Press releases from the teams after the Sachsenring races:
TOTAL DOMINATION BY LEOPARD RACING IN THEIR HOME RACE
21 year young Danny Kent extended his championship lead with an untouchable race win in today’s German Grand Prix at the Sachsenring circuit ahead of team mate Efren Vazquez whilst Hiroki Ono was forced to retire after a first lap crash.
Kent, who started from pole position and moved away after five laps to open a gap over his team mate Efren Vazquez up to seven seconds, won for the fifth time this year in front of a massive crowded Sachsenring circuit. At fine weather conditions he displayed once again a talented ride, won round nine to head into the summer break with a 66 points lead in the world standings. In every single session the Honda rider was the man to beat this weekend, so he demonstrated again his high ambitions to win this year’s Moto3™ World Championship.
Meanwhile Hiroki Ono was unlucky as the young Japanese rider crashed out of the race early after the start.
The Moto3™ World Championship now heads into a three weeks summer break before the paddock goes west for the Indianapolis Grand Prix mid of August.
#7 Efren VAZQUEZ - 2nd, World Championship position 5th (96 points):
“Yes, I think it was a good race but not only for me as well for my team, because it’s their home race. I went very ambitious into the weekend to give my crew a really good result. During the race Danny was able to run a really high rhythm, which he had shown already on practice days. I was looking to the TV screens sometimes and I could see one rider is moving away so it looks easy to do it the same way, but it isn’t easy to lap faultless especially at this track. I lost my concentration during two laps so it was a really hard race for me. Finally this podium and beyond that this 20 points are really important for me, foremost for my position in the championship as well as to come back after the summer break in a good mood and with a strong mentality. But for now I look forward to some weeks off to recharge my batteries for the second part of the season. Thanks to the team for their great job every time.”
#52 Danny KENT - Winner, World Championship position 1st (190 points):
“I’m so happy about this win because this track is a really demanding one. Through all this corners and of course the long distance with 27 laps it isn’t easy to stay focussed, especially when riding alone at the front. But in the end I managed it well so thanks to that I was able to extend our championship lead further. After we were so strong during all practice sessions as well in qualifying practice the race started not that great as it was to expect. I didn’t make a great start when I dropped down some positions and I struggled a bit with the tyres and I had one moment with a big slide in turn twelfth. Anyway, from that point the tyres got better so everything went according to our plans. Due to our strong pace in practice sessions and qualifying we knew that we can do a good race today. I’m very happy how things went through the first part of the season to be able to perform consistently that strong, so now I look forward to some relaxed weeks with a fine championship lead. A huge thanks to my team and all stuff, great job done every time.”
#76 Hiroki ONO - NC, World Championship position 20th (15 points):
“It was an unfortunate incident as I had to take the outside line in turn four and another rider slipped in my bike. It was anything else than serious, but I was forced to retire because the footrest and the rear brake were broken. I’m really sorry for my team because I would like to do well at their home race.”
Stefan KIEFER (Team manager):
“Again a sensational weekend for Leopard Racing, but this time it is even more special because it is our home race. Danny displayed once again outstanding performances in every session on Friday and Saturday, including warm up session this morning. He also did it in the same way during the race and won with an exceptional big gap ahead of Efren. This of course sweetens our successful weekend here at home even more. But after his high and consistent level on Saturday and this morning it was somewhat to expect that he will do well too. Except Hiroki’s crash during the opening lap, which was a normal race accident, the Sachsenring Grand Prix was a really great weekend for Leopard Racing.”
Navarro sixth on difficult day for Repsol riders
Spaniard comes close to podium finish once again, whilst Fabio Quartararo and Maria Herrera both crash out of German GP.
The Repsol Moto3 riders ended a difficult weekend with a harsh finale for Fabio Quartararo and Maria Herrera. Jorge Navarro finished in sixth place and took 10 points from Sachsenring after fighting again for a podium finish..
The race started with Danny Kent leading the way from the opening laps. Escaping alongside him was his teammate, Efren Vazquez, and behind were a group of riders who fought until the final lap for third place on the podium. In that group were Fabio Quartararo and Jorge Navarro. Maria Herrera gained five places on Lap 1 and was up into twenty-fifth.
