Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams previewing the German Grand Prix:
Lorenzo Baldassarri undergoes surgery, Federico Fuligni set as replacement for the German GP
Following the accident during the qualifying for the Dutch GP in Assen, Lorenzo Baldassarri suffered a cerebral concussion and broke his right ankle. After he got treated extensively in the “Universitair Medisch Centrum” Hospital in Groningen, the Italian went back home on Sunday evening.
At the moment, the 20-year old is admitted to the hospital "Infermi" in Rimini, in the Orthopedic and Traumatological ward, where he will undergo surgery this morning to fix the fracture of the medial malleolus in his right ankle. Dr. Giannicola Lucidi will conduct the operation and will evaluate together with his staff the possibility to implant a certain number of screws in order to enable Baldassarri to start his recovery for the Grand Prix of the Czech Republic as soon as possible.
Due to his injuries Baldassarri has to dispense the ninth round of the 2017 Moto2 World Championship, which takes place this weekend at the Sachsenring, Germany. Therefore, Federico Fuligni, who is a rider of the Forward Racing Junior Team in the FIM CEV Moto2 European Championship, gets the chance to collect some more experience on World Championship level, as he is set to partner Luca Marini for this weekend’s GP.
Fuligni was born in the Italian town of Bologna and spent much of his early racing career on 600cc machines. From 2006 to 2012 he participated in various Yamaha R6 Cups, Italian Championship races and European Superstock 600 rounds taking a number of podiums in the Italian series. In 2012 and 2013 he raced in the CIV, category Moto3 with multiple point scoring rides before debuting in the CEV Moto2 championship in 2014, where he finished in 16th overall. Fuligni remained in the FIM CEV Respol Moto2 European Championship in 2015 and ended in ninth position with a best finish of fourth in both the Aragon races.
In 2014 and 2015 he competed with a wildcard in the World Championship in Misano, Aragon and Valencia. His best result was 25th in Valencia before the close of 2015. In 2016, he continued with Team Ciatti and got one podium at the second round of the CEV Championship in Valencia. Last year he competed on World Championship level again with a best result of 18th in Jerez and Misano. Currently, Fuligni occupies the seventh spot of the CEV Moto2 overall standing after only three of eleven races.
“Of course, I’m really happy about this occasion and fortunately I already have some experience in this highly competitive category. I’m convinced that it won’t be easy at all, but I want to try to have fun at the Sachsenring. It will be definitely a fantastic experience to work with Lorenzo’s team there and it goes without saying, that I want to learn as much as possible from and with them. For sure, I can benefit from this weekend also for the remainder of the Spanish Championship, where I’m currently taking part in. Obviously, I’m incredibly sorry for Lorenzo and I hope that he’ll recover soon. I will try to give it my all, especially as I’m competing in his name.”
Giovanni Cuzari – Team Owner
“First of all, I have to say that it’s really disappointing to announce that Lorenzo won’t be with us in Germany, but of course, following his injury sustained in Assen, we have to take the best possible decision regarding his recovery and with the summer break being so close, we came to the conclusion that it’s better for him to take his time and come back strong in Brno. Therefore, Federico Fuligni from our Junior Team, who is usually riding the Moto2 class of the Spanish Championship, will replace him to gain a bit more experience on World Championship level. We wish him all the best for this race, which won’t be an easy task as Federico doesn’t know the track layout, but I am sure he will learn a lot and take advantage of the highly-experienced crew Lorenzo is working with. We’ll see what he is able to do at the Sachsenring.”
Sachsenring the next challenge for Estrella Galicia 0,0 riders
After victory at the Dutch TT, Aron Canet comes into the German GP having regained second place in the Moto3 standings. Enea Bastianini rounds off the Top Ten.
Estrella Galicia 0,0 rider Aron Canet took the second victory of his Grand Prix career at last weekend’s Dutch TT. In a tough race following a weekend of changeable weather, the Spaniard was able to emerge victorious at Assen. Rain is also a staple of the next round on the calendar, the German GP.
