Press releases previewing this weekend's races from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams:
TEAM DEL CONCA GRESINI LOOKING FOR CONFIRMATION AT SACHSENRING
With the summer break around the corner, Team Del Conca Gresini Moto3 is ready to take on the ninth event of the MotoGP World Championship, which takes place one of the most iconic circuits for two-wheeled racing: the Sachsenring.
Jorge Martin arrives to Germany with two important goals: to forget last year’s crash, which kept him away from action for a few weeks, and to repeat the Ducth win in order to enter the break as leader. The Spanish rider will race on what he admits is ‘his favourite track’ and he can count on a Honda NSF250RW machine that is suiting his style better than ever.
Fabio Di Giannantonio will need to leave behind the two so-so performances and try not to lose touch with the leading duo Martin – Bezzecchi. The Italian is currently third in the standings with a 24-point gap from the top, and that means a strong result will be crucial even if this track might not be the best fit for him.
Moto3 action will get underway on Friday – following the traditional European timetable – with Free Practice at 9am local time.
JORGE MARTIN #88
“This is my favourite track and I have always been quick here since my first year in the series. We are very motivated after Holland: it was more than a win for me, because I never felt as good on the bike, so we really want to continue this way. The goal is to win and to get into the summer break as leaders; there’s also something we need to forget and that is last year’s crash, which means we have everything we need to do well.”
FABIO DI GIANNANTONIO #21
“It’s a particular track with a lot of mixed sections and a quite steep uphill section followed by a downhill one, where it’s important to have a good speed. This is where we’ll probably struggle the most, but last week I’ve worked hard in order to get a bit lighter to this event and struggle as little as possible. I like the track anyway; the last two weekends didn’t go too well, so it’s time to get back near the front.”
THE FEDERAL OIL GRESINI TEAM HEADS TO SACHSENRING FOR THE NINTH EVENT OF 2018
Jorge Navarro returns to action at the Sachsenring for what is the ninth round of the 2018 Moto2 World Championship. The Spanish rider of team Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 has already raced three times at the German track – two in Moto3 and one last year in Moto2 – and was always able to finish within the top-seven.
After getting back in the points and finding some fresh confidence, the Valencia-born rider is looking to turn the hard work into results and place his Kalex machine within the top-seven his official goal for the weekend.
Moto2 riders will take to the track at 10:55 local time (GMT +2) this Friday, with the middleweight class race at Sachsenring scheduled to begin, as usual, at 12:20 on Sunday 15 July.
JORGE NAVARRO #9
“The Sachsenring is not track I like the most not only for the layout but also because it does not suit my style well. Having said that, we have always done well there. Last year I had my best Moto2 result there and after a consistent race at Assen I get to Germany with the will to do well. We needed to finish the race in Holland and we did it, and we showed we can be quick on a single lap: we now need to put this all together and do well in the race.”
Vicente Pérez joins Reale Avintia Academy 77 in Moto3
Reale Avintia Academy 77 Moto3 – German GP – Sachsenring
Reale Avintia Academy 77 is pleased to announce its new rider for the remaining races of the season. Vicente Pérez will be replacing Livio Loi from the German Grand Prix this weekend.
Born in Cullera (Valencia), the 20-year-old Spaniard raced in the FIM Moto3 Junior World Championship in the last few seasons. Even though he had several wild-card entries with Reale Avintia Academy 77, almost every circuit until the end of the season will be new for him. Therefore, Vicente has to rely on the experience of his team in order to learn and improve as quickly as possible.
The first challenge for Vicente will be the Sachsenring, a small and twisty 3,760 km circuit that suits the performance of the Moto3 machines to perfection. He will race with the starting number 77, a tribute to his friend Andreas Pérez who passed away last month.
The agreement was made possible thanks to Blumaq, the Circuit de la Comunitat Valenciana Ricardo Tormo, and all the sponsors supporting the Reale Avintia Academy 77 project in the Moto3 World Championship.
