Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams ahead of the German Grand Prix:
Johann Zarco targets extending Moto2 lead in Germany
Reigning Moto2 World Champion arrives at German Grand Prix after taking three consecutive podium finishes.
07/13/2016 - Sachsenring, Germany
Ajo Motorsport rider Johann Zarco contests the Grand Prix of Germany this weekend, having hit his best form of the season. The Frenchman is on a run of three consecutive podiums in the Moto2 class, including two victories, and has taken the lead of the overall standings. The reigning World Champion has been on the rostrum five times in eight races, and has overcome a 31 point deficit in three rounds to head the class coming into Sachsenring.
This weekend he takes on the ninth round of the season, at a track where he took second place from pole position last year. Zarco’s aims will be to extend his series lead, extend his current podium streak and go one step better in 2016 with a race win in Germany.
Johann Zarco will have the opportunity to test a new exhaust at the German GP. Ajo Motorsport and the team’s exhaust technical partner SC-Project have been working closely on the development of the new exhaust system for the 2015 World Champion. Using the 2016 exhaust as a base, the team and the Italian company have used different diameters, lengths and others changes to place the torque curve and power where the rider wants it. At present, the SC-Project 2016 Moto2 exhaust system has the front headers with technology developed in MotoGP to provide the best performances at the Frenchman Champion.
Sunday's race will be held at 12:20 local time, and is the last before a three-week break at the halfway mark in the season.
5 JOHANN ZARCO
"Sachsenring is a circuit where some riders are very strong and others find things very tough. Last season we were very good in qualifying and in the race I did quite well. I remember Simeon had a great end to the race to win. We will see what happens this year. I want to be very relaxed throughout the weekend, avoid working on too many technical aspects and just find the best riding style for the track. The rest we have had was the same length as between Catalonia and Assen, and the calendar gave me two weeks without racing in which I could work with the riding school I have. I have also continued my fitness preparation and trained with the bike I have at a circuit close to my home. It is very important to keep your training pace up and not lose a feel for riding during time off. I have tried to enjoy the break and get ready for the German Grand Prix."
Red Bull KTM Ajo attempt to complete first half of 2016 season with good feeling
Moto3 World Championship leader, Brad Binder, seeks to extend his advantage at Sachsenring, and teammate Bo Bendsneyder wants to continue his positive momentum this weekend.
07/13/2016 - Sachsenring, Germany
The ninth round of the Moto3 World Championship takes place this weekend at Sachsenring -a track with good memories for Red Bull KTM Ajo. In each of the last four years, the team have put a rider on the front row of the grid, and have two wins in Germany from Sandro Cortese (2012) and Jack Miller (2014). This year Brad Binder faces the German Grand Prix eager to return to winning ways and further extend his overall advantage of 48 points. Teammate Bo Bendsneyder is also looking forward to the weekend, having taken his best result in the World Championship last time out with ninth place.
For Brad Binder, Sachsenring is a special venue. It was there that he took the first podium of his career in 2014, and set the current circuit record of 1:26.877. The current leader of the Moto3 class arrives in Germany at the head of the overall standings with 151 points, 48 clear of his nearest rival. The South African will try to bounce back this weekend, after failing to get on the podium for the first time this season at the Dutch TT.
Bo Bendsneyder also has fond memories of Sachsenring, where last year he won the first race of the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup event in Germany. For the Dutch rider, Round 9 will be an opportunity to continue a positive run of results, after scoring points at two consecutive Grands Prix and claiming a career best ninth place at Assen.
The German Grand Prix race takes place on Sunday at 11am local time.
41 BRAD BINDER
"I come into this weekend very motivated and with the aim of winning the race, as it was somewhat disappointing not to have taken a good result at Assen. Sachsenring is a track I have always enjoyed, and has gone very well for me over the years. In 2014 I got my first podium in the World Championship there, finishing second, so I have very good memories of that experience. The German Grand Prix marks the end of the first half of the season; I really want to take a further step forward and consolidate my lead in the World Championship."
