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Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Shapes Up for Sachsenring Showdown
After an action packed race in Assen, the Movistar Yamaha MotoGP team looks forward to another sensational weekend at the Sachsenring circuit this weekend.
Gerno di Lesmo (Italy), 8th July 2015
Barely recovered from an eventful race in the Netherlands a fortnight ago, Movistar Yamaha MotoGP‘s Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo are looking forward to arriving in Germany for this weekend‘s Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland.
The previous GP in Assen saw Valentino Rossi secure his third win of the season in a fantastic finale in the final chicane before the start finish straight. Teammate Jorge Lorenzo also rode a strong race, having started from eighth on the grid, to secure a podium with third place. These results give both riders an extra confidence boost ahead of this forthcoming race that will conclude the first half of the 2015 MotoGP season.
Rossi arrives at Sachsenring with a ten point advantage over teammate Lorenzo and continues his mission of extending his lead in the championship. Despite the narrow and slow nature of the circuit his race results at the German track are impressive and have led him to stand on the podium ten times in his career. The Doctor has won four premier class races at the circuit and hopes to add another victory this year.
Teammate Lorenzo is also familiar with the rostrum at Sachsenring. Last year he, like the majority of the riders, started the race from the pit lane after a last-minute bike swap. As a dry line formed, he rode a brilliant race to take third. Prior to this result the Spaniard held an impressive podium streak from 2009 until 2012, scoring four consecutive second places at the German circuit. This year he sets out to conquer the top step of the podium at Sachsenring for the first time in his career.
Sachsenring held its first race in 1927, but was rebuilt in 1996 for safety reasons. Just two years later the track hosted its first MotoGP event and has continuously been updated since.
The just 12m wide, flowing tarmac and multiple slow corners make this circuit one of the hardest tracks to overtake at, but there is still plenty of close racing action to keep the thousands of fans on the edge of their seats.
I'm ready for Sachsenring and am going into this race weekend with a happy mindset. I managed to recover a bit of an advantage that I had lost in past races. Having a ten point lead after eight races is not bad, I'm very happy. Now we go to Germany and it will be very important to reconfirm how competitive we are. We understand that our competitors are working hard to return at the front and in Assen we succeeded in staying ahead. Marquez will probably be with us in the next races and we must be very careful with him. At Sachsenring my first goal will be to work as we have done in the Netherlands, starting from the first free practice. Jorge I'm sure will come back strong, making it even more important to work well this weekend. After Sachsenring there will be a break and it will be important to rest a bit before taking on the second part of the season.
In theory Sachsenring is a worse track for us than Assen. It never suited the Yamaha perfectly in the past so it‘s a very challenging circuit. I have never won in Germany, so I‘m keen to get on the top step at least once. You never know, maybe it could happen this season because it‘s been a bit strange. I love Assen but this year something changed and I didn‘t find the perfect set up to be more competitive. During the race I struggled more than I expected but we understood how to solve it for the future. Sachsenring is a good racetrack with a nice atmosphere and a lot of fans. In the past I was close to winning a couple of times but I never did it. This year our bike‘s performance is good so I think we can achieve higher goals than in the recent years.
After a great weekend in Assen we‘re all excited to go to Germany and get back on track on Friday morning at the Sachsenring circuit. Both Vale and Jorge are in great shape and also our bike is very competitive, so we‘re feeling confident and want to get to work as soon as possible. Last year we had an unpredictable German GP with mixed conditions, but we were still able to score good results and our expectations are high again this weekend. The fans and the atmosphere at Sachsenring are always fantastic, so we look forward to a great show.
Repsol Honda Team head to Sachsenring as season reaches midway point
After a strong race weekend in Assen for 2014 World Champion, Marc Marquez, finishing second to Valentino Rossi and a difficult race for Dani Pedrosa after his warm up crash, the Repsol Honda riders are en route to Germany.
The German GP attracts some of the biggest crowds on the racing calendar. Originally the track weaved through the streets of nearby Hohenstein-Ernstthal – the first race taking place in 1927 – but when it became too dangerous, Sachsenring was constructed, 3.67km in length combining ten left turns and just three rights and has hosted the German GP since 1998.
Marc has an exceptional record at this track having won here the last five years (2014 and 2013 MotoGP, 2012 and 2011 Moto2, 2010 125cc) and will be looking to claim his second win of 2015 this weekend. Teammate Dani also has an incredible history at this circuit with six victories (four in MotoGP), and a total of eight podiums.
CHAMPIONSHIP STANDING: 4TH - 89 POINTS
"We worked well all weekend in Assen and we have found some positive progression with the bike. There are still some things to solve, but we have definitely made a step forward. Sachsenring is a small and twisty little circuit, unlike any others on the calendar. I’ve enjoyed good results here in the past and i hope this weekend can prove to be a good weekend for us also. The weather can be tricky there so we will have to work hard from the first session."
CHAMPIONSHIP STANDING: 10TH - 47 POINTS
"I’m looking forward to the next GP in Sachsenring, a track I that enjoy racing at. Last year we had a crazy race there but a good performance. The bike is starting to work better now and we hope to make some more progress in this GP, before the Summer break. My arm is recovering well and my fitness is improving and that is important to be able to fight at the front. My pace is getting better and I hope to make another step this weekend."
Ducati Team arrives at Sachsenring for the German Grand Prix
After the last race in the Netherlands, the Ducati Team has now arrived in Germany for the ninth round of this year’s MotoGP World Championship, which will also bring an end to the first half of the 2015 season. The German GP will take place this weekend at the Sachsenring circuit, near the town of Chemnitz in the former East Germany.
