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Sachsenring Grand Prix preview


German Grand Prix is final challenge for Marquez and Pedrosa before summer break. Marquez and Rins aspire to lead of Moto3 standings after Dutch double.

The Sachsenring this week hosts the ninth round of the Moto3 World Championship, marking the halfway point of the season. On an historic run of victories, Marc Marquez can extend his record at a favourable circuit; he has won at Sachsenring for four consecutive years over three categories. Repsol Honda teammate Dani Pedrosa has held the circuit record since 2011 and will be another favourite for the win in the premier class. He has six triumphs in Germany: Three consecutive wins in MotoGP between 2010 and 2012, another win in 2007 plus two in 250cc in 2004 and 2005.

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The Repsol riders in the Moto3 class reach the midway point of the campaign fully involved in the battle for the title. After two consecutive wins, Alex Marquez is just 7 points off series leader Jack Miller. Teammate Alex Rins is 10 points off the top after taking his fourth podium of the year at Assen. Rins’ second place at the Dutch TT came after he overcame three microfractures in his foot, suffered at the previous round in Catalonia.


99 – Marc Marquez

Marc Maquez - Photo @FeliceMonteleone FMPhotoSport
Marc Maquez – Photo @FeliceMonteleone FMPhotoSport

“It was a tough and complicated weekend in Assen, but I was really happy to win a race under such tricky conditions. Now we have Sachsenring which is a nice circuit, but quite special as it’s so small! Last year I had a good race but we must remember that neither Dani or Jorge were able to race so this year I look forward to racing them, especially as Dani is so strong at this track! It seems the Honda is well suited to this circuit so we will look to make the most of this advantage.”


26 – Dani Pedrosa

Dani Pedrosa - Photo @FeliceMonteleone FMPhotoSport
Dani Pedrosa – Photo @FeliceMonteleone FMPhotoSport

“It was a tricky weekend in Assen and in those kind of races, it’s easy to lose many points in the Championship, so I’m pleased with our podium finish. Now we’re heading to Germany where I had a disappointing weekend last year after being declared unfit to race due to my crash on Saturday. I always enjoy racing at Sachsenring and finding the right set up is critical – especially as you spend a lot of time on the left, but the fastest corner is to the right, so tyre performance will be key. I’m looking forward to getting there to make up for missing last year!”


42 – Alex Rins

Alex Rins - Photo @FeliceMonteleone FMPhotoSport
Alex Rins – Photo @FeliceMonteleone FMPhotoSport

“Over this past week I’ve worked intensely to get to Sachsenring as recovered as possible, because it is a track I like a lot. Last year I took the win and now I’m a few points off the leader, so we have to try not to make any mistakes.”


12 – Alex Marquez

Alex Marquez - Photo @FeliceMonteleone FMPhotoSport
Alex Marquez – Photo @FeliceMonteleone FMPhotoSport

“The circuit is a little strange, as it is the smallest in the World Championship and very twisty. I think that things will be very tight there, because as it is such a short track it is hard to make a difference. Last year was my first time there, and I found it a little hard. We had a few problems, although in the end I placed fifth. I like the circuit, so this year we will try to avoid the same thing –because we had a tough time in the race. We will have to go out there to have fun and give our all in every session.”


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