The weather played a big part in last year’s race at the Sachsenring circuit, where the Moto3 riders encountered a wet, slippery track on raceday. On that occasion, Canet made a front row start in his rookie season. Whilst he dropped positions on the opening laps, he maintained his concentration to finish in fifteenth, gaining wet weather experience along the way. This season, Canet arrives in Germany second in the overall standings, 30 points behind the leader and putting into practice what he learned the previous year at every track.
Teammate Enea Bastianini, who took pole position last season at Sachsenring, will seek to put the Dutch TT behind him. The Italian left Assen empty-handed, and aims to find a good setup for his Honda NSF250RW from Friday and demonstrate his potential -at a track where he finished third in 2016.
The opening Moto3 Free Practice session takes place on Friday at 9:00am, when riders and teams will begin work for the ninth race of the season -which will get underway on Sunday at 11:00am local time.
10th in the overall standings with 49 points
"We can be competitive, even if it rains"
"The Sachsenring is very particular, with very fast corners and mostly lefthanders. It will be important to work to be precise when cornering. Last year we did quite well, the race was run in the wet and I finished on the podium, so we know we can be competitive -even if it rains. It will be important to start from the front; this year is proving that if you start from far back on the grid, the race is even more difficult, because you risk much more than if you do so from the top positions. We will work to be as high up as possible, right from the first practice session."
2nd in the overall standings with 110 points
"I am very motivated after the race we had at Assen"
"The Sachsenring circuit is quite tricky, and last year we had adverse conditions to ride in, as the track was very wet and slippery. We found it a little hard to adapt to the circuit, but in qualifying we did quite well and we were able to start from the front row. It will be important to work on getting a good pace and feeling, in order to try to get as high up as possible. We did quite a lot of wet weather riding this past weekend and if it rains in Germany, everything we have tried and learned will do us good. I am very motivated for the German GP, after the race we had at Assen."
Garzó to step in for Vierge at Sachsenring
FIM CEV European Moto2 front-runner Hector Garzó will replace the injured Xavi Vierge for the German Grand Prix this weekend. The impressive 19-year-old has made notable progression in the domestic Spanish leagues over the years and this season, he has got off to a strong start in the European Championship aboard the Tech3 Mistral 610. He currently sits in second in the tightly contested series after collecting two podiums in three races. The Tech3 Racing Team is looking forward to working with the up-and-coming rider from Valencia and would also like to wish Xavi Vierge a swift but full recovery.
TEAM DEL CONCA GRESINI PREPARE FOR CRUCIAL RACE IN GERMANY
Team Del Conca Gresini Moto3 is looking forward to getting on track for the second of two back-to-back races at Sachsenring, the venue hosting the ninth Grand Prix of the 2017 Moto3 World Championship. The overall feeling within the team is that a comeback is needed after neither Jorge Martin nor Fabio Di Giannantonio were able to live up to their potential in the Netherlands last Sunday.
Despite being able to chip away at the current leader’s advantage, Martin did his utmost to turn his sixth pole position in what would have been his maiden career’s win; he was eventually fourth at the chequered flag in one of the most hectic races in the history of the quarter-litre class of MotoGP. Fabio Di Giannantonio, on the other hand, was coming up strong after a poor qualifying performance but, unlike other races when he managed to complete the comeback in style, this time he crashed unhurt in the early stages of the encounter.
On-track action for the #GermanGP will begin at 9:00 local time (GMT +2) on Friday.
JORGE MARTIN #88
“The Sachsenring is one of my favourite tracks, if not my all-time favourite! We had a good result in Assen but it’s still not enough for me: the coming together with Ramirez prevented us from battling for the win - it was such a shame! In any case, I feel strong and I think we can get back in the mix for the win at the Sachsenring. The bike is almost perfect, aside from a small issue with the gearbox we had in the Netherlands that needs to be sorted out, but otherwise we’re ready!”
