Press releases from some of the teams looking forward to this weekend's German round of MotoGP:
The Ducati Team arrives at the Sachsenring for the German Grand Prix, the half-way point of the 2017 world championship
One week after the Dutch TT at Assen, where Andrea Dovizioso took the lead of the championship thanks to a great race which he finished in fifth place, the Ducati Team has now moved 650 km eastwards across Germany, for the ninth round of the MotoGP World Championship. The German round marks the half-way point of the season, and it is scheduled for this weekend at the Sachsenring circuit, near Chemnitz.
The Sachsenring is one of the shortest and slowest circuits on the calendar, but despite this is full of difficulties. One of the key features of the German track is its counter-clockwise direction, as well as the presence of some unusual corners, almost all left-handers, accompanied by numerous uphill and downhill sections.
Dovizioso has twice appeared on the MotoGP podium at the Sachsenring: in 2012, when he finished third, and last year, when he again finished third at the end of an exciting race held in changeable weather conditions. For Jorge Lorenzo the German race is one of the few that he has not yet managed to win, but the Spanish rider finished runner-up four times between 2009 and 2012, while last year he concluded the race in fifteenth place.
The Sachsenring weekend programme gets underway on Friday morning with the first free practice session at 9.50 am, while the 30-lap race is scheduled for Sunday at 14.00 CET.
Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team #04) – 1st (115 points)
“The Sachsenring is a track that has created a few problems for us in the past, but it has just been resurfaced and so it will be new for everyone. As always we will have to take account of the behaviour of the tyres, especially in this case seeing as no one has been able to test on the new track surface. It gives me great satisfaction to arrive in Germany as leader of the championship, but it won’t change my way of racing because, even in the past, I’ve never raced for each individual result, always with one eye on the championship: we’ll try and do a good job here in Germany to get the best possible result in Sunday’s race.”
Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati Team #99) – 8th (60 points)
“After a difficult weekend at Assen, I can’t wait to arrive at the Sachsenring to resume the positive trend we demonstrated in the races before the Dutch GP. The German track has a new surface and I’m pleased about that because for sure it’ll help us have better grip. We will have to see immediately what the tyre wear is like on the new surface, but in any case the most important thing for me will be to find a positive feeling with the bike again and get back to being competitive.”
The Sachsenring Circuit
The Sachsenring is a circuit with a great motorsport tradition, because racing on roads near the town of Chemnitz began in 1920 and continued there until 1990. In 1996 it was decided to build the new Sachsenring circuit about ten km away from the German town, and its first German GP took place there in 1998. Since then the circuit has undergone a series of improvements, including a radical change in the track layout in 2001. Its numerous tight curves make it one of the slowest circuits on the calendar, but these characteristics ensure that races at the Sachsenring are always exciting and hard-fought.
Fastest Lap: Marquez (Honda), 1’20.336 (164.5 km/h) – 2015
Circuit Record: Marquez (Honda), 1’21.530 (162.0 km/h) – 2015
Best Pole: Marquez (Honda), 1’20.336 (164.5 km/h) – 2015
Top Speed: Dovizioso (Ducati), 298.2 km/h – 2015
Track Length: 3.7 km
Race Distance: 30 laps (110.1 km)
Corners: 13 (10 left, 3 right)
Race Start: 14.00 CET
MOVISTAR YAMAHA ALL SET FOR SACHSENRING START
Just a few days after the TT Assen race weekend, the Movistar Yamaha MotoGP team arrive at the Sachsenring circuit for the ninth round of the 2017 MotoGP World Championship.
Chemnitz (Germany), 28th June 2017
Following an eventful weekend of racing in the Netherlands, Movistar Yamaha MotoGP's Maverick Viñales and Valentino Rossi have made their way to the Sachsenring to finish the first half of the 2017 MotoGP World Championship at this weekend's GoPro Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland.
Viñales will be in search of redemption at the Sachsenring this weekend to make up for an DNF at the previous round. The Spaniard shows his signature mature and positive mind set and will apply what he learned in Assen to the upcoming race to close the four-point gap to the lead in the championship.
Prior to this weekend the young contender stood on the German podium twice, having secured third places in the 125cc class in 2011 and the Moto3 class in 2013. This year he sets out to conquer the top step of the podium at the Sachsenring for the first time in his career.
Rossi arrives in Saxony still elated by his first win of the season in Assen. That result not only gave the rider an extra confidence boost ahead of the forthcoming race, but also lifted him to third in the championship, just seven points from first.