64 BO BENDSNEYDER
"I am looking forward to the German Grand Prix. I like Sachsenring; it is a very short and twisty circuit, without any long straight. These characteristics mean the track often works out well for me, and last year I won a race in the Red Bull Rookies Cup there. I love Germany as a country as well, so it will be a great experience. After two Grands Prix in the points, I feel confident and I think our goal should be to be to get into in the leading group fighting for points -and hopefully finish in the Top10."
Sachsenring, the halfway point of the Moto2 season
Miguel Oliveira and Danny Kent are on their way to Germany where the last race before the summer break will take place.
The 2016 World Championship has reached its halfway point, the German GP will be the ninth round of the 18 race championship. The location of the German GP will be the classic Sachsenring circuit, the 3.7 kilometre long track favouring left hand bends with ten, featuring just three rights. This provides a unique setup challenge for the teams and puts a high demand on the tyres.
Built in 1996, the circuit hosted its first GP two years later before undergoing some modifications in 2001. Above all, the two Leopard Racing team riders approach the weekend with renewed energy after a brief time away from the track.
In 2015 Danny Kent obtained an extraordinary result on this track, winning pole position and forging ahead to victory. The weekend would swing the championship in Kent’s favour, the Brit going on to take the Moto3 title later that year. Two weeks ago in the Netherlands, the 22 year old from Chippenham bit the bullet after a disappointing start, fighting his way up to 14th to end just ahead of his teammate.
Miguel Oliveira is hoping to open a new account for his luck at the Sachsenring after breaking the fourth metacarpal of his left hand during a crash in FP1 at the track one year ago. The injury has long since healed and the Portuguese star is hungry to add to his championship points total.
Leopard Racing team look to become Lords of the ‘Ring
The three riders in the lightweight class have had their ups and downs, but now it’s time to enter summer on a high.
The Dutch GP proved to be an unlucky one for the Leopard Racing Moto3 Team, only Joan Mir able to cross the finish line. But the team and their riders are ready to start again as they arrive in Germany, where round nine of the World Championship will take place this weekend.
The Sachsenring will be the theatre for the event, built in 1996, it hosted a GP for the first time in 1998 before undergoing tweaks in 2001. It has become a staple of the calendar, German fans some of the most enthusiastic around. At just 3.7km it is the shortest circuit on the calendar and boasts ten left hand bends but just three rights.
In 2015 the Leopard Racing team picked up a great result thanks to the pole position and victory of Danny Kent, their success made even sweeter by the podium of Efren Vazquez. This year the current trident of Quartararo-Mir-Locatelli will call on their KTMs to propel them forward.
With 50 points, Joan Mir is seventh in the championship and leads the Leopard Racing team charge thanks to a hard fought 8th place in Assen. It was the rookie’s fifth finish inside the top ten, his goals growing with each GP weekend.
Luck ran out for Fabio Quartararo at the TT Circuit, the French rider caught up in the fall of another and looking to find his luck again in Germany. Last year the 17 year old from Nice started on the front, aiming to repeat his performance this year and set up well for Sunday’s race.
Like his French teammate, Andrea Locatelli was forced to leaving Assen without any points. This was the third race in a row where he has been unable to score. As such his goal for Germany is simple: to score points. The Italian knows the track well, taking ninth there last year, and believes he can be strong once again.
Navarro to travel to Sachsenring alongside teammate Canet
Estrella Galicia 0,0 rider Jorge Navarro will travel to Germany this week, with a visit to the circuit doctors on Thursday to decide on his participation in the German Grand Prix. Aron Canet is ready for Round 9 of the season, at a new track for the Spanish rookie.
Moto3 title contender Jorge Navarro could potentially make a return to action this weekend, following favourable progress in his recovery from injury. The Spaniard will attempt to participate in the German Grand Prix, pending an evaluation by doctors at the Sachsenring Medical Centre at midday on Thursday. The aim for Navarro is to be cleared for the first Free Practice session, which will take place next weekend.
The 20 year old finished sixth in Germany last season, gaining several positions from eleventh on the grid. He missed the most recent round of the season, held in the Netherlands, but comes into this weekend second in the overall standings with 103 points -48 points behind championship leader Brad Binder. Navarro is 10 points ahead of Italian rider Romano Fenati, who is third overall.