Sachsenring is one of the shortest and slowest tracks on the calendar, but is also one of the most difficult. Its anti-clockwise layout includes a large number of tight corners, almost all left-handers, as well as various ups and downs.
Dovizioso, who notched up his 230th consecutive GP start in all categories at Assen, scored a MotoGP podium at the German circuit in 2012 with third place, while twelve months ago Iannone produced a good race to finish fifth on the Pramac Racing GP14 bike.
The weekend timetable gets underway on Friday morning with the first Free Practice session at 9.55 CET, while the 30-lap race is scheduled for Sunday at 14.00 CET.
Andrea Iannone (Ducati Team #29) – 3rd (107 points)
“The Assen race went quite well and I managed to score a good fourth place. Now we’re off to Sachsenring for the next round, which is a bit of a strange track, short but really nice. Last year with the GP14 it didn’t go badly, but this year I’m convinced I can do better because I’m in the factory team and the GP15 is very competitive. I hope it will be a good weekend and as always I’ll be giving 100% for me and my team.”
Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team #04) – 5th (87 points)
“In the last couple of races maybe we have lost a bit of speed compared to our rivals. Even though my teammate did a good job at Assen, he could only cross the finish-line some way behind the leaders. The impression is that our adversaries have improved their performance and increased the gap. However every circuit has its different characteristics, and we will try and get closer at the Sachsenring. I think the German circuit is a bit short and narrow for MotoGP bikes, but the GP15 is proving to be competitive at every circuit and we must continue to work to try and get the best possible result every weekend.”
The Sachsenring Circuit
Like Assen, the Sachsenring is another circuit with a great motorsport tradition: racing on roads near the town of Chemnitz began in 1920 and continued there until 1990. In 1996 it was decided to build the new Sachsenring circuit about ten km away from the town, and its first German GP took place there in 1998. Since then the circuit has undergone a series of improvements, including a radical change in the track layout in 2001. Its numerous tight curves make it one of the slowest circuits on the calendar, but these characteristics ensure that races at the Sachsenring are always exciting and hard-fought.
TEAM SUZUKI ECSTAR HEADS TO GERMANY FOR A CELEBRATION!
Team Suzuki Press Office – July 8.
The Sachsenring circuit in Germany is awaiting the MotoGP™ riders for the ninth Grand Prix of the season, the last before the summer break, which marks the half-way point of the Championship.
Aleix Espargaro and Maverick Viñales are approaching the German race with renewed enthusiasm, after the positive results obtained at Assen, with their consistent performances in qualifying and yet more points in the World Championship standings.
The history of the Sachsenring circuit is a recent one: initially born as a natural evolution of an open-road race track, it was completely renewed in 2001 to be capable to host bigger events. With a total length of 3.7 km (2.28 miles) and a 700 metre-long straight it is one of the slowest tracks of the championship, comprising only three right-hand corners and 10 left-hand corners.
Team SUZUKI ECSTAR will approach the GP of Germany with much pride concerning the 30-year history of the Suzuki GSX-R, the sport bike that was firstly introduced back in 1985. This will be the perfect chance to celebrate the long history of its successes, not only in races but also in the marketplace, thanks to the huge number of fans who have bought and owned GSX-Rs over the last three decades. At Sachsenring the two GSX-RRs ridden by Aleix Espargarò and Maverick Viñales will have a special-edition livery that will pay tribute to the white and blue colour scheme that was made famous by the many AMA wins of the original machine’s famous rider Kevin Schwantz.
The special-edition livery will be unveiled at the circuit on Thursday July 9th.
“I feel positive for the German race because in the last Grand Prix we showed consistent improvements, mainly in practices but also in races. We still have a lot of work in the development, but in each race we’re getting closer and closer. Sachsenring is a very tight track and not so fast, which could be positive for our GSX-RR because handling and cornering will be crucial, and we have very effective machines on this side of the performance envelope. Of course being new we lack information about the basic set-up at the circuit, but at this point of the season this is nothing new and we are used to getting to know the new tracks in the very first practice sessions, therefore we will try to be competitive from the beginning. In this race we will debut a special livery that pays tribute to the old racing glories of Suzuki and this will make the event pretty emotional for me.”
“We are approaching the mid-part of the Championship and I feel very positive about the results we’ve had so far. Also in Assen, even if we struggled a little more we could finally be effective in qualifying and get some important points in the race. We definitely need to find the best way to approach qualifying in order to have the best position on the grid we can, which is so important because of the high level of the competition. The German track is very slow, this should be good for our chassis and I feel we will be able to be very competitive. I’m also very excited to show the special edition livery that we will present on Thursday, it will be interesting to ride the most up-to-date racing bike dressed with colours from Suzuki’s glorious past.”
PREVIEW GERMAN GP
Bautista: "We're taking on another weekend of testing, both in technical terms and in terms of my physical condition after surgery on my right forearm"
Michael Laverty - with number 70 - will ride his first race for Aprilia: "I have been riding with the Aprilia test team so I am comfortable with the Aprilia RS-GP machine and on the Bridgestones. Firstly I must adapt the race bikes to suit me and then look to keep progressing throughout the weekend"
Sachsenring (Germany), 8 July 2015 – MotoGP is back on the track at Sachsenring for the German GP, the ninth round on the calendar, which closes out the first half of the 2015 season.
The Aprilia bike's return season to the pinnacle motorcycle racing championship - one year ahead of the initial schedule - has thus far been characterised by hard work developing the RS-GP machines. A difficult path that has alternated between complicated moments and more comforting results, especially with Alvaro Bautista who, as early as the second race, skilfully battled consistently for positions worth championship points. In this first part the tenth place at Barcelona encouraged the entire Aprilia Racing Team Gresini to keep doing better. But the road to approaching the best riders is still long and the German round is here as yet another chance to develop the Italian V4.
