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
Today in the GP of Germany, Repsol Honda's Marc Marquez has taken his second win of the season and regained the lead of the Championship. Unfortunately, it was more disappointment for his teammate Dani Pedrosa who this morning was cleared by the medical staff for warm up, but then suffered a repeat of his dizzy spells as a result of his crash in yesterday's FP3 session. He failed to take part in warm up and after doctors visited him again later in the morning at his motorhome they declared him unfit to race.
In contrast, it has been a very good weekend for Marc. Starting from pole position, his third of the season, Marc dropped back to 4th briefly before passing Espargaro on lap three, Rossi on lap five and Bradl on lap six to take the lead. He then opened up a gap and controlled the race, fending off a late challenge from Crutchlow. This is Marc's fourth successive win from pole here in Sachsenring (2010 in 125cc, 2011 and 2012 in Moto2) and completes a perfect weekend, after also taking pole and fastest lap (1'22.066).
Since the introduction of the four-stroke MotoGP class in 2002, Honda have been the most successful manufacturer with eight wins in Germany.
Marc now leads the Championship on 138 points with Dani, who drops to 2nd on 136 points.
Marc Marquez 1st Championship Standing: 1st - 138 points
"I am very happy with this victory. It was important to have a good race under the circumstances this weekend, without Dani and Jorge on track. I wish them a speedy recovery, because winning is important but without them the triumph isn't quite the same. Even so, it is a good result, since we have taken the maximum points available and ridden a completely different race to those that we've had before. We led the race and maintained the gap to second place. It was good experience, although I perhaps prefer races that are a little more of a battle! We should be happy, and we have also held up well physically at a circuit where there is no time to rest on the bike. We'll see how it goes in Laguna Seca, which will be a hard GP for me because I've never ridden there. We'll take it step-by-s tep and remain calm whilst we get up to speed"
Dani Pedrosa DNS Championship Standing: 2nd - 136 points
"This morning I had my check up in the medical centre and I felt okay, my shoulder was painful but otherwise I felt fine. The doctors declared me fit to take part in warm up. Then shortly before the session I began to feel dizzy again and my blood pressure dropped. The doctors came to see me in my truck and we decided I shouldn't take part in the session. I returned to my motorhome to rest and still felt dizzy and sick. The doctors arrived at my motorhome and informed me that they did not consider I was okay to race and would therefore declare me unfit"
Rossi Delivers in Germany for Sachsenring Podium
Sachsenring (Germany), 14th July 2013
Yamaha Factory Racing’s Valentino Rossi made a welcome return to the Sachsenring podium today with third in the Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland. Today’s podium finish is his first at the Sachsenring circuit since his victory with Yamaha in 2009 and is a mark of his continued return to form following his Assen victory two weeks ago.
Starting from third on the grid the nine-time World Champion took the hole shot into turn one and led local German rider Stefan Bradl into the first lap. As Rossi struggled to find grip from the rear Bradl was able to pass on turn 12. As the laps wound down pole man Marc Marquez squeezed for the lead. Rossi was able to pick up the pace again with 22 laps to go, re-passing Bradl for second position. Mid-race distance saw tyre wear drop dramatically and with 15 laps remaining Rossi was forced to allow satellite Yamaha rider Cal Crutchlow to pass. Despite the lack of grip he was able to build a gap of nearly 4 seconds to Bradl in fourth to secure third place and a second successive podium finish of the season.
The result puts Rossi on 101 Championship points, six behind Crutchlow in fourth. Teammate Jorge Lorenzo now sits in third position in the Championship on 127 points having missed the race through injury. Despite the set back he is just 11 points behind leader Marquez.
No decision has yet been made for Lorenzo’s participation in the Laguna Seca race as he recovers from yesterday’s collarbone surgery in Barcelona. His team will travel to the USA and set up as normal should the reigning World Champion decide to ride in next weekend’s Grand Prix.