This weekend the Doctor aims to secure his fifth MotoGP race win at the German circuit in addition to his victories in 2002, 2005, 2006 and 2009. He also stood on the premier class podium in 2000, 2003 and 2008 for second places, and in 2013 and 2015 having taken third position.
The area of Chemnitz has been associated with a love of racing from the 1920s, when car and bike races were held there on closed public roads. The Sachsenring hosted its first MotoGP event in 1998 and has continuously been updated since, including a recent resurfacing. The numerous tight corners (ten left, three right) and the 12m width of the tarmac make this circuit one of the slower tracks on the calendar, but there is plenty of close racing action that keeps the fans coming back for more.
Straight after the mixed weekend in Assen we arrive in Germany ready to get back on track. Maverick and Valentino are extremely motivated to score the maximum amount of points this weekend. They both challenge for the lead in the championship as we approach the mid-championship summer break. Both our riders felt competitive during last week‘s race and we are determined to continue the work this weekend so we can compete at the front again. The Sachsenring is a very peculiar circuit that‘s narrow and has a slow nature, so it will be important to find a good set-up that suits the new surface on the Friday in the free practice sessions, in order to prepare for Sunday‘s race.
We arrive at the Sachsenring with a positive mindset. We have to keep in mind that after the crash in Assen we are only four points behind the leader. We have to learn from our mistakes and try to not repeat them. Now I just want to look forward. I can't wait to be back on my bike, to prepare for this weekend‘s race and of course our target will be to win, not only to be on the podium. We have to be focused on recovering our position as the leader in the championship.
I‘m very happy because the race in Assen was incredible. Returning to the top step and taking the victory was very important for me, because the emotions are always fantastic, and it was also important for the championship. Thinking about the next race in Sachsenring, I don‘t know what to expect. We‘ve seen that from one track to the other everything can change, so we have to work in a good way to find the best solution for the upcoming track. I like the German GP, it‘s an unusual circuit that‘s different compared to Assen. It will be essential to be competitive there too. We will do our best!
Repsol Honda Team head to Germany as season reaches midway point
This year’s Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland marks the midway point of one of the closest seasons ever, with Marc Marquez, fresh from a podium finish in Assen three days ago, lying fourth in the Championship standings, just 11 points off the lead, and teammate Dani Pedrosa in fifth at -28.
The Sachsenring track, the shortest on the calendar at 3.67 km, has in the recent years proven to be one of the most successful rounds for both Marc and Dani, who have scored 13 victories between them and have stood together on the podium twice, in 2014 and 2015. The circuit was resurfaced after the 2016 race.
At the Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland
Marc Marquez has 7 wins: 1 x 125 (2010), 2 x Moto2 (2011, 2012), and 4 x MotoGP (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016), plus 7 pole positions (he has been on pole for all seven wins).
Dani Pedrosa has 6 wins: 2 x 250 (2004, 2005) and 4 x MotoGP (2007, 2010, 2011, 2012), plus an additional 3 podiums and 1 pole position.
“I look forward to going to the Sachsenring, a circuit that has proven to be good for us in the past. Of course we’ll have to wait and see how things go, as the track has been resurfaced and we know it can be quite different, starting with the grip, which will probably be higher compared to recent years. We must remain concentrated in order to be able to manage every situation as well as possible, like we did in Assen. In any case, it’s a circuit that I like and where I’ll try to be stronger. We’re just 11 points from Dovizioso at the top, and that’s good. This Championship is really open, and we must keep calm and keep working hard to be better and better in the coming races.”
"Sachsenring is one of my favourite tracks on the calendar and we are going there ready to prepare for the race as best as possible. I honestly do not know what to expect from the resurfacing of the track as it’s difficult to make predictions before getting there but I hope to have a good feeling with the bike and the tyres. We know as a team we are working well together and doing things right so we will continue with this mentality and try to understand how to make the tyres work better in every situation. The Championship is still very close and I look forward to getting back on my bike on Friday and fighting for a good result on Sunday”.
STRAIGHT TO GERMANY FOR THE LAST RACE BEFORE THE BREAK
Team Suzuki Press Office – June 28.
It’s nearly the halfway through the Championship for Team SUZUKI ECSTAR, with riders Andrea Iannone and Alex Rins heading to Germany directly after the last race in The Netherlands. The second back-to-back races of the season are the last ones before the summer break. This will give the chance not only to the riders to rest and train, but also to the Factory to proceed with the development according to the latest results.
