’s standard iteration.

The Sachsenring is one of the shortest and slowest circuits on the calendar, but it’s anything but easy, as the technical, counter-clockwise layout includes some tricky corners and a considerable amount of elevation change. Hayden has made four podium appearances at the track over the course of his MotoGP career, and while Dovizioso has only one German rostrum to his credit, it came just last year.

The German Grand Prix will comprise the first half of a two-week trip for the MotoGP riders and teams, as it will be followed immediately by the United States Grand Prix, at Laguna Seca.

Andrea Dovizioso – Ducati Team

“I don’t know how the Sachsenring will be for us; as is the case at many tracks this year, this one will be new for me with the Ducati. It’s a small circuit, but it’s very complicated. I’m not crazy about it, but I’m curious to see how the Desmosedici will go there. We knew Assen wasn’t one of the easiest tracks for us, but we certainly didn’t ever expect all the problems we had. Still, we go to the Sachsenring as we always do: determined to get the best result possible.”

Nicky Hayden – Ducati Team

“Assen was tough for us, but the Sachsenring is a track I look forward to going to. I can’t say it’s the greatest or the most fun, but I’ve had good results there in the past. Everybody knows that the ‘waterfall’ corner is one of the best corners in all of racing, and if the bike is working well there, it’s a lot of fun. It’s a track where traction and tyre wear are both really important, and that’s not our strength at the moment, especially because we know the tyres will be pretty hard to compensate for that. We’ve got a big job ahead of us, but hopefully we can get some good momentum going. It would be nice to have more fun this weekend.”

Vittoriano Guareschi – Team Manager

“The Sachsenring seems like a pretty easy track when you look at it, but in reality it challenges the technicians a lot with the setup because it has many left-hand corners and one long right called Omega, where MotoGP bikes tend to stress the rear tyre a lot. Therefore, it will be very important for us to simultaneously work on grip and tyre life. We did a good job last week in a private test at Misano, so for the first time, Andrea will bring the ‘new’ bike for a race weekend. It will be very interesting to see how it works at the Sachsenring after the positive impressions he had at Misano. As for Nicky, he did some good lap times at the test, and he’ll continue with the current bike. The Sachsenring is a track where anything can happen, including with the weather, but we head to Germany expecting to do well.”


Yamaha Prepares for the Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland

Gerno di Lesmo (Italy), 10th July 2013

The Yamaha Factory Racing team head to Germany this week for the eni Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland at the Sachsenring circuit.

Riders Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo carry huge motivation with them following an incredible weekend at the Assen TT two weeks ago where both riders emerged as heroes. Rossi returned to form in spectacular fashion, taking his first GP victory for over two years in a faultless ride whilst teammate Lorenzo delivered a superhuman effort. The reigning World Champion underwent surgery on his collarbone following a free practice injury and then raced to an impressive fifth position just 36hrs later.

The Sachsenring circuit has witnessed numerous victories for Rossi, the nine-time champion has taken a 250cc win in 1999 and four premier class MotoGP victories at the East German circuit in 2002, 2005, 2006 and 2009.

Lorenzo has yet to win at Sachsenring and will find the anti-clockwise circuit a challenge for his recently injured shoulder. Despite this the Mallorcan has the Championship firmly in mind and is yet again determined to give 100% on track.

Jorge Lorenzo

“Sachsenring is going to be a little tough for me after the crash at Assen. It is true in Holland we achieved a stunning result for me, the team and also the Championship but I have to be realistic and I have still a long way to recover my collarbone. I made a huge effort to race at Assen and finally I could manage a really difficult weekend getting an astonishing fifth position. The situation is still that I need more time to fix the injury though. I won’t be at 100% in Germany but I’m pretty confident I can make a good weekend. At least I have had almost ten days to stay calm and improve a bit my physical condition. It will be difficult to compete another time but for sure I will push even harder than in Holland. The track is not one of my favourite tracks in the championship but at this level I don’t mind where we race. I have to give everything inside of me on each race.”

Valentino Rossi

"I'm going to Sachsenring with a new spirit. I am very happy for the Holland race. Now I want to keep it going like that. We also want to confirm at Sachsenring the step we’ve made with the bike. We must continue to improve the bike, as we have done after testing at Aragon, because now we want to try to fight for important positions. We want to stay with the top guys every weekend. I really like Sachsenring and then there will be Laguna Seca. These will be two very important weekends.”