3rd / +9.620 / 30 laps
“It's a good result, to stay on the podium is always a good result but I expected something more and to do a better race. During the weekend we made some choices, yesterday we decided to set up the bike in one way and today after some laps I started to suffer too much. The first ten laps were not so bad but after I started to have problems and it was too difficult to turn the bike, especially on the left I was sliding too much. We have to work to try and make another step to stay with the top guys. Next we will have Laguna, a very special track, and we will try to have better results there. We are five very fast riders and we are closer now because unfortunately Dani and Jorge are injured and we have another race next week. If I want to fight for the Championship I have to go faster and I have to be constantly faster so I have to make another step.”
“We worked the entire weekend to manage the tyre life in the best way possible but we couldn't make it as we wanted. We had a decent pace and in the end we got a podium, that is an important result and we got points. We knew at the beginning that this circuit was not one of the favourites for us and we had to manage it. We are looking forward to Laguna to fight for the positions that we are used to be fighting for. We are pleased that Jorge’s surgery was completed successfully yesterday and we wish him a very speedy recovery. We have made no decision yet on when he will return to race however we will bring his crew to Laguna to be prepared for any eventuality.”
Crutchlow and Smith equal season best in Germany
Cal Crutchlow and Bradley Smith equalled their season best results at Germany’s Sachsenring today, the British duo storming to a fantastic double top six finish for the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team.
Crutchlow raced to an outstanding fourth podium in the last five races to continue his amazing record-breaking exploits in the 2013 World Championship, while Smith showed tremendous speed and consistency to secure a second top six finish in his rookie campaign.
On form Crutchlow produced a scintillating surge through the field after he’d been dropped back to sixth in a frenetic opening to the 30-lap race. The 27-year-old’s brilliant charge gathered momentum on lap four when he dived underneath Alvaro Bautista to slot into fourth at the final corner.
He then pressured home crowd favourite Stefan Bradl into a mistake at the final corner on lap 10 to move into the top three. With adrenaline and the non-stop action taking his mind of numerous cuts, bruises and friction burns he suffered in two heavy practice crashes, he then executed a brave but perfect pass on Valentino Rossi at Turn 12 on lap 16 to snatch second.
At that stage of the race, Marc Marquez had established a comfortable advantage of 2.8s. But demonstrating his never give up attitude and fighting spirit, Crutchlow launched a relentless pursuit of the Spaniard that kept fans on the edge of their seats right to the chequered flag.
Crutchlow narrowed the gap to 1.5s but Marquez was unflappable, though Crutchlow’s second place helped him secure another personal milestone in his third premier class season. Today's result saw him become the first British rider to score four or more podium MotoGP finishes since the legendary Barry Sheene in 1982.
Not be to be outdone, Smith’s eye-catching ride ensured he played an important role in a landmark result, with today’s race the first time two British riders have finished inside the top six in a premier class encounter since the Donington Park round back 1993.
Starting from seventh on the grid, the 22-year-old held onto that place while he was comfortably able to streak away from a chasing pack that included MotoGP race winners Andrea Dovizioso and Nicky Hayden.
He moved into the top six on lap seven and feeling comfortable and confident on the YZR-M1 machine he pushed hard to try and bridge a gap of close to three seconds to Bautista in fifth. He kept the Spaniard firmly in his sights throughout the race but was happy to settle for a richly deserved top six.
The most pleasing aspect for the rookie was the 25-second gap to race winner Marquez, which was the closest Smith has finished to first place in 2013, and provides further proof of his rapidly growing confidence with the YZR-M1 machine.
Cal Crutchlow 2nd– 107 points :Cal Crutchlow
“I am really happy to be on the podium again because it was a hard race in my physical condition. The two crashes in practice took a lot out of me but I dug deep and it is great to get another podium for the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team. I actually made a really good start but I had to roll off the throttle when Marc came towards me and that cost me a few places. The bike worked really well in the first few laps and I was able to fight my way through and I really enjoyed it. In the second half of the race the bike felt great and I was fast. I came on strong and pulled away from Valentino and I did absolutely everything I could to close down Marc. I couldn’t have done anything more but credit to him because he didn’t make a mistake, he controlled the gap to me very well and he deserved to win. I just kept on pushing and at the end second is another fantastic result. It is my fourth podium and I am not so far back in the Championship, so I can’t really ask for anything more. Now we go to Laguna trying to fight for another podium and hopefully that first win.”