FABIO DI GIANNANTONIO #21
“We had a great race last year starting from 22nd place on the grid, which ended up with a fifth place in wet conditions. I was competitive on the dry and always felt great at this track. Having said that, I’ll make sure I’ll like it in any case because I need to make amends for the DNF at Assen, which still hurts.”
NAVARRO LOOKING TO RETURN TO PREVIOUS FORM AT #GERMANGP
The German Grand Prix of the 2017 Moto2 World Championship will be contested this weekend at the Sachsenring racetrack in Germany, with Jorge Navarro aiming to turn the page on the difficult weekend at Assen and return to the type of form shown at Mugello and Montmeló.
The rider of the Team Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 never managed to find the right feeling with his Kalex Honda machine number 9 in the Netherland but, despite the little step back in terms of performance, he was nevertheless able to finish within the points on Sunday.
The 21-year-old Spaniard had some good races in Moto3 at the Sachsenring before and he is now ready to continue with his learning experience in the middleweight class of MotoGP.
JORGE NAVARRO #9
“Let’s be honest: the Sachsenring is not one of my favourite tracks, although I finished sixth and seventh in Moto3, the latter of which I achieved with an injured leg last year. It’s all relative though: we got to Assen with expectations that were simply too high – especially after the results of the previous two GP, while here we’ll keep both feet on the ground and trying to find a good direction from Friday.”
Danny Kent replaces injured Antonelli in Germany
Bo Bendsneyder will share the garage with the British rider this weekend, due to the back injury suffered by Niccolo Antonelli last Saturday.
06/28/2017 - Sachsenring, Germany
This weekend the Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto3 team will field a modified rider pairing at the German GP. With Niccolo Antonelli out of action due to a hernia between his sixth and seventh cervical vertebrae, Bo Bendsneyder will be joined Danny Kent for Round 9 of the season. Kent previously took part in the French GP as a wildcard for the team.
Bendsneyder only lacked some late luck at the Dutch GP last time out. After a weekend placing in the top positions and leading the race, a fall a few metres from the finish line was an unfortunate end to his home round. In spite of this, the Dutchman left Assen with a lesson learned and pleased to have taken a step forward. Last year at Sachsenring, as a rookie, Bendsneyder was twelfth in a wet race after qualifying fourth.
For Danny Kent, this will be his second Moto3 race of the year. Tenth at Le Mans as a wildcard for the Red Bull KTM Ajo team, the Briton will be back this weekend at a track where he has previously won in Moto3. He took victory at the 2015 German GP after starting from pole position.
The ninth race of the year will mark the halfway point of the calendar. The Moto3 race will be held on Sunday at 11am. The last Red Bull KTM Ajo rider to win in Germany was Jack Miller in 2014.
64 BO BENDSNEYDER
"I'm looking forward to Sunday's race at Sachsenring after a good weekend in Assen. I sincerely believe that despite the final outcome, we had a positive GP, so we must continue in the same way from FP1 to allow us to arrive at raceday with every possible chance. It's a circuit that I really like, and last year we did quite well there, so I hope to consolidate the pace we achieved last week."
52 DANNY KENT
"I can’t wait to compete for the Red Bull KTM Ajo team again -this time at the German Grand Prix. Sachsenring is also one of my favourite circuits. Obviously I will need some time to get used to the characteristics of the Moto3 bike, because at Mugello I returned to Moto2. In any case, I'm sure we can get a good result by working hard together with the team. I want to thank Aki [Ajo], Red Bull, KTM and the whole team for giving me this opportunity."
Oliveira and Binder take unfinished business to Germany
Red Bull KTM riders reach midway mark of 2017 season looking to take a step up from Dutch GP results.
06/28/2017 - Sachsenring, Germany
At the end of last Sunday's race at Assen, Miguel Oliveira and Brad Binder were not entirely satisfied with their hard-fought fifth and thirteenth places and were hungry for more. This week they head to the Sachsenring for a Grand Prix that will mark the halfway point of the Moto2 World Championship season.