Wilco Zeelenberg

Team Manager

“After the little drama at Assen finally Jorge got a terrific result, especially considering his physical condition after suffering a surgery to repair his broken collarbone then racing 38 hours later. Jorge made an incredible race at Assen, one of the most demanding tracks because of the layout. In Germany maybe it could be a little better for us. This circuit is not as fast as Assen and I think it is going to be easier for him to ride; it’s smoother with slow corners. The only problem is Jorge’s collarbone: it is still mending and he won’t be in a perfect shape. Anyway, for sure his physical condition will be better than in Holland and I guess he will be aiming to fight for the podium.”

Massimo Meregalli

Team Director

“In the last few years Sachsenring has not been one of our favourite circuits but we are arriving from three victories in a row so for sure we will start the weekend completely differently to the past. We are ready and hopefully Jorge’s shoulder will be in much better shape than last weekend. We go there with the intention to leave a mark.”


BAUTISTA HEADS FROM ASSEN TO SACHSENRING VIA ARGENTINA

Alvaro Bautista heads to the next round of the MotoGP World Championship in Germany this weekend after a flying visit to the Termas de Rio Hondo circuit to promote the Argentinean Grand Prix, which will be added to the calendar in 2014. After a press conference in Buenos Aires and a two-day test at the track near Tucuman the Team GO&FUN Honda Gresini rider was back on a plane to Europe in readiness for the eighth round of the season at the Sachsenring circuit. After a disappointing weekend last time out at Assen, Alvaro is keen to get back on track at Sachsenring and continue his ongoing set-up work with Showa suspension and Nissin brakes as he looks to build a strong second half to the season. It is another new track for Australian rookie Bryan Staring, meanwhile, as the CRT rider continues to adapt to the demands of MotoGP.

Alvaro Bautista “I didn't have confidence with the bike in the race at Assen and couldn't ride it as I wanted but it was important for me and the team to make it to the end of the race after two DNF's in the previous two rounds. We have to look at this as a building block for the second half of the season now. I'm a little tired after the trip to Argentina, where the authorities, press and fans gave us an incredible welcome. I could have never imagined motorcycle racing to be so popular in Argentina but the track at R io Hondo is spectacular, one of the nicest I have ever ridden. It has a lot of long, fast corners and plenty of run-off so you can ride hard and have fun. There are still a few minor things to sort out but I think there could be some great races there. For me it was a nice opportunity to try out a new track and enjoy myself without any pressure and it has given me a little boost ahead of the next round. I had a good race in Germany last year, coming from the back of the grid following my penalty after an incident at Assen. I made it back up to fifth place but made a mistake and ended up seventh after an otherwise great race. I am confident that by using the data from last year and with the determination we have to get a result after the disappointment of the last race we can do very well at this Grand Prix. Sachsenring is not an easy track and it is one of the slowest on the calendar, especially through the first section. There are a lot of left-handers with elevation changes th at make it difficult to find a set-up but we will try to find something that makes the bike handle well and accelerate hard. ”

Bryan Staring “I go to Sachsenring feeling motivated because in the race at Assen I realised that I am capable of much better results than we have achieved so far. I feel we have made progress recently and I want to confirm this in Germany. I don't know the Sachsenring circuit but I hope it suits my riding style and I will certainly be giving my best to get to grips with it as quickly as possible. I am determined and looking forward to getting out there and trying to take that next step towards becoming a contender amongst the CRT bikes.”

Fausto Gresini “Assen wasn't a great result but it was a boost for the team to put some points on the board after two 'zeroes'. We are all determined to do well in the second half of the season and Alvaro goes to Sachsenring in good spirits after his trip to Argentina. It was a great experience for him an d I don't think he will ever forget the enthusiasm that the media and the fans there have for next year's race. He also had fun at the Rio Hondo track and even though he is tired after such a long trip he has plenty of motivation to do well this weekend at a circuit where he put together such an unforgettable fightback last year. It is another new circuit for Bryan, who will be aiming to demonstrate just how much progress he has made in the first half of his debut season in MotoGP.”


SACHSENRING PLAYS HOST TO ROUND EIGHT OF THE SEASON

POWER ELECTRONICS Aspar pair determined to perform well in Germany

Over the next two weeks the MotoGP riders face two the shortest circuits on the calendar. Sachsenring and Laguna Seca both measure less than 4 km and both are tight and twisty - more like go-kart circuits then MotoGP - but they both certainly have their intrigue. Sachsenring is Dani Pedrosa territory, the Spanish rider having won there for the past three seasons. Pedrosa is in his best form and continues to lead at the top of the championship, although Jorge Lorenzo's heroics at Assen proved that he is not ready to give up on his title just yet.