Bradley Smith 6th– 51 points :Bradley Smith
“I am truely happy with this sixth place. I got a good start and I was really pleased with my pace for most of the race. It is particularly pleasing because this is a track where I expected to struggle more because it has a lot of left-hand corners and you are constantly pushing with the left part of your body. That’s where my injury is but I felt strong for the whole race. I’m also pleased that we managed to reduce the gap to the winner by another seven seconds and I think 25 seconds is not too bad at the moment. There were so many positives but I had a little bit of an issue with rear grip and I think we can still improve our setting to make that better. I still believe I did a really good job and now the next objective is to get closer to Bautista on the satellite Honda. This result has given me a lot of confidence and I am really looking forward to going to Laguna Seca. It is a very difficult track and while I did test there earlier this year on a production bike I am still expecting a tough weekend.”
Herve Poncharal – Team Manager :
“That was another great weekend for the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team. I’m really proud of Cal and Bradley because since the beginning of the season they have both been doing an incredible job. Cal was awesome today because even if he had two high-speed crashes on Friday he showed incredible determination yesterday to finish second in qualifying. We knew it was possible to get another big result in the race and he didn’t disappoint us. In the early stages the situation seemed to be tricky, but Cal showed once again his fighting spirit and he made some incredible moves and for a lot of the race it was obvious he was the fastest rider. It was fantastic to see him catching Valentino and finally passing him and he could immediately open up a gap. When I saw him second I thought it might be enough, but I knew it would not be enough for him and reduced the gap to Marc. It really was exciting to watch but Marc managed the situation very well, though we can't be disappointed not to win because Cal again demonstrated why he is one of the best in MotoGP now. Bradley too did an incredible job. He is still not 100% fit with his wrist and hand but he has never complained about his injury and today he showed a fantastic pace and great concentration. He was very close to Alvaro, who is a very experienced MotoGP rider, and he fought right from the first to the last lap. And when you see the gap to Marc at the end, he was losing less than a second a lap to him and that is a sure sign of his progress in MotoGP. Now we make the long trip to Laguna Seca full of confidence for what is always a memorable event.”
BRADL EQUALS HIS BEST CAREER RESULT AT HIS HOME GP
Sachsenring, 14 July: the MotoGP contingent were warmly greeted by 87.000 local fans at today’s Grand Prix of Deutschland which saw Stefan Bradl equalling his career-best result again with a positive 4th place. The German rider was again a strong performer throughout the whole weekend and, after a brilliant start from the 4th spot on the grid, the 23-year-old began his battle with the front guys but missed the opportunity to jump on the podium at his home race. ...read more and download the official photos.
“I think it was a good weekend for us even if we missed the chance to achieve the podium. Actually I have done a good start and I was capable to lead the race for some laps but, when the guys passed me, I could see that they had more corner speed especially in section 2 which was the weak point for us. We have been very competitive and very fast in the remaining sections so we are pretty satisfied about our job. Okay… I missed the chance to reward my Team and my crowd with a podium finish but we do not give up and we will keep on fighting in Laguna. I especially want to thank my fans… I could feel their great support these days and it was something special to me”.
BAUTISTA FIFTH AT SACHSENRING
Alvaro Bautista's German Grand Prix finished better than he might have expected with a top five result at Sachsenring following a troublesome weekend of practice and qualifying. Despite losing significant ground to his rivals in one particular section of the track Alvaro held it together around the rest of the lap to pick up a result that gives the team a timely boost ahead of the trip to Laguna Seca following some disappointing races at Assen, Mugello and Barcelona. A tough weekend for Bryan Staring finished in the worst possible fashion with a fourth crash in bizarre circumstances.