“I’m very happy, because riding in the Moto3 World Championship was my childhood dream. I hope to be competitive in Germany. I will go step by step, learning the circuit and building my pace and confidence on every exit. I know the bike and the team very well, so we will work hard to achieve the best results possible. I want to thank Blumaq, my manager Tomas Llopis and Raul Romero for this great opportunity.”
TUULI SET FOR SACHSENRING COMEBACK
Sachsenring, Germany – Tuesday 10th July
Circuit: Sachsenring Circuit
Circuit Length: 3.7 km
Niki Tuuli returns to action this weekend at the German Grand Prix, following his accident in Assen, just over one week ago.
Crashing during Qualifying at the Dutch GP, the Finnish rider’s hand was caught under his Kalex machinery as he heroically tried to prevent damage to his bike. As a result, Tuuli severely injured his left finger, which later had to be partially amputated.
Unable to take part in the race, Tuuli returned to Finland following his surgery. He has since been receiving medical care in Finland and has been given the all clear from his doctors there to ride.
Tuuli will also have to pass medical clearance from officials at the circuit first on Thursday, but overall the Finn is feeling positive about his return to Moto2 this weekend.
#66 Niki Tuuli
“I’m so happy that my finger has heeled so well, so quickly; I was really worried that I might not be able to ride in Germany. Of course I still have to get the official go-ahead from the track doctors but it’s looking promising. I’m really looking forward to getting back on track on Friday.
I’ve been to Sachsenring once before in 2012, so I don’t remember so much about it. I just need to focus on my own riding this weekend and work on finding the right set-up on the bike so that I can be every lap faster; I want to be consistently improving. Being in the points is always my overall target but I guess this time I may have to be a little bit more patient and see how well I can ride with my hand and then go from there. Nevertheless, I feel ready to get back out there and get to work.”
2018 Moto3 season reaches halfway mark at Sachsenring
The ninth round of the 2018 Moto3 season takes place this weekend at the Sachsenring, as Estrella Galicia 0,0 riders Aron Canet and Alonso Lopez participate in the German Grand Prix. The venue is the country’s most prestigious circuit for motorcycle racing, and was a strategic European territory for competition during the height of the Cold War.
The tension and excitement of the Moto3 World Championship returns this weekend with the German Grand Prix, at the tight and twisty Sachsenring circuit. Nearly six decades before the current permanent track was established in the Hohenstein-Ernstthal area, Sachsenring was the epicentre of German motorcycle racing in the 1920s. Dozens of manufacturers had a presence in the region and an original eight kilometre road circuit attracted up to 400,000 spectators for the GP of the German Democratic Republic during the 1960s.
It was in Saxony that the 2-stroke engine revolution began, but political agitation in Europe during the most intense moments of the Cold War removed the race from the calendar in 1972. The reunification of the country in 1990 began a project for a permanent track which has been an ever-present as the German GP location since the 1998 season.
After the brilliant second place he took less than two weeks ago in the Netherlands, Aron Canet heads to Sachsenring in strong form. Last year he had a great performance at the German track, although unfortunately his weekend ended with him outside the points. He had clinched pole on the Sunday but crashed at Turn 12 when chasing the leaders in the race. Canet is currently fifth in the overall standings with 81 points, just 24 behind leader Jorge Martín.
Alonso Lopez will once again face the challenge of an unfamiliar circuit –the shortest on the calendar but particularly demanding. Having already demonstrated his ability at similar tracks, the Spaniard hopes to adapt quickly on his first encounter with the Sachsenring. He is fifteenth in the overall standings with 31 points in his rookie season.
The Estrella Galicia 0,0 Moto3 riders will be out on track from Friday at 9am, for the first Free Practice session. The race is scheduled for Sunday at 11am local time.
5th in the overall standings with 81 points
"I hope to enjoy myself and have a good race"
"Sachsenring is a circuit that I like a lot and where I have very good memories. I have always been quick there. Last year I took pole position and in my first year there I managed to start the race from the front of the grid. The layout is very fun and has many left hand corners. I hope to enjoy myself during the weekend and have a good race."
