Previews from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams:
Quartararo and Navarro motivated for German GP before summer break
Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 head to Sachsenring with Fabio Quartararo sixth overall with 74 points, and Jorge Navarro eleventh with 44 points.
Still on a high after a podium for Fabio Quartararo and a great fourth place performance from Jorge Navarro at the Dutch TT, Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 arrive in great shape for the halfway point of the season.
This weekend both team and riders will be working hard from the first practice on Friday to get their bikes ready for Sachsenring, looking to fight for top results at a circuit that is one of the slowest on the calendar. The German track features numerous tight corners: 10 left handers and 3 right handers.
The first free practice session for the German Grand Prix will take place on Friday, July 10th, at 9 am.
Did you know?
The German Grand Prix takes place at the Sachsenring circuit, located 27 kms from the city of Chemnitz. Due to the great tradition of motorsport there, the German Grand Prix is a party for the town, which from 1920 until 1990 enjoyed car and motorbike races on the roads near the city. The hosting of these tests became increasingly difficult, given the population density and low safety conditions for drivers, so the construction of the Sachsenring was decided on in 1996 and hosted its first Grand Prix in 1998.
In 2011 a similar situation occurred to that recently experienced by Brno, and Chemnitz citizens took to the streets to campaign for the German Grand Prix to continue at Sachsenring -eventually succeeding.
Estrella Galicia 0,0 rider
6th in Overall Standings with 74 points
"After I made the podium at the Dutch TT, I head to Sachsenring very motivated”
"We come to a very different circuit to those where we have ridden so far. After I made the podium at the Dutch TT, I head to Sachsenring very motivated and we will try to work in the same way as from day one. We will start very focused from the first free practice session, looking to find a good setup that allows us to ride at a fast pace at this circuit. The track has a slow first part and a quicker second half. Due to the characteristics of this circuit we will work to find a balance that allows us to be as competitive as possible in the fast sections -and also the slow ones."
Estrella Galicia 0,0 rider
11th in Overall Standings with 44 points
“We arrive in good shape for the German Grand Prix and this motivates me”
“The last few races have been very good; we have been improving and progressing more and in the last Grand Prix in Holland we took a big step forward. We were very competitive and we were fighting in the leading group, even challenging for victory during the race. So we arrive in good shape for the German Grand Prix and this motivates me to continue working in the same way that has made us improve, little by little.”
HALFWAY MARK OF THE SEASON BECKONS FOR GRESINI RACING TEAM MOTO3
Gresini Racing Team Moto3 riders Enea Bastianini and Andrea Locatelli head to Germany this weekend to take part in the ninth round of the 2015 Moto3 World Championship: the German race, which takes place on the twisty Sachsenring circuit, marks the halfway point of a championship that sees Bastianini currently second in the overall standings with 108 points and Locatelli fifteenth with 21.
Started from pole position in the last two races, Bastianini will try to enter again in the fight for the win and try to close the gap from the championship leader, Brit Danny Kent. Last year at Sachsenring Enea produced a great comeback from the 30th to the 15th place, following a contact with another rider on the first lap. His team mate Locatelli will try instead to enter the top ten.
“Last year the Sachsenring was an unlucky race, compromised by a contact on the first lap, so I hope that this year will be better! We will try to work hard in race configuration, because if it’s true that in qualifying, over one flying lap, we can be very fast, in the final stages of the race I struggle to ride as in the first half of the race. Therefore we will start the weekend working on this area and I’m convinced that we can improve”.
“The Sachsenring track is very small, but has many ups and downs and other features I like: last year I’ve been already quite strong, so I’m confident. However, it will be important to try to solve the chattering issues which have been slowing us down from several races. We will have to try to realize our potential, without the ups and downs that have characterized the practice sessions of the last Grands Prix: if we succeed, I think we can enter the top ten in every race”.
“After taking the pole position with Enea at Assen we were expecting to be fighting for the win, but we have collected less than we hoped. At the Sachsenring we would like to continue the positive trend in qualifying, then we would like to try to realize our potential in the race, to consolidate the second place in the standings and, why not, try to close the gap from Kent. We know we have all it takes to do it and we'll try our best. On the other hand, I’m expecting a step forward from Locatelli: at Assen Andrea proved to be able to enter the top ten, so I think that in Germany he can return to fight in the leading group”.