In this sense, the last race in Assen was a positive one, with important feedback collected from the riders that gave the engineers the guidance towards which direction to work. The return of Alex Rins was warmly welcomed by the team, and the young Spaniard was able to make his own contribution with feedback, although he is still getting used to being back on the Factory GSX-RR.
The Sachsenring circuit is unique on the calendar, with ten left-hand turns and only three to the right. This year the track has also been resurfaced, meaning more grip. It will make the early laps very interesting for the riders who are getting to know it. For this reason, both Friday’s sessions of free practice have been extended by 10 minutes, starting five minutes earlier and ending five minutes later, enabling riders and engineers more time to make the necessary adjustments.
“The Sachsenring circuit is very peculiar; it´s tight and closed. It looks like a kart racing track for some reason, but perhaps it is delightful in its incongruity. The new asphalt will be a question mark for everybody, so I’m curious to see how the grip will be during the early laps on Friday. I’m arriving in Germany in a positive mood. We are working hard in the garage and the last race in Assen gave us important indications. These will be useful not only in the next race, but even more so during the summer break, with more time to work on development.”
"The weekend in Assen has been very positive for me as I was able to verify that the arm is fully recovered. I had no problems throughout the entire distance of the race and this gives me a good feeling about Germany. It’s good for me that we aren´t taking a break and go immediately to race again, because I feel very eager to race and to continue my racing development program. Sachsenring is a good track for me; I have good memories of the place, although I have no experience with a MotoGP there. I need to get more and more confident with the bike. It’s important for me to work hard and do as many laps as I can, to get perfectly fit, and also to polish my riding skills.”
MOTOGP TAKES ON THE SHORTEST CIRCUIT ON THE CALENDAR
APRILIA IN GERMANY ON THE HUNT FOR POINTS - HIGH MOTIVATION FOR ESPARGARÓ AND LOWES
The 2017 MotoGP Championship approaches its ninth round of the season, the last one before the summer break, on the shortest track of the calendar. In fact, it will be the 3,671 metres of the Sachsenring in Germany hosting the next round of the premier category. This will be the umpteenth important exam for the Aprilia RS-GP on a very peculiar circuit. With only 3 right-handers and no less than 10 left-handers, the German track demands great efforts from technicians and riders alike to find the right setup. Having less of an impact will be engine performance, used at maximum power for only about 15% of each lap.
The Aprilia Racing Team Gresini heads to Saxony with a single goal: to make this the best possible finish of the first part of a season where the Italian team has been improving consistently with impressively solid race pace that has been thwarted only by unfortunate situations. Team and rider morale is high and the competitiveness demonstrated on the track thus far lacks only definitive consecration under the chequered flag.
"On the Sachsenring I want to bring home a good result. If we analyse the last few races, we have consistently demonstrated that we can battle for important positions. For one reason or another, we have not been successful, but I won't make excuses. We simply need to keep working well like we have up to now. I am hoping for a normal weekend, without shifting weather and maybe with a bit of extra luck."
"The race aside, in Assen I took big steps forward. I battled and did well in qualifying, so now I am heading to Germany with good sensations. This is a completely different track, both in terms of riding and setup, but the important thing is that I know I can battle for the points zone and I am motivated to finish out this first part of the season in the best possible way."
Barbera and Baz head to Germany for the last round before the summer break
Reale Avintia Racing riders Hector Barbera and Loris Baz head to Germany for the ninth round of the 2017 MotoGP World Championship. With 3.7km of length, the Sachsenring is the shortest track in the calendar and also the slowest in terms of average speed. But its nature with a twisty and tight first sector and a fast final part of the circuit always produces close battles.
Barbera has good memories from last year when he qualified for the front row in second place, and also from the race when he fought for the podium in rain conditions. But he swapped bikes too late losing his podium chances and finishing the race in ninth place. Nonetheless he is looking forward to this weekend with confidence, as he loves the track.
The German circuit is not in the favourites list for his teammate Baz but, following his good performance last time in Assen, he is looking forward to repeat this good result and to finish the first half of the season in a positive mood.
“The weekend in Assen was not so good for us and that’s why I’m looking forward to get the German weekend started. I love the track. Last year I started the race from the front row of the grid and I did a good race on Sunday. Assen has been always difficult for me, but Sachsenring is one of the best circuits for my riding style and I’m confident to achieve a good result. This will be important after such a difficult first half of the season. It’s crucial to leave Germany with positive feelings so we can build up our confidence for the second part of the championship.”