Quartararo had moved into third in the group, but at the end of the sixth lap he crashed on the final corner. Meanwhile, Navarro continued progressing within the group, finishing fourth in that pack for sixth place. Further back, Herrera battled for twenty-third with Ana Carrasco, but both crashed out after contact on the same corner where Quartararo had fallen.
Following this Grand Prix the World Championship will now take a three-week break, before returning to action for the Indianapolis Grand Prix.
Fabio Quartararo not classified
"I made a bad start, because I released the clutch too quickly and the front wheel lifted up. I lost some positions and I couldn’t ride comfortably. I had never had this problem before, but today with the new tyres the rear wheel was sliding and I couldn’t open the throttle where I should. It was a shame, because both on Friday and Saturday I had a good pace on worn tyres and thought in the race it would be easier with references from other riders. That didn’t happen and on the last corner I went wide, clipped the grass and crashed. You learn from days like this, so I will head to Indianapolis stronger."
Jorge Navarro 6th at 9.807 sec.
"It was a very hard fought race. I knew we lacked a bit of pace, unlike in Assen or Barcelona. I started well and I pushed to reach the top positions. When I was fifth or sixth, I tried to run down the laps because on the second and third sections I was finding it tough. I concentrated on continuing pushing until the end and I was once again very close to the podium. We have salvaged something from a weekend that started out quite tough, taking steps forward. We have got a good result, so I'm happy going into the break."
Maria Herrera not classified
"I made a good start but I saw that I was not as comfortable as in the warmup. I also started having a lot of trouble with my left shoulder and I was very uncomfortable until near the end of the race. I was in a group of six riders, riding calmly and waiting for the laps to pass to finish strong again. I think I could have done it, but unfortunately there was contact with Ana [Carrasco] with three laps to go. I hope she recovers soon, because she escaped less well off than me. I dislocated my shoulder again in the crash, although I put it back in quickly, and I also took a heavy knock to my back."
Rookie Martin saves the day for Mahindra
Sachsenring, 12 July 2015: Mapfre Team Mahindra rider Jorge Martin kept the flag flying and the points adding up for the only Indian constructor in the World Championship series, battling in a massive group chasing the runaway leaders, and reclaiming 12th place on the final lap.
Spaniard Martin (17, from the capital Madrid) was the only one of three Mapfre Team riders to finish. The usual top rider Pecco Bagnaia ended a difficult weekend with early retirement, with a minuscule but costly technical fault that left him pushing into the pits. The problem was caused by a faulty engine kill switch.
Third teamster Juanfran Guevara did not start, after suffering debilitating injuries in two crashes in practice and qualifying.
Martin started from a best-yet second-row position, and held sixth for the first five of 27 laps of the tight and tortuous Sachsenring circuit, the shortest of the calendar, holding his own in a big and growing group chasing third place. The brawl comprised some of the biggest names in the Moto3 class, including previous race winners and rostrum finishers.
The rookie, winner of last year’s Red Bull Rookies title, was still ninth at half distance; but dropped to 13th as more experienced riders took advantage. On the last lap, he regained 12th, one place lower than his best yet finish in his first grand prix season.
The race was won in a runaway by championship leader Danny Kent (Honda).
The German GP marks the halfway point of the 18-round season, followed by a three-weekend summer break before the Indianapolis GP at the iconic Indianapolis Motor Speedway on August 9.
Jorge Martin – Twelfth Place
I was happy to be racing with such a top group of riders, and to be able to fight with them. We are near … but we still need to improve. The biggest problem was on the straights, where I suffered compared with them. But we do the best with what we have, and we are getting better all the time.
Mufaddal Choonia – CEO, Mahindra Racing
We hoped to sign off the mid-season in a better way, so this wasn’t an ideal weekend. It was a really stupid problem with Pecco’s bike … the kill switch made the engine stall, otherwise I am sure he would have been fighting with the front group. Martin showed that he can stay in the points, but at the same time he lost six positions in the race. We need to analyse the data, and see how to help him make a step up in the second half of the year.
Moto3 - San Carlo Team Italia goes through a difficult weekend at Sachsenring
In race Manzi (22nd) and Ferrari (25th) recover positions compared to the practice.