At the Sachsenring, alongside Bautista, Michael Laverty will be riding his début race astride the number 70 Aprilia RS-GP. Born in Toomebridge (Northern Ireland) on 7 June 1981, Laverty is currently part of the test team working on developing the Aprilia RS-GP participating in the MotoGP world championship, and he will be continuing as a tester both for the current configuration of the bike and for the future 2016 version of the prototype.
ROMANO ALBESIANO (Aprilia Racing Manager)
“In the first half of the season we dove into an extremely competitive situation. A fascinating and difficult challenge, exactly as we expected it would be. Every race, every practice session, has increased our experience in MotoGP. We also had some satisfactions and showed progress that we are anxious to strengthen now as we move forward with building the 2016 RS-GP prototype. A warm welcome to Laverty: with Michael working alongside Bautista we will continue development efforts on our bike directly in the races. Michael has worked a lot in recent months. With his indications after his first race we'll be able to streamline development, especially in terms of the chassis, where right now we are the most limited.”
FAUSTO GRESINI (Team Manager)
“Sachsenring marks the turning point in a year characterised by a lot of development work. There has been no lack of difficulties, as we expected, but we have also had some satisfactions and above all we have been able to collect a great amount of useful information for the future. For us every race is a valuable opportunity to gain experience and useful data to define the new bike for the 2016 season and the Sachsenring will be no exception. Also, starting from this Sunday Michael Laverty will be riding alongside Alvaro, and he already knows the RS-GP quite well since he has been following the testing. This is further valuable help in our future-oriented development schedule.”
“At the Sachsenring, first and foremost we will be trying to figure out the chattering problem that slowed us down at Assen in order to find a solution. We will take on another weekend of tests, both in technical terms, gathering important data for development of the bike and definition of the new 2016 prototype, and this time in terms of my physical condition. In fact, just after the Dutch GP I underwent surgery on my right forearm for compartment syndrome. I decided to move the operation up as soon as possible because in recent races it had been bothering me a bit. Now I'll have to see if I'm able to ride more comfortably. After this Grand Prix we'll have our summer break, so it would be nice to bring home a good result, but especially to have a good feeling astride the bike.”
“I'm excited to be back on the MotoGP grid this weekend of the German GP. Competing against the regular guys racing MotoGP is a tough task, but I am relishing the opportunity. I have been riding with the Aprilia test team so I am comfortable with the Aprilia RS-GP machine and the Bridgestone tyres. Firstly I must adapt the race bikes to suit me and then look to keep progressing throughout the weekend. Álvaro has been riding strongly in this first half of the season and I have witnessed some great development work through the test team. I now look forward to being a part of the racing team."
Avintia Racing heads Germany before the summer break
06/07/15 Avintia Racing MotoGP Grand Prix of Germany - PREVIEW
The Avintia Racing team heads Sachsenring in Germany for the ninth round of the 2015 MotoGP World Championship this weekend. The German track is de tightest, smaller and slowest of the calendar, and it’s particularly critical for the left side of the tyres. It’s also the middle point of the season and Hector Barbera arrives leading the Open Class standings after eight rounds. But the results didn’t come in last few races and the 28-year-old Spaniard wants to go on holiday showing why he’s leading the sheets from the very first GP of the season.
His teammate Mike Di Meglio comes to Germany determinate to score more points. He worked hard with his team in Assen to improve the feeling with his Ducati front tyre and he his thinks the set up they found would be useful at the small and tight Sachsenring.
HECTOR BARBERA #8 / @HectorBarbera
We go to Germany, one track I love because I’m always fast there. I’m very strong and my motivation is really high after two difficult races where we couldn’t get the results we deserved. But the team is at 200% and in Sachsenring we’ll try to make some gap on the standings before going on holidays. After two races to forget, I think the third will be our race. The most important is we walked from the crash without injuries and I’m physically really strong thanks to my crew chief Jarno, who always keep me and the team at the top.
MIKE DI MEGLIO #63 / @Mikejpp63
Sachsenring is the last circuit where we will race before the summer break and I think that the job we made in Assen would be very useful this weekend in Germany. We have to keep working to try to find something to solve the problems we had during the race, because I go to Sachsenring with one goal: score points again and to be fighting with the other Open bikes. If I can do this, I will enjoy the three weeks holidays we have before getting back to action in Indy.
Smith and Espargaro ready to fight to success at Sachsenring
Monster Yamaha Tech3 Team riders Bradley Smith and Pol Espargaro head to this week's ninth round of the 2015 MotoGP World Championship fully charged and confident of clinching two notable finishes ahead of the summer break. The GoPro Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland will take place at the famous 3.7 kilometre Sachsenring circuit which hosted its first MotoGP race in 1998. The track is well known for it’s numerous tight corners, including the famous Omega turn and a main straight of only 700 metres, which makes the race a very physically demanding yet thrilling one for both, MotoGP riders as well as fans.
Bradley Smith will set his sights on another top six finish in this weekend’s 30 lap sprint aboard the Yamaha YZR-M1 as he intends to extend his lead in the satellite MotoGP bike standings. The British rider will also seek to maintain his consistent form this year, having finished no lower than eighth in the opening eight rounds. Meanwhile, Pol Espargaro looks to follow up his strong charge to fifth place at the Motul TT Assen with an impressive result in Germany. The 2013 Moto2 World Champion will aim to fight at the front of the battle for the leading satellite rider position as he hopes to close the first half of the season on a high note in front of the ever-passionate German fans.