Alvaro Bautista (5th) “We finished in fifth place which at the end of the day is not a great result but after a great start I just wasn't able to keep in touch with the riders at the front. We had some traction problems in the second sector, which is where I was losing a lot of time and I could only just hold the gap in the other sectors. I tried to get closer but I couldn't manage it and fifth place is still a positive result for us after the Dutch race because it's a step forward. Now I am sure we can make more progress at Laguna with the help of the team, who are doing a great job.”
Bryan Staring (DNF) “My confidence is on the floor right now! Four crashes in a weekend is four too many and the one in the race was particularly stupid. I was letting the front three lap me and lost concentration going into turn one and ended up crashing. I am really sorry to the team, who are doing so much to help me.”
Fausto Gresini “It hasn't been an easy weekend for Alvaro, with so many setbacks that have prevented him from riding the bike as he would like. Even so he had a decent race today despite the fact that he was losing so much time in one particular sector. Now we have to look at how we can give Alvaro a more competitive bike in the coming races. I feel sorry for Bryan because it has been a disastrous weekend for him. It's a bitterly disappointing situation.”
Seventh and ninth for Dovizioso, Hayden in German GP
At the end of what has been a challenging weekend in Germany, race day at the Sachsenring saw Ducati Team riders Andrea Dovizioso and Nicky Hayden ride to seventh and ninth place finishes, respectively.
Starting from the ninth position on the grid, the Italian knew it would be a difficult race, but he advanced to seventh place by the halfway point and maintained the position to the finish. As for his American teammate, after falling in the morning warm-up, Hayden had to switch to his second bike, and he never had the grip that he needed to ride aggressively.
The Ducati Team now heads straight to Monterey, California, for next weekend’s United States Grand Prix at Laguna Seca.
Andrea Dovizioso - Ducati Team, 7th
“Speaking from a personal perspective, I’m fairly pleased with the day; all weekend it was very difficult to do a pace in the low 1:23s, so I’m satisfied that I managed to do it for the entire race. Obviously, we can’t be pleased with this result, as we were 30 seconds back, but it’s just further confirmation of our current gap. We couldn’t expect anything else today. We’re working a lot, but again, the bike is similar to the one we started the year with, so it couldn’t be otherwise. I’m not looking for excuses; it’s just the reality at this moment. To all the Ducati fans, I say be patient. We’re working as hard as we can to improve our competitiveness, but it’s not a situation that you can solve race by race or with simple changes to setup.”
Nicky Hayden - Ducati Team, 9th
“It certainly wasn’t the race we’d hoped for. I was having a good morning warm-up until I had a crash right at the end. Even though it was a small one, it damaged the frame, so it was best to switch to the other GP13 for the race. I hadn’t ridden that bike much, and I didn’t have the same feeling as with the other one, especially in terms of grip. In the beginning, every time I pushed, the rear would come around on me. It was a long, lonely race. We need to understand what happened, because we had a much better pace than that all weekend, especially with old tyres. It’s a shame because as usual, the guys really gave me their all, and they deserve better than that.”
Bernhard Gobmeier – Ducati Corse General Manager
“Again, this wasn’t one of our best weekends. On Nicky’s side we saw good pace in the practices, and he was doing very well this morning until his crash. We expected that he could do a similar pace for the race, but with the other bike we didn’t find the same grip levels. As for Andrea, unfortunately he crashed the new development frame on Friday morning, and we had to go back to the standard version. Nonetheless, he did an excellent job to do those low 1:23s over the whole race distance. Again, we have a big job in front of us, and we’re working hard on new solutions, but they need time to be tested and produced before they’re brought to the racetrack.”