“I’m looking forward to start the weekend at the Sachsenring following the result from last Sunday in Assen. I don’t like the circuit too much, I never felt great there and last year I raced with an injury. But we have some ideas to make the bike work and it’s a left-hand circuit, which should be good for my arm I want to finish the first half of the season with another strong result. Straight after this race, I will undergo surgery to fix the problems in my right arm.”
Germany provides last chance for points before summer break
Monday, 26 June 2017 11:45
Pull&Bear Aspar riders head straight to the ninth round of the season on the back of a contrasting weekend in the Netherlands
The MotoGP World Championship now has five different races winners in 2017. After the first two races that went the way of Maverick Viñales came a response from Marc Márquez and Dani Pedrosa, before another Viñales win was followed by a double from Andrea Dovizioso. At Assen it was the turn of Valentino Rossi, who took his tenth career Dutch TT victory to concertina the positions at the top of the championship. Just eleven points now separate new leader Dovizioso from Márquez in fourth place, with one more race to come before the midseason summer break. The 25 points on offer at Sachsenring, the shortest track on the calendar, could prove crucial to the outcome of this championship.
The goal for the Pull&Bear Aspar Team is to reproduce the performance levels both riders showed at Assen, but to ensure both riders come away with a strong result to take into the summer break. Karel Abraham travels to Sachsenring on the back of his equal-best ever MotoGP result, with his seventh place finish at the Dutch TT giving him extra confidence and motivation to take to Germany. Meanwhile Álvaro Bautista is looking to quickly forget last Sunday's race and get back to the kind of results he produced at Barcelona and Mugello.
Álvaro Bautista:“Sachsenring is quite a tight track, very twisty, with a long section of left-hand corners that put a lot of stress on the tyres. We head to Germany on the back of our best qualifying of the season at Assen and a race where we were running close to the front until the setback of the crash. We need to keep working in the same way this weekend because we know it's the right way and let's see if we have a little luck this time. I don't know why I have been crashing in races because we are not doing anything different. We have to stay strong and make sure we finish this first half of the season well.”
Karel Abraham: “We head straight to Germany feeling ready for another race at a tricky circuit, the shortest on the calendar, with a lot of elevation changes and lots of left-hand corners. After the result at Assen and a weekend that we can look back on and be happy, I am looking forward to getting back on the bike and continuing to improve.”
Zarco targeting podium finish at Sachsenring – Folger aims to delight home fans with strong result
After coming off the back of a challenging race in the Netherlands, the Monster Yamaha Tech3 duo now confidently gear up for the German GP. Johann Zarco seeks to bounce back after the Assen battle just a few days ago and achieve his target of seizing a podium at the Sachsenring track. Whilst Jonas Folger fully intends to power to a notable finish on home soil and complete the first half of the season with a top tier result. The action gets underway on the 30th of June at 09:55 at the Sachsenring.
Championship: 6th - Points: 77
“Sachsenring is an interesting track that is quite small, but there are a lot of left corners. I won the race there last year when it rained a lot, which is a nice memory. Of course, it will be great to have three days of clear weather this time but let's see what happens. I have a good feeling on the bike and I am happy about how the weekend in Assen went because I got the pole position and I was strong at the beginning of the race. I want to remain on this pace so that I can fight again, and have the opportunity to get on the podium in Sachsenring which would be fantastic to achieve before the summer break.”
Championship: 10th - Points: 51
“It goes without saying that I’m looking forward to Sachsenring. It’s a special race for me every season but even more so this year because I am in the MotoGP class. A lot of people in Germany will support me at the track and I hope there will be a big crowd. We did a great job in Assen, apart from in the race, where I made a big mistake, which I won’t do again. I think that we can perform well in Germany and I hope that the weather stays dry because it was a bit complicated to set the bike up in Assen as the conditions were always so mixed. Anyway, I will do my absolute best to make my home crowd proud this weekend.”