The last round before the summer break of the Moto3 World Championship didn't give big satisfaction to the riders of San Carlo Team Italia. At Sachsenring, in the big day of the leader of the championship Danny Kent (Honda), who got his fifth seasonal victory, Stefano Manzi and Matteo Ferrari couldn't go respectively beyond the 22nd and 25th place.
Started from the ninth and tenth row of the starting grid, Manzi and Ferrari were fighting with other five riders in the "third front group", but still far from the points. Among the positive aspects of the weekend, the improvements highlighted compared to the practice, and the increasing feeling of the two riders of the Italian Motorcycling Federation on their Mahindra MGP3O.
For San Carlo Team Italia Moto3 the next round, the first after the summer break, is from 7th to 9th August at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, tenth round of the 2015 World Championship.
Stefano Manzi (San Carlo Team Italia - Mahindra MGP3O #29) 22nd
"The start was very good, I found myself 20th at the end of the first lap. Unfortunately from that moment, I made several mistakes so that I lost contact with the group of eight riders who were fighting for the points. In the fast corners I often went out of trajectory, and especially here at Sachsenring you need just a little to lose a lot of time. It's a pity because we could have done much better than the 22th place, we will try to improve at Indianapolis."
Matteo Ferrari (San Carlo Team Italia - Mahindra MGP3O #12) 25th
"I started quite well and in the first laps I was able to push more than usual. From this point of view, we did some progress compared with the previous races. Unfortunately, during the eighth/ninth lap, I wasn't able to keep the same pace because of the use of the tyres, so I found myself fighting against the 5-6 riders of my group. At the end I made a little mistake that compromised a potential 21st place, it wasn't not an impressive result compared to our expectations. Despite the final result, in these three days at Sachsenring we have taken some remarkable steps forward in terms of feeling on the front, while we still have to find the right compromise to have more grip on the back."
Cristiano Migliorati (Sports Manager - San Carlo Team Italia Moto3)
"Our target was to keep for the whole race with both our riders the pace of 1'28", essential to get closer to the points. Our riders tried to do their best, but except few laps on this pace, they were constantly on 1'29". During the summer break we will work hard to be at our best at Indianapolis, always trying to get closer to our referential target and to reach performance in line with the mission of our project."
Enthralling comeback for Fenati on the Sky Racing Team VR46 at the Sachsenring
Romano only to miss the podium in the photo finish with just 26 milliseconds crushing his hopes.
Good results for Migno as well, up from last to 21nd spot
A comeback race for the Sky Racing Team VR46 at the GoPro Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland. After an uphill start, Romano Fenati took an astounding run-up only to be denied the podium in a last lap all-Italian battle with Enea Bastianini (in 3rd) and Niccolò Antonelli (in 5th) that came down to a photo finish with Romano securing 4th place (39'38.988). Great comeback for Andrea Migno as well who pulled back thirteen positions securing 21st (40'16.017).
Starting from fourth row, Fenati got immediately stuck in traffic and initially lost some ground from the lead pack. Rider number 5 though, did never lose sight of the front group and fought till the very end for the podium finishing fourth, passed by Enea Bastianini in his final sprint by just 26 millisecond. With this finish (his third season best after win in Le Mans and a third place finish at Mugello) rider number 5 on the Sky Racing Team VR46 managed to retain the fourth position in the overall standings, just three points off the Portuguese Oliveira.
Also Migno’s performance was good, as he pulled off a great comeback as well. Getting away from last spot on the grid, due to a penalty that knocked him down the grid at the end of qualifying, the Italian rookie was able to pull back 13 positions, ending in 21st.
PABLO NIETO / Team Manager
It was an amazing race. I think we must congratulate all the team and our riders: we really did a great job and I’m very happy about it. With today’s race a first half of the season came to a positive close, after the struggling start in Qatar. Since then we have improved a lot and results came along. Today Romano put in an incredible race despite the problems he had in qualifying. It was one of his best races of the season and he deserved to step on the podium. Andrea pulled off a great comeback too: despite getting away from the last spot on the grid he managed to finish 21st. Unfortunately this track has been a bit tough for him since the very opening day last Friday. Despite that, he put in a good race. His aim is to go back fighting soon in the top 15 group.
