Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams after the German round at the Sachsenring:
Leopard Racing conquers Sachsenring: Dalla Porta gets victory and Ramirez the second spot
Literally the team couldn't ask for more. Italian rider Lorenzo Dalla Porta has won the Grand Prix of Germany and teammate Marcos Ramirez has crossed the line the second. Obviously, Leopard Racing is more than pleased after this result and there is no better way to say goodbye to the first part of the season than being the leaders of riders and teams standings.
The day started with some drops of rain but after the Warm Up clouds disappeared to let sun shine during the Moto3 race. But if somebody have shone, those have been Leopard riders Lorenzo Dalla Porta and Marcos Ramirez. The man from Tuscany and current leader of the Championship started from the fourth position and immediately placed himself among the first riders, always battling and swapping positions with rivals, including teammate Ramirez. He got to be on top for some laps but as this is a very narrow track, was easy to lose some positions having other riders breathing behind. A similar situation happened to Marcos, he pushed from the beginning and even opened a gap being super consistent. If an enemy overtook him, Ramirez battled back. The 42 seemed to be comfortable and able to get the victory, but this time the main rival was his teammate.
Lorenzo Dalla Porta has clinched a victory he was really looking for and finally consistency and hard work has paid off for the 22-years-old rider. This is the second time he crosses the line as the winner (the last time was in Misano, last year) and he is now the leader of the Moto3 Championship. After today's result, the rider has been on the podium 5 times so far in 2019. On the other side of the box, Ramirez has jumped into the podium for the second time this season and is now the 4th on the standings. And gathering all the previous statistics, Leopard Racing is more leader than ever on teams' standings.
We wish you all a good rest during the upcoming three weeks without bikes on track, but we ask you to stay tuned and do not miss any detail because we will be back in August for the Grand Prix of the Czech Republic!
#48 Lorenzo Dalla Porta, Winner in Sachsenring
"I'm extremely happy. I was looking for this victory and it means a lot for me, even the double because I don't like a lot this track and it's been a hard race at some stages. As the laps went by I had to push a lot and honestly I didn't expect to win. This is the best possible result after the podiums we've achieved so far and the best way to go on holidays. Many thanks to the team, they've done an incredible job and they are like a family for me, I couldn't ask for more. I'm over the moon".
#42 Marcos Ramirez, second in Sachsenring
"I tried to win since the start of the race because I've felt strong and I knew I had a good pace. I tried it but from yesterday I have some pain on my knee and I struggled a little bit because this is a demanding track. However, a second position is super positive, I feel better than at the start of the season, I'm happy with this result and now I'm fourth on the standings. Besides, the team has done an amazing job because we've finished first and second. Many thanks to the team, today's been a very good day".
Strong showing at Sachsenring for McPhee and Sasaki
PETRONAS Sprinta Racing duo McPhee and Sasaki clinch sixth and ninth in tricky conditions
The PETRONAS Sprinta Racing duo of John McPhee and Ayumu Sasaki go into the Moto3 championship’s summer break with two strong results to show for their efforts at the German Grand Prix, taking sixth and ninth respectively in tricky conditions at the Sachsenring.
Overnight rain meant that the track was much-changed from yesterday’s conditions, but Sasaki and McPhee were nonetheless able to convert pole position and tenth on the grid into strong starts. Involved in the battle for the victory from beginning to end, they never dropped outside the top ten despite frantic position changes in the leading group.
Chopping and changing positions until the final laps, tyre degradation meant that McPhee wasn’t quite able to put up a fight for the podium, but he takes valuable points into the summer break. Finishing sixth in the race, he now also sits sixth in the title race.
The race was a valuable learning experience for team-mate Sasaki as he came home just behind McPhee in ninth. Unable to fight for the podium as he expected as he struggled in one area of the German circuit, he’s keen to use the experience gained to come back stronger at the next round.
The next round of the 2019 Moto3 season takes place after their three-week summer break, kicking off again with the Czech Grand Prix at Brno on 2-4 August.
“John started from tenth and was able to come through to lead the race. As always, he was right in the fight. We’re very happy with his performance and sixth is a great result for him, especially as it gets us closer to the top three in the championship. It was a great weekend for Ayumu with pole position and fighting in the front group for the whole race. We hoped from pole that he could fight for top three, but it’s just so hard in Moto3 and to have everything on your side, and he didn’t quite have the luck in the final laps after getting distrubed by other riders.”
“It was an enjoyable race with a big battle, although the pace was quite slow as track conditions changed after the rain. We went for the hard tyre option for the first time this year and I didn’t really know when to expect its performance to drop off, and I struggled a little for speed at the end of the race. I could hold my own and put up a fight, but I just didn’t have the pace to stay at the front when it mattered. It was a typical Moto3 battle, and P6 in the race and in the championship is a great way to round off the first half of the season.”
“I felt good all weekend and we’ve made a big improvement. I tried to stay strong in the race and to remain calm. I knew there were places where I was strong and places where I was weaker, and I had to manage it. I expected to be a little stronger in the race because we had enough pace to win or be on the podium, but I couldn’t manage to be there in the end. There’s a lot we can learn from the weekend though, and we can move forward into the summer break, relax, and come back stronger.”
FERNÁNDEZ TAKES CAREER-BEST RESULT IN AN INCREDIBLE RACE
Spaniard makes up ten positions and fnishes just two tenths off the podium
Lorenzo dalla Porta finally took his first victory of 2019 at Sachsenring today, the Italian making the top step of the podium by just 0.072 seconds ahead of his teammate Marcos Ramírez. Dalla Porta took advantage of a tough weekend for Aron Canet to take over at the top of the championship going into the summer break, despite the Spaniard making the podium with a strong ride to the podium from 22nd on the grid.