With two races remaining before the summer break Aleix Espargaro has won all seven races of the season so far in the CRT category. Sachsenring is not one of his favourite circuits but his form in 2013 means that he can continue to dominate the CRT battle and once again try to fight with the official prototypes. His teammate Randy De Puniet rediscovered his best form in Holland and was the second CRT behind Aleix. The Frenchman has struggled to get on the pace this season due to a lack of front end feeling but his confidence was boosted by his progress in the last race at Assen and he is looking to find his best form once again this weekend.

Aleix Espargaró: “So far the first half of the season has been excellent for us, we have started the season very well and gradually improved our performance. We're dominating in CRT and the most important thing is that we are improving every time and closing the gap to the official prototypes. We are very happy with our performance and results, every day we improve a little bit more. Sachsening is a circuit that I don't particularly like. Last year I struggled to adapt, mainly because it is slow and I prefer fast circuits. Anyway this year the situation is different and everything is working perfectly on the basis of hard work. In Germany we will work hard again like we do at every race, our bike is better this year, easier to ride, and that could be an advantage for us at such a difficult circuit.”

Randy De Puniet: “Sachsenring is a strange circuit but I normally have a good feeling there and I like to ride this track. It will be interesting to ride our bike there because the ART chassis handles very well and is very agile so I think we can have a certain advantage over the other riders. Last year I had a good weekend in Germany and finished as the top CRT so I hope this weekend we can repeat that result. We still have some problems with the front and we will work hard from Friday to solve them because we have to improve my confidence with the bike if we are to rediscover my best form. We have back to back races before the summer break and we have to stay focused to get the best possible results from both."


Germany awaits MotoGP

For many years, the Sachsenring GP took place on city streets, but after the umpteenth incident occurred in 1990, the decision to abandon the urban layout became a priority. A new project was begun to construct a new track, surrounded by a permanent infrastructure, and the current modern facility was completed after a few years.

The circuit, inaugurated in March of 1996 and subsequently modified in 2001, now measures 3.671 km (2.280 mi). It’s one of the shortest tracks on the MotoGP calendar, where it has again occupied a spot since 1998. It features a counter-clockwise layout, with ten left turns and four rights, and its only major straightaway is approximately 800 m in length (half a mile).

Following last week’s test at Misano, Andrea is now preparing to face the German GP with the new ‘lab’ bike. The data he collected on that occasion will be a good starting point for the important work to take place in the Energy T.I. Pramac Racing Team garage starting from the first practice sessions scheduled for tomorrow, Friday, 12 July.

Andrea Iannone – Energy T.I. Pramac Racing Team

“I'm very positive for this weekend because the test we had at Misano went pretty well. I'm happy because I had the chance to try the new bike, which I’ll use for the rest of the season. I had a positive feeling, which I hope to be able to take advantage of immediately in order to improve my pace and be closer to Nicky and Dovi. With the team, we’ll work even harder to understand where and how to gain valuable time.”


Germany awaits MotoGP

For many years, the Sachsenring GP took place on city streets, but after the umpteenth incident occurred in 1990, the decision to abandon the urban layout became a priority. A new project was begun to construct a new track, surrounded by a permanent infrastructure, and the current modern facility was completed after a few years.

The circuit, inaugurated in March of 1996 and subsequently modified in 2001, now measures 3.671 km (2.280 mi). It’s one of the shortest tracks on the MotoGP calendar, where it has again occupied a spot since 1998. It features a counter-clockwise layout, with ten left turns and four rights, and its only major straightaway is approximately 800 m in length (half a mile).

Michele Pirro will be back in the Ignite Pramac Racing Team pits as a substitute rider for American Ben Spies, having performed in his normal test-rider role with the Ducati Test Team during the recent test at the Misano circuit.

Michele Pirro – Ignite Pramac Racing Team

“We’re ready for another Grand Prix, and I hope to find the same feeling with my bike that I had during the test at Misano, where I felt better than I did at Barcelona and Assen. I felt really good, and I hope that the temperature will be higher here than it was at the race in Holland, and that we can get some good results. I’ll use the same bike that I’ve ridden until now, the ‘lab’, and we’ll continue our work. After this race I’ll get back to testing full-time until Misano, where I’ll be on the grid as a wildcard rider with the Ducati Test Team.”