Championship : 6th Points : 77
"It’s time to hit the Sachsenring again and I’m more determined than ever to score a top result aboard the Yamaha YZR-M1. Last year was a tricky weekend, but after the very encouraging opening half of the season that we have had, I am certain this year will be a positive experience. It’s a short track and one that is not as fast as some of the other rounds, plus there are a lot of tight corners which means that getting the Yamaha set up for these turns on Friday is integral to success on Sunday. It’s been a busy few weeks for Pol and I, as we tested in Japan for the Suzuka 8 hour race last week. However, the fatigue is no issue and I know that I have the ability to fight as close to the factory bikes as possible. I want to provide the German fans with a good show by giving them something to cheer about and I can’t wait to throw my leg over the M1 once again."
Championship : 8th Points : 56
"The Sachsenring race is one that is always a bit of a different GP as it’s more about the handling of the bike instead of the straight line speed, yet I am excited about riding the Yamaha YZR-M1 this weekend as always. The opening half of the year did not go entirely as we hoped for but after the success that we had in the Netherlands, I am determined to follow that result up with another strong showing in Germany. In terms of the track itself, there is not much of a straight which means that we don’t get much of a break when we’re on the asphalt. However, I really enjoy some of the tight corners, plus the waterfall is an amazing experience on a MotoGP bike! Last year I finished 7th, but after twelve more months of experience, I know we can do better and as long as we get the bike set up well, I will be aiming for a top six."
Hervé Poncharal - Team manager :
"The Sachsenring race will mark the end of the first half of the 2015 MotoGP season and we are as excited as always about visiting Germany for the ninth round. It was another good show by both Pol and Brad in the Netherlands and to finish 5th and 7th is very encouraging, especially considering how competitive the MotoGP field is. Both boys gave it their absolute all and were right in the hunt with the factory riders, so we hope for the same this weekend. It may take them a bit of time to adjust back to MotoGP after their test in Japan for the Suzuka 8 hour race, but we know they will still do a great job this weekend. To have Brad as the leading satellite bike in the championship standings at the mid point of the season is very strong and Pol clinched his second top five finish of the year with a determined effort in the Netherlands. Therefore, we can’t wait to get going and hear the fans shouting like they always do at the Sachsenring.”
Redding looking for confidence boost in Germany
Gosselies, Belgium – 7 July 2015: Scott Redding heads to this weekend’s German Grand Prix at the Sachsenring looking to boost his confidence with a good result ahead of the annual four-week summer break.
Redding has endured a difficult transition to the factory Honda RC213V he’s campaigning in Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS colours, with his best result of the season a seventh place in the Grand Prix of Catalunya.
The 22-year-old Briton scored points with 13th place last time out at Assen, but admitted to feeling frustrated that he was unable to finish any higher on a track that should have suited both his riding style and the characteristics of the Honda RC213V.
It’s a situation that Redding is keen to turnaround with a strong showing in Germany this weekend, with the goal being to close the gap to the other factory Honda riders, both in qualifying and the race.
“I suspect we’re in for a tough weekend in Germany. The Sachsenring isn’t a horsepower track, it’s more about corner speed and edge grip and I know from last year that the softer tyre means we’re going to see some of the open class riders up the front this weekend. Our goal remains the same though; to close the gap to the other factory Honda riders. So far this year we’ve done a lot with the set up of the bike, but this weekend the plan is to focus more on the electronics, to see if we can find an improvement there. If we can make a step forward and close the gap to the frontrunners, then that will be a positive result to take into the summer break.”
Michael Bartholemy: Team Principal
“Scott struggled last time out at Assen, a track at which he’s gone well at in the past, and I know he was frustrated with the result there. However, once again, we need to put what has gone before behind us and focus on the weekend ahead. This is a new weekend at a different track and we head to Germany determined to continue working to give Scott the competitive package he needs to meet both his own expectations and those of the team. We have set realistic goals for the weekend ahead and I’m confident that both Scott and the team will work tirelessly to achieve them. This season has certainly been hard work, maybe harder than we expected, but hard work is not something that we are afraid of.”
Corti will be riding the Yamaha Forward bike at Sachsenring
The Sachsenring circuit will host the ninth round of the championship this Sunday, which will be the halfway point of the season 2015 for the Athinà Forward Racing team before the usual summer break.
Stefan Bradl, recovering after he underwent surgery last Monday to fix his right scaphoid fractured in Assen, will not be at the start of his home race following medical advice. The decision came not to endanger the recovery for the race at Indianapolis and the second half of the season. In his place Claudio Corti will ride the Yamaha Forward bike, he has already been racing with Forward in Moto2 in 2010 and in MotoGP in 2013.
Corti will get on track in FP1 to get comfortable with the new bike. He is very motivated to give his best to repay the team trust. Loris Baz, coming for the first time to this track, is also convinced that he can do well after being first Open in Assen. He is now just two points short of Barbera for the Championship lead.
It will be a special race instead for Simone Corsi, who will celebrate the 200th Grand Prix of his career in the World Championship at a track he loves so much and which has seen him on the podium with Forward in the past two editions. Corsi, in fact, has collected a great second place at Sachsenring in 2013 and a third place last year.
Lorenzo Baldassarri will go again for glory this weekend. The young Italian is eager to return to the track after withdrawing in Assen. The target for him remain the Top10 and to gather as many points as possible.
"Sachsenring will be the last race before the summer break. At the beginning of the season my goal was to get close to the top riders of the Open class by now, but today I’m just two points off the top spot and I am very satisfied with all the steps forward we made. For me this will be yet another debut riding the Yamaha Forward, I have never been on this track before, but I'm sure I can take advantage of the good work done so far with the team".