Raúl Fernández took the best result of his fledgling Grand Prix career with a hard-earned fifth place in an incredible performance that saw him make up ten positions and fight for the podium to the finish. The Spanish youngster crossed the line just three tenths behind the winner and two tenths off third at a circuit he had been looking forward to racing since the start of the season. Only contact with another rider a couple of laps from the end cost him the chance of an even better result. His teammate Albert Arenas did not get any luck today, crashing out of the lead group with ten laps to go and remounting to finish 21st.
5th Raúl Fernández (+0.323): “I have been saying for the last two or three races that we are getting close to the podium and fighting for top fives. This result feels like a win after two unlucky races. It is where we deserve to be and we can be fighting for the podium in the future. I wanted to be close to Ramírez on the last few laps because I felt he had a little more than the others, but with four laps to go another rider came in hot and I had to run wide. It cost me three or four positions and then I was struggling to pass on the straight, whilst I was also struggling on the brakes in the left-handers after the crashing in FP3.”
21st Albert Arenas (+36.123): “I am disappointed with the crash, which happened when I was fighting for a podium. I picked myself up and decided to finish the race, catching a couple of the riders that were ahead of me, so we have to take the positives into the break. It’s time to get some rest, reset and come back at our best level.”
Eleventh place for Garcia Dols in German GP
Estrella Galicia 0,0 Moto3 rider makes excellent progress after starting from 18th on the grid. Alonso Lopez crashes out on the opening lap at Sachsenring.
The Estrella Galicia 0,0 Moto3 riders contested the latest race of the 2019 season on Sunday, after a warmup session held on a wet track due to overnight rain -which also lowered the temperature from previous days.
Alonso Lopez crashed out of the race on the opening lap, after a collision with another rider. The Spaniard suffered a dislocated right shoulder in the incident. Sergio Garcia Dols finished the 27-lap contest, won by Lorenzo Dalla Porta, in eleventh place.
The riders have a few weeks' holiday following the German GP, before the second half of the season gets underway on August 2nd with the Czech Republic GP at Brno.
After clocking a 1:36.342 lap to go 14th fastest in the morning warmup, Alonso Lopez started from 11th on the grid thanks to some brilliant practice sessions and a Q2 time of 1:26.854.
Confident about his good pace, at the start of the race the Spaniard was among the frontrunners. Unfortunately, during the first lap he was unable to avoid contact with another rider, after which he suffered a crash that left him out of the contest and with a dislocated right shoulder.
Lopez is now 19th in the Moto3 World Championship with 33 points.
Having got into Q2 for a fifth consecutive race, Sergio Garcia Dols was unable to clock an official time in the session on Saturday after crashing before completing his first lap. Set to start eighteenth on the grid as a result, in the warmup on Sunday morning he rode the 28th fastest time with a 1:39.143.
The rookie went out onto the grid with his right shoulder bandaged. Off the start he maintained his position, although he was stuck at the back of a large group at the head of the field.
In the final part of the race he recovered ground and moved up the order, finally crossing the line eleventh -barely a second off the race winner.
Garcia Dols occupies 23rd in the overall standings with 9 points.
"I'm very happy because we scored points again"
"I'm very happy with this race because, although it was very tough, we scored points again. Alonso's crash hurt us a lot. I had to go off the track and come back on cautiously, in order to clean my tyres. I started to fight back and move my way up after that. I'm very happy to have got more points. Now we can rest up, before getting back to working to the fullest when the season resumes."
"It was a shame because Alonso had worked very hard»
"It was a shame about the crash in in today's race because Alonso and his crew had worked very hard throughout the weekend. He was very focused all the time and was looking for a good pace to make sure he was in the front group. He has been diagnosed with a dislocated right shoulder, but fortunately there is no fracture, so he will have time to recover over the next few weeks and come back at full strength when he returns in August. We are very satisfied with Sergio's race. He managed to gain places and finish in the points again, at a circuit where he had not ridden before."
Bezzecchi lands 19th in challenging German GP
Launching off from P19 on the grid, Red Bull KTM Tech3 Racing’s Marco Bezzecchi showed a strong initial pace on the first three laps at the Sachsenring to pass a few contenders. In the course of the 28 laps long race, the Italian Moto2 World Championship rookie dropped a bit, but managed to keep a steady speed to eventually end up inside the top 20.
“Yesterday I felt good with the bike, but today unfortunately, I just couldn’t find the same sensations like on Saturday. I was struggling a lot and was in trouble quite a lot. I was able to stay with the group in the first laps, but then I started to lose a lot of time. Now we need to check the data to find out what exactly happened in the race and we need to work harder in order to find solutions for the second half of the season.”
“First of all, I would like to say that we felt sorry and lonely on the grid without Philipp on his home Grand Prix. This was a shame not to have him. Outside of that we wish him a strong recovery. I was exchanging a few messages with him and it looks like he is getting better and better. Regarding the whole weekend, I think Marco showed a strong performance. We did a strong Qualifying, we were the first ones to miss Q2. 19th on the grid is a decent result for us. Marco also showed a very strong pace in the damp Warm Up this morning, which is for sure helping him to get more confidence and a more positive feeling. The race was good, but we are where we are at the moment. We enjoyed a great fight with Jonas Folger, who we know is very, very fast on this circuit. Clearly, Marco is learning. He is learning quite well. Compared to the beginning of this season, we can see that he is a much better Moto2 rider. All I wish is him having a great summer break. We know, we should get something really drastically different and hopefully faster from Czech Republic from KTM for Moto2. This is what I’m going to tell him before he goes on holiday to give him a positive feeling during that period. Hopefully we will have our two riders in Brno, both of them fit and both of them on a fast bike. Outside of that, I’d like to thank the whole Red Bull KTM Moto2 crew and wish them a good summer break!”