SIMEON CHARGED UP FOR SACHSENRING CONTEST
Xavier Siméon and the Team Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 are preparing for this weekend's German Grand Prix at the Sachsenring: the ninth round of the calendar marks the halfway point of the 2015 Moto2 World Championship, which has a total of 18 Grands Prix.
Fresh from a good sixth place finish at Assen, Siméon head to Germany with the stated aim to return to fight for the podium: the 25-year-old Belgian rider, currently eighth in the championship with 59 points, will find one of his favourite tracks, on which he has always shown a good competitiveness, also taking the pole position back in 2013.
“We arrive in Germany very confident because together with the team we have identified a base set-up that seems to work well in all the tracks and that allowed us to make a positive first half of the season; in addition, the Sachsenring is a track I really like, where I got the pole position two years ago. Our goal remains the same, namely to fight for the podium: it’s difficult to say in which areas we can still improve to stay with the fastest, because our bike is already very good. Zarco, Rabat and Lowes are on good form and they can count on a very competitive bike, so we will try to give our maximum and to be even more precise in every area to try to stay with them”.
“The team did a very good job in this first half of the season, reaching a great base set-up, which is allowing us to be competitive on all tracks: now we miss only some little things to be able to fight with the fastest, and we absolutely want to make this small step forward, thanks to which we could return to fight for the podium. The Sachsenring track is well suited to Xavier and our bike’s characteristics: we will be working hard, as always, and we will be battling till the end”.
Rabat ready to race at the Sachsenring
Gosselies, Belgium – 7 July 2015: Tito Rabat heads into this weekend’s German Grand Prix at the Sachsenring confident he can fight at the front of the race, despite undergoing surgery on a fractured collarbone just three days ago.
The reigning Moto2 World Champion crashed heavily while training at the Almeria circuit on Saturday, sustaining a fractured right clavicle in the accident. Rabat underwent surgery at the Hospital University Quirón Dexeus in Barcelona on Saturday evening, with a titanium plate inserted to stabilise the fracture.
Rabat was discharged from hospital on Monday morning and immediately started rehabilitation training in preparation for this weekend’s race, the last before the four-week summer break.
While the Sachsenring is a physically demanding track, there are few hard braking areas to stress Rabat’s damaged shoulder and he remains confident that the injury will not be a significant factor as he chases his first ever podium finish at the German circuit.
Álex Márquez heads to Germany looking to build on a solid result in Assen, where he equalled his best finish to date with ninth place in the Dutch TT. The 19-year-old Spaniard has made significant steps forward with his Kalex Moto2 machine in recent weeks and is looking forward to racing this weekend at the Sachsenring, where he narrowly missed out on a podium finish in the Moto3 race last year.
“The surgery was only a few days ago but I’m back in training already and the shoulder feels good. It’s difficult to know how it will feel on the bike until I actually try it on Friday, but I think the only issue will be under hard braking and there isn’t so much of that at the Sachsenring. The important thing this weekend will be to manage the sessions and not put too much stress on the injury ahead of the race. Other than that the approach will be the same as every other weekend; to do our best and try to finish as high up the order as possible on Sunday. It would be nice to finish on the podium this weekend, as Sachsenring is now the only circuit on the calendar at which I haven’t achieved this in Moto2, but we will see.”
“After two race weekends where we improved both my pace and my rhythm a lot, I’m looking forward to the Sachsenring. It’s not one of my favourite circuits, but we go there in a positive frame of mind and looking to continue the improvements of the last few races. It’s important to get a good result this weekend in Germany, as it means we will go into the summer break with a good feeling. To do that we need to work a little more on qualifying and also my pace at the end of the race, but for this we have some clear ideas, so I’m completely motivated for the weekend ahead.”
Michael Bartholemy: Team Principal
“Tito’s accident was unfortunate, but riders have to train and with that comes some risk. The good news is that the surgery was a success and he’s as motivated as ever for the weekend ahead. Sure, he’ll have some pain on the bike but, with few hard braking areas to contend with at the Sachsenring, it will be manageable for him. Tito might not be completely fit but his chances of a first podium finish at the Sachsenring this weekend shouldn’t be written off, because he’s one tough cookie! We have seen a big improvement from Álex over the last few races and I’m confident that he can fight for a top ten finish once again in Germany. We still need to work on his qualifying pace but, as he showed in both Catalunya and Assen, his race pace is already good.”