"Going back riding a MotoGP is definitely very exciting for me. Many things have changed since 2013, the bikes are very different and certainly there will be plenty to learn. I want to work hard from the start to repay the team for this great opportunity. I will give my best for a good result".
"It will be a very special weekend for me: I will race the 200th Grand Prix of my career in the World Championship on a track that I love and which I have always been fast. I love the ups and downs of this circuit that reminds me of Mugello and that are well suited to my riding style. I was close to the top guys all weekend at Assen, but in the race, after the second start, I lost the feeling a bit and I had to give up several positions. The goal is come back stronger for this German round before the summer break".
"I was unfortunately forced to retire after a good weekend of work at Assen thus interrupting my positive streak. We improved a lot in qualifying and this is a great starting point for the race in Germany. The goal is to keep up with the leaders on Saturday, get a good position on the grid and finish in the Top10".
CRUTCHLOW HEADS TO ONE HIS FAVOURITE TRACKS
After ending a run of bad luck with a solid sixth place in Holland two weeks ago, Cal Crutchlow and the CWM LCR Honda Team head to Germany this weekend in the hope of continuing with the progress they made over the Dutch race.
The Sachsenring lies about an hour to the south of the capital of Saxony, Dresden, and is a tight and twisty track which proves a real challenge for the 250hp-plus MotoGP machines. However it is also a circuit that has been kind to the Briton in the past.
The 29 year-old equalled his best ever MotoGP result here two years ago when he finished a close second behind Marc Marquez, so he is confident of another podium shot this race weekend.
Cal Crutchlow #35
“Assen wasn’t a bad race to finish sixth, I was quite happy with it after three bad races to be honest. The CWM LCR Honda Team did a good job as a whole, although we should probably of finished a little bit ahead of where we were.”
“It was good to score some points coming into Sachsenring though, a circuit that I like and it gives us some confidence. I hope that means we can improve even more on that last result.”
“Sachsenring is a circuit I do like, and I’m looking forward to riding the Honda here. We know the factory are working really hard for us at the circuit and back in Japan, so I’m excited to finally get out tomorrow morning and see if we can carry momentum into the race.”
Bridgestone MotoGP™ Preview - Round 9: Germany, Sachsenring
Tuesday, July 7 2015
Bridgestone slick options available: Front: Soft, Asymmetric Front & Medium; Rear: Soft, Medium & Hard (Asymmetric)
Bridgestone wet tyre options available: Soft (Main), Hard (Alternative)
Round nine of the 2015 MotoGP™ season takes place at Germany’s Sachsenring; a technical circuit with abrasive tarmac and fast left-hand turns that makes it one the most punishing tracks for tyres.
With ten left-hand turns compared to just three right-handers, the Sachsenring is extremely punishing on the left shoulder of the tyres. Conversely, the lack of right-hand turns means superior warm-up performance for the right shoulder of the tyres is a key requirement at this circuit.
To provide a good balance between warm-up performance and braking and corner stability, Bridgestone will include its innovative asymmetric front slick in its tyre allocation for the German Grand Prix – the first time this specification of front slick has been made available in 2015. The asymmetric front slick will be identified with a light blue stripe and will be offered alongside the symmetric soft and medium compound front slicks.
The asymmetric front slick for the German Grand Prix has been developed specifically for the unbalanced layout of the Sachsenring circuit. It features medium compound rubber on the centre section and left shoulder, with soft compound rubber on the right shoulder. The softer rubber on the right shoulder will come into effect when the riders reach a lean angle of approximately 30° to ensure optimum warm-up performance and edge grip in Sachsenring’s right-hand corners, especially the sweeping, high speed turn 11.
The high number of left-hand turns at Sachsenring means that all rear slick options are asymmetric with significantly harder rubber on the left shoulders. The rear tyre allocation for the factory Honda and Yamaha riders is the medium and hard compound rear slicks, while the rest of the field can use the soft and medium compound rear slick options.
Hiroshi Yamada - Manager, Bridgestone Motorsport Department
“Our engineers enjoy the tyre development challenge Sachsenring provides, and this year we will bring an asymmetric front slick to this circuit for the first time. Germany is a very important market for Bridgestone and so it is good for us to display our technical prowess in this region through the spectacle of MotoGP. We have had record crowds at many races this year and the attendance at Sachsenring has traditionally been one of the largest on the calendar, so we should be in for a highly-charged atmosphere at this year’s German Grand Prix.”
Shinji Aoki - Manager, Bridgestone Motorcycle Tyre Development Department
“Sachsenring is a very demanding circuit for tyres as it features long-radius corners where the bikes stay at high lean angles for long periods. In particular, the high-speed left-hand corners that feed onto the back and main straights generate a lot of temperature in the left shoulder of the rear tyre. To meet the demands of this circuit, asymmetric rear slicks with much harder rubber compounds on the left shoulder are provided, while the softer compounds on the right shoulder help retain tyre temperature for maximum safety in the slow right-handers. Our front tyre options for this circuit include an asymmetric front slick which will be available at this challenging circuit for the first time. This asymmetric front slick will be available alongside the soft and medium front slick options to ensure the riders can sufficiently cope with a wide range of track and weather conditions.”
GoPro German Grand Prix - Preview
ROUND NINE 2015 MotoGP™ WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP SUNDAY 12TH JULY
SMITH RETURNS TO GERMANY TO LAY THE GHOST
One year ago Bradley Smith left the Sachsenring in Germany with his MotoGP™ career in the balance. The 24 year old Monster Tech3 Yamaha rider returns to the legendary venue for the ninth round of the MotoGP™ World Championship, the GoPro German Grand Prix in a very different place.