Oliveira has been in the Top 5 six times from a possible eight, including the last three in a row. He had even led the Dutch GP, giving him reason to believe that this weekend he can make a return to the podium. Sachsenring has not been the kindest circuit to him over the last three years, and it was in 2013 that he achieved his best result: A fourth place in Moto3.
Binder has finished inside the Top 10 in four of the five times he has raced at this track. The Sachsenring was also the scene of his first Grand Prix podium, in 2014. The South African is in form coming into the German GP, after his best qualifying performance in Moto2 to date in Assen -seventeenth. He has the desire to improve his best race result, the ninth place he took in Argentina.
The Red Bull KTM Ajo riders will ride with the KTM Moto2 bikes for the first time at the track, which has relayed asphalt this season, on Friday. Sunday's race will return to the traditional time of 12:20pm.
41 BRAD BINDER
"I got my first podium in the World Championship at Sachsenring, in Moto3 in 2014, so I have very good memories of the track. I feel confident about this weekend, but I'm a bit worried, because as I haven’t had strength in my left arm over the last months, I have noticed that I have pushed my right arm a lot and I’m feeling it. I think that the characteristics of this twisty track will not help much, but in any case I have tried to rest and prepare over these past three days to get as fit as possible. At Assen we took a step forward, so this weekend we must give more to get in the positions we want."
44 MIGUEL OLIVEIRA
"We left Assen with a bittersweet taste because I think we had the potential to finish on the podium at least. The fifth position was not enough to leave happy, but honestly I think we learned the lesson. It was an important weekend because we once again got a positive result from a track where we had never run. This weekend, we are again in the same conditions as in Sachsenring we have never been with the KTM. We will see what conditions we find, because it seems that it will rain some day and in Assen on wet I was not comfortable. The goal will be to follow the same line as last week and fight to keep us up there."
Leopard Racing at the Sachsenring in search of revenge
Joan Mir and Livio Loi travel to Germany for the ninth round of the 2017 World Championship, last race before the summer break.
The 2017 World Championship continues to thrill, The next Grand Prix in Germany represents the ninth race of the 18 scheduled on the calendar. Hosting the event will once again be the Sachsenring circuit. Built in 1996, it hosted Grand Prix competition for the first time in 1998, before the layout was revised in 2001. With 3.7 km (divided into 10 left hand corners and a meagre three rights) it is the shortest circuit of the championship.
A few days after the defeat in Assen at the last corner, Joan Mir appears in Germany with the knife between his teeth. The Moto3 class leader is fully aware of his skills and is determined for make up for the small mistake in The Netherlands and prove without doubt that he is the king of Moto3 at the ‘Ring.
In search of some more points is his teammate Livio Loi, ending far from first place in his ‘home’ race in Holland. Hasselt's 20-year-old's last year succeeded in cutting the finish line in the points. In Germany he came from 19th place to fight at the front and has a great desire for revenge!
In 2015, Danny Kent achieved an extraordinary result on this track, taking the hat-trick (pole position, fastest lap and victory) that projected him to the Moto3 title at the end of the season. Will Joan Mir succeed in emulating his actions and writing another unforgettable page for the Leopard Racing team?
German Grand Prix: Preview
After the good performance at Assen (second and fifth place for Romano Fenati and Jules Danilo), the Marinelli Rivacold Snipers team is preparing the half season race, the Grand Prix of Germany, at Sachsenring circuit. New asphalt and uncertain weather conditions but the German track is one of the favorite ones for both riders. It will be another explosive weekend.
Romano Fenati: "We come from a second place in Assen and for us now it's important to be constant before the summer break. I like Sachsenring and the track is really challenging. We'll our best to get the best possible result".
Jules Danilo: "In these few days I trained and rest to be prepared for the new weekend. At Sachsenring the weather condition could be a problem but, in case of dry, we'll have to use every session to take confidence with the new asphalt and set up the bike".