Estrella Galicia 0,0 teammate Aron Canet is very motivated for the ninth event of the season. He crashed out of the Dutch TT at Assen, but had experienced a positive weekend overall –even topping the Free Practice timesheets on the Friday. Canet has 33 points to his name, which puts him fourteenth overall.
2nd in the overall standings with 103 points
"The doctors at the circuit will decide if I am fit to participate in the Grand Prix"
"I come into this weekend raring to go, because I've spent almost a month without getting on a bike. On Thursday I will visit the doctors at the circuit, because it is they who will decide if I am fit to participate in the Grand Prix. We are aware that we have to go step by step, regaining my feeling on the bike with the main objective of avoiding risks. We must bear in mind the limitations that we have at the moment, and also take into account that the Sachsenring is not the best track at which to return with an injury like mine -because you have ten lefthanders and also need to change gears a lot as it is so twisty."
14th in the overall standings with 33 points
"We will work hard from day one to avoid making the same mistakes as at Assen"
"The Sachsenring circuit layout reminds me of Albacete, where I have done well before, so I hope to adapt quickly to Germany. We will work hard from day one to avoid making the same mistakes as at Assen, and to be able to run a good pace at this tight and twisty track."
HALFWAY MARK OF THE SEASON BECKONS IN GERMANY FOR GRESINI RACING TEAM MOTO3
Gresini Racing Team Moto3 racers Enea Bastianini and Fabio Di Giannantonio are ready to face this weekend the race that marks the halfway point of the 2016 Moto3 World Championship: the German Grand Prix. Theatre of the challenge will be the characteristic Sachsenring circuit, the shortest on the calendar with its 3,671 metres, with 10 left-hand corners and just 3 right-handers.
After the excellent performance shown in the Netherlands, with Fabio Di Giannantonio second and Enea Bastianini forced to retire after a contact while he was also fighting for the win in the leading group, the team’s stated goal is to be on top once again with both riders on a track that would indicate another very closely contested race.
“In Germany we will face a very technical track, which in a first analysis may seem easy, but it’s not at all... Last year I had a good race, even if I couldn’t stay with the first two riders in the lead, Kent and Vazquez, who had opened a gap. This year we arrive at the Sachsenring convinced that we can do very well: we found a good base set-up, which is allowing us to be fast. Obviously we need work hard and start off the weekend on the right foot, but I’m confident”.
FABIO DI GIANNANTONIO
“Sachsenring is a track I really like and I know very well: I’ve been racing there over the past two seasons with the Red Bull Rookies Cup, getting my first win in 2015. It’s also a track with a lot of left-hand corners, which are my favourites. Therefore, we arrive in Germany with the aim to improve ourselves, as always: despite the excellent results achieved recently, we want to keep our feet firmly on the ground and not think too much to the podium. In the second half of the season, starting from this Grand Prix, our goal will always remain the same, that’s enter the top ten”.
“We head to a very twisty and nice track, on which we will definitely try to continue the positive trend of the last races: we found a good base set-up, therefore also in Germany both our riders can be competitive. It should be said that Di Giannantonio has little experience, so this doesn’t mean that we expect something from him: so far he has already done more than we expected. As for Bastianini, we know that Enea has always been competitive on this track: last year he made a great comeback, so we are optimistic. After quite a long break we are pleased to be back on track and we are ready to fight!”.
LOWES READY TO RELIGHT MOTO2 TITLE CHARGE AT SACHSENRING
The Moto2 World Championship challenge resumes this weekend for Sam Lowes and the Team Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 in Germany, on the twisty Sachsenring track. The ninth round of the season, which marks the halfway point of the 2016 campaign, will feature once again the exciting fight between the 25-year-old British rider and his two rivals for the title, Alex Rins and Johann Zarco, who currently top the overall standings with 126 points, 5 more than Lowes, at 121.
The Sachsenring circuit evokes positive memories for Sam Lowes, who got a good fifth place finish in 2015, and especially for the Team Federal Oil Gresini Moto2, who won one year ago with Xavier Siméon in front of future World Champion Johann Zarco. Free practice will kick off Friday, July 15 at 10:55 local time, while on Sunday the 29-lap race will start at 12.20.
