Press release previews of this weekend's German round of MotoGP at the Sachsenring:
Kallio targets his first Moto2 win at the Sachsenring
Gosselies, Belgium - 9 July 2013: Mika Kallio and Scott Redding head to the Sachsenring and the German Grand Prix this weekend, both with their sights set firmly on a podium finish to close out the first half of the 2013 season.
Sachsenring was the scene of Kallio's best result in 2012, with the 30-year-old Finn qualifying on the front row and then taking second place in the race; his only podium finish of the season. Kallio is keen to go one better and win this weekend in Germany, to close the eight-point gap to Tito Rabat, who currently occupies third place in the championship standings.
With a 30-point lead over Pol Espargaro in the standings, Redding will go into the summer break as the Moto2 World Championship leader whatever happens at the Sachsenring this weekend. However, the 20-year-old Briton heads to Germany determined to extend his lead over the Spaniard, to take a psychological advantage into the four-week break.
It's been a steep learning curve for Livio Loi in his rookie Moto3 season, with a crash in Barcelona and set-up issues in Assen robbing him of the chance to add to the single championship point he scored in his Grand Prix debut at Jerez. The 16-year-old Belgian heads to Germany for his sixth race of the season determined to improve his qualifying performance and to add to his points tally in Sunday's 27-lap Moto3 race.
At just 3.671 kilometres in length the Sachsenring is one of the shortest tracks on the Moto2 calendar, while its technical nature also makes it one of the slowest. The anti-clockwise track features ten left-hand turns and only three right-hand corners, making tyre choice for the race critical as the left side of the tyre, especially the rear, is subjected to far higher forces than the right.
Mika Kallio #36:
"The Sachsenring is one of the best tracks for me. For some reason the layout seems to suit my riding style and I've had some good results there in the past, including second place last season. The bike set up at Assen was quite similar to what we used at the Sachsenring last season, so I'm confident I can be on the pace from Friday morning onwards. Every week I say I'm aiming for the podium, and it's no different this weekend, but this time I need to be fighting for the win, as I think the Sachsenring offers the best chance for me to stand on the top step of the podium for the first time in Moto2."
Scott Redding #45:
"I think this weekend could be a bit like Assen. Last year we had some issues setting up the Kalex at both tracks, but we knew some of the problem was down to my riding style; I was just too aggressive. This year I've changed my style to be a bit smoother, so hopefully we can get the bike dialled in quickly on Friday morning. As always, the goal this weekend is the podium, but it would also be good to extend my lead in the championship by a few points ahead of the summer break."
Livio Loi #11:
"I had some big problems with the bike in Assen, so the first priority this weekend at the Sachsenring has to be to improve the set-up during free practice. If we can do this then I'm confident that I can fight for a points scoring finish in the race on Sunday. I like the Sachsenring circuit, although it wasn't a particularly lucky one for me in the Rookies Cup last season. I was leading the second race with just three corners to go when I was hit by another rider and dropped back to seventh."
PRADITA OUT TO PROVE A POINT AT SACHSENRING
After a disappointing weekend last time out at Doni Tata Pradita is determined to find his best form in the next round of the Moto2 World Championship in Germany this weekend. The Team Federal Oil rider is reaching the halfway point of the season and he is as determined as always to improve his performances on the track.
Doni Tata Pradita “I go to Germany fully focused and determined to prove to myself and the team that I am making the right progress. I have a good relationship with my crew chief but I need to keep working with him to put his advice into practice on the track. I will try my best and I am sure we can make improvements in this second half of the season. ”
Fausto Gresini “Doni Tata Pradita's determination to improve is always impressive and pleasing to see. He always wants to build on his relationship with the team and put the advi ce he is getting into practice on the track."
WILAIROT SO FOCUSED FOR SACHSENRING
Ratthapark Wilairot has spent his time since the last Moto2 race working hard to improve his concentration levels as the season hits the halfway stage at Sachsenring this weekend. The German Grand Prix is another opportunity for the Thai rider to prove his quality, having struggled so far to fulfil the undoubted potential he has shown in practice.
Ratthapark Wilairot “At Ass en my feeling with the bike improved and in Germany I will be working hard to stay focused on the job. I will continue to follow the advice of Fausto Gresini, who continues to convince me of what I am capable of. I want to work hard alongside the team to kick off a positive second half to the season."
Fausto Gresini “After Assen I had a long chat with Feem and tried to give him some advice that I hope will prove useful to him in Germany. He has to find the concentration and motivation fro m within himself because he certainly had the talent and the potential to do well in this class."