THE #GERMANGP CURSE HITS RODRIGO
The first half of the season draws to a close the worst possible way, with Gabriel Rodrigo out of the #GermanGP after only four corners, due to the high-side by Lopez that the Argentine could not avoid – as he ended up on the ground himself. The rider of TeamKömmerling Gresini Moto3 tried everything he could to stay out on track – hoping for a red flag – but a badly-damaged handlebar forced him to an early retirement after two laps completed.
Riccardo Rossi – who was at his first-ever race at this track – this was another opportunity to gather more experience. The Italian, who lapped with a mid-1’28secs pace, could not finish hither than 22nd, with more than 30secs from the winner at the chequered flag. This race wrapped up a difficult first-half of the season for the Moto3 rookie, but the rhythm shown in the second half of the race was surely encouraging.
With a month-break ahead, both team and riders will regroup in order to return to action on best form at Brno on early August.
DNF - GABRI RODRIGO #19
“There’s not much I can say. Unfortunately this first half of the season has been quite unkind to us, and today it was surely the lowest point. These things happen, but it’s a shame because we had the pace to stay with the leaders and the team deserves more. We will take this break to find a bit more serenity in order to turn this 2019 around at Brno and Spielberg.
22nd- RICCARDO ROSSI #54
“We made a big step forward compared to Friday, on a track that was new to me although I can say I really liked it. It was only my second race with the hard tyre and the feeling is good. We need to work hard to find a better pace in order to challenge for the top-15 after the summer break.”
Excellent race not rewarded with points
The GP of Germany was perhaps the best race of the season so far for Bo Bendsneyder. Unfortunately, that was not rewarded with points. The Dutch rider of NTS RW Racing GP finished 16th at the Sachsenring. His South African teammate Steven Odendaal finished 23rd.
“Bo has done a heck of a race”, team manager Jarno Janssen complimented his rider immediately after the race. “It is strange to say that it was his best race so far, while he has also had races in which he did score points. He more than deserved it here in Germany, because he fought like a lion from start to finish. The start was excellent and certainly a considerable improvement compared to previous races. The first few laps were perhaps a bit too conservative, but if you see him holding back guys like Bezzecchi, Bulega and Folger: hats off. ”
Bendsneyder started the race from fifteenth, after having set the fifth time in the morning warm-up in chilly and damp conditions. A good start brought him to thirteenth position, but he lost a spot on the straight every time in the first five laps. From twentieth position, Bendsneyder began to fight its way forward. First Bezzecchi and later Bulega prevented the Dutchman from connecting with the group that fought for eleventh place. Only in the final phase Bendsneyder could pass them to finally finish in sixteenth place: a fraction away from the points.
Steven Odendaal rode a relatively lonely race. Starting from the 27th place he managed to climb quickly to 24, but because he got stuck behind another rider, he could not continue moving up. Once he had passed and he had a free track ahead of him, the difference with the group was too big for him to be able to close in.
Bo Bendsneyder (16 on + 18,077): “It's a shame I couldn't get points here, because it was a very good race. The pace was good, I was only one to two tenths short. As a result, I always lost places on the straight and it was difficult to make up for it in the middle. Only there did I lose it: on the straight. I certainly had the speed to fight somewhere around the top 10. Of course I am disappointed about those points, but I am very happy with the race.”
Steven Odendaal (23 at +37,655): “My start was good. I could see Bo in front of me. But one rider overtook me and I couldn't pass him back till halfway through the race. As a result, we lost contact with the group. When I finally passed him, the difference was too big. I didn't have the speed to close the gap. I have some homework this summer to improve things for myself in the second half of the season.”
Jonas Folger taking the positives from German Grand Prix
PETRONAS Sprinta Racing rider finishes 17th despite strong pace after being hampered by qualifying
German rider Jonas Folger has brought his time with the PETRONAS Sprinta Racing team to a positive end at his home event, finishing 17th in today’s race at the Sachsenring in his final outing deputising for the injured Khairul Idham Pawi.
Hampered by qualifying in 20th place and unable to make up time on the leaders in the opening laps, Folger is nonetheless keen to take positives from the race after finishing only 18 seconds from the race winner. Improving every time on the bike across his three weekends with the team and able to run a strong pace in today’s race, his times were easily strong enough to match the top ten but starting so far on the back limited his ability to show his potential.
The Moto2 championship now enters it’s three-week summer break, with Khairul Idham Pawi hoping to return to action at the Czech Grand Prix in Brno on 2-4 August.
“In the end Jonas made a good step to only finish 18 seconds from the front after a very strong weekend. The only negative was qualifying so far back, because if he had started further forward, I’m sure he could have fought for the top ten. It’s been good to see his progression with the team and nice to see him happy and smiling again. In one way, it’s a shame we can’t continue with him but at the same time it’ll be great to get KIP back. I want to thank Jonas for being so professional and helping the team to gather crucial feedback and become more competitive with the bike.”
“I had a good race: it wasn’t perfect but in the end I am happy with it. I didn’t make many mistakes and after three races on the bike we learned a lot about how to go fast, but I lost some time to the lead group in the opening laps. If I had qualified stronger, we would have been able to stay much closer to the front because my pace was close to the top ten. I need to thank PETRONAS Sprinta Racing for the opportunity to ride a Moto2 bike again and for giving me back the sensation of racing. I’ve made the decision that I want to race again in Moto2 next year, and I hope I can find a team as good as this one.”
A LAST LAP TO FORGET FOR THE SKY RACING TEAM VR46 AT SACHSENRING
In Moto3, after a good race, a bitter epilogue for Dennis Foggia and Celestino Vietti Ramus both forced to retirement a few meters from the finishing line.