“We won’t have much of a rest between the two races, but there is just enough time to drive, fly and set everything up for the very important German Grand Prix. We have mixed feelings from the Dutch GP. On one hand, both riders did a great job and were really fast. The pole position was amazing for Johann, plus, the second row was the best qualifying performance by Jonas so far, and we were all happy that night. Yet, unfortunately, the next day was a disappointment. Johann lead for almost half of the race, but eventually, he collected just two points in 14th place which was certainly not what we were expecting. As for Jonas, for the first time since the beginning of his MotoGP career, he scored no points. If we want to be positive, they are in good shape, no one got injured and we are ready to bounce back from this disappointment. It will be a significant weekend for us in Germany because it’s the home Grand Prix for Jonas. We know how big and important Germany is in terms of motorcycle markets and economy so we want to give Jonas’ fans something to cheer about. We know that he can deliver really strong results and hopefully he can do this at his home race because he has the speed, talent and attitude. Let's get ready for the last event before the summer break and we will do our absolute best as always. We can’t wait for FP1 on Friday at Sachsenring, so gentlemen start your engines!”
CRUTCHLOW AIMS TO MAINTAIN MOMENTUM AT SACHSENRING
PRESS RELEASE: 29 June 2017 | Sachsenring GP Preview
LCR Honda Cal Crutchlow is looking to build on his excellent result at Assen last weekend as the MotoGP World Championship arrives in Germany for round nine of the season. After a disappointing time of things in Mugello and Barcelona, Crutchlow underlined his class with a fine fourth-placed finish in Holland last time out and is now aiming to continue that momentum at one of his favourite venues on the calendar.
The Briton has great history at the Sachsenring having secured two runner-up finishes at the German venue in the past four years. One of those came 12 months ago as he finished behind Marc Marquez and the 31-year-old has high hopes of producing another big performance. Crutchlow admits he is hoping to avoid more bad weather having struggled in the wet at Assen, but still believes Honda riders have an advantage at this weekend’s venue.
"It’s a circuit I like and it’s a track that Honda bikes have gone well at over the years. I have no real idea why, I think because our bikes slide a lot and from turn six onwards there’s a lot of sliding to be done, so we don’t seem to be hindered as much as the other guys".
“I’m looking forward to the weekend; it was not too bad in Assen, it was good to come away with a decent result as I felt good all weekend there, except in the rain. But sadly it looks like it might be another wet weekend here! Overall, (in Assen) I think the team did a good job as it wasn’t an easy weekend, something seemed a little amiss, but hopefully this weekend will be a lot better. Wet or dry I’ll be giving 100 percent and we’ll see where we end up.”
German GP (Sachsenring) - Premier leadership
Did you know…?
- Andrea Dovizioso leads the World Championship standings from Viñales, Rossi and Márquez. It is the first time that a Ducati has led the general classification since 2009.
- Stoner was victorious in the 2008 race, marking the one and only Ducati victory at the German track.
- Dovizioso finished 3rd in an exciting German GP race last year, which started in the rain and ended with the track totally dry. Before the riders came in to change bikes, Andrea led the race, and was the rider who led the most laps in the race.
- Andrea uses a special lever on his left half handlebar to control the rear brake with his thumb. He has been using this special thumb brake since the second part of last year. Danilo Petrucci has also started using this device as well.
- Jorge Lorenzo has raced at Sachsenring 14 times and has never won there. He has also never managed a win in Argentina, Austin or Austria, making it 4 circuits on the calendar where he still lacks a victory.
- Lorenzo has achieved six podiums at the Sachsenring: in 2006, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2014. He has two pole positions here, which he achieved in 2006 and 2010.
- Lorenzo missed the 2013 race here as a crash in practice bent the plate in his collarbone that had been placed there two weeks earlier.
- Sachsenring is the shortest circuit in the championship at 3671 meters and is the only track under 4 km in length.
- The first time Sachsenring held a World Championship event was in 1961. The circuit continued to hold races uninterruptedly until 1972. At that time, it was an urban layout of which today only the corner onto the front straight remains. In 1998 it returned to the calendar and became a regular destination, replacing emblematic tracks like Nürburgring and Hockenheim.
- Riders usually describe the German circuit as a large kart track due to the many slow and linking corners.
- Turn #11 is one of the most problematic corners in the whole championship, where many crashes occur. This is due to the fact that it is the fastest corner on the circuit, negotiated in 5th gear and at speeds of 200 km/h, just after a steep slope that descends 21 meters (equivalent to 7 floors) over only 250 meters. In addition, it is a right-hand turn that is reached after negotiating a total of seven left-hand turns over the course of 31 seconds, causing the right side of the tire to cool.
- The braking point at the end of the front straight is the strongest on the entire track, where it is approached at speeds of 293 km/h and the riders brake for 5.4 seconds over a length of 259 meters.