ANTONELLI AND BALDASSARRI READY FOR SACHSENRING
Team GO&FUN Gresini Moto3 riders Niccolo Antonelli and Lorenzo Baldassarri head to the next round of the World Championship this weekend in good spirits as they tackle a circuit that should suit their riding style. The Sachsenring circuit has a slow first section followed by some dramatic changes in elevation where a potential horsepower deficit is less evident than at other circuits. Antonelli has been preparing keenly for this race as he aims to make up for his disappointment in recent rounds whilst Lorenzo is also looking forward to competing at a circuit where he has prior knowledge despite being a Moto3 rookie.
Niccolo’ Antonelli “I had a good race at Assen and could have possibly even come away with a better result but I didn't want to risk anything. It was really important for me to make it to the finish to give myself and the team a boost in confidence for the second half of the season. We had a good qualifying session and overall did a good job in difficult conditions. I go to Sachsenring feeling confident that we can do a good job again. The circuit suits my riding style and I will try to be decisive and consistent from the first session. We certainly want to do better in the second half of the season than we have done I the first half."
Lorenzo Baldassarri “We had a positive weekend at Assent and only narrowly missed out on the points. We are making great progress at the moment and I am sure we can be amongst the front runners at a circuit that I know well, l and like a lot. It is flowing and suits my riding style. We will work hard from the first session to find a good setting for the bike and get as much performance as we can out of the tyres, which we struggled with from half distance at Assen. Overall I am confident we can have a good weekend."
Niklas Ajo ready for one of his favourite tracks
Avant Tecno KTM rider has never finished outside the points at Sachsenring and looks to extend good form.
10/07/2013 - Sachsenring
The World Championship riders travel to Germany this week, to the 3.6km Sachsenring circuit. Built in 1996, it is the shortest track in the Moto3 World Championship and is characterised by a series of 7 left hand corners. The layout also features just 3 right hand corners.
Niklas Ajo heads to Germany in high spirits, after placing tenth and taking 6 valuable points and the Dutch TT. The Avant Tecno KTM rider has taken points on his previous two visits to the Sachsenring and is out to take consecutive top ten finishes. In the overall standings, Niklas lies twelfth with 32 points –18 more than he did at this time last season. The Avant Tecno KTM rider will be extra motivated in Germany, celebrating his 19th birthday today.
The Moto3 race starts at 11am on Sunday, kicking off the midway point of the season and making way for a five-week break –before the series returns at Indianapolis next month.
Circuit information - Sachsenring
Length: 3.671 m. / 2,281 miles
Width: 12 metres
Left corners: 10
Right corners: 3
Longest straight: 700 m. / 0,435 miles
"The Sachsenring is a track that I really like. I have ridden there a few times and I have good memories, always finishing in the points and having good races. You never know what will happen with the weather there, but I hope that it is dry this weekend. The circuit is characterised by not having any long straights and being full of slow corners. It is a difficult circuit and after the first sector you have the left handers, which makes things trickier. It is not an easy track."
FINAL STOP SACHSENRING BEFORE SUMMER HOLIDAY
MAPFRE Aspar duo determined to score top results before mid-season break
Mugello, Catalunya, Assen… After visiting a series of long and fast tracks in recent weeks the final stop for the Moto2 World Championship before a hard-earned summer break is the shortest circuit on the entire calendar. Sachsenring is a rollercoaster ride of dramatic elevation changes and tight corners, with hardly a flat metre to speak of around its 3.6km layout. It is a technical circuit - great fun for those riders who adapt to its demands and a nightmare for those who don't. In Moto2 the title chase is tightening up somewhat, Scott Redding maintaining a 30-point lead but with Pol Espargaró another step closer after his victory at Assen two weeks ago.
MAPFRE Aspar rider Nico Terol heads to Germany full of energy following an enjoyable visit to Argentina for a shakedown test at the Termas de Rio Hondo circuit. After two disappointing races Nico is now ready to show the kind of form that saw him take victory in the second round of the season in Austin and second place at Mugello, as he looks to sign off for the summer on a high. His team-mate Jordi Torres travels on the back of an excellent performance in the Dutch TT, where if it wasn't for a mistake at the start he would surely have been fighting for a podium finish. Jordi did not race at Sachsenring last year but is confident that his good form can help him adapt quickly.
Nico Terol: “The test in Argentina was a really good way for me to disconnect from racing. I really enjoyed myself riding there and the bike felt 'mine' again. I felt safe riding on the limit and it was important for us to get this feeling back in a test because the last two races have been much harder than we expected. I feel really calm about going to Germany now and I am looking forward to enjoying myself and getting the maximum possible return from the weekend. Sachsenring is a small and twisty track with some hard braking areas. It is not one of my favourite circuits but I am looking forward to getting there and hopefully experiencing the positive feeling we had with the bike in Argentina.”