Chemnitz (Germany), July 7th 2019 – The two races in a row between the Netherlands and Germany closes with a double zero for the Sky Racing Team VR46. After a good race, Dennis Foggia and Celestino Vietti Ramus are forced to retirement during the last lap when they were close to the group of the strongest guys.
After a good start from the eighth place on the grid, to avoid being overwhelmed by the bike of A. Lopez, on the tarmac right in front of him, Dennis has lost several positions. A race full of overtakes for him that ends unexpectedly, when he was 11th, after a contact with D. Binder a few meters from the checkered flag.
Crashed at turn 3, during the last lap, Celestino who was a protagonist of a good recovery . Started from the 24th position on the grid, he was 13th before the crash.
Not an easy Sunday: a real shame this double crash during the last lap because Dennis made a good race and Celestino a good recovery. We will back in Brno stronger.
I was expecting a different race: I had a good start but Lopez crashed in front of me on the first lap. I was forced to close the throttle and I lost several places. I stayed focused and tried to recover. I was at the end of the group of the top guys, there were only a few corners to the finishing line, but a contact with another rider did not allow me to hit another good placement. A pity, we have done a good job during the weekend.
A more difficult weekend than we expected. We have struggled in the FP, but I'm happy that today, during the race, we made the step forward we needed to recover positions. The Team did a great job, I thank them and I am very sorry for the mistake I made during the last lap. We will continue to stay focused to be even more competitive and learn how to be more aggressive and fast in qualifying.
HARD WORK ENDS WITH HARD LUCK FOR SAMA QATAR ÁNGEL NIETO TEAM
Jake Dixon crashes in turn one with teammate Xavi Cardelús involved in the same incident
Álex Márquez recovered the lead in the Moto2 World Championship today with his fourth victory of the season at the German Grand Prix, leading his closest rival over the line by more than a second. Brad Binder backed up his first podium of the year at Assen last week with another one here after a strong fightback from the middle of the grid to second place, with Marcel Schrotter taking third after a tough battle with Binder and Iker Lecuona, who crashed in the final corner. Swiss rider Thomas Luthi drops to second in the championship after taking fifth today at Sachsenring.
A weekend of hard work for the Sama Qatar Ángel Nieto Team ended in hard luck at the German Grand Prix, with Jake Dixon crashing out just moments after the start. Dixon had finished third fastest in mixed conditions during warm-up this morning and made up several positions with a strong start from 26th on the grid. However, the British rider ran out of room in turn one and went down, with his teammate Xavi Cardelús also affected by the incident as he lost ground taking evasive action. The Sama Qatar Ángel Nieto Team stayed upright to finish in 26th position.
26th Xavi Cardelús: “We had bad luck today after making a good start to the race. My teammate went down at the end of the straight and I had nowhere to go. I had to jump off the bike to be able to get it back on track. After that I was able to set a similar pace to practice and made some improvements in some sectors, but it is a case of what could have been.”
Jake Dixon (DNF): “I made a good start but I ran out of room in turn one and almost collided with the rear wheel of another rider. It is a shame because everything that could go wrong did go wrong. We had a little boost this morning when I was third fastest in the mixed conditions, when the bikes are more level. It feels bad to end the weekend like this but we have to think about the next one now. Before that we have chance to rest up and reset the mind, and then come back ready to go again.”
UPHILL RACE AT SACHSENRING FOR THE SKY RACING TEAM VR46
Difficult Sunday for the Moto2 Team: Luca Marini, second on the grid, is tenth. Out of the points, Nicolò Bulega.
Chemnitz (Germany), July 7th 2019 - A bitter Sunday for the Sky Racing Team VR46 at the Sachsenring. After a great start, Luca Marini is forced to raise the pace and crosses the finishing line in tenth place. Eighteenth, out of the points in the final stages of the race, Nicolò Bulega.
A weekend among the protagonists for Luca: fast in the free practices and second in qualifying, he can't keep the pace of the strongest guys today due to an anomalous vibration on the front of his Kalex. At the head of the group at the entrance of the first corner, he was forced to give up several positions and he closed the Top10.
Different expectations also for Nicolò after a positive first half of the race in which, thanks to a good start, he was following the fastest riders. Due to a sudden drop of the rear tire, he closed in 18th place.
A very different race than we expected. Luca had a great start, took the lead of the race, but from the first laps we realized that something was wrong. He started losing places. We still don't know what happened and we will continue to analyze the data to understand. A difficult race also for Nicolò: he has a strong start, he was following the group, but the management of the tires consumption was not easy.
I had manage a problem I didn't expect: shortly after the start, I had a strong vibration in the middle of the corner especially on the front of the bike, but also on the rear. I couldn't understand what was happening, I immediately thought the tire but, at the end of the race, we checked it with the technicians and Dunlop and everything seems normal. We need to analyze the data and understand: yesterday we had the pace to be able to hit the podium and win the race while today I had to face a survival race. It's not the way I hoped to close the first part of the season. I'll use the holidays to work on my shoulder, even today it was painful, and I'll start thinking about Brno to get there at 100%.
A long race that unfortunately did not end in the best way. I had a strong start and immediately tried to impose my pace. I was following the group with Baldassarri and the feelings were ok. I was able ride as I wanted and push at 100%. Unfortunately from mid race, the rear tire had an unexpected drop and I could no longer manage the bike. I picked up the pace and tried to finish the race. This is an aspect on which we need to work during the second half of the season.
Can Öncü earns his first points of the year at German GP
The Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto3 rider finished 14th at Sachsenring, after being in the leading group for most of the race.
07/07/2019 - Sachsenring, Germany
After getting their best grid position of the season so far yesterday, Can Öncü and the Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto3 team wrapped up a positive weekend by finishing today’s race in the points, in 14th place. The young Turkish star made a great start, riding with the leading group until the halfway point of the contest. Öncü also recorded the best race lap at the German track: 1:26.714.
