Sachsenring, Germany

Photos From Saturday At The Sachsenring

Yet more photos from Scott Jones, this time of the rain-soaked qualifying session. The conditions may have been horrific, but this did not deter either our intrepid photographer or the subjects he was shooting.


Jorge Lorenzo. He's supposed to be injured, but he refuses to let that deter him.


Niccolo Canepa, before Nicky laid the Kentucky Smackdown on him

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Aprilia To Field Moto2 Entry

Remarkable news surfaced at the German Grand Prix. According to knowledgable sources in the paddock, Aprilia is about to make an about turn on its previous resolution to walk away from the Moto2 class, and submit an entry. Work is apparently already underway, and the bike should be ready within the next month or so.

The news is little less than astonishing, for a number of reasons. Firstly, the introduction of four cylinder 600cc bikes as the Moto2 class, slated to replace the 250cc bikes at the start of next season, was taken against the express wishes of both Aprilia and KTM. KTM pulled out of the 250cc class a year early, stating their disgust at the way the decision had been forced through in the Grand Prix Commission as their main reason. The cynics in the paddock - of which there are plenty - pointed to KTM's failure to win a title in the 250cc class, and the severe financial constraints forced upon the Austrian factory by the global economic crisis.

Secondly, an Aprilia Moto2 entry would be powered by a Honda engine, the Japanese racing giant having been awarded the contract to produce and tune the engines. Just how Honda would feel if Aprilia starts winning races, claiming victory for the Noale factory while powered by a Honda lump, remains to be seen. The prospect of a Honda-powered Aprilia raised a myriad of questions about the prominence that Honda will be given on the bike, and just how that will fit in with the rest of the Moto2 team's sponsors. The thought of a bike with a huge Aprilia logo splashed across the fairing, and a tiny little sticker with Honda on, is both highly entertaining and deeply puzzling.

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Sachsenring Race Photos From The Lens Of Scott Jones

The first of Scott Jones' fantastic images from race day are here. There will be more to come during the week, but here's a few to tide you over. Unsurprisingly, the photos contain race spoilers.


Nicky Hayden, getting friendlier with the Ducati all the time

 


The "aliens" as Randy de Puniet calls them, dominated the race, barely letting each other out of their sights.


Valentino Rossi crests the hill

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2009 MotoGP World Championship Standings After Round 9, Sachsenring, Germany

1 ROSSI Valentino ITA 176  
2 LORENZO Jorge SPA 162 -14
3 STONER Casey AUS 148 -28
4 PEDROSA Dani SPA 108 -68
5 EDWARDS Colin USA 83 -93
6 MELANDRI Marco ITA 70 -106
7 DOVIZIOSO Andrea ITA 69 -107
8 VERMEULEN Chris AUS 64 -112
9 CAPIROSSI Loris ITA 61 -115
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Round Number: 
9
Year: 
2009

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2009 Sachsenring MotoGP Race Result - Thriller Decided By Less Than A Tenth Of A Second

Results of the MotoGP race at the Sachsenring:

Valentino Rossi beat his team mate Jorge Lorenzo by just 0.099 seconds, after a race-long thriller between Rossi, Lorenzo, Casey Stoner and Dani Pedrosa. Stoner led for a while, but his tires seemed to go off towards the end of the race, and both Rossi and Lorenzo got past. Pedrosa closed, but could not get close enough to pass. Rossi and Lorenzo swapped places several times before the final lap.  

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2009 250cc World Championship Standings After Round 9, Sachsenring, Germany

1 AOYAMA Hiroshi JPN 134  
2 BAUTISTA Alvaro SPA 124 -10
3 BARBERA Hector SPA 106 -28
4 SIMONCELLI Marco ITA 102 -32
5 PASINI Mattia ITA 64 -70
6 DEBON Alex SPA 63 -71
7 LUTHI Thomas SWI 60 -74
8 FAUBEL Hector SPA 59 -75
9 DE ROSA Raffaele ITA 58 -76
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Round Number: 
9
Year: 
2009

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2009 Sachsenring 250cc Race Result - Lead Held To Line Despite Desperate Chase

Race result and summary of the 250cc German Grand Prix at the Sachsenring:

Marco Simoncelli won a rain-shortened 250cc race at the Sachsenring, but his victory didn't come easy. The Italian led away from the line at the first time of asking, but rain started falling almost the moment the bikes left the line, and after Jules Cluzel crashed heavily at the fast and frightening Turn 11, the race was red-flagged, rescheduled, and shortened from 29 to 19 laps.

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250cc Race At Sachsenring Red-Flagged For Rain

The 250cc race at the Sachsenring was red-flagged on the 2nd lap, after rain started to fall and Jules Cluzel crashed at the horrifically fast Turn 11 at the top of the hill. Marco Simoncelli had got away and was leading comfortably at the time, but Race Direction considered the conditions too dangerous to allow the riders to continue on slicks.

Rain is still falling, though only very lightly, and the track remains mostly dry. Teams are mounting rain tires, but the sky here is light, and not looking like there will be serious rainfall just yet. The race is scheduled to restart at 12:45, and will be just 19 laps rather than the 29 originally planned.

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2009 125cc World Championship Standings After Round 9, Sachsenring, Germany

1 SIMON Julian SPA 129  
2 GADEA Sergio SPA 104 -25
3 SMITH Bradley GBR 98.5 -30.5
4 IANNONE Andrea ITA 93.5 -35.5
5 TEROL Nicolas SPA 81.5 -47.5
6 ESPARGARO Pol SPA 62.5 -66.5
7 MARQUEZ Marc SPA 55 -74
8 CORTESE Sandro GER 55 -74
9 FOLGER Jonas GER 54 -75
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Round Number: 
9
Year: 
2009

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