ROMANO FENATI / Rider
It was a great race, considering the set-up issues we have been struggling with all weekend long. Also this time around, the whole team showed great professionalism, thus being able to find the right solutions allowing our bike to be highly competitive in the race. Too bad for the start, I got stuck in traffic and I lost some ground from the leading pack but not from the pursuers. And then along came my comeback, I was able to pull back one position after another, fighting for the podium until the very last millisecond. Maybe I made a tiny mistake in the last corner, I went a bit wide to try and be in front and that made way for Bastianini to pass me by a hair’s breadth!
ANDREA MIGNO / Rider
It was a comeback race, I hoped I would be able to score some points but I failed. It was a good result anyway, considering the difficulties I had over the last few days with the bike set-up and with the track. Of course, that is not the finish I was hoping for. I will have to try and stick to the top 15 group and starting from next round in Indianapolis will be fighting for this goal.
FOURTH PODIUM OF THE SEASON FOR BASTIANINI, THIRD IN GERMANY. TOP TEN FOR LOCATELLI
Today’s German Grand Prix at Sachsenring saw another great performance of the two Gresini Racing Team Moto3 riders: Enea Bastianini collected his fourth podium of the season, crossing the finish line in third place winning an all-Italian sprint that saw him opposed to Romano Fenati and Niccolò Antonelli, while Andrea Locatelli hit the top ten finishing the race in ninth place, just a few tenths from the podium positions.
Thanks to this third place, Bastianini rises to 124 points in the standings, consolidating the second position in the Championship. Locatelli is now 15th with 28 points.
ENEA BASTIANINI (3rd)
“This third place is really important for the championship and gives me a confidence boost, because I managed to win the sprint for the podium at the finish line: so far we have always been a bit unlucky in the final sprints, but this time I was able to exit the last corner faster than Fenati and it was a great satisfaction to beat him. It was a very difficult race: maybe without the battle with Hanika, which slowed me down a bit, I could probably try to stay with Vazquez to fight for second place: when Efren was still close enough to catch him, I took the lead of the group and tried to push, but the tyres were already worn out and it was not possible to open a gap. We are halfway through the season now and it’s very nice to be still in second place in the Championship: my goal for this season was to try to stay in the top three and we are doing it right!”.
ANDREA LOCATELLI (9th)
“I’m happy because we entered the top ten, collecting a placement that we’ve been considering within our reach since the beginning of the season. In the first part of the race I had a bit of trouble keeping a steady pace: the bike was moving a bit on the rear, making me lose some ground especially in T2 and therefore I was forced to recover in the rest of the track. Then I pushed hard to close the gap from the first group of riders even if it was not easy to keep a constant rhythm: it was a long race and I was a little tired in the final stages. However, we finished the race very close to the podium so I’m satisfied: we worked well all weekend and my technicians gave me a very good bike”.
“Bastianini got a wonderful podium: he deserved it, fighting to the end. Fenati is always hard to beat on the last lap, but Enea was great, giving us another great satisfaction. We are at the halfway mark of the championship and we are pleased to start the summer break strengthening the second position in the standings: this performance demonstrates once again that Enea deserves to stay there. Locatelli also made a great race, in my opinion the best of his season so far: he crossed the finish line close to the podium, proving to be grown. He misses very little now to join the fight at the top”.
INJURIES HAMPER HUSQVARNA LAGLISSE RIDERS AT MOTO3 GP OF GERMANY
INJURED KNEE FOR VINALES; DISLOCATED SHOULDER FOR HERRERA
It was a tough day on the track for the two Husqvarna Laglisse riders Isaac Vinales and Maria Herrera at Round 9 of the 2015 Moto3 World Championship with Vinales having to ride through the pain of sprained knee ligaments and Herrera likewise having to deal with the aftermath of a dislocated left shoulder.
Vinales had a particularly difficult task tackling the short and exacting German circuit because 10 of the 13 corners are to the left. He and Herrera were also among a group of 10 riders who were penalized three grid positions and denied the first 10 minutes of warm-up time on Sunday morning for riding what race officials deemed was too slow on the racing line in Saturday’s qualifying.