The Red Bull KTM Ajo rookie began the race on a high note, moving up from 12th to 8th in just one lap. The 15-year-old rider joined a large leading group of 15 riders, which saw constants jostling for positions, before eventually he lost some ground. In the final part of the competition he was able to fight among his lot and overtake two rivals, to cross the finish line in 14th position, earning his first points of 2019.
The next race for the Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto3 team is the Czech GP, which will be held at the Brno circuit from 2nd - 4th August.
Aki Ajo - Team manager
"I’m really pleased because we had another weekend that Can [Öncü] has been focused, calm and working very well with his team. I really think that we are going in the right direction and I know that, step by step he’ll get closer and closer to fighting for the top positions."
61 CAN ÖNCÜ
"I’m very pleased with the work we did in the race today. Overall, it’s been a great weekend for us, as we improved in each session. Beside that, in the race we took another step forward, by getting our first points of the year. Furthermore, I made a great start and I was able to stay in contact with the leading group, which was one of our goals. This race has given us good experience, as I learned a lot by being with the top riders and that’s very positive. During the summer I will train as hard as I can in order to be ready for the next race."
German Grand Prix 2019: Race
A fourth place which seems a victory, indeed Romano deserved the podium after a hard fought race from the first to the last lap. The rider from Ascoli started well at Sachsenring circuit and positioned first. The best strategy, with soft tires, was attempting to escape but the group was compact and the plan failed. Romano missed the podium but his reboot finally started and he's having fun now on track and that's important. After two difficult days, Tony Arbolino seemed, already in the warm up, having found the right motivation. A good start of race for the Sniper of Garbagnate who tried to recover positions but closed fifteenth at the end. This weekend is not obscuring his season. Tony is fresh from renewal with the Snipers for 2020.
Romano Fenati: "We could do more, we had everything to get the podium today. All the riders were pushing hard, especially at the beginning and it was difficult to escape. I tried it and that's why we decided to use the soft tires, to do the difference in the first laps, but I understood there was not too much difference. I stayed behind then to save the tyre as much as possible. We were close to a good result, the one we are expecting, but we face the summer break happy and more motivated".
Tony Arbolino: "We worked hard but the hard work didn't pay today. It was a shame as we were strong and after the difficulties of the first two days we were recovering. Never give up, we'll come back stronger at Brno".
Second place for Binder after amazing comeback at German GP
The Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 team secured a second consecutive podium, with Jorge Martin in ninth position.
The Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 team will head for their summer break with plenty of hard work under their belts, after they recorded a second consecutive podium today at the German GP. Brad Binder was on the rostrum for the second time in two weeks, after making up 15 positions in the race, while Jorge Martin achieved his best result in the category, by finishing ninth at Sachsenring.
Brad Binder, who was 17th on the grid, had a great breathtaking, as he moved up 11 positions in the first three laps. The South African rider demonstrated great pace as he overtook his rivals and, by the halfway point of the race, he was already second. In the final part of the contest, the Red Bull KTM Ajo rider successfully managed a tyre wear situation well and won a tough battle for second place.
Jorge Martin, on the other hand, got his best result in Moto2. From the third row of the grid, the Spaniard joined the leading group after the start. Despite losing contact with the front riders, the Red Bull KTM Ajo rookie stayed up amongst the top positions throughout the race, maintaining a consistent pace, to cross the finish line in a solid ninth spot.
Following today's results, Brad Binder sits eighth in the championship standings with 84 points, while Jorge Martin is 22nd with 10 points. The next date on the calendar for the Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 team is the Czech GP, which takes place over the 2nd - 4th August at the Brno circuit.
Aki Ajo - Team manager
"This Grand Prix has been a challenge for us in Moto2. However, we have to be positive, as we took a step forward after Mugello and Barcelona. In Assen and in Germany we showed that we’re getting closer to the front and soon we will be fighting for victories. I am grateful to the entire team and to the KTM Factory, who are working very hard, and to our excellent riders, who are doing a remarkable job."
41 BRAD BINDER
"I'm very happy. I made a great start, as I managed to move forward and hunt down the leadinng group. I could see that I had a competitive pace, so I tried to pass my rivals and go out on my own. But with 10 laps to go I began to suffer and everything became much harder. Despite that, I was still able to attack in the last laps. I have to thank Red Bull KTM Ajo, Aki Ajo and everyone who is working non-stop to make this happen. I'm happy to be able to fight for the podium at two races in a row. We’ve taken a big leap forward and we can be there with a strong second half of the season."
88 JORGE MARTIN
"It's been a positive weekend in general. We did a great job today. In the second part of the race it was harder because I had some chattering problems. It's the first Top 10 of the season and my best result in the category so far, so I'm very happy. I'll head for the summer break satisfied, as I think we've done a great job. I hope to come back even stronger to be fighting for the Top 5."
Bittersweet result in Sachsenring
Hiroshi Aoyama - Team Manager
“Another difficult but exciting race, with positions changing every lap. Toba was very good at the beginning of the race, staying in the lead group and looking to go in front, but with 9 laps to go someone came inside Toba at turn 1, and trying to avoid the impact he lost his line and crashed. It’s a pity because again he was fighting for the podium, but again he crashed. About Ogura, on lap 1 Lopez crashed in front of him and trying to avoid him he had to go out of the track and lost a lot of time. Then he started to recover positions lap by lap, riding behind the top group and finishing 7th. He managed perfectly the situation, riding a really strong race. In Germany we have finished the first half part of the season. Apart of the crash of Toba, we showed that both riders are very competitive and we will try to continue in this way in the second part of the season.”