Jordi Torres: “We go into the German GP on a high after doing a good job in the last race in Holland. The race went well, it was just a shame that we didn't do better at the start and over the first few laps because our race pace was very positive. We also need to work on being more decisive in qualifying to put us in a better position on the grid and avoid problems in the opening laps. I rode at Sachsenring in 2011 and I have good memories of it, we have a good base set-up for the bike now and we have to come out of this one with a good result so that we can go into the holidays with a good taste in our mouths and in the knowledge that we have done a good job.”
JONAS FOLGER EXCITED TO RACE AT HOME
MAPFRE Aspar rider fit and ready to race in Germany, team-mate Eric Granado targets good performance before summer break
It seems only yesterday that the season got underway in Qatar but this weekend marks the halfway point of the Moto3 World Championship. The German Grand Prix takes place this weekend at Sachsenring, where the riders will be doubly determined to score a good result before heading off for the summer break before the championship resumes at Indianapolis in mid-August. Before that they must tackle the challenge of the shortest and technically one of the most demanding circuits on the calendar, where they will aim to halt the dominance of series leader Luis Salom.
It is a special weekend for MAPFRE Aspar rider Jonas Folger, who has now fully recovered from his wrist injury and is ready to race in front of his home crowd. Jonas knows that a return to the podium is a big ask but he is determined to be the rider putting up the biggest challenge to the likes of Salom, Viñales and Rins at the front of the pack. His team-mate Eric Granado is equally motivated having struggled to get on the pace at the last two races. The Brazilian's aim is to return to the points-scoring positions before the summer break.
Jonas Folger: “I am really looking forward to racing in Germany, my home country. I have been working hard on improving the conditions of my wrist and it feels fine now so I am sure we will be in much better shape than at Assen. It will be nice to be able to fight at the front again on par with the other guys. Sachsenring is a tricky circuit and you have to be fully concentrated so that you don't make mistakes but it is a special Grand Prix for me, the atmosphere is always great and I am very much looking forward to the weekend."
Eric Granado: “I raced at Sachsenring last year and I remember thinking that it was a difficult but fun circuit. It seemed to suit me so hopefully I have a good feeling with the track again this year. We have had a tough couple of races but I have been working hard over the last week on my concentration levels and I am fully focused on the job at hand. We will work hard from Friday to make sure that we are as well prepared as we can be for the race."
MotoGP Moto3 - San Carlo Team Italia FMI looking for confirmation in Sachsenring
After proving once again the skills of both riders during the race in Assen, the team wants to improve in qualifiers to be a protagonist
Romano Fenati (San Carlo Team Italia FMI FTR Honda#5) scored points with a 14th place finish in Holland, showing his knack for hard-fought races and passing various riders on his way. A podium is his first goal, and it will be crucial to start from top rows to seize it.
Francesco Bagnaia (San Carlo Team Italia FMI FTR Honda#4) wants to put the bad luck of the past two races behind. The rookie has shows a pace close to that of his teammate, also thanks to an improved setup on the front, and is eager to score points to confirm his constant improvements.
Roberto Locatelli (FMI Technical Coordinator)
"We head to Germany to move further ahead on the path we took in Assen. The riders saw improvements, but we still need to do better in QP. Both Romano and Pecco are cutting the gap with the front, but Sachsenring is a tricky circuit: short, twisty, and very physical. Starting closer to the front we could be among the protagonists."
Red Bull KTM Ajo confident ahead of Sachsenring
Luis Salom, Zulfahmi Khairuddin and Arthur Sissis will attempt to continue team’s strong form ahead of summer break.
10/07/2013 - Sachsenring
The World Championship arrives in Germany this week, for the final round before the summer break. The Red Bull KTM Ajo team go to Sachsenring having extended a podium streak in the Moto3 class to 20 races, with the help of in-form series leader Luis Salom.
The track has many narrow corners and is one of the slowest on the calendar, characterised by seven consecutive left hand corners which create difficulties in maintaining tyre temperature. It also features one of the shortest straights in Grand Prix racing and ever-variable weather.
Luis Salom has another challenge ahead at the German GP. He is on a run of three consecutive victories, and a win this weekend would make him the first rider to triumph at four Moto3 races in a row. Teammate Arthur Sissis has two successive top ten placings, whilst Zulfahmi Khairuddin is out to regain feeling and points, having left the Dutch TT empty handed.
Following this race, the Moto3 World Championship takes a five-week break, before the riders return to action on Friday, August 16th, at Indianapolis.