The Andorra-based Oxfordshire rider is sixth in the MotoGP World Championship and is both the leading British and factory Satellite rider. Last year he crashed five times during the weekend at the 2.281 miles circuit and went into the summer break with no new contract for 2015. This year he returns from Japan, where he has been testing for the Yamaha factory team for the Suzuka Eight Hour race, in great form and ready for another big battle with both his former team-mate Cal Crutchlow and present team-mate Pol Espargaro.
Isle of Man – based midlander Crutchlow picked up a welcome sixth place at the previous round in Assen after a tremendous battle with Espargaro and Smith. The CWM LCR Honda rider needed a finish after three successive crashes and will be out to close the 20 point advantage Smith holds in the 30 lap race on Sunday which is the half way stage of the MotoGP season.
Gloucestershire’s Scott Redding knows exactly how Smith felt a year ago. The Estrella Galicia Marc VDS rider has struggled on the factory Honda machine this season and would enjoy that summer break a lot more with a good result on Sunday to improve on his 13th place in the Championship. Irishman Eugene Laverty crashed out of the Assen race but has hit good form in his MotoGP debut season. Riding the Aspar Open class Honda he secured points at the previous three rounds and is just one point behind his team-mate former world champion Nicky Hayden.
Lincolnshire’s Sam Lowes was back on the Moto2™ podium in Assen to consolidate his impressive third place in the Championship. Riding the Speed Up Racing machine he’s already won his first grand prix in Austin and started from the front row five times which will be crucial in the 29 lap race on Sunday if he has any chance of beating Championship leader Johann Zarco and world champion Tito Rabat, who is recovering from a broken collarbone.
Twenty one year Wiltshire rider Danny Kent approaches the half way stage of the Moto3™ season not daring to dream after a fantastic first half of the season. After four grand prix wins on the Leopard Racing Honda he leads this most competitive of all world championships by a massive 57 points. More of the same in the second half of the season and Britain could be celebrating its first world championship since the legendary Barry Sheene in 1977.
It’s a big race for Scotsman John McPhee, who picked up his first world championship points for four races with a hard fought tenth in Assen. His Saxoprint Racing Team Germany is based very close to the Sachsenring and the Racing Steps Foundation supported rider is desperate to bring them a good result in front of the enormous patriotic crowd.
GLOVES OFF AT THE SACHSENRING
The last bend may be very different to the chicane at Assen, but the outcome of the GoPro German Grand Prix at the Sachsenring on Sunday could well be decided once again with the chequered flag in sight of Valentino Rossi and Marc Marquez. Championship leader Rossi came out on top in that fabulous Assen duel a couple of weeks ago but last year’s winner and world champion Marquez pushed him to the very limit until that final chicane. The 2.281 miles Sachsenring circuit produces a very different challenge to the Movistar Yamaha and Repsol Honda riders but the 30 lap battle promises to be just as intense as this incredible season reaches the half way stage.
Thirty six year old Rossi arrives at round nine of the MotoGP™ Championship with a ten point advantage over his Yamaha team-mate Jorge Lorenzo, who’s run of four successive grand prix wins came to a halt in Assen where he finished third. Rossi has four premier class wins at the circuit situated between Dresden and Leipzig while Lorenzo chases his first victory in any class.
It’s Honda who have dominated the proceedings around this undulating extremely tight first part track with Yamaha’s last win with Rossi in 2009. While Marquez has won for the last two years it’s his team-mate Dani Pedrosa who loves the nature of the circuit with four wins including three in a row between 2010/12. Last year he finished second behind Marquez with Lorenzo third and Rossi fourth. Never was there a better time for Honda to bare their teeth because the Championship is slipping from their grasp. Marquez languishes in fourth place 74 points behind Rossi with Pedrosa well out of the reckoning after missing three races to recover from a major arm pump operation.
Last year Italian Andrea Iannone was fifth on the Pramac Ducati in a race that dictated by the weather and he returns as a full factory Ducati rider and third in the Championship and 20 points in front of his team-mate Andrea Dovizioso. Bradley Smith leads the Satellite factory battle riding the Monster Tech3 Yamaha with a 20 points advantage over Cal Crutchlow who picked up a welcome sixth place in Assen after three successive crashes on the CWM LCR Honda. One point behind him is Smith’s team-mate Pol Espargaro who was fifth in Assen.
German Stefan Bradl is out after breaking his wrist in Assen after qualifying as the best Open class rider on the Forward Racing Yamaha. He will be replaced by Italian Claudio Corti.
Frenchman Johann Zarco took a superb third Moto2™ win of the season in Assen and the Ajo Motorsport Kalex rider has opened up an impressive 45 point in the title chase over world champion Tito Rabat. The Champion broke his collarbone in a training accident at the weekend but will be fit to ride after an operation in Barcelona. Britain’s Sam Lowes was back on the podium in Assen to consolidate his third place in the championship, while Tom Luthi and Alex Rins are separated by two points in their battle for fourth. Don’t rule out German Jonas Folger, who has already won two grands prix this season and Dominque Aegerter who won the race last year.
Twenty one year old Danny Kent is looking forward to increasing his massive 57 point Moto3™ Championship lead before a well-deserved summer break. The British Leopard Racing Honda rider has only been off the podium once and has secured four wins already this year. The battle behind him is much tighter. After his second win in three races Portuguese Red Bull Ajo KTM star Miquel Oliveira is six points behind 17 year old Enea Bastianini who has finished second three times on the Gresini Honda to hang on to second place in the Championship. The Moto3 races this season have broken all records for close finishes and the 27 lap race on Sunday should be no exception.