DNF Kaito Toba #27
“Very bad luck…again. I tried to stay calm in the middle of the group and keep the tyre for the second part of the race. But a rider crashed and the rest of the group changed their lines. I needed to brake a little bit late and I crashed. I have nothing to say. I need a good result after the summer break. During the break I will train very hard to arrive at Brno in the best conditions.”
7th Ai Ogura #79
“Since Friday I had a very bad feeling with the bike, it was strange because last year I felt very good here in Sachsenring. My pace was not good, but instead of complaining I tried to be strong in the race and I finished in a good 7th position. During the race I learned a lot about fighting and how to ride in a very close group. I’m sure that this will help me in the second part of the season.”
Marvellous Marquez Re-takes Title Lead with Dominant Win
Alex Márquez turns his fortunes around by easing to his fourth Moto2 win of 2019 and re-claiming the lead in the World Championship as Xavi Vierge crashes out after contact with another rider.
After overnight showers, riders took to a wet track in morning warm-up. Come 12:20 however and the Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS team-mates started racing on a dry track, in the sun and with ambient temperatures of 18 degrees.
Putting the difficulties of a late crash in FP2 and machine issues in FP3 behind him, Alex Márquez claimed pole position, the fastest lap and the race win in what was a perfect weekend at one of his less favoured tracks.
The MotoGP World Championship now enjoys a three-week summer break before resuming in Brno, Czech Republic, on 2nd August.
An aggressive move from Thomas Luthi on Vierge at turn one knocked the Catalan off while he was fifth, the second occasion this has happened in the past week.
1st, Race Winner
Starting from his first pole position of 2019, Márquez dropped to fifth after an average start, but quickly recovered to third by lap 3.
After an exciting battle with early leader Iker Lecuona, Márquez made the race’s decisive move at Turn 1 on lap 7 when he passed his countryman for first position.
Márquez posted the fastest lap of the race – a 1m 24.317s – on lap 17 to extend his lead before cruising to his seventh win in the Moto2 class by 1.2 seconds.
His latest win puts Márquez at the top of the championship on 136 points, 8 ahead of second placed Luthi.
"I’m really happy! I still can’t believe we won it!"
“I’m really happy. I still can’t believe we won it! The weekend started in a difficult way. Saturday morning in particular was tough to manage but in qualifying we did a great job and made a big step forward. Today in the race I didn’t have a lot of rhythm but I knew by making a good, patient race without many mistakes we would have an opportunity to be in the top five or even on the podium. In the end we won with a gap! It was unbelievable when I saw my lead on the straight. Now I want to enjoy this. We’re leading the championship again and I’m going to enjoy the holidays before coming back even stronger.”
Vierge was fully motivated at the beginning of the race, and enjoyed a brilliant start to sit fourth after the first turn.
The 21-year was engaged in an exciting five-rider fight for the podium places, and appeared capable of scoring his first top 3 of the year.
Unfortunately Vierge suffered serious misfortune for the second time in two weeks as Luthi ran into the side of the Spaniard, forcing him to crash on lap 13.
"I’m sure I’ll return stronger than ever"
“One more time it happened! I don’t have any words. We just have to take the positives. I was competitive all weekend and the team did a great job. Now it’s the summer break. I’m sure I’ll return stronger than ever. And the most important thing: I want to congratulate my team-mate Alex, who did an incredible first half of the season, as well as all the team.”
"We are very happy but we need to keep our feet on the ground"
“We are very happy to finish the race with victory, especially when the weekend didn’t start very well with Alex. There were some problems, particularly on the second day, when he couldn’t ride too much. But we ended the weekend with pole position and the win. Now we go into the summer break as leaders in the championship. We need to keep our feet on the ground because it’s a long year. But we’re in a good way. With Xavi unfortunately he was not lucky at all. He had good pace from the beginning. After a few laps Luthi went very wide at the first corner and pushed him into the gravel. It was something he really didn’t deserve. We just have to keep working and the results will come for him this year.”
THE GRAND PRIX OF GERMANY FOR THE TEAM MV AGUSTA IDEALAVORO FORWARD RACING IS ENDED
It ends leaving a bitter taste the GP in Saxony for the riders of the team MV Agusta Idealavoro Forward Racing.
The weather conditions, today, have affected the course of the Moto2 race. After a wet warm-up, in fact, despite the sun coming out for the 28 laps of the ninth round, the track had not the time to dry completely, not allowing the riders to find the same conditions as in recent days.
Dominique Aegerter, who started from 21st position on the grid, was unable to find the right feeling with his MV Agusta F2, which was mainly caused by the different weather conditions of the race. The Swiss rider finished his home Grand Prix in 20th place
Stefano Manzi, on the other side of the box, started from 23rd position and finished 22nd. Also, in his case the weather conditions were not helpful on this day, not allowing him to find the same positive pace of the first days of the weekend.
Riders and mechanics are now preparing to return home for the three weeks of summer break. The whole MV Agusta Idealavoro Forward Racing team would like to thank sponsors, partners and supporters for this first part of the season just ended.
The appointment is therefore set for the weekend of 2, 3 and 4 August at the circuit of Brno, Czech Republic.
Dominique Aegerter #77 – P20 +30.791
“Sunday race here at the Sachsenring. I'm sorry. I expected a lot more for this race, especially for the weekend we led. Something definitely went wrong and I'm not referring to the bike but rather to the completely different weather conditions from the past few days. We had a wet warm-up, after which the track conditions were not optimal in the race despite the sun. I wasn't able to have the same feeling with the bike as I had in the previous sessions. I apologize to the team and sponsors for the position reached. We will obviously continue to work during this break as well. I will continue to practice on and off the track, I will also participate in the 8 hours of Suzuka and I will also try to relax a little. I will come back super motivated after this summer break. We all have to work hard together to achieve the goals we have set ourselves”.