Marini keen to get back to the front, learning weekend for Fuligni at Sachsenring
The Forward Racing Team is all set to enter the ninth round of the 2017 Moto2 World Championship, which is yet to celebrate this weekend in front of hundred thousands of enthusiastic German fans at the Sachsenring.
Luca Marini, who was very unfortunate last weekend in the Netherlands as he was taken out by another rider, can’t wait to get going. After working hard on his bruised shoulder, he now starts to feel better day by day and targets to arrive close to the frontrunners at the demanding 3.671 kilometer circuit, which provides ten left and just three right corners along its layout.
For the final race before the summer break the Swiss-based squad arrives in a different formation, as Lorenzo Baldassarri is not able to participate after his heavy crash in Assen, where he sustained a brain concussion, plus a fracture of his right ankle. This Tuesday the 19-year old successfully underwent surgery on the broken medial malleolus at the “Infermi” Hospital in Rimini and will start his rehabilitation soon.
Therefore, Federico Fuligni is set to take over the place of Baldassarri for this weekend. The young Italian, who usually competes dressing the Forward Racing Junior Team colours in the FIM CEV Moto2 European Championship, already took part as a wildcard in the World Championship rounds in Italy and Catalunya and will now be able to collect precious experiences at this special the German track, which he has never ridden at.
For Marini and Fuligni the weekend commences on Friday morning with the first free practice at 11:05 local time.
„The German GP is a very important race, because it’s the last round of the first part of the championship, so everyone wants to score a good result in order to start the holidays relaxed and with a positive frame of mind. Yet, I did not have a very positive month, but this only means that I have to work even harder at the Sachsenring, because I want to get back close to the top. It’s a tricky track, as there are many left corners, which is not really positive for my shoulder, but I’m convinced we can do a strong showing.”
“I’m excited about this opportunity and I’m also full of respect, as I have never been at this track before. To prepare myself I obviously watched some videos and took a closer look at the track map, but I believe the most important thing to do, will be to walk around the circuit together with Lorenzo’s crew before the action starts. I am convinced I can use their experience to make the most out of this opportunity. For sure, it won’t be easy, especially as the Sachsenring has a quite particular layout, but I’m full of confidence to show a string performance for Lorenzo, who I want to wish all the best for his recovery.”
McPhee back on the podium trail in Germany
British Talent Team ready to roll at the Sachsenring
John McPhee was back on the podium for the British Talent Team last time out, staging a stunner to come from nineteenth on the grid to third. Now it’s the Sachsenring, another unique challenge – with McPhee looking to keep the good momentum ahead of the summer break.
Ten left-handers and three right make up the 3.7km Sachsenring, which the MotoGP™ paddock visits for the 20th consecutive time this year. With a longest straight of 700m, it provides a different challenge for the Moto3™ field.
McPhee has shown some good form at the Sachsenring in the past, including two results in the top eight – with 2017 laying great foundations for the Scot’s best result yet at the track. After a podium last time out, the stage is set for another push for the front.
Moto3™ head the line up on Friday at 9:00 (GMT +2), with the race on Sunday at 11:00.
John McPhee: "It was a great feeling to be back on the podium last time out after a tough weekend. It was nice to pay back the team with this result after all their hard work. This weekend I'm looking to continue this momentum. The weather could also be a factor again in Germany so that's something where we want to work on finding the feeling to be ready in case. With the summer break coming up next it's good to go into it on a high so I'll be pushing 100% like always."
HALF SEASON FOR THE SKY RACING TEAM VR46 AT SACHSENRING
The German Grand Prix marks the last race before the summer break and coincides with the end of the first half of the season.
Chemnitz (Germany), June 29th, 2017 - As usual, the weekend at Sachsenring, the shortest track of the entire calendar, coincides with the last race before the summer break. On track, motivated to to make important achievements, just before the holidays the young talents of the Sky Racing Team VR46.
In Moto2, Francesco Bagnaia, after the bad crash in qualifying at Assen, fortunately without consequences, during the race has found again the feeling with his Kalex and is ready to fight with the strongest guys on the German track. Motivated to continue his growth path, after the good step forward in Assen, also Stefano Manzi.