15th in the overall standings with 31 points
"Sachsenring is a very twisty track and it looks very fun"
"In the last race I made a mistake with my interpretation of the rules, which made me lose ground in the race when I could fight have fought for points. I guess this is something that can happen in your first year, but now I go to Germany with that lesson learned -although it is another circuit that is unfamiliar to me. Sachsenring is a very twisty track and it looks very fun, so I hope to get references quickly, have a good race and keep accumulating experience."
Marquez and Mir motivated to conquer Sachsenring
Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS riders Alex Marquez and Joan Mir head to Germany hungry for podium success.
Alex Marquez is highly motivated to deliver another strong top three challenge when the Spanish rider takes on the tight, twisty and undulating Sachsenring track this weekend.
A fifth podium in the opening eight races of the season last time out in Assen kept Marquez hot on the heels of Pecco Bagnaia and Miguel Oliveira in an intense battle to be crowned 2018 Moto2 World Champion.
Marquez is now fully concentrated on gaining a big pre-summer break boost by fighting for his first podium finish at the Sachsenring, which despite being one of the shortest and slowest tracks on the World Championship schedule, still produces a demanding test for rider and machine.
Joan Mir is hoping his proven winning pedigree at the Sachsenring will be the catalyst for him to mount another strong bid for his third podium of the campaign.
Mir won an epic Moto3 race in Germany 12 months ago and he’s eager to test his skills around the Sachsenring on a Moto2 machine for the first time this weekend.
The Moto2 action gets underway with FP1 on Friday morning at 1055am, with the 28-lap race around the 3.671km track scheduled to start at 1220pm on Sunday afternoon.
Alex Marquez: 3th in the overall standings with 110 points
“Last year was not a very good weekend for me at the Sachsenring because I injured my back. But at least I was fast and leading the race in the early stages. The main target again looking ahead to this weekend is to be fast and consistent. I want to be stronger on Friday to start my preparations in a more positive way but I am 100% determined to be battling for the podium because it will be important to take some confidence and momentum into the summer break.”
Joan Mir: 5th in the overall standings with 75 points
“Sachsenring is quite a challenging track for any rider. I really like its layout and I won the Moto3 race last year, so I’ll be looking to quickly adapt my riding style on the Moto2 bike to be close to the front again this weekend. I was fast in the last two races in Barcelona and Assen but I felt in both I was missing something to feel completely comfortable and being able to ride on the limit.”
NORRODIN AND SASAKI FOCUSED ON IMPROVING AT SACHSENRING
Sachsenring, Germany – Tuesday 10th July
Circuit: Sachsenring Circuit
Circuit Length: 3.7 km
PETRONAS Sprinta Racing riders Adam Norrodin and Ayumu Sasaki will contest the German Grand Prix this weekend, aiming to finish the first half of the season on a high.
Returning to the German circuit that saw the duo finish in 13th [Adam] and 17th [Ayumu] place in 2017, Norrodin and Sasaki will be looking to put their challenging first half of the year behind them with a positive result this weekend.
#7 ADAM NORRODIN
“I’ve spent the last week working and training with my crew chief in France and I feel a lot better prepared for the weekend ahead. We have been able to discuss many things and this has helped me to understand the mistakes that I have been making, how I can learn from them and what I can do to move forward. After the last race in Assen I was so disappointed, so I must do better at Sachsenring.
I like this track in Germany; its’ quite complicated and normally this wouldn’t compliment my style so much, but last year our pace was quite good and we finished the race 13th, so I feel confident that I can do better this time. We have a good strategy for this weekend, so I’m looking forward to getting there. I have everything I need to make a good result; I just need to stay focussed and work hard.”
#71 AYUMU SASAKI
“I’m really excited for the German Grand Prix. Assen was a tough weekend for us but I am learning more and more every time. I understand now the importance of going into a race weekend with the right mentality from the very first session. This has certainly been affecting our progress but I have learned this the hard way and now I know that I must make a change.
Moving forward I know what the issue is that has caused me to have difficult last four races, so I just need to stop talking about it and do it! Right now, my focus is completely on starting well and making a good FP1, which I can build on from there. I like the Sachsenring track, so I really hope to do well at this last race before the summer break.”