Stefano Manzi #62 – P22 +37.502
"Unfortunately, I forced the braking of turn 1 too hard in the first laps and with a full tank I couldn't stop in time and I went long losing my trajectory. When I came back, I was last and I had lost a lot of time and I tried to recover as much as possible. When the fuel tank emptied a bit, I was able to drive much better, so much so that my times also improved and I set my best lap time on the last lap, even better than all the others. A shame, of course. Now we will continue to work hard to prepare for the next round in Brno".
Giovanni Cuzari – Team Owner
"Even if today's race has not ended as we had hoped, this is the right time to make a small summary of this first part of the very young MV Agusta project. As we all know the Moto2 category is very competitive, where normally at least 20 riders are within a second of each other. It's not easy to climb the standings with such an inexperienced but at the same time exciting project. Even today our riders have brought home valuable data that we will continue to analyse once back home. This summer break is already very busy for us to try to get back on track even more prepared. I think I can safely say that these first nine Races have been exciting and have brought home results that perhaps, for the first year, we had hoped but not expected with certainty, so I repeat, we are positive. Obviously, we would have hoped for a better result before the break, but we are satisfied with the first half of the season that we have conducted. At this point I wish you all a good summer break, we will all take the opportunity to charge a bit our batteries, but with the focus always towards the second half of the championship that will begin with the double races Brno-Austria in early August."
Tyre gamble costs Kornfeil the podium
As predicted, wet and cold weather welcomed the fans and riders of the Redox PrüstelGP team on Sunday morning at the Sachsenring. Fortunately, the track dried up quickly, so that at the start of the Moto3 race at 11:00 am nothing was left of the morning rain.
How long a 27-lap race can be, was experienced by Jakub Kornfeil at the German Grand Prix. The 26-year-old kept his sixth position after the start and worked hard in the leading group immediately. He even took the lead for one lap. As always, the Moto3 field was incredibly close again in this extremely exciting season, and in the middle of the race, a large group formed to battle for the Sachsenring crown. At first, Kornfeil looked competitive, but with only a few laps to go, the battle kept getting worse, causing the Czech to lose touch and suddenly found himself in tenth place after his soft tyres were worn out.
Youngster Filip Salac got away very well from his 13th place on the grid, but the young Czech was again in the wrong place at the wrong time. In the first lap, in the exit of the Omega chicane, Gabriel Rodrigo and Alonso Lopez crashed, forcing the 17-year-old to go through the gravel and rejoined the race as last. Salac made every effort to make up for the lost positions and benefiting from various crashed, the former Red Bull Rookies Cup rider secured his best result of the season with P13 and three more championship points. But he is obviously not happy after the generally very good weekend.
Before the championship continues in three weeks at the Monster Energy Grand Prix České republiky, the home Grand Prix of the two Redox PrüstelGP riders, the team from the Sachsenring enjoys a few relaxing days before preparing for the second half of the season.
Of course, I am not satisfied because we had a really strong weekend but we couldn’t finish it off on that manner. On the grid we took a bit of a risk because we chose the soft rear tyre and I controlled the race pretty well and tried to get any with Ramirez but I knew we would need the tyre in the end. I was waiting a bit trying to safe the tyre but in the last eight laps my tyre was completely gone. I couldn’t perform anymore how I wanted but I was in for more obviously. Then weekend and even the race was incredible but in the middle of the race we were to slow so the guys behind caught up. Still, I am positive for the upcoming races. We are now ninth in the championship which is great considering we were 17th two races ago. We have to continue like this. Big thanks to the great fans and sponsors that gave us such an amazing support this weekend.
Filip Salac #12
In the wet warm-up, I had no feeling with the bike and my bike was really slow on the straight but we know the race would be dry so we didn’t worry too much about it. I started the race from 13th place and took off well. I was eighth already in the first corner but in the third corner, two riders crashed and I nearly hit one of them so I had to go through the gravel to avoid him. That ruined my race just like in Le Mans. I rejoined in the last position. I then had to push a lot which was tough. I was really unhappy about it. Ok, we achieved some more points but I am disappointed about the race itself because the weekend overall was good. Still, P13 is my best result and I am slowly making progress and getting better each time. Now we have three weeks of summer break before my home GP but I will only have a small break to rest and then I will start training again for the second part of the season.
Florian Prüstel - Managing Director
It was an exciting weekend. We started off Sachsenring weekend strong on Friday with the FP1 and FP2. Both riders delivered a good performance, Filip especially in the FP3. In qualifying, both of them got off to a good starting position for the race, but this morning the weather has confused us a bit concerning the setting and tyre choice. Both riders have shown a strong race, especially Jakub has constantly fought with the front. In the end, the tyres have diminished too much and so he could not keep up with the soft compound. Sadly, when Jakub took the lead, he was unable to get away. Instead, the group got bigger, and it is difficult to counter something with outworn tyres. Nevertheless, we have reached the top 10 and also in the World Championship Jakub is now back in the top 10 in 9th place. We are happy to go into the summer break like this. Filip as well - he had trouble after the crash in front of him and lost many positions. Nevertheless, he finished in 13th place and has again taken home some championship points. We finished our home Grand Prix with both riders in the points and with that good feeling we are now going into the summer break. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the fans and sponsors who supported us here this weekend. It was all a lot of fun to ride here in front of our home crowd. The team worked well under the high pressure this weekend - thank you for everything.
LOWES JUST OUTSIDE THE TOP-TEN IN #GERMANGP RACE
It was a difficult Sunday for Sam Lowes who at Sachsenring – the venue hosting the ninth round of the MotoGP World Championship – got away with an eleventh-place finish. The standard bearer of Team Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 could not manage the comeback he had planned, and had to use all his experience in the second half of the race to manage the used tyres and to leave Germany with some valuable points.