Despite these setbacks, Vinales fought through the pain in his knee and finished the race in eighteenth place. Herrera, who was new to the German circuit had a collision with another rider while locked in a battle for twenty-second place in the latter part of the race and had to retire after coming down hard on her back. While the German outing did not bring the expected results for the team, the two riders now have a little breathing space to recover from their injuries before the next round in Indianapolis on August 9.
Isaac Vinales: “I hit my left knee in the warm-up and tore a ligament and am in a lot of pain. The clinic strapped it and told me I should do what I could manage and on the grid I didn’t believe I could do more than a couple of laps. I gave what I could because most of the corners are to the left.” finales is now eighth on the championship points table.
Next Round: Indanapolis August 9, 2015
Brad Binder seventh at German GP
Red Bull KTM Ajo riders fight in front group for third place at Sachsenring. Binder finishes seventh and Hanika thirteenth.
07/12/2015 - Sachsenring, Germany
The Moto3 German Grand Prix Moto3 began with Karel Hanika –from second– and Brad Binder – from eighth– making a good start that allowed them to stay amongst the leading group. Binder, who started from the third row, led the race on Lap 2, and was inside the Top 10 throughout the entire race.
As usual in the Moto3 class, soon a front group was established and a pair of riders broke away. Binder and Hanika remained in the chasing pack competing for third.
Binder has occupied podium places on several occasions, whilst Hanika was at the back of the group. Fighting until the last moment for the rostrum, the South African rider completed the German Grand Prix in seventh place. Hanika did so in thirteenth.
After this ninth round of the championship, the Red Bull KTM Ajo riders will now enjoy a few week’s break. Miguel Oliveira, who yesterday underwent successful surgery to his left hand in Portugal, is in third place in the overall standings. Binder is sixth and Hanika fourteenth. The next Grand Prix will be the weekend of August 7th-9th at Indianapolis, for which Oliveira is expected to return.
41 BRAD BINDER
"At the beginning of the race I felt very strong, as always, and I made a good start in which I overtook several riders. We could not match the pace of Danny [Kent] and Efren [Vazquez] but for three quarters of the circuit I felt very comfortable. I made some mistakes on the closing laps and was passed, so I'm not very happy about that. We have to keep working, because I'm sure we can be up at the front but we find it hard at the end of the races –now we have learned why."
98 KAREL HANIKA
"The beginning of the race was good for me, since I had a good pace. Unfortunately I could not keep up with the frontrunners and I was in a group that was fairly fast. The second part of the race was quite disappointing: My bike stopped working like before and I was overtaken by several riders. I lost a lot of time on the exit of the last corner and on the home straight, dropping a few positions there. I tried to recover the places, but it was difficult. I'm a little disappointed, but I think at the next race we can do better."
AKI AJO - Team manager
"It was not an easy race for us, in a difficult weekend because of the injury Miguel [Oliveira] suffered. We hope he recovers soon. It seems that so far this has not been the best track for us. We must analyse what happened and see why we were pretty strong at the beginning of the race, but not on the final laps. We will look at both the riders and what we can improve on the bike. We have to accept the situation and be happy that Brad [Binder] was in the group fighting for the podium at the end of the race. Now we have the summer break and we will analyse all the data we have to start strong in the second half of the season."
Heroic ride ends in disappointment for Rabat
Sachsenring, Germany - Sunday 12 July 2015: Tito Rabat rode an heroic race at the Sachsenring today, racing through the pain barrier only to be cruelly denied a podium finish when he was brought down in the final corner by Franco Morbidelli.
Rabat had just snatched third place from the Italian as they headed up the hill towards the final corner on the last lap. The pair touched in the middle of the track and Morbidelli then lost the front as he tried to force his way up the inside of the Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS rider.
The Italian’s bike cannoned into the side of Rabat, who was left with no escape route. The two bikes and riders then continued into the gravel trap, where the reigning Moto2 World Champion’s race ended.
It was a sad end to what had been a brave and determined effort by Rabat. Sachsenring is the only circuit on the calendar at which he hasn’t finished on the Moto2 podium and it will remain so only because of another rider’s error.
Rabat’s recently fractured collarbone was undamaged in the crash, although the impact loosened two of the screws that were inserted just seven days ago. These will be replaced tomorrow and the reigning Moto2 World Champion will be fully fit when he returns in just over three weeks for the Indianapolis Grand Prix.