Moto3 - San Carlo Team Italia at Sachsenring before the summer break
Favourable reminds on this track for Stefano Manzi and Matteo Ferrari.
As is tradition, it's the track of Sachsenring (Germany) that will host, in the weekend of 10-12 July, the last round before the summer break of the Moto3 World Championship. It's an opportunity for San Carlo Team Italia to finish, possibly with remarkable results, this first part of the season, characterised by ups and downs, but with the awareness of counting on a speed potential to aim for goals in line with the initial expectations, accomplishing the purpose of the " Team Italia Project" of the Italian Motorcycling Federation.
On paper, Sachsenring will offer to the riders of the Italian Team, an opportunity to prove their worth, since they have already had favourable results on the 3.671 meters of the German track. Matteo Ferrari, with San Carlo Team Italia, was protagonist of a great weekend last year and finished 9th, as the best Italian on the finish line.
It's a precedent that proves how remarkable results are within the team's reach, as it has been also confirmed by the growth highlighted during the eight rounds of the Rookie Stefano Manzi. In the points this year at Le Mans, the sixteen-year-old rider from Rimini was one of the main protagonists of the last three years of Red Bull Rookies Cup at Sachsenring, conquering four podiums (2nd in Race2 in 2012, 2nd and 3rd in the two rounds of 2913 and 3rd in Race1 last year) out of six races, sometimes even fighting for the victory.
Cristiano Migliorati (Sports Manager - San Carlo Team Italia Moto3)
"After results surely under our expectations in the last races, we get ready for Sachsenring with a big dose of optimism. On this track, Matteo Ferrari last year was author of an impressive performance, finished with a good place in the top-10 in race, a sign that the track is suitable for his riding style. I can say the same for Stefano Manzi, he knows well this track where he always did well in the Red Bull Rookies Cup. Moreover Mahindra has always been very competitive at Sachsenring, so these favourable reminds give us hope for the weekend. For me, Sachsenring is a track where the talent of the riders can come to light more than ever: there aren't any big straight line, but a lot of corners that are a good place to prove one's worth. The level of the Moto3 this year is very high, but we will try to focus to achieve good results before the summer break."
Red Bull KTM Ajo look for strong end to first half of 2015 season
Miguel Oliveira, Brad Binder and Karel Hanika head to German Grand Prix with hopes of podium finishes before summer break.
07/08/2015 - Sachsenring Circuit, Germany
Red Bull KTM Ajo reach the halfway point in the Moto3 World Championship for the German Grand Prix, held at Sachsenring. After a good performance in the Netherlands, Miguel Oliveira, Brad Binder and Karel Hanika will try to get their KTM machines back onto the podium in last round of the championship before the summer break. The team have two wins in Germany from the last three years –through Sandro Cortese and Jack Miller– and a second place for Luis Salom.
Miguel Oliveira –third in the overall standings– comes into the German Grand Prix in his best form of the season, after two victories in the last three races. The Portuguese will look to place on the top step of the podium again at the German track, where he has competed on 4 occasions and last year was just off the rostrum.
It will be a special event for Brad Binder, who a year ago took the first podium of his career in Sachsenring by finishing second. After riding for the whole race in the leading group in the Netherlands two weeks ago, the South African is chasing his second podium of the season. Karel Hanika will also be after a rostrum finish, following a weekend at Assen in which he was strong in practice but placed in the second group. In the last race before the summer break, he will have the chance to complete the good work done in recent races at one of his favourite circuits.
The German Grand Prix runs from Friday to Sunday, with the race on Sunday at 11:00am.
44 MIGUEL OLIVEIRA
"Sachsenring is a circuit with a lot of braking and that is an aspect in which we are strong, but I wouldn’t go so far as to say it's a circuit that suits the KTM more than our rivals. This year we have some different characteristics than last season and we cannot compare things too much. It's a track with many left handers and I especially like the last part, the faster sections. I've never managed to finish on the podium at Sachsenring, but the goal is to fight for victory. We have to give our all to get a good result."
41 BRAD BINDER
"Sachsenring is one of my favourite circuits. It is a special track because last year I achieved my first podium there. Every season we have ridden at this circuit I have felt really strong, so it gives me great confidence for this weekend. After the race in Holland, I feel strong; we were able to return to the front group, so we have to keep fighting and I hope I can return to the podium soon."