ÁNGEL NIETO TEAM AIM TO SIGN OFF FOR THE SUMMER IN STYLE
Spanish Moto3 team hoping to run at the front in Germany at a new circuit for Albert Arenas
The Moto3 World Championship is approaching the halfway stage with various candidates for victory and two main title rivals, each riding for a different factory. Jorge Martín recovered the series lead thanks to his victory last time out at Assen, where Marco Bezzecchi suffered his second DNF of the season. With the exception of Argentina, where he came in to change tyres, Martín has won every race he has finished and boasts a total of 105 points versus 103 for his Italian rival. Enea Bastianini (twice) and Marcos Ramírez both know how it feels to step on the podium in Germany but neither of them have made it to the top step, meaning the Sachsenring crowd will witness a new race winner this weekend.
The Ángel Nieto Team want to make the most out of the final race before the summer break, with Andrea Migno and Albert Arenas arriving at the ninth race of the season in seventh and sixteenth place respectively in the championship. At Assen the Italian finished a race outside the points positions for the first time this season and he is keen to make up for that at a circuit where he missed out on the top fifteen by just a tenth of a second in 2017. Albert Arenas heads to Sachsenring for the first time in his career, having only joined the championship at the Austrian Grand Prix in 2016 before missing last year’s race through injury. That won’t stop the Spaniard though as he looks to build on the good work done in recent races with a strong showing in front of the German fans.
Andrea Migno: “Germany has always been one of the toughest races of the season for me but we’re not going to think about that because each new season is different. Hopefully it can be a good weekend for us and we can improve the feeling we had at Assen, because we want to get back to the good form we showed before that round.”
Albert Arenas: “Ever since we changed our approach to the races early in the season we have had a win in France and scored points in Italy and Holland, but we have not quite finished the job off in recent weeks. Now we go to Sachsenring, a circuit I don’t know because in 2016 I didn’t start racing until Austria and in 2017 I was injured, but I hope this isn’t an issue. I am looking forward to it and we will go out onto the track from the first day ready to give our best and get back to where we belong.”
TO THE SACHSENRING FOR THE CHAMPIONSHIP HALFWAY POINT
Enea Bastianini e Lorenzo Dalla Porta travel to Germany for the ninth round of the 2018 Moto3 World Championship, the last race before the summer break.
The 2018 World Championship continues to thrill, the next Grand Prix in Germany represents the ninth race of the 19 scheduled on the calendar. Hosting the event will once again be the Sachsenring circuit: built in 1996, it hosted the Grand Prix competition for the first time in 1998, before the layout was revised in 2001. With 3.7 km (divided into 10 left hand corners and a meagre 3 rights) it is the shortest circuit of the championship.
The Leopard Racing team arrives in Germany after the third step of the podium of Enea Bastianini at the TT circuit of Assen, which has relaunched him in the standings only 21 points from the top. Bestia has already obtained 2 consecutive podiums on the Sachsenring circuit in the seasons 2015-2016, with 1 pole position.
His teammate Lorenzo Dalla Porta is fully aware of his skills and his determination to get a great result from the team: for the second time ever on the German racetrack, the young Tuscan 21-year-old came from 11th place to fight at the front and has a great desire for revenge!
In 2015, Danny Kent achieved an extraordinary result on this track, taking the hat-trick (pole position, fastest lap and victory) that projected him to the Moto3 title at the end of the season; last year Joan Mir claimed the success with an amazing braking on the penultimate turn: it was the 5th of his 10 total wins that gave him the 2017 world title.
Will Bestia & Lore succeed in emulating their actions and writing another unforgettable page for the Leopard Racing team?
Raul Fernandez excited to stand in with Red Bull KTM Ajo
The young Spanish rider will replace the injured Darryn Binder at the German GP this weekend.