Álex Márquez finished 18th after a difficult weekend for the rookie rider. The reigning Moto3 World Champion had two crashes yesterday and knew that he was facing a tough task in today’s race, which he started from 24th position on the grid.
The Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS rider dropped to the back of the field after making contact with another rider on the opening lap. From that point onwards Marquez showed good pace but could only come through to finish 18th.
Álex Márquez: 18th
"We had bad luck this weekend because we had two crashes and it meant that I didn't have a good rhythm on the first lap. I had some contact with another rider and I ran wide but I think that we worked well today. We have to improve a lot but I think that our rhythm means that it’s possible to finish between tenth and fifteenth. Indianapolis is a circuit that I like and we'll try to do our best there when we return to racing. For the summer break I will spend the first week in France where I’ll be doing some road cycling."
Tito Rabat: DNF
“I didn’t get a great start, but I was able to improve my position in the early stages, despite getting involved in a big battle with Corsi and Kallio as I tried to chase the leading group. I had some pain in my shoulder in the hard braking areas and in my back through the first part of the track, bur once clear I was able to chip away at the gap to the front, to get a little bit closer with every lap. Eventually I caught Morbidelli, passed him for third and was lining myself up to get the best drive out of the final turn when he crashed and took me with him. We were in a difficult position this weekend, but I think we did a good job overall and for that I have to thank the team. Now I have some time to recover so that I’m back at full power for Indy.”
Michael Bartholemy: Team Principal
“It’s a shame because Tito rode such a great race, only to lose out on a podium finish because of another rider’s mistake. He has impressed me once again this weekend; I know his injured shoulder is painful, but he’s ridden with the same determination as always and not allowed it to slow him down at all. Today he rode a clever race; conserving his strength until the final stages and then finding a way past Morbidelli on the final lap. The last lap was always going to be a battle, but he took third place with a clean pass only to fall victim to an overambitious move in the final corner. It’s been a difficult weekend for Álex, but one where I hope he’s learnt a lot. He was unfortunate to get pushed off track on the opening lap, but he did well to fight his way back up through the field. Indianapolis is a track he likes a lot, so I’m confident we will see a big improvement from Álex there.”
Valuable podium finish for Johann Zarco in Germany
Moto2 pacesetter takes positive second position and increases advantage in overall standings by 20 points.
07/12/2015 - Sachsenring, Germany
Johann Zarco achieved an excellent result on Sunday at the Sachsenring. The Ajo Motorsport rider placed second in the German GP, and a crash for his nearest rival meant that his lead in the overall standings is now 65 points going into the summer break. The Frenchman fought hard until the last corner for the win, but had to settle for his eight consecutive podium -the 25th of his Grand Prix career.
Starting from pole, Zarco was third after the opening lap. He later took advantage of a duel in front of him to seize an opening and move into the lead on lap three.
With a consistent race pace, he maintained the lead for almost the entirety. When he did concede it with four laps to go, he kept up the fight and made a move on the final time around the circuit. Although the move was unsuccessful, the Frenchman was able to cross the line in second.
Thanks to this latest podium, Zarco has an advantage of 65 points in the Moto2 World Championship. The action will return after a summer break on the weekend of August 7th to 9th at the legendary Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
5 JOHANN ZARCO
"On the last lap I rode as close to Simeon as I could to try to force a mistake, but it wasn’t to be. I was leading with some comfort and I was surprised when, at the end, he passed me. Even though my move to pass him back failed, I'm happy. It is a shame that Tito [Rabat] crashed and I hope he is not hurt, but for me second place is a great result. I have picked up important points for the championship, I have a good advantage and I go into the break satisfied. I’m focused on winning at Indianapolis. Thanks to the team."
AKI AJO - Team manager
"It's been a really good day. Johann [Zarco] was very strong all weekend and of course you always want to fight for victory, but today Simeon was very tough. Johann had a very good race and was intelligent. On the last lap he had the opportunity to try to pass him, but he made the right decision not to brake too late, because it is a dangerous point of the track and what we saw with Morbidelli and Rabat can happen. I am very happy and I feel bad for Tito -I hope he will recover soon from his injury."