- The 2015 German Grand Prix at the Sachsenring will be the 77th Grand Prix event to be held on German soil
- The first motorcycle Grand Prix to be held in Germany was the West German Grand Prix held at the Solitude circuit in 1952, when it was reported that 400,000 spectators turned up to watch. Ireland’s Reg Armstrong won the 350cc and 500cc races riding Nortons. The home crowd had plenty to cheer, with Rudi Felgenheier winning the 250cc race on a DKW and Werner Haas winning the 125cc race on a NSU.
- The first East German Grand Prix was held at the Sachsenring road circuit in 1961. The original circuit used for this event was a closed road circuit 8.73km in length.
- The East German GP continued to be held at the Sachsenring each year until 1972, after which the road circuit was considered too dangerous for Grand Prix racing.
- The West German Grand Prix continued to be held every year from 1952 through to 1990, when East and West joined to become a unified Germany. Four different circuits were used during this period 1952 to 1990: Solitude, Schotten, Nurburgring and Hockenheim.
- There has been a German Grand Prix held every year since unification – from 1991 to 1994 at the Hockenheim circuit, followed by three years at the Nurburgring and since 1998 at the new Sachsenring circuit.
- In addition to those mentioned above, one other Grand Prix event has been held in Germany: the Baden-Wurtemberg GP held in 1986 at the Hockenheim circuit for just the 80cc and 125cc classes.
- The newly built Sachsenring circuit was initially just 3.508km long with one short section of track from the old road circuit. Major modifications to the circuit in 2001 and then additional slight alterations in 2003 resulted in the current 3.671 km track layout.
- This will be the 18th successive year that a Grand Prix event has been held at the new Sachsenring circuit.
- Since Grand Prix racing returned to the Sachsenring circuit in 1998 there have been six podium finishes by home riders: Ralf Waldmann was third in the 250cc race in 1999, Steve Jenkner was third in the 125cc race in 2002, Stefan Bradl finished second in the 125cc category in 2008, Sandro Cortese finished third in the 125cc race in 2010 and Stefan Bradl was second in 2011 in Moto2, and in 2012 Sandro Cortese won the Moto3 race.
- Since the introduction of the four-stroke MotoGP class in 2002, Honda have been the most successful manufacturer with nine wins, followed by Yamaha with three and Ducati with a single MotoGP victory in Germany.
- Each of the three race winners last year in Germany (Jack Miller, Dominique Aegerter and Marc Marquez) all started from pole position.
- In each of the last two years Marc Marquez has qualified on pole in the MotoGP class, won the race and also set the fastest lap.
- The Sachsenring circuit is the shortest on the current grand prix schedule, with a length of 3.671 km.
- Due to the mixed weather conditions last year, fourteen of the MotoGP riders entered the pit-lane to change bikes after the warm-up lap and consequently started the race from pit-lane.
Friday July 10 – Practice 8am -3pm BT Sport 2
Saturday July 11 – Practice and qualifying 8am – 3.15 pm BT Sport 2
Sunday July 12 – Warm Ups and Races 7.30 am – 3.00 pm
Monday July 13 – Highlights 8pm – 9pm ITV 4
SUZUKI UNVEILS NEW 30TH ANNIVERSARY GSX-R LIVERY
Team Suzuki Press Office – July 9.
Suzuki Motor Corporation has today unveiled a 30th Anniversary production GSX-R1000 at Sachsenring in Germany that will be available soon from Suzuki dealerships globally. It is finished in the same striking limited-edition paint scheme that will be debuted on-track by Aleix Espargarò and Maverick Viñales at this weekend’s MotoGP™ World Championship race.
Sporting the legendary blue and white livery pioneered by Kevin Schwantz in the 1980s, both Spaniards have matching leathers in celebration of the GSX-R range and its racing heritage.
Since its launch in 1985 as a ground-breaking 750cc Superbike, the GSX-R range of production motorcycles has regularly set new standards with cutting-edge design and class-leading innovation and performance; winning a huge following of more-than a million GSX-R customers worldwide.
The GSX-R has also dominated on the racetrack with a long history of success in world and domestic championships globally with new technology being directly employed in its production machines. In 2005, the Suzuki GSX-R1000 dominated the FIM World Superbike Championship with Australian Troy Corser recording eight race wins and a total of 18 podium appearances on his way to becoming World Champion.
Suzuki Endurance Racing Team (SERT) and the Suzuki GSX-R is the most successful team in the FIM Endurance World Championship with a total of 14 victories between 1983 and 2014; 13 of which were won with GSX-Rs (the other one in 1983 with a Suzuki GS1000).
Suzuki is also the most successful manufacturer in AMA Superbikes with Matt Mladin, Wes Cooley, Jamie James and Ben Spies collecting a total of 13 national titles aboard their Yoshimura-tuned GSX-Rs.
Also a young up-and-coming Texan by the name of Kevin Schwantz – who had previously been making a name for himself aboard the Suzuki GS750, switched to the GSX-R, winning many races and, although he just missed-out on the battle for the 1987 AMA Superbike crown, the GSX-R racing pedigree was born as a class-leading machine both on-track and on-the-road as a must-have and revered motorcycle.
The Suzuki GSX-R has also dominated domestic championships globally with nine Australian Superbike Championship titles between 1987 and 2013 in the hands of Tony Armstrong (1987), Peter Goddard (1996), Shawn Giles (2000, 2001, 2002), Craig Coxhell (2003), Josh Waters (2009, 2012) and Wayne Maxwell (2013). The GSX-R has also racked-up numerous race wins in British Superbikes and victory for Crescent Q8 Rizla Suzuki rider John Reynolds in 2004, along with multi-championship titles in the ultra-competitive All Japan Superbike Championship in the TTF1, S-NK, Superbike and JSB1000 classes with Satoshi Tsjujimoto, Yukiya Ohshima, Doug Polen, Manabu Kamada, Keiichi Kitagawa, Akira Ryo and Atsushi Watabe.