ALEIX ESPARGARÓ TAKES ANOTHER EIGHTH PLACE
POWER ELECTRONICS Aspar has excepcional performance at Sachsenring to finish in top ten. Randy De Puniet improves feeling after chassis switch
Only 21 MotoGP riders took to the grid at 2pm today at the Sachsenring, for the main event of the German GP. Dani Pedrosa, Jorge Lorenzo and Andrea Iannone were all absent through injury, and were unable to start the 30-lap contest. Home rider Stefan Bradl enjoyed five laps of glory after passing Valentino Rossi on the first lap, but from then on it was all about Marc Marquez, who took the lead and escaped for the remaining 25 laps. He won ahead of Cal Crutchlow, who passed Rossi for second place and then cut the gap to Marquez before the end. Marquez, Crutchlow and Rossi were the podium finishers at round eight.
Fifth on the grid, after his best qualifying session to date in MotoGP, Aleix Espargaró stormed off the line when the lights went out at the Sachsenring. The POWER ELECTRONICS Aspar rubbed shoulders with the leading group in the early laps, remaining in third place for the opening two laps. For the umpteenth consecutive race, he fought against riders on official bikes. For the fourth race in a row, after the rounds in Italy, Catalonia, Holland and Germany, he repeated the best result so far for a CRT rider: Eighth. This result gives him eight points and consolidates his place in the top ten overall in MotoGP.
Randy De Puniet sought solutions for increasing his feel with the front of his bike, and today during the warm up session he returned to the 2012 chassis. The change was very positive for the Frenchman, who gradually found a way forward. Although it took him some laps to adapt, he was finally very comfortable riding again and concluded in twelfth position.
8th Aleix Espargaró: "I am very pleased with our start to the race. I knew I could be fast with the soft tyre on the first few laps, so I did what I could to stay ahead. I pushed hard, but inevitably, gradually, I lost touch with the frontrunners. Today was the hottest day of the weekend and increased track temperatures hindered the situation somewhat. I think we had a great race and the difference to first place was the smallest so far this year. I fought to the end with Dovizioso and passed him a couple of times, but he always got back ahead on the descent. We again picked up plenty of points and were fighting with official bikes, we are in a good position in the championship and I’m very happy with this eighth place."
12th Randy De Puniet: "This morning we decided to go back to the 2012 chassis, because from the beginning of the year I have had a lot of difficulty adjusting to this season’s one. The difference is small but in the warm up session I found the best feeling of the weekend with the bike. So I decided to keep the chassis for the race. On the first lap of the race I had to adapt to the behaviour of the bike, which made me lose several positions and some time, but luckily I was able to pull myself together. However, it was too late to keep up with Pirro and Hayden. I think I was the only rider who used the soft front tyre, as with the hard front I could not ride well. When I was passed by Barberá I stuck behind him. I'm happy because today we finally saw the light at the end of the tunnel. As the laps went by I could enjoy riding again."
Forced stop for Energy T.I. Pramac Racing Team
Andrea Iannone had a sleepless night following yesterday’s crash during the FP4 session at the Sachsenring, resulting in a dislocation of his right shoulder. Despite his desire to continue with the good work carried out in the garage over the first two days of the German Grand Prix, the strong and relentless pain in his shoulder prevented Andrea from lining up on the starting grid at the Sachsenring.
Andrea visited Dr. Costa and the Clinica Mobile staff in the morning to undergo treatment that will continue in the coming days, in hopes that the Italian will recover enough strength and arm mobility to allow him to compete in the United States Grand Prix, which will take place at Laguna Seca on 21 July.
Andrea Iannone - Energy T.I. Pramac Racing Team
“It was really hard to not race here. I really wanted to compete because I felt good, but it probably would’ve been a case of causing more damage than gaining satisfaction. Although it’s not easy, sometimes it’s better to say no. Tomorrow I’ll return to Italy and in the coming days we’ll decide whether it will be possible to participate in the Grand Prix at Laguna. I'd really like to because I’ve never raced there, so it would be the first time. Still, I want to evaluate the situation properly, as I can’t take unnecessary risks that could compromise the rest of the championship."