Cardus pushes hard to meet the chequered flag at Sachsenring
Tech3 Racing Team rider Ricky Cardus crossed the finish line at the GoPro Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland in 19th position after a determined effort at the challenging Sachsenring circuit. The Spaniard kicked off his race from 20th on the grid and when the lights went out, he sped off the line and concluded the first lap in the same position. He quickly set into his race rhythm before overtaking his teammate on lap four to claim 18th. As the race distance progressed, he was shuffled back to 21th on lap 26 but remained focused on trying to close in on the riders in front and eventually crossed the finish line two positions higher, in 19th.
Meanwhile, Marcel Schrotter suffered cruel misfortune at his home Grand Prix at the Sachsenring after falling on the 6th lap whilst running in 19th. The young German, who has endured a tricky weekend, started the ninth round of the Moto2 World Championship from 21st on the grid, yet bolted up to 18th at the close of the first lap having overtaken three riders. He then set his sights on working his way through the field but unfortunately fell at the beginning of lap six after getting touched by Azlan Shah. The young German now looks ahead to the next round at Indianapolis after the three weak summer break, where he will aim to bounce back and clinch a points scoring finish.
Ricky Cardus - Position : 19th - Championship : Not classsifed
"It goes without saying that it was a difficult GP here in Germany, but I am happy to have brought the bike home. In the first part of the race, my performance was not so bad and I tried my best to push onwards and close in on the riders in front. However, after we had covered a quarter of the total distance, I lost a lot of grip and had chatter in the front of the bike. Therefore, it became difficult to stay with Pons, Syarin and Krummenacher, despite my best efforts. Towards the end of the GP, I made two mistakes and lost a lot of time, which allowed Marquez to pass me and so it was frustrating, to say the least, after the long race. We need to continue working with the suspension as it’s not at the same level as the riders in front, but overall it was a tricky end to the round nine fight."
Marcel Schrotter - Position : DNF - Championship : 21 - Points : 12
"It was a very difficult weekend for the whole team and I can’t hide my disappointment about having crashed at my home Grand Prix. However, I am sure that we can find a solution to our issues and get back to fighting inside the top ten. We pushed really hard this weekend, as always, to try to find an answer to the chatter issues that we have had here and to get some confidence back with the bike. At a track like Sachsenring where you are always leaning, if you have chatter and low grip it’s really challenging. It’s plain to see that we are having a bit of a tough time right now, but the team did a really great job at this race. They are trying to help me wherever they can and once our issues have been resolved I will be much more confident and I can fight in the positions I want to be in. In addition, I am especially dissatisfied with how the weekend went as it was in front of my home crowd and I really wanted to do a great job for my fans. However, I hope for myself, as well as the team, that we can have a brighter future together."
Hervé Poncharal - Team Manager
"It was a race to forget despite the fact both guys tried their best. The good news is that we are heading into the summer break now and the riders as well as the team members can regroup and come back with refreshed minds. Of course, we can’t be happy with the result although the gap in terms of the lap times was not so bad, but with regards to the positions themselves, it was far from ideal. I’m very sad that Marcel wasn’t able to do what he had planned to do in front of his home crowd and it was a pity to see him fall out of the race so early on. However, it looks like it wasn’t his fault which makes it an even more bitter end to his home GP. On the other hand, Ricky had a determined race, an ok start and fought for the whole time with Krummenacher and Axel Pons, plus he was in front of both Salom and Marquez until the last stages. I want to thank him for never giving up, it was not an easy event at all, but he still brought the bike home and pushed nonstop. In addition, I want to wish the Tech3 Racing Team a good holiday and we look forward being back on track in Indy with a positive frame of mind and ready to get the Mistral into the positions it belongs in."
SIMEON TAKES SENSATIONAL FIRST MOTO2 WIN AT GERMAN GP
Xavier Siméon won the German Grand Prix at the Sachsenring, claiming his first win in the Moto2 World Championship and giving also the first victory to the Team Federal Oil Gresini Moto2. Starting from the front row with the second fastest time, the 25-year-old Belgian rider ran a determined race, keeping the third position in the early stages behind Johann Zarco and Franco Morbidelli, then he passed the Italian taking second place and starting to chase the Championship leader. Reached and passed Zarco with four laps to go, Siméon retained the lead until the finish line, crossed in front of the Frenchman for 83 milliseconds.