98 KAREL HANIKA
"I am eager to race at this Grand Prix because last year we were very fast and, despite starting from the second row, we fought for sixth place. I had a good feeling and I really enjoyed riding at this circuit, so I hope we have more luck this year and maintain this good start to the season. It is a pretty special track. I like it because it is short, with many laps and not easy for riding or for conserving tyres. It is a very nice circuit, narrow and with few places to overtake. If you are fast you can enjoy yourself a lot."
Johann Zarco going for eighth consecutive podium
Ajo Motorsport comes into German Grand Prix after two consecutive victories in Moto2.
07/08/2015 - Sachsenring, Germany
Two consecutive victories –in Catalonia and the Netherlands– and a run of seven Grands Prix without placing off the podium, have made Johann Zarco a runaway leader in the intermediate category of the World Championship. He is currently 45 points ahead of his nearest rival in the Moto2 standings. The Frenchman will hold the lead of the series going into the summer break, whatever happens on Sunday at Sachsenring, but he does not want to miss the opportunity to collect an eighth consecutive podium for his collection.
After 7 seasons in Grands Prix racing, 2015 is currently the best to date for the Ajo Motorsport rider. He has found a solidity with his team that has allowed him to take podium finishes in the last seven Grands Prix, including wins in Argentina, Catalonia and the Netherlands and three pole positions. The Frenchman has raced 6 times at the Sachsenring, with his best result a second place in 2011 in the 125cc class.
Sunday's race takes place at 12:20pm local time and precedes a timely three-week break for the series, as it marks the halfway mark of the season.
5 JOHANN ZARCO
"The team and the bike are giving me the opportunity to get wins and this is the goal for Germany. It's a circuit that did not go well for us last year, so we'll see which tyre we will use. I think the riding style needed will be a little different from at Assen, but we must be strong from the opening day to get used to the track as soon as possible –and try to be fast and consistent. That's the key in Moto2, because the other riders are very strong and we must be ready for the race. As I said, the goal is victory and we will see if this is possible. I have to enjoy every moment because I have an advantage in the World Championship."
LEOPARD RACING LOOKS FORWARD TO THE SACHSENRING AS THE SEASON REACHES THE HALFWAY POINT
Another race but most probably an even more important one for Leopard Racing as their rider line up with series leader Danny Kent, Efren Vazquez and Hiroki Ono look forward to the team’s home race at the demanding Sachsenring in Saxony this weekend.
The German Grand Prix marks also the halfway point of the season before the teams and riders of the highly competitive Moto3 World Championship head into a well-earned three weeks summer break. But before that Leopard Racing’s riders will do well again particularly due to the fact that the series round nine marks the team’s home race.
Championship leader Danny Kent from Great Britain counts the tight and twisty circuit to his favourite so he is confident to be amongst the frontrunners again also riding the Honda machinery this time, whilst experienced team mate Efren Vazquez eyes to regain lost points in Assen last time due a race crash.
Meanwhile rookie Hiroki Ono faces the biggest challenge of Leopard Racing’s three rider line up due to his very first visit to the famous but demanding 3.6 km rollercoaster in Germany.
In comparison to the Netherland round two weeks’ time ago time schedule returns to its normal agenda with race start on Sunday morning 11 am (GMT+2). For the young but wild Moto3 pack a marathon distance of 27 laps waits.
#7 Efren VAZQUEZ - World Championship position 5 (76 points):
“We arrive for this weekend’s Sachsenring race with confidence even though we left Assen without any points due to a small crash. This was a little disappointment, but it was checked off immediately. As usual the German Grand Prix is the last one before the summer break so I’m really determined to fight for strong results and to give my best to head into the break on a high. Beyond that it’s the home race of my team and I’ll pay back their great support with a superb performance which hopefully resulted in a podium finish on Sunday.”
#52 Danny KENT - World Championship leader (165 points):
“I really look forward to the Sachsenring which again is one of my favourite circuits, I enjoy riding there a lot. The track layout is quite difficult but I believe I can be fast there on the Honda. But foremost I can’t wait to get back on my bike and to see the team again. Our plan is as always to work hard and to try to extend our championship lead because we already reach the halfway point of the season. But beyond that it would be more nice to go into the summer break happy and full of confidence. The Sachsenring race is the team’s home Grand Prix so of course I try to sweeten them it with some more joyful moments.”