07/11/2018 - Sachsenring, Germany
Raul Fernandez will make his Red Bull KTM Ajo debut this weekend at the German GP, as a replacement for the injured Darryn Binder after the South African suffered a fractured right collarbone last Thursday in Barcelona. The Spanish rider will be the team’s sole rider for Round 9 of the season at Sachsenring, which marks the halfway point of the 2018 season and the last event before the summer break. This will be the sixth time the 17 year old races in the Moto3 World Championship, with all of his previous participations either as a substitute or as a wildcard.
One such race was at Sachsenring last year, making it three previous visits there for Fernandez as he also rode at the scene of this weekend’s GP twice in the Red Bull Rookies Cup. Earlier in 2018 –with a KTM Moto3 bike– he took part in the Catalan GP as a wildcard and placed tenth.
Fernandez's goal for this weekend is clear: To learn. He will do so with a team that won the Moto3 races at the German GP in both 2012 and 2014. The race will start on Sunday at 11am local time.
#25 Raul Fernandez
"I am very excited and happy about this opportunity that Red Bull KTM Ajo have given me at the German GP. It's never good to have to replace a rider because of an injury, so I wish Darryn [Binder] a quick recovery. I face this challenge with two aims: To enjoy myself and to learn from a team that have been World Champions several times. In addition, I will have the opportunity to ride this year’s KTM Moto3 bike, which is very similar to the one I have in the FIM CEV, but I have been told that it has small details that make it even faster. I am lucky to have already ridden at Sachsenring, both in the Red Bull Rookies Cup for two seasons and last year replacing another rider, so this process of adapting to the track has already been done. Now I'm just looking forward to the start of the GP."
FORWARD RACING TEAM SEEKS REDEMPTION IN GERMAN LAND
Redeeming the results of last Assen week-end: it’s with this in mind that the Forward Racing Team arrives in Germany for the historical Sachsenring race, the ninth stage of the Moto2 World Championship.
The 3,671 metre-long track is very attractive, with 10 left-hand turns and a large minority of only 3 right-handed.
Both riders, Stefano Manzi and Eric Granado, will be ready and trained for what will be a very demanding weekend in terms of weather. Temperatures are expected to be above average compared to previous years.
The appointment for the last race before the summer break is therefore set for Friday, July 13, with the first session of free practice starting at 10:55 local time.
Stefano Manzi - Rider
“We arrive in Germany with a great desire to make up for the two past weekends, which were not really positive. The track is a bit particular, but I like it very much; we have to do our best to get our bike running at its best on this track. I'm confident, we'll be able to redeem ourselves with a good team performance."
Eric Granado - Rider
“Sachsenring race is really hard, the track has many left turns and there are many laps to go, which is the reason why I trained hard this week in Barcelona. I want to be found ready. It will be interesting to see how the bike will respond on this track, certainly the weekend will not be easy, we will have to work hard already from Friday, to try to have a good race pace and, above all, be able to make a good turn in qualifying, which will get us started on Sunday as far as possible ahead.”
Milena Koerner - Team Manager
“The German Grand Prix is the last before the summer break; the Sachsenring circuit is really special, as it features 10 left-hand corners, against 3 right-handers: this particular feature will put the riders to the test, who, together with the Team, will have to give their best to redeem themselves from the Assen weekend and conclude this first part of season, so far, suffered, in a positive way. We hope for good weather conditions, so that we can work hard to achieve a successful result, so that we can go on holiday more peacefully and with a smile on our lips.”
Oliveira and Binder look to go into summer break in style at Sachsenring
Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 riders hope to end the first part of the season with a great result at the German GP.
07/11/2018 - Sachsenring, Germany
Only 66 thousandths of a second denied Miguel Oliveira the win at the German GP last year. This time around, both he and teammate Brad Binder hope to achieve great results at a favourable track, after struggling at the previous round in Holland. This will be the ninth race of the season and will mark both the halfway mark of the calendar and the start of a two-week summer break.
Resolving the difficulties that prevented him from being among the fastest riders in the last set of Free Practice sessions and Qualifying will be the primary objective of Miguel Oliveira and his crew this weekend, after demonstrating that his performance on raceday is almost exclusively excellent. Starting from the top positions on the starting grid should be key to getting back onto the podium at Sachsenring, where he placed on the rostrum last year. Second in the overall standings, only 16 points behind the leader, a sixth Top 3 finish of the season would round off a very good first half of the year.