Tenth position for Michele Pirro
After starting from the fifth row of the grid, Michele Pirro, substitute rider for injured American Ben Spies, finished in 10th place in the Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland round of 2013 World Championship, in front of 85,667 spectators.
His best lap time clocked was 1:23.589, just a few tenths of a second from his ‘brand-mate’ Nicky Hayden, who preceded him by one position.
It was a consolatory conclusion of three challenging days during which most of the work was focused toward trying to improve the bike’s feeling, which bothered Pirro throughout the entire race weekend.
Michele Pirro – Ignite Pramac Racing Team
“It wasn’t so bad. Regarding the pace, I think it was the most consistent day I’ve had over the weekend. I was close to Hayden for the whole race, and considering that he started from the second row, it means that was the pace I could safely maintain. With a better start, I could’ve climbed a few places, but we still have a lot of work to do. I’m not entirely satisfied, but considering how it all started, I can’t complain. Now I’ll focus on testing at Misano, where I’ll return to being a test rider.”
GERMAN RACE POOR OF SATISFACTIONS FOR THE CAME IODARACING TEAM
Chemnitz, July 14, 2013 - The eighth round of the 2013 championship ended with a bitter taste in the mouth for the CAME Iodaracing Team riders.
In the Sachsenring MotoGP race, Danilo Petrucci crossed the line in fourteenth place, however, putting aside 2 precious championship points, while Lukas Pesek's scored a 19th place. Petrucci, who started from eleventh on the grid, he made an interesting race for the first half, but then began to be disturbed by an annoying front chattering that did not allow to defend himself from the other riders in the second half of the GP. For Lukas Pesek there is the satisfaction of having completed another race, which increases the confidence of the rider with the Ioda Suter BMW.
In Moto2, disappointment Johann Zarco who failed to overtake the riders in his group in the race. The French rider who was carrying a tricolor ribbon to celebrate the national holiday of July 14, was taking the box from eleventh on the grid and finished line in twelfth position.
DANILO PETRUCCI - MOTOGP RIDER - GP GERMANY - 14th "I started well with a good pace staying with Pirro and Hayden. From the middle of the race I started to feel annoying vibrations at the front and I had to slow down. In that time I have also upset and this made me drive worse and lose even more ground. I'm still happy to be once again came to points, even if I missed something from my rivals: Randy De Puniet, Hector Barbera and Colin Edwards ".
LUKAS PESEK - MOTOGP RIDER - GP GERMANY - 19th "I'm pleased that I finished a very long and tough race even under the physical point of view. My Ioda Suter is now well wetted regarding to the chassis and the electronics unfortunately the problems of the past few days not allowed us to try the hard front tire, which would be more suitable for the race. With the soft one, from mid-race then started to close the steering and I was forced to slow down."
JOHANN ZARCO - MOTO2 RIDER - GP GERMANY - 12th "I am very disappointed with my race. Leaving eleventh and finish 12th is not the best. Otherwise I wanted to celebrate July 14 in other way, but I could not pass the riders in my group. Eventually I got nervous and was not able to gain positions. shame because I had other plans for this race. Now I have to wait Indianapolis to give my best."
Top15 for Edwards and Corti at Sachsenring
The German GP comes to an end with both NGM Mobile Forward Racing riders in the Top15 for the second time this season. Colin Edwards and Claudio Corti finished the race in thirteenth and fifteenth place respectively at Sachsenring.
After a great start the American rider seemed to have trouble turning his bike in the corners but was still able to mimic his qualifying lap time. Teammate Claudio Corti was unable to repeat his qualifying lap times and increased his race pace by more than one second making hard for the Italian to fight for the Top10 at the German GP.
The NGM Mobile Forward Racing riders feel they have a good base for Laguna and look forward to the second American round of the season.