“I cannot wait to get back on track at Sachsenring: we are just 5 points off the top of the overall standings, so we are determined to fight to get back on the podium and thus start a new charge for the title. After the race at Assen, which was a bit strange with the red flag in the final stages, I feel confident and I know that I can pick up a good result: the team has very good data available for this circuit and their victory in 2015 proves it. In Germany the Grand Prix is always a great event with a really good atmosphere and also the track is certainly interesting, small and quite different from many others. I’m looking forward to start working together with the team”.
“Before heading to Germany we have had time to analyze several aspects, so we arrive at Sachsenring ready to do very well. We are just 5 points off Championship lead: the fight is really tight and difficult, but this is nothing new, we knew it from the beginning. In addition, Zarco recently came back very competitive, so now we have to try to react, but we are confident because we know that we can succeed”.
Morbidelli and Márquez back to business in Germany
Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS riders Franco Morbidelli and Álex Márquez head into this weekend’s German Moto2 Grand Prix brimming with confidence after both scored season best results at the previous round in Assen.
Morbidelli is fired up to return to action after the Italian took a richly deserved first podium for Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS with a masterful ride to third place in the Dutch TT.
Morbidelli rocketed up four places in the World Championship classification to sixth following his second Moto2 podium and he is expecting to launch a formidable challenge for the top three again in Germany.
Sixth at Sachsenring two years ago, the 21-year-old fought for the podium throughout last year’s race but fell out of contention for third place at the final corner.
Márquez is still on a high after scorching to a first top 10 of 2016 in Holland. The Spaniard brilliantly put aside a difficult start to the season with an aggressive ride to eighth place and he is determined to build on that positive result in this weekend’s 29-lap race, which marks the halfway stage of the campaign.
At 3.67km, Sachsenring is one of the shortest and slowest tracks on the World Championship schedule, but its anti-clockwise layout still provides a demanding test for rider and machine.
It is narrow and with multiple slow corners, most of which are left-handers, overtaking is not easy at Sachsenring. A permanent fixture on the calendar since 1998, Sachsenring does however feature the spectacular turn 11, which includes a fast but blind entry and a jaw dropping plunge downhill.
“I feel very confident and excited to head to Germany after the great podium in Assen. My confidence is a little bit higher because I have been very competitive in Sachsenring in my two previous races. In 2014 I scored my first top six finish in the World Championship and last year I was in the battle for the podium at the last corner. I crashed at the final corner in an incident with Tito Rabat, so I guess you could say I owe the team a good result this weekend! I know I can be fast in Germany and I am looking forward to being back with my team and working hard to be in the battle for the podium again.”
“I have to admit that Sachsenring is not one of my favourite tracks but the layout is quite nice. It is small and tight and quite unique to any other track we visit and hopefully it will be another good weekend for me after the positive result in Assen. I struggled a lot last year but this weekend we arrive in a completely different situation, with more understanding of the track on a Moto2 machine and more knowledge of what we need for the set-up. It has taken a while to get into the top 10 but we have never stopped working to improve and in Assen we finally got our reward. It will be important to keep the momentum going and I am very motivated to be challenging inside the top 10 again.”
LAST RACE BEFORE THE SUMMER BREAK FOR THE SKY RACING TEAM VR46 AT SACHSENRING
Germany will host this weekend the last race before the summer break. Fenati is ready to fight with the front guys. Another debut for Bulega. Continuity is the goal for Migno.
Chemnitz (Germany), July 14th, 2016 - After two days of private testing at Misano, it is time to back on track for the Sky Racing Team VR46. On the German track, which hosts this weekend the German Grand Prix, the last race before the summer break, the young Italian talents - all three on the podium in this first half of the season - they are ready to be competitive.
Romano Fenati, actually third in the Championship and very close to the podium in Catalunya and Assen, is motivated to do his best. For him, the goal is to reduce the gap in the standings.
After his first podium, a tangible sign of the steady growth of the whole team, Andrea Migno is looking for constance. Andrea is motivated to achieve here another positive result.