The evolution of the GSX-R lies with its predecessor, the GS, which started many riders and teams on the path to victory.
The Suzuki GS series was Suzuki Motor Corporation's first full range of 4-stroke road bikes, launched in 1976 in 750cc guise; which then expanded to include smaller GS550, GS1000, GS125 and GS1200SS models over the years. However, it was the 750 and 1000cc models that drove development on the race track and led-to the development of a new breed of motorcycle; the GSX-R.
The GS had a great handling chassis and a reliable engine that made Suzuki’s four-cylinder GS machines ideal for road racing with the GS1000; and tuned by the legendary ‘Pops’ Yoshimura winning the 1978 Daytona Superbike race, the 1978 Suzuka 8-Hours in Japan and the AMA Superbike national championship in 1979 and 1980 with Wes Cooley, it set new standards. In Europe, Graeme Crosby won the Formula TT World Championship in 1980 and 1981 with his Yoshimura-powered GS1000 Suzuki. Similar success came with the GS for Schwantz and also SERT; both scoring major success with the 750 and 1000cc machines.
SERT, in its third year in the World Endurance Championship racing the GS-model Suzuki, clinched its first world title in 1983 with Richard Hubin and Herve Moineau in the saddle aboard the GS1000. Then in 1985, in America, Schwantz gave the GS its final race victories before moving to the GSX-R and then onwards to compete in the World 500cc Championship where he became World 500cc GP Champion in 1993 for Suzuki.
Today, as well as celebrating 30 years of the GSX-R, Suzuki Motor Corporation is proud to be once again part of the MotoGP™ paddock with a new team of exciting young riders and a brand-new machine in the GSX-RR. Suzuki’s philosophy from development on the racetrack has, for 30+ years, led to improvements and developments in Suzuki’s road-going production machinery that will include the next generation GSX-R and other models from Suzuki in the future.
"I first rode the GSXR in 1985 at the Suzuka 8-Hour with Graeme Crosby. We didn’t get the Suzuki GSX-Rs in the United States until ‘86 but raced them in American Superbikes in ‘86 and ‘87. I won the Daytona 200 on a Suzuki GSX-R in 1988 and continued to race the 8-Hour all the way through to the 1992 season.
“I’ve been involved with Suzuki and raced Suzukis my entire career and to have seen the GSX-R evolve. I like to think that some of the Grand Prix racing I did helped with some development of the GSX-R; maybe some of the technology they learned from GP racing is stuff that has evolved and gone into the production GSX-R motorcycles. Whether it’s a 600, 750, 1000, or all the other different sizes that they have made, they’re all just as much fun to ride.
“The GSX-R was ground-breaking technology, the latest, greatest thing when it came out and it has continued to be an awesome sports bike, a great handling motorcycle and it is still very, very competitive in the Suzuka 8-Hour. With over a million GSX-Rs made it is true to say that there are millions and millions of people who have bought them, ridden them and love them.
“The Suzuki GSX-R to me is the definition of a sport bike. When the GSX-R came out it completely changed the definition of a sports bike and it has continued to improve ever since.”
TEAM SUZUKI ECSTAR RACE WITH ICONIC SUZUKI COLOURS
Team Suzuki Press Office – July 9.
Team SUZUKI ECSTAR and Suzuki Motor Corporation celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the Suzuki GSX-R machine this weekend at the Sachsenring MotoGP™ World Championship race in Germany.
Riders Aleix Espargarò and Maverick Viñales will race with a special livery on their GSX-RR machines, matching rider leathers and new team clothing, both this weekend and also at the GP of Indianapolis. The graphics are based-on the iconic blue and white colour scheme from the 80s that was also debuted on the race track by Kevin Schwantz.
Launched in 1985, the Suzuki GSX-R has become an iconic model-range in the road motorcycling market, as well as on the racetrack, introducing version-after-version, technological advancements and styling innovations.
Satoru Terada – Team SUZUKI ECSTAR MotoGP™ Project Leader:
“When we started developing the MotoGP™ machine we clearly had in mind that it would be named the GSX-RR, therefore keeping a very strong connection with the GSX-R. This name at Suzuki means a lot, because it has a very strong heritage both in road machines and in racing machines. This direct connection between the race version and the road version is something Suzuki has always believed in and we as Team SUZUKI ECSTAR strongly wanted to respect this view. GSX-R and RR are real sisters, not only because of their design, but also because the technical innovations that we develop and test in racing have a direct application also on series production models. This is our way to stay in touch with our fans, may they be supporting our riders in a MotoGP™ Grand Prix, or riding their GSX-R machines on the roads of the world.”
“Racing with Team SUZUKI ECSTAR makes me very proud that I’m part of such an emotional and ambitious project coming back to MotoGP™. Now I have the chance to wear the colours that made the Suzuki brand famous all over the world. The white-blue theme recalls many successes from the past and I hope that it will bring to me and our team even more chances to celebrate again.”
“Racing with these new colours is unbelievable and I feel like I’m dressed like the great Champions that in the past made the Suzuki brand so famous. We are part of a company that has a fascinating heritage. The name of our machines itself reflects bikes that have become real icons in the racing world. We hope that our fans and Suzuki GSX-R customers worldwide will identify with this and hopefully support us even more.”