“We’ve had a great start, probably the best one so far this year. I kind of moved to the outside and thought that I could hold it on and go around the outside, hoping that nobody would crash and would take me out and it all kind of worked out. When I got situated I immediately struggled to turn the bike, I was looking where I wanted to go but the bike was going straight. I just put my head down, a couple of guys got by me and all I could do was hunt them down and see what happens. I went as fast as I did in qualifying and right at the end the last six or seven laps were a little sketchy on the left side, you couldn’t carry the lean angle, kind of had to hold the bike up and spin it around the corner. Thanks to the team, we need to keep up the good work.”
“A real shame for today’s race because it seemed that today had the ideal conditions to do a good race but unfortunately I don’t know what happened but most likely the rear tire was defective, causing me to lose tire pieces in the first few laps. The feeling with the bike after that was never as it had been during the morning warm-up session, causing me almost a one second increase on my race pace. I am sorry about this because after a very good start and a few laps alongside the Ducatis I had to let go because it was too dangerous. The bike was sliding a lot and even after I tried to change the different mapping settings it was still hard to ride it. I am really sorry for what happened today because the team has worked very hard. I do believe we have a good base for Laguna, we need to keep working in this direction in order to improve our performance.”
We have achieved the goal we had set ourselves to have both riders in the points. We are partially happy with our results because after the performance from this morning the expectations were high. Colin struggled a lot in the first six laps and we have yet to understand why. The fact the fuel tank was full might have contributed to his trouble in turning the bike, causing him to lose time. As the fuel tank was getting low the bike started to turn normally but the gap with the other CRTs was too wide. We were able to overtake Petrucci and finish in 13th place. Claudio decided to race with a different choice of tires and decided to use the hard tire, that decision caused him some problems. The tires were not performing as they would normally do and we will have to wait to see Bridgestone’s analysis in order to have a better grasp of what has actually happened. After the good results and fast lap times that Claudio had during the previous sessions he could have been in the fight for the Top10. We know go to Laguna for the next race, a home race of sorts for Colin, a new track for Claudio. We now know that we can be in the points at every race and that is what we have to aim for.”
German Disappointment For PBM MotoGP
Round eight of the MotoGP World Championship took place at Sachsenring in Germany this weekend and it proved ultimately disappointing for the Penrith-based PBM MotoGP Team.
After a pair of finishes in 19th and 22nd place for Colombian Yonny Hernandez and Ulsterman Michael Laverty respectively two weeks ago at Assen, the pair were hoping to add to both their own World Championship points scores and to improve their CRT and Manufacturer placings.
The weekend started off on a promising note as both Hernandez, from Medellin, on the Rapid Solicitors and Minxflix.com-sponsored Aprilia ART and Laverty, from Toome in County Antrim, on the Rapid Solicitors and Minxflix.com-sponsored PBM machine showed good pace in Free Practice to both end up in the top 16.
Despite adding a crash apiece to the numerous fallers over the weekend, the PBM duo excelled in Qualifying to end up with Laverty in sixth to record his best of the campaign with Hernandez in seventh going into the 30-lap race.
Hernandez's cause wasn't helped when he crashed out during warm up but worse was to follow in the race when on the opening lap, he crashed for the third time in the weekend to end his hopes of increasing his points tally.
Meanwhile, Laverty gamely battled on and gradually climbed from 18th place where he occupied for most of the race to 16th at the flag, in another race devoid of attrition, to record his seventh finish of the season and in doing so just missed out on adding to the points he scored at Jerez earlier in the season.
Hernandez still occupies 19th overall in the MotoGP World Championship standings with Laverty maintaining his 21st in his debut season. In the Claiming Rules Teams (CRT) class, Hernandez still holds sixth with Laverty in eighth whereas PBM occupy eighth in the Constructors Championship and 12th in the Teams Championship in their debut season with their brand new British-built machine.
Paul Bird, Team Owner: "A bit of a disappointing weekend if we are being honest. We had high hopes of some good results as the track seemed to suit our bikes and I was pleased we qualified well. It seems that Yonny has the speed but we just need to find a way of stopping him crashing, maybe some glue on the seat would help. He committed the cardinal sin of crashing in warm up too and that has put us on the back foot for Laguna Seca. Michael continued his good progress on the PBM machine and was unlucky to miss out on the points but we really need to start raising our game as you look at what other CRTs are doing and that's where we need to be aiming for."