#76 Hiroki ONO - World Championship position 20 (15 points):
“It’s the very first visit for me here at the Sachsenring and so far I could see there is a big challenge waiting ahead of me. Normally I like tracks like a rollercoaster like this but the Sachsenring is really very awesome due to its so many left handers. This of course will be very demanding physically like. Let’s wait and see what happens this weekend, starting with Friday morning’s first free practice session but in any case I’ll fulfil all hopes and trust in me at my team’s home race.”
A new challenge for the Sky Racing Team VR46 at the Sachsenring
Fenati and Migno head to Germany for their last GP before the Summer break
The Sky Racing Team VR46 riders are getting ready for the Go Pro Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland, the last stage of the Moto3 World Championship before the Summer break.
After the good performance at Assen, a new challenge lays ahead for Romano Fenati and Andrea Migno, heading to Sachsenring with a high motivation and focused on continuing to score points also on a circuit with such a long-standing motorcycling tradition. For Romano, the 13th finish in the 2013 Moto3 World Championship remains the best result on this track, whereas in 2011 on the very German soil, the rookie from Emilia Romagna pulled off his best weekend in the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup with two top ten finishes: 8th and 10th in the two scheduled races.
Just two years into business, the Sky Racing Team VR46 has already imposed itself as the most successful Italian team in the Moto 3 class. Based on the points scored during season 2014 and in the first eight rounds of 2015 World Championship, the riders on the Sky Racing Team VR46 have totaled 328 overall points, the best tally by an Italian team in the Moto3 class. Moreover, in the 2014-2015 period, the Sky Racing Team VR46 has been the only Italian team of the lightweight class to have managed to stand on the top step of the podium on five different occasions thanks to Romano Fenati’s wins at Termas de Rio Hondo, Jerez, Mugello and Aragon in 2014 and this year at Le Mans.
On the occasion of the German GP, the KTM bikes of the Sky Racing Team VR46 will take to the Sachsenring track with a special livery featuring the German flag colors. A tribute to the hosting nation that for Sky carries great significance as it is where Sky Deutschland is based.
Even for the German Grand Prix, on top of the home page of the Team’s official website (skysporthd.it/skyracingteamvr46), there will be a Race Control Moto3 banner displaying all the riders’ lap times in real time. The banner, also available on your mobile phone, will only be active during the Moto3 race.
Opposite Tyre Allocations For Moto2 & Moto3 At Sachsenring
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The circuit hosting the German Grand Prix in the FIM Moto2 and Moto3 World Championships is the second toughest on the calendar for tyres. In addition to an abrasive surface, the track has a very uneven ten left hand corners compared to just three right-handed and heat generation is key. To meet the demands, Dunlop is allocating the hard and special hard tyre for the 600cc Moto2 machines but with Moto3 heat generation characteristics in the tyres is completely different. With less power, less heat is generated on the right side of the tyre so the 250cc class needs softer tyres to ensure that there is sufficient heat in the right hand side of the tyres for when the riders need that all important corner grip.
All eight tyre options across the two classes are new to the Sachsenring track for 2015 featuring new constructions and compounds evolved from the 2014 specifications. 2015 options are designed to give better performances across the range of tracks on the Moto2 and Moto3 calendar.
Sachsenring 2014 Highlights
The Sachsenring gave Jack Miller his fourth win, leading the Moto3 race from start to finish. In Moto2, Dominique Aegerter won the race from Mika Kallio, the pair finishing ten seconds ahead of the rest. Riders had the choice of two special hard compound tyres developed to decrease heat generation which not only worked from a durability point of view, they helped increase pace with the race being over seven seconds shorter than 2013 over the same distance.
Fact: Rider number 77, Dominique Aegerter, won his first ever Moto2 race on his 77th race start. Two weekends later he rode in the Suzuka 8 Hour race on Dunlop tyres, taking a third place podium finish in a team with superbike legends Yukio Kagayama and Noriyuki Haga.
Moto2’s Franco Morbidelli gained a fantastic 13 places in The Netherlands last time out taking him from third to top of the overtaking table. Ana Carrasco is in hot pursuit having gained another 10 positions in Moto3.
Simon Betney, International Event Manager, Dunlop Motorsport:
“We were very pleased with the tyre performance in 2014 but we haven’t stopped developing and so have different tyres for 2015. We have an excellent range of Special Hard tyres now so we can choose the most suitable for the characteristics of the more testing tracks. Hopefully the 2015 tyres will see yet more records broken with both classes.”