Another debut for Nicolò Bulega: the young rookie, firmly leading the standings reserved to the rookies, he is curious to discovered the trajectories of the German circuit.
Length: 3.7 km
Left turns: 10
Right turns: 3
Longest straight: 700 m
Race laps: 29
Race distance: 106.5 km
2015 Moto3 Podium: Danny Kent, Efren Vazquez, Enea Bastianini
PABLO NIETO - Team Manager
We are at the last race before the summer break: all our three riders were on the podium, Romano is third in the Championship while Nicolò is the leader of the rookies Championship. It is not the time for a balance, but our start was positive. One more reason to stay focused and keep working. Romano was really close to the podium in the last two races, always fighting with the fastest and he can achieve an important result here. Andrea, after the incredible result in Assen, can not wait to get back on track. For Nicolò Sachsenring means another debut on a new track.
ROMANO FENATI - Pilota Sky Racing Team VR46
The race at the Sachsenring will be the last before the summer break: my goal for sure is achieving an important result right in the middle of the season. In the last two races I missed the podium for a few meters, but I was very competitive throughout all the weekend. The feeling with my KTM is positive and I am confident.
ANDREA MIGNO - Pilota Sky Racing Team VR46
The result at Assen is an extra injection of confidence. Sachsenring track is not one of my favorite, but we are motivated to do our best. My main goal is to find consistency in performance and results.
NICOLÒ BULEGA - Pilota Sky Racing Team VR46
Sachsenring is another new track for me. So I'll have to start immediately with the right foot from Friday morning. Learning the turns and trajectories as soon as possible is my aim. It would be nice to close the first part of my rookie season with a great placement.
PEUGEOT MOTOCYCLES SAXOPRINT AIM HIGH FOR THE SACHSENRING CHALLENGE
This weekend’s Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland marks not only the halfway point of the season but it’s also the team’s home round at the tricky Sachsenring circuit.
The French-German based Moto3 outfit look forward to round nine of the 2016 Championship highly motivated because it is going to receive technical upgrades to the team’s Peugeot Moto3 machine. In particular, Alexis Masbou and John McPhee will race with the developed gearbox for the first time in the Moto3 world series.
It was 21-year-old Scottish rider McPhee who already has made experience under race conditions with this new parts in Barcelona when he and his crew extended their stay there for the weekend at the Moto3 Junior World Championship just one week after the Gran Premio de Catalunya in order to test and evaluate the gearbox, developed by Mahindra’s engineers and technicians.
McPhee and also his team mate Masbou from France, both are looking forward to the German Grand Prix not only due to the fact that the Sachsenring round marks the team’s home grand prix but furthermore as the team has made progress during the last races, in particular as the Assen race three weeks ago went pleasing for them with both riders in Peugeot Motocycle SAXOPRINT fighting for a points scoring finish respectively even though theyh missed the top 15 finally. However, in anticipation to race the upgraded machine, which boost the team’s ambitious mood further to aim high for this weekend.
The legendary Sachsenring features a very special track with just a length of 3.6 kilometres which is the shortest one in the calendar and a very tight and twisty layout, including ten left and three right corners. Thanks to more than 200.000 (!) spectators in recent years the event became the biggest one in motorsports in Germany long ago.
#10 Alexis MASBOU:
“Even though the Sachsenring circuit isn’t a favourite track for me I’ve good memories thanks to two podiums here. So this means it suits my riding style well. Despite that I hope that we can do a good job this weekend because I think the layout should be good for our bike and if we’re able to continue in the same way like in Assen last time, we can fight for the points again. Obviously it’s pity that I couldn’t score my first points three weeks ago because the race itself there went not so bad when I was able to come back from far down the order on the grid but finally a rider crashed and took me out of the race. But it’s time for us to make a good job now and open our points tally long ago.”
#17 John McPHEE:
“It’s very nice to be here at the Sachsenring, at the home grand prix of my team. I’m also very excited to ride with the new gearbox and we’re making progress since the last races overall so I’m hoping to have a good weekend resulting with strong results in front of the home fans here in Germany.”