Round nine of the MotoGP World Championship takes place on Sunday 21st July at Laguna Seca in California. For more information, please visit the team's brand new website www.pbmuk.net and www.motogp.com.
Marquez marches to the top of the standings after stunning Sachsenring victory
Round 8: Germany MotoGP™ - Race
Sachsenring, Sunday July 14 2013
Bridgestone slick compounds available: Front: Soft & Hard. Rear: Soft, Medium & Hard (Asymmetric)
Bridgestone wet tyre compounds available: Soft (Main), Hard (Alternative)
Weather: Dry. Ambient 23-23°C; Track 39-38°C (Bridgestone measurement)
Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez moved back to the top of the MotoGP™ points standings after a dominating performance at the German Grand Prix netted him his second victory of the year.
Starting on pole position, Marquez had a poor start and circulated in fourth position before beginning his charge through the front-runners on the third lap. After seizing the lead from LCR Honda’s Stefan Bradl on lap six, Marquez controlled the race perfectly to cross the finish line 1.559 seconds ahead of Monster Yamaha Tech3’s Cal Crutchlow, who again braved injury for a stunning second place. Taking the final place on the rostrum was Yamaha Factory Racing’s Valentino Rossi who continued the strong form he showed in Assen. Following his best ever MotoGP™ qualifying performance, Power Electronics Aspar’s Aleix Espargaro was among the top three riders early in the race and ultimately finished in eighth position to once again be the highest placed CRT rider.
Track temperatures today reached a peak of 39°C at the start of the race before dropping slightly towards the end of the thirty-lap contest. With Sachsenring requiring a lot of front-end grip in cool conditions, some riders considered using the soft compound front slick for the race. However track temperatures rose in the afternoon, so only four riders ended up selecting this option with the rest of the field choosing the hard compound front. With little time to test the harder rear slick compounds over the race weekend due to the cool morning sessions, most riders chose the well-tested softer rear slick options for the race with only two riders opting for the harder rear slick. Sachsenring is one of the most severe circuits on rear tyres as it features corners where riders attain high lean angles for long periods. Although almost all riders selected the less durable softer rear slick options, no unusual wear was reported during and performance over the race distance was consistent.
Marquez now sits on 138 points to lead his teammate Dani Pedrosa in the MotoGP™ championship standings by two points. Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jorge Lorenzo is a further nine points adrift and third place in the rankings.
Hiroshi Yamada – Manager, Bridgestone Motorsport Department
“Today’s race was run at a very fast pace and Marc did a fantastic job for his second win of the year so well done to him and Honda. A few different riders led the race during the early stages of the race to the delight of the lar. It is a shame that Jorge, Dani and Andrea could not take part in the race due to injury, I wish them all a quick recovery and hope we can welcome back a full grid of riders at Laguna Seca next weekend.”
Shinji Aoki – Manager, Bridgestone Motorsport Tyre Development Department
“Today was a very good race and the quick pace we saw shows that most of the teams managed to find a bike setup that got the best performance out of the tyres. Tyre performance over the race distance was excellent with the consistent lap times showing that the decrease in grip level was quite predictable. Sachsenring is one of the most technical circuits on the calendar and I’m happy that after a difficult start to the weekend that the riders, teams and Bridgestone technicians were able to work together to find a solution to enable the riders to negotiate this challenging circuit both quickly and safely.”
Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda – Race Winner
“I didn’t expect to lead the championship after eight races and although the circumstances for this race were a bit special without Dani and Jorge here, it was important to take the twenty-five points for the championship . It’s my second victory in MotoGP and today was a bit different as I led the race and managed the gap at the front and while it was a great experience, I prefer races with a few riders fighting at the front but again I learned a lot today.”