Lowes made the difference in the last 7-8 laps as he kept a 1’25secs flat pace – which matched the rhythm of the leaders – to lap half a second faster and finish only 0.065secs away from the top-ten.
There is now enough time to regroup, recharge and show up fully fit at Brno for the start of the second half of the 2019 Moto2 World Championship campaign!
11th - SAM LOWES #22
“It was a difficult race because I missed some grip and had a little bit of “chattering” in the left-hand corners. I struggled in the early part of the race, but I knew I could improve with used tyres and that allowed me to bridge the gap with the group ahead. I could have surely passed Marini in the last lap, but the yellow flag did not allow me to try. This is not the result we were looking for, but we still leave Germany with some more points under our belts.”
Grip Issues Hurt Gardner In German Moto2 GP At Sachsenring
Remy Gardner made the best of having no rear grip in today’s #GermanGP at the Sachsenring, bringing his ONEXOX TKKR SAG Racing Kalex home in thirteenth position after twenty-eight hard fought laps that saw him narrowly miss out on what would have been his third top ten finish of the year.
Qualifying on the third row, in ninth, Gardner dug deep but was unable to find grip in the group, eventually crossing the line to take three additional FIM Moto2 World Championship points into the summer break.
As the first half of the season ends, we should look back at what has been an incredibly positive season for the #87, who has taken a maiden World Championship podium finish, and a maiden Pole Position for a team he has only just joined!
The next race takes place in Brno, Czech Republic in early August.
Remy Gardner: “It was a very difficult weekend. It seemed like it was going better on Friday and Saturday but then in the race we struggled a lot with rear grip, and we didn’t understand how bad the issues were until we got to the race. I couldn’t find the groove when I was in a group so we did the best we could and, in the end, I finished thirteenth. It’s good to get some points on the board after the couple of zero scores but we will back in Brno ready to fight at the front which is where I believe we should be every race. Thanks to everyone who continues to support me, to my team and all my sponsors.”
Exhausting home round well done
During the weekend, both youngsters in Kiefer Racing has shown lots of skills and talent on and off track.
More than 91,000 spectators on race day made the 2019 edition of the Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland at the legendary Sachsenring to an unforgettable experience for both Lukas Tulovic and Dirk Geiger. In addition, they both brilliantly mastered their debut race on the difficult curvy and hilly track.
After a complicated start into the weekend, Lukas Tulovic found his rhythm during the race at the latest. After a flawless performance he finally finished in 24th place, whilst Dirk Geiger reached his mini goal to leave one rider behind him.
By the way, the leather suit worn by Lukas Tulovic in the race will be auctioned on Ebay for a good cause. The proceeds will go to the children's cancer charity. The action will start on Monday.
#3 Lukas TULOVIC (Kiefer Racing, KTM Moto2), P24:
"My first home race at the Sachsenring was mega-exhausting. I never would have imagined that it would that stressful actually. I was looking forward to this weekend so much and I didn’t get disappointed. The atmosphere with these many spectators and all the trimmings was really great. So, I would like to thank all the people who supported me that greatly this weekend. This of course includes my team, whose support and help in many situations was incredibly valuable."
"Unfortunately, it wasn't my weekend. From the beginning until the race we had to fight a lot. Nevertheless, I always gave my 100 percent, but it just didn't go so well. I'm halfway satisfied with my race performance. To finish 38 seconds behind the winner’s time is not bad for a Sachsenring rookie. However, the position doesn't fully reflect our performance. Now it's time for the well-deserved summer break. In my opinion, the first half of the season went well above expectations. Therefore, I'm already looking forward to the second part of the season, for which I'll come back strengthened and with much more experience next month."
#28 Dirk GEIGER (Kiefer Racing, KTM Moto3), P24:
"Today's race was an unforgettable experience. It was just awesome to ride in front of this enthusiastic crowd at home. The impressions and experiences of the weekend weigh over everything. After the start I tried to keep up with the guys in front of me. That worked out quite well in the beginning. I felt very comfortable with the bike and the track. It went well, I was able to stay with them relatively close."
"But in the further course of the race I dropped back bit by bit. Then I simply tried to keep my pace constant and finish the race without making any mistakes. That worked out well in the end too. So, I'm very happy what I got here as a small birthday present. I'm just speechless about what I was able to experience this weekend. A big thank you to all the people who made this possible. First and foremost, to Kiefer Racing, as well as of course to all sponsors, without whom this project wouldn’t have been possible."
Jochen KIEFER (Team manager / Technical director):
"First of all, I would like to thank all the sponsors and patrons who supported us so actively this weekend. Our home Grand Prix at the Sachsenring is a great challenge for us year by year. This time, however, we had to do a lot more with projects that came about at short notice. I think everyone enjoyed it anyway and that we were able to offer our sponsors and their guests a beautiful and unforgettable race weekend. Once again, a big thank you to everyone."
"We are also satisfied from a sporting point of view. First of all, we are happy that both riders mastered this stress and tension so well. It went from one autograph session to the next. It wasn't easy for either Lukas or Dirk to stay on top of this busy schedule. It was really difficult. Both are rookies and they made the Sachsenring experience for the first time. The tasks on and off the track aren’t easy to tackle here. From this side we are happy with what we have achieved. Of course, we secretly hoped to finish a little further ahead. But we have to keep both feet on the ground. Nevertheless, the race of Lukas was first class to came home with just 38 seconds behind the winner at this difficult track. So, we don't have to hide for this. Dirk, on the other hand, made a big step during the race. It was clear to see that he learned the most today. We regarded his race as training from the outset. So, if the race would be tomorrow, he would be able to keep up a lot better. He simply lacked experience and kilometres with this bike. Nevertheless, he did a good job."