Circuit information - Sachsenring
Length: 3.671 m. / 2,281 miles
Width: 12 metres
Left corners: 10
Right corners: 3
Longest straight: 700 m. / 0,435 miles
"I come into the eighth round of the year happy with the results and the work done at the last Grand Prix. I will try to make the most of the KTM's qualities at this circuit, as we have been doing so far. Personally, I will be out to do my best right from the Friday, at a circuit that suits me and where I have very fond memories from the past two years.
If I had to highlight any part of the track, it would be the first section, which is very slow and which I really like. In addition, I am lucky enough to train in Palma, Majorca, at a very similar circuit to the Sachsenring."
"The German Grand Prix is not one of my favourites. I never managed to go fast there in the Red Bull Rookies Cup, nor last year in Moto3. Having said that, the Circuit de Catalunya was not a favourite either, but this year things didn’t go at all badly there –so we’ll see what happens at Sachsenring. I hope to have a good weekend and am excited about having a strong race.
The first part of the circuit is the most difficult and, in addition, there is a second sector with many left handers in succession –seven– which makes it even trickier. Being such a short track, we have a race of many laps on Sunday, so we’ll have to be very focused."
"The Sachsenring is really special. Last year, with unfavourable weather that always complicates things, we finished in a creditable sixth place. We hope for good weather this weekend, so that we just have to focus on riding and getting a good finish.
It is a tough place to ride, with blind corners and a last sector that I like a lot. I have to give 100% in Free Practice and move forward with finding a good setting, which will help me to get a good feeling and a strong race result."
Dunlop returns to Europe for Sachsenring Moto races after Argentinian Test
Following successful racing as Assen, Dunlop headed for a test at the Termas De Rio Hondo circuit in Argentina, a new track on the 2014 calendar. With the help of Esteve Rabat (Kalex) and Nicolas Terol (Suter) Dunlop was able to go through an intensive tyre test plan. In all, the riders were scheduled to test five front specifications and twelve rear specifications during the twelve hours available split between two days. Between both riders a total of 240 laps were completed and despite rain during day two 14 of the 17 tyres were evaluated. Both riders worked very hard and their feedback was excellent. Dunlop is now confident going to the new venue in 2014 with tyres capable of 25 to 30 laps confirmed by both riders.
Attention now turns to the Sachsenring, one of the most demanding circuits that Moto2 and Moto3 visit. With ten left hand turns and only three or arguably four right hand turns. For the Moto2 riders this requires Dunlop to allocate a special range of rear tyres. The extreme temperatures caused by all the left hand turns makes it almost impossible to offer anything other than asymmetric rear tyres.
Rider allocation for the rear will be four ATR14 W919 and five ATR14 3838, both having asymmetric constructions to allow heat build up on the none working right side as well as a reducing heat build up on the working left side. The W919 offers a softer compound on the none-working side for when riders feel they need that extra bit of confidence going into cooler morning practices. These will both be accompanied by the 302 and 345 fronts which are now well known to the teams with four of each available per rider to allow for the many variables that can have an effect on front tyre performance.
For the Moto3 riders the 'M' and 'H' compound fronts accompanied by the 'S' and 'M' rears will be allocated. The target for these riders will be to hold on to as much tyre stability as possible, as front and rear tyre temperatures here will be the highest they will experience while in Europe. Both options of fronts and rears will give the riders confidence during the cooler practice and warm up sessions that the other classes do not have to encounter while also having the endurance needed for hotter race conditions.
Last year’s Moto2 race result gave Suter, Kalex and FTR chassis manufacturers each a place on the podium but with three different tyre combinations which is very satisfying for Dunlop. The same could be said for the Moto3 race where KTM, Honda and Kalex KTM all finished on the podium, albeit in wet conditions, so all finished on the same wet tyres.
Clinton Howe, Operations Manager Motorcycle Grand Prix
“In recent races we have seen some variable ambient temperatures from extreme high temperatures in Catalunya to the windy cooler conditions of Assen. In both situations both classes of riders and teams have used all their knowledge in setting up their machines to get the very best out of them. In some cases tyre pressures have been lowered to gain that extra tenth of a second as a result of chasing grip for when the track has become slippery due to conditions.
“In Sachsenring the Dunlop service engineers will have their work cut out for them as they will have to police the tyre pressures with all teams to stop them going lower than the Dunlop recommended pressures as this circuit takes no prisoners where tyres are concerned! Last year’s results were very good and we have changed one of the rear specs from ATR03 to ATR14 which we hope will give the riders a harder choice of what to race, as both should perform very well.”