BRADL KEEN TO RACE AHEAD HIS NATIONAL CROWD

Sachsenring, 11 July: with no time to take a breath and just five days after the first taste of the Termas de Rio Hondo circuit in Argentina, LCR racer Stefan Bradl and his crew follow the Championship to Sachsenring for this weekend's Grand Prix of Germany. The 2011 Moto2 World Champion is certain to boost the crowd as Germans have traditionally been quite successful in the lower categories, but haven’t been consistently fast in the premier class. The 23-year-old from Munich arrived in Sachsenring double motivated after the progression of the last rounds and his first premier class front row achieved in Assen. Before taking the track Stefan and some colleagues experience a Western Village dedicate to the German writer Karl May who wrote famous novels about western countries and was born in the same city as the Sachsenring Circuit is at.

“The last period has been pretty busy for me but I am looking forward to this weekend. Sachsenring is a short and difficult circuit with no major straight and a lot of left-hande corners. Honestly it’s not one of my favourite race tracks but my family, my friends and my fans will be there to support me. The Assen GP front row was a great achievement for us but it would be nice to reward my local crowd with another good performance. Today I had fun at the Western Village with Colin and further German riders: I was the famous Sitting Bull!”.


Bridgestone MotoGP™ Preview - Round 8: Sachsenring

Wednesday 10 July 2013

Bridgestone slick compounds available: Front: Soft & Hard. Rear: Soft, Medium & Hard (Asymmetric)

Bridgestone wet tyre compounds available: Soft (Main), Hard (Alternative)

Round eight of the 2013 MotoGP™ season takes place at Germany’s Sachsenring; a slow yet technical circuit whose combination of abrasive tarmac and fast left-hand turns make it one the most punishing tracks for tyres.

With ten left-hand turns compared to just three right-handers, the Sachsenring is extremely punishing on the left shoulder of the tyres and is a circuit where an optimal bike setup is crucial to achieve a strong result.

The imbalance in number of left and right-hand turns at this circuit means asymmetric rear slicks are supplied. However the large variance in temperatures generated on the shoulders of the tyres due to the many successive left-hand corners means the difference in compound hardness between the left and right shoulders of the rear slicks is greater than at other circuits. As with other tracks that are deemed to be particularly harsh on tyres, all rear slicks for the German Grand Prix will be Bridgestone’s heat-resistant ‘Special Construction’ specification.

In the past, race weekends at Sachsenring have been subject to large variations in ambient temperature so the front tyre compound allocation provides an option for every track condition. The soft compound front slick will ensure superior warm-up performance in cool conditions, while the hard compound option affords maximum front-end stability for the fast sections of the circuit and better abrasion resistance when temperatures are warmer. The main wet tyre option for the German Grand Prix will be the soft compound wet tyre.

Hiroshi Yamada - Manager, Bridgestone Motorsport Department

“The German Grand Prix is an important race on the MotoGP calendar as it draws huge crowds and the tight layout of the Sachsenring has produced some dramatic races over the years. Dani has dominated this race recently and he is just one of many riders who are in top form at the moment, so the signs are promising that we will see a closely-fought contest on Sunday. We are getting close to the halfway mark of the season, and I think that the results from the next couple of races will be significant in the fight for this year’s championship title. It has been a couple of very busy weeks with the Dutch Grand Prix and then what was a successful MotoGP test in Argentina, and now I am looking forward to returning to Germany as it is an important market for Bridgestone and the local fans are very passionate about their motorcycle racing.”

Shinji Aoki - Manager, Bridgestone Motorsport Tyre Development Department

“Sachsenring is a very demanding circuit for tyres as it features long radius corners in which the bikes stay at large lean angles for long periods. In particular, the high-speed long left-handers that sweep onto the back straight and main straight generate a lot of temperature in the left shoulder of the rears. To meet the demands of this circuit, asymmetric rear slicks with much harder rubber compounds on the left shoulder are provided at this circuit, while the softer compounds on the right shoulder help retain tyre temperature for maximum safety in the slow right-handers. Our front tyre options will ensure good warm-up and grip for the cool morning sessions, and maximum front-end stability when the pace quickens. This is a short circuit with a relatively low average speed, but the stress placed on the tyres in conjunction with high tyre wear means finding a good bike setup, as well as a riding style that uses the tyres most effectively are crucial to getting a decent result here.”


Round Number: 
8
2013

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