In Moto3, Andrea Migno and Nicolò Bulega continue to reduce the gap to leave behind the complicated Dutch weekend. Both engaged in the development of their KTM, are ready to being competitive on the German track.
PABLO NIETO - Team Manager
It's always important for the Team, the riders and all those working on the project achieving a good result before the summer break. Last year, at Sachsenring, the weather played a bad joke just the morning of the race. Under the rain, we struggled to keep the rhythm of the strongest guys and the result was not the best. This year we come to this race motivated to close the first part of the season with a good result. In Moto3, after the difficult weekend of Assen, we will continue to work to return to being competitive. In Moto2, Pecco was not at 100%, but he has proved to have found again the feeling with his Kalex during the race. Stefano, after the good step forward in Assen, can not wait to get back on track.
The race in Germany marks the end of the first part of the season. At Assen, after the bad crash of Saturday, I was able to back on track not at 100%, but I gave my best and I crossed the finishing line after a good race. During the weekend I returned to being competitive and this is a great start for manage this weekend in Sachsenring.
In Assen I have achieved my personal goal and this means having an extra motivation for this weekend. Sachsenring is not one of my favorite tracks, but evokes sweet memories. I was 4 times on the podium when I raced into the Rookies Cup.
Sachsenring will be the last race before the summer break: the track is not one of my favorites, but it will be important to do something good before the holidays. Assen was not the weekend I hoped for, the qualifying compromised the result of the race, although I was able to recover a lot of positions. We need to stay focused, keep working to pick up something important here.
After a few days it is time to back at work at Sachsenring. Assen's weekend was tough, but we already have the opportunity to back on track and leave behind the Dutch GP. It is only the second time that I will race on this track and I hope for a better performance than last year when the weather changed suddenly on Sunday morning.
Starting shot for Home Grand Prix in Germany
Preview: Sachsenring GP
The saxon team Peugeot Motocycles SAXOPRINT is looking forward to the upcoming weekend and its home race, the “GoPro Moto Grand Prix Deutschland”.
The upcoming weekend is not only the home Grand Prix for the Saxony based squad of Peugeot Motocycles SAXOPRINT but also marks the half-time of this years Moto3TM season.
After the good qualifying in Assen and the improvements in the following race the team aims to win the next points of the season in front of their home crowd.
With a length of only 3,6km the Sachsenring circuit is the shortest in the race calendar. Nevertheless the track holds some tricky passages. It is a tight and curvy track with ten left but only three right corners. Following the criticism of riders last year and regulation of FIM (Federation de Motocyclisme International) the asphalt of the track was renewed this year.
Offside the circuit thousands of fans visit the event and celebrate motorsports in and around Hohenstein-Ernstthal, especially at the famous “Ankerberg”. Every year the Sachsenring is one of the tracks with the most visitors per weekend.
The time schedule on this weekend will be similar to the regular European one. On Friday the Moto3TM class starts at 9am. The race will be held on Sunday at 11am.
#84 Jakub Kornfeil:
“I am looking forward to ride on Sachsenring. Is one of my favourite tracks so I feel really positive about the upcoming days. I have great memories about this track because I always achieved good results on this circuit. The last corner and the waterfall corner is really nice to ride so I can´t wait to be back. It´s my teams home race so I really want to score some points this weekend. We were very close in the last race so I hope we can step up this time.”
#4 Patrik Pulkkinen:
“Because Assen and Sachsenring are so close together I didn´t go back home this time. I stayed in Germany and we went from the Netherlands straight to Sachsenring. On Monday we did some wakeboarding which was quite a good training for the physical strength as well as endurance. I like the Sachsenring track a lot. I have been here two times already and its always special to ride here. The special features here are these up and down hill passages. I know my race in Assen was not really satisfying so I want to get a better result this weekend especially it´s my teams home Grand Prix.”