Full name:Sachsenring Germany
LENGTH: 2.28 miles
CORNERS:10 left-3 right
Circuit Record:1’21.530 Marc MARQUEZ (SPA) 2015
Fastest Lap:1’20.336 Marc MARQUEZ (SPA) 2015
Round 8 of the MotoGP championship comes from the Sachsenring circuit in Germany, The area surrounding the circuit has hosted racing of both the 2 wheel and 4 wheel kind on closed roads since the early 1920’s right up till 1990, Ultimately this was stopped due to safety concerns and the Sachsenring was created in 1996 to fill the void the circuit first hosted a MotoGP round in 1998 it remained mostly unchanged till it underwent massive layout changes in 2001.
Marc Marquez took victory in a flag to flag race the win left him 50 points clear at the top of the championship standings he finished ahead of Cal Crutchlow and Andrea Dovizioso who both made the most of the changeable conditions while other title contenders Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi struggled with the conditions failing to change tires at the right time.
Johann Zarco regained his title lead from Alex Rins taking the win while both his title rivals Sam Lowes and Rins failed to score any points, Zarco was joined on the podium by Jonas Folger who had a great race in front of his home fans Julian Simon finished in third place.
Khairul Idham Pawi easily took the win in Moto3 race the Malaysian rider had won earlier in the year in similar conditions and in a similar fashion at the Argentinian round of the championship, Andrea Locatelli and Enea Bastianini completed the podium in what was a very strange race due to torrential rain with many of the front runners crashing out.
Last time out:
Valentino Rossi broke an almost year long win less drought taking a fantastic win at Assen holding off a hard charging Danilo Petrucci who felt that back markers on the final lap cost him a shot at the win, Marc Marquez came home third but had to fight for it with Cal Crutchlow coming on strong in the final laps of the race as conditions got tricky due to rain moving in. Andrea Dovizioso took fifth place but came away from the weekend as championship leader due to Maverick Vinales falling and failing to score any points.
Franco Morbidelli who is was announced signed a contract to move up to MotoGP in 2018 took a welcome win to stamp his authority back at the top of the Moto2 standings after a couple of disappointing weekends for the italian allowed the field to close the gap to him, Morbidelli’s main championship rival Tom Lüthi came home in second place to keep himself within striking distance of the championship they were both joined by Takaaki Nakagami on the podium who managed to pass Mattia Pasini on the final lap in the final turn.
Aron Canet made it a Marc VDS double taking the victory in a frantic race that saw the lead change multiple times on the final lap alone Canet held off Romano Fenati who was having one of his best races of the season looking capable of taking the victory. Completing the podium was Scotsman John McPhee after qualifying in 19th place on Saturday a podium looked like a long shot but McPhee showed that in this class his race craft is up there with the very best.
Weekend Schedule All times GMT:
08:00 – 08:40 Moto3 Free Practice Nr. 1
08:55 – 09:40 MotoGP Free Practice Nr. 1
09:55 – 10:40 Moto2 Free Practice Nr. 1
12:10 – 12:50 Moto3 Free Practice Nr. 2
13:05 – 13:50 MotoGP Free Practice Nr. 2
14:05 – 14:50 Moto2 Free Practice Nr. 2
08:00 – 08:40 Moto3 Free Practice Nr. 3
08:55 – 09:40 MotoGP Free Practice Nr. 3
09:55 – 10:40 Moto2 Free Practice Nr. 3
11:35 – 12:15 Moto3 Qualifying
12:30 – 13:00 MotoGP Free Practice Nr. 4
13:10 – 13:25 MotoGP Qualifying Nr. 1
13:35 – 13:50 MotoGP Qualifying Nr. 2
14:05 – 14:50 Moto2 Qualifying
07:40 – 08:00 Moto3 Warm Up
08:10 – 08:30 Moto2 Warm Up
08:40 – 09:00 MotoGP Warm Up
10:00 Moto3 Race
11:20 Moto2 Race
13:00 MotoGP Race
All sessions will be covered by BT sport