Brad Binder has similar feelings coming into the race. He needs to take a final step forward to get closer to the top positions he has been targeting at recent races. Sachsenring could be a feasible circuit for this, since it is very special for him, being the scene of his first World Championship podium in 2014. In the standings, the Red Bull KTM Ajo rider is just 9 points off the Top 5.
This ninth round of the season will follow the usual schedule for European Grands Prix, with the Moto2 race taking place at 12:20pm on Sunday.
44 MIGUEL OLIVEIRA
"We reach Germany after having worked very hard and we want to continue doing the same thing to solve the difficulties we have had at recent Grands Prix -especially in the practice sessions. Last year we were very competitive at this track, taking second position after fighting for the win until the last moment. I hope that this year we can find ourselves in a similar situation and return to the podium to continue adding points in the overall standings, and finish this first half of the season feeling good."
41 BRAD BINDER
"At Assen I managed to make important progress on Sunday that allowed me to feel more comfortable on the bike and have a good race. We hope that this weekend the feeling is just as good from the first Free Practice on Friday. It seems that this year we are finding some tracks very easy to be fast at, whilst others are more challenging, but at Sachsenring I already had a good race last year as a rookie in Moto2 and I think it suits the characteristics of our KTM very well. The goal is to be 100% focused to get a great result with which to go into the summer break."
German Grand Prix: Preview
Sachsenring, Grand Prix of Germany, ninth round of the World Championship. After a first part of the season where the Marinelli Snipers team has sailed headwind, we arrived at the turning point and the team is expecting to have a fair wind from now on. With its 3670m of length, the Sachsenring is the shortest track of the calendar and has a 700m straight line long and 13 corners (10 left and only 3 right corners). It is not a difficult track, but with its continuous peaks and troughs and direction changes it tests physical preparation of riders.
Romano Fenati: "Sachsenring is a funny track. Last year, in Moto3, I finished second and it was my first podium on that track. This year, I face this circuit for the first time with a Moto2 and I am curious to know how it will behave in the direction changes".
Tony Arbolino: "I like this track: it has so many left corners and I feel more comfortable. Despite its length (it's the shortest track of the season), there are several points where we can do the difference. Last year I was really fast but this year we have to do better".
NTS RW Racing heads to Germany for Sachsenring rollercoaster
The team’s riders Steven Odendaal and Joe Roberts to face an exceptional task at this weekend’s German round at the tight and twisty Sachsenring circuit.
Let’s rock the Sachsenring for the last race of the first part of the season. The series' visit is also the last race before going into the well-deserved summer break. Whereas South African Steven Odendaal gave his left wrist a rest, Joe Roberts arrived in Germany coming from Japan where the Los Angeles native rider was testing for this year’s edition of the prestigious Suzuka 8 Hours endurance race.
Although both riders know the truly unique Sachsenring due to its layout from racing there in former years, Odendaal and Roberts are looking forward to their first laps aboard the Japanese NTS machine at this curvy track.
#4 Steven ODENDAAL (NTS RW Racing RG, NTS):
"It was back in 2013 since I was here for the last time so I’m looking forward to what we can do at this track. But I think that we can do a nice job after we have modified some settings from the last track and it would be nice too to head into the summer break with a good result for the team to come back with fresh uploaded motivation. So, I already look forward to tomorrow’s FP1 and how it goes here in Germany."
#16 Joe ROBERTS (NTS RW Racing GP, NTS):
"I look forward to the weekend or frankly, I look forward to every single weekend. But especially to this one because I think during the last race, even if the result wasn’t where we want, but we started to get a better feeling with the bike and therefore I think we can make more steps now. The plan is obviously to get back into the points which should be possible this weekend. If we can put in a good race and finish in the top 20 then I will leave this place happy. Coming to Germany, I'm fresh off from Suzuka testing for the eight hours race later this month even if this means there was no relaxing between Assen and now. But I’m fresh to tackle this rollercoaster challenge."