Thanks to this victory, Siméon is now in sixth position in the overall standings with 84 points.
XAVIER SIMÉON (1st)
“I’m very happy, it's an amazing feeling! Yesterday, in qualifying, we were already very fast and we knew we could have a good race today; the only question mark was related to which tyre use, because both specs were very similar. We made the choice at the last moment, on the grid, and it proved to be the right one. Even in the final stages of the race my bike was very fast, and I was able to push at the maximum. I got a good start and in the first two laps the fight was very tight: everyone wanted to stay in front, but I remained calm behind Zarco and Morbidelli, in third. We managed to open a good gap from the other riders, then when I saw that Zarco tried to pull away, I said to myself that it was time to overtake Morbidelli: I was feeling good and I didn’t want to let him go away. When I reached him, I gave everything and I managed to beat him. I would like to thank all the team, Federal Oil for their support and my family. I’m really happy”.
“We are really happy for this fantastic victory: Xavier and the whole team always worked very hard, and this is a reward for the great work they have done. This success does not come totally unexpected: we knew we could do well, but it’s also true that win the victory is always very difficult target. It’s a special feeling that was missing for a long time. I want to thank Federal Oil, which has always supported us over the years, giving us confidence. It's nice to give them these great emotions”.
Gamble on tyres leaves Loi empty-handed
The last race heading into the summer break turned out a disappointment for RW Racing GP and its rider Livio Loi as they ended the Moto3 race of the German GP empty-handed. In the final lap at the Sachsenring Loi could not hold on to the lead of the group he had been heading for most of the race. The Belgian finished in sixteenth.
Loi was given fourteenth position on the grid, after a number of riders had been relegated as a result of riding slow in qualifying. But despite getting that one position for free, Loi had a difficult race.
Loi and the team had decided to choose the soft tyres front and rear, as they gave Loi the best feeling. But with temperatures just a bit higher it proved to be not the best choice as Loi was struggling with grip right from the start.
The start was good – his best of the season – but already in the third lap Loi had lost connection to the group in front. He was able to keep the lead of the group, riding in fourteenth for most of the time, beating off multiple attacks from a number of riders chasing him.
Only in the penultimate lap Loi had to allow Jakub Kornfeil to take over the lead of the group and in the final lap he couldn’t hold off Jules Danilo from grabbing the last championship point, leaving Loi empty-handed.
Livio Loi – 16 (+28,958)
“The soft option was a gamble as temperatures were higher than the previous days, but as we had concentrated on the setup based on the soft tyre, changing last-minute to the medium tyre would have been a gamble as well. I had hoped I could benefit from more grip in the first half of the race, but it didn’t work out. Right from the start I was struggling with the rear. Therefore I just couldn’t push hard enough to stick to the front group and I lost connection way too soon. I had to give my all not to crash and I have been lucky a few times. It wasn’t a nice race as I couldn’t fight the way I wanted. Especially in the end I was sliding a lot and I couldn’t beat off Kornfeil and Danilo. For sure it is a disappointing result as we finally had a good qualifying position which we couldn’t cash in.”
Corsi celebrates 200 GP with an excellent fourth place
There was no better way to celebrate the 200th Grand Prix of the career for Simone Corsi then to conquer a positive fourth place at Sachsenring, the track that today hosted the German Grand Prix. Baldassarri also performed well today by closing in the Top10.
Corsi, who started from the second row on the grid, had a good start and was immediately in fourth position in pursuit of the top spot. After 15 laps he was rejoined by Rabat and Rins who remained with him until the finish line. The rider from Rome finished fourth picking up the best result of the season.
Baldassarri, 16th on the grid, had also a good start. The rider from Marche was the protagonist of a great comeback and once again hit the target of the Top10. Lorenzo crossed the line in eighth place thus gaining 8 points.
”I celebrated the 200th GP of my career with the best result of the season. I am satisfied, it was a good weekend overall and we have proved that the podium was within our reach. Now it is the time for the usual summer break: I have a month to train to arrive in Indianapolis fully prepared”.
”I am happy, it was a good race. At the start I had to fight to maintain the position and to stay close to my group, then I found a good pace and I managed to cross the finish line in the Top10. Thanks to the whole team: the potential is good and we did a good job”.