<b>MotoGP Sachsenring:</b> The Waterfall Awaits!

MotoGP Sachsenring: The Waterfall Awaits!

Our riders cross the border into Germany after our home GP for the Sachsenring round. The circuit first welcomed the MotoGP circus in 1998, but the area breathes motorsport since racing started there in the 1920s.
07-12-2018
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The relatively short track consists of a tight go-kart-like section, as well as a chain of fast turns, including the notorious turn 11 aptly nicknamed “the Waterfall.” Mentioned as the most challenging turn on the entire agenda by many, this blind, fast, downhill right, off-camber turn will have our riders find out just how much their front tire is willing to give them during the weekend. We’ll find out on Sunday if it’s enough!

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Exceptional qualifying for Danilo during the last two visits to the German track has not yet come with the desired results, seeing P2 on the grid but ending in 12th across the line last time around. And P4 on the grid ended in a DNF in 2016. Álvaro has had the opposite experience; as a former podium finisher in the smaller classes he came in 6th from P12 last year and he put the Aprilia inside the top 10 after a brave ride from P18 in 2016. The track suits both our MotoGP riders nicely, and 2018 could very well serve us with a breakthrough for either or both.

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#9 Danilo Petrucci
ASSEN Result: DNF

“It was a shame I could not fight for the podium, as it feels like my second “home” race. In the end, it was not a good weekend, and I am sorry for the team because they have been pushing hard to get the bike ready for me. I did not get the right feeling on the brakes during the race, but I tried hard to recover to take some points for the championship standings. Unfortunately, this ended in a crash in turn 5. We’ll forget about this weekend quickly; I can’t wait to get to Germany!”

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#19 Álvaro Bautista
ASSEN Result: p9

“We keep improving little by little, and this is the result of all the hard work. Early in the season, it was hard for us to find the right setting, but we never stopped working. And this weekend, we managed to get up-to-speed quite early to get closer to the front. My race started okay in Assen, but the first lap was crazy with a lot of the riders trying to make up positions. It took me some time to overtake Miller, but I knew I was faster. Once I passed him I managed to run a similar pace to the front group, but by then they were already too far ahead. A shame, because if I would have started stronger, I could have joined the front group. In the end, I am very motivated after the result and the pace, and I feel stronger than ever. So, let’s get to Germany!”

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Fresh from a good scrap between the two of them at their team’s home grand prix, our Moto2 boys look forward to bringing their NTS bikes back into the point-scoring positions at the Sachsenring. With no previous data available, both Joe and Steven’s main objective is to get a good base setup dialed in as quickly as possible in order to find the speed before the lights go out on Sunday.


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#4 Steven Odendaal
ASSEN Result: P20

“Unfortunately, it wasn’t the race we were looking for. We managed it to keep consistently in the 1’39s, but to be competitive, we would have needed 1´39 lows. Apart from that, my start wasn’t too bad, but I lost contact with the group, which was really difficult in the beginning. I gave everything I could and in the last couple of laps and had a nice battle with my teammate to finish in 20th position. I’m a bit sorry for my team because I wished for more. Beyond that, my fractured scaphoid didn’t help me that much, particularly during the final stages of the race. So, let’s look toward Sachsenring and how we can improve there.”

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#16 Joe Roberts
ASSEN Result: P21

“P21 is not the result that we wanted. It’s still quite far back. But I’m happy because I was able to catch Steven as he had been much faster than me all weekend. So, this gives me confidence, mainly because I was able to put in good, consistent lap times. In the morning warm-up, we made a change which was why I felt much happier with the bike going into the race. For now, it’s just finding a stable confidence, as well as a bit more with the bike and then, coming to a track I really like, I’m sure that we can be back in the points again.”

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It has been a while since our Moto3 rider, Jaume Masià, raced at the Sachsenring. Back in 2014, he crossed the finish in 8th place in the Red Bull Rookies Cup, but a lot of time on the PlayStation and watching races from the past has refreshed his memory of the German track. Coming from a strong 4th place finish in Assen, the Spanish youngster is eager to build on momentum.


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#5 Jaume Masiá
Assen Result: P4

“It was a difficult weekend, but in the end, it paid off. We hadn’t begun as well as in Catalunya, but finally we managed a great race. I enjoyed leading the second group a lot. Thanks again to my team, they have done a great job during the weekend and I am happy to finish the race in P4. See you in Germany! I look forward to the race and the first goal is to cross the finish line again, and I will push for a good result!”

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