Sachsenring, Germany

Sachsenring Saturday MotoGP Round Up: MotoGP Behaving Like Moto3, Race Pace vs Quallfying, And Why The Crashes At Turn 1 Aren't The Problem They Might Appear

On Friday, at the meeting of the Safety Commission, where MotoGP riders meet with representatives of Dorna and the FIM to speak freely and without penalty about matters pertaining to every aspect of safety (the clue is in the name) at MotoGP events, the riders invited Rivacold Snipers Team Moto3 rider Andrea Migno to attend, to discuss ways to improve safety in the smallest capacity class of Grand Prix racing. The invitation had been issued in response to the terrifying scenes at the Barcelona Moto3 race, where riders were sitting up and backing off in the middle of the track in the final laps of the race. It was a miracle that nobody was seriously injured.

Stern lectures were given, and serious thought given to how to improve the state of affairs, and how to avoid such extremely dangerous situations in the future. The riders and officials gathered there did their level best to find ways to improve the safety of the sport.

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2021 Sachsenring MotoGP FP4 Result: Zarco Dethrones Quartararo

Under 32 degrees of air temperature, the asphalt gave a searing welcome to the premier class for their final practice session and it was the same familiar names towards the top of the timesheets. However, Fabio Quartararo had to share the limelight with compatriot Johann Zarco, with the Yamaha man leading for most of the session but eventually getting demoted from top spot by the Pramac rider, who was tempted by fresh rubber in the final few minutes. Quartararo did do the most laps – not that he needed it, with the scary pace he already showed all weekend.

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2021 Sachsenring Moto2 FP3 Result: Running Out Of Headlines For Gardner

The final chase for the top 14 looked like it got settled early on for the intermediate class, but a few riders had other plans for the final handful of minutes of FP3. Behind Remy Gardner, who led the way throughout the session once more, there were some late improvements from teammate Raul Fernandez and Fabio Di Giannantonio, who climbed into a top three covered by two tenths of a second.

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2021 Sachsenring MotoGP FP3 Result: No Question About Quartararo

The premier class fought for that valuable top 10 in a sweltering Sachsenring and after refining their race pace for a bit, the first of two time attacks started in the final 15 minutes. What both of those attacks had in common was Fabio Quartararo’s name at the top of the timesheets, the Frenchman ending the session quickest and with few rivals able to threaten him with red sector times or match his pace over the session.

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2021 Sachsenring Moto3 FP3 Result: Migno Leaps To The Top

It was another hot morning in Germany and the battle for the top 14 was just as hot in the lightweight class. Riders miraculously avoided leaving pitlane at the very last second – and sometimes a few seconds too late – and started a first time attack halfway through the session. They even snuck in a generous two or three flying laps for the second attack in the final four minutes or so. Andrea Migno made the best of those final few laps to jump from outside the top 14 to the top of the timesheets, less than a tenth of a second ahead of compatriot Stefano Nepa.

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