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Well we certainly had one hell of a fight with Vale and Marc in Assen!! just glad nobody crashed lol. Marc certainly looks good with his Hybrid Set up, will it continue ? he wants a win BAD! Vale increased his championship lead to 10 :) JL99 will be looking to get back to his winning ways, this one is going to be GREAT


About the circuit

Car and bike races have been held on closed public roads in the area around the town of Chemnitz, Germany since the 1920s and were still taking place until as recently as 1990. It was decided, however, that the five mile course through such a densely populated area was no longer suitable and a new circuit was built five miles west of Chemnitz in 1996. Although mainly used as a driver training centre and road transport safety station, Sachsenring first hosted MotoGP in 1998 and many improvements have taken place since then, including a drastic layout enhancement in 2001. Numerous tight corners make it one of the slower tracks on the calendar but there is never any shortage of close racing action.


Circuit Record
2011
Dani PEDROSA
Time 1'21.846 Speed 161.4

Current Points

1 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 163
2 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 153
3 Andrea Iannone Ducati 107
4 Marc Marquez Honda 89
5 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 87
6 Bradley Smith Yamaha 77
7 Cal Crutchlow Honda 57
8 Pol Espargaro Yamaha 56
9 Maverick Vinales Suzuki 52
10 Dani Pedrosa Honda 47
11 Danilo Petrucci Ducati 44
12 Aleix Espargaro Suzuki 38
13 Scott Redding Honda 30
14 Yonny Hernandez Ducati 28
15 Hector Barbera Ducati 16
16 Loris Baz Yamaha Forward 14
17 Jack Miller Honda 11
18 Alvaro Bautista Aprilla 11
19 Stefan Bradl Yamaha Forward 9
20 Michele Pirro Ducati 8
21 Nicky Hayden Honda 8
22 Eugene Laverty Honda 7
23 Hiroshi Aoyama Honda 5
24 Mike di Meglio Ducati 2
25 Alex de Angelis ART 1

2014 Podium:
MM93, DP26, JL99


 

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Press Con - Thursday July 9, 11:00am

Friday July 10 Practice
03:00 - 03:40 Moto 3 FP1
03:55 - 04:40 Moto GP FP1
04:55 - 05:40 Moto2 FP1
07:10 - 07:50 Moto 3 FP2
08:05 - 08:50 Moto GP FP2
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Saturday July 11 Qualifying
03:00 - 03:40 Moto 3 FP3
03:55 - 04:40 Moto GP FP3
04:55 - 05:40 Moto 2 FP3
06:35 - 07:10 Moto 3 QP
07:30 - 08:00 Moto GP FP4
08:10 - 08:25 Q1
08:35 - 08:50 Q2
09:05 - 09:50 Moto 2 QP

Sunday July 12 Race
02:40 - 03:00 Moto 3 WUP
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Sachsenring ready for fireworks in MotoGP™ title battle
Valentino Rossi heads to the Sachsenring for the GoPro Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland with a 10-point advantage in the standings.

The 2015 German Grand Prix will be the 77th time that a GP has been held on German soil, with the legendary Sachsenring having been the venue since 1998. The 3.6km Saxony course first hosted the East German GP in 1961, but now it is due to play host to the latest chapter of the enthralling saga that is the 2015 MotoGP™ World Championship season.

The touch paper was well and truly lit at the Dutch GP, as Rossi and Marc Marquez made headlines all around the world with their incident at the last chicane, and now it is time to stand back and watch the fireworks once again.

Rossi, after taking his third win of the season last time out in Assen, has a ten-point advantage over his teammate Jorge Lorenzo at the top of the championship standings. The “Doctor” has four MotoGP™ victories at the Sachsenring, although his last came back in 2009 when he arrived at the German GP in incredibly similar circumstances. The Italian had a nine-point advantage in the standings over his closest rival Lorenzo, and also had three victories to his name that season. Rossi will be hoping that history repeats itself, as he went on to take victory at the Sachsenring from Lorenzo by just 0.099s in a season defining battle, on the way to lifting his ninth World Championship title. The Italian could only manage to finish fourth during last year's rain-affected race, 19 seconds behind the eventual winner Marc Marquez.

Lorenzo will be keen to bounce back from a performance in Assen that saw him cross the line in a lonely third. The two-time MotoGP™ World Champion struggling to find the rhythm that had seen him lead the last four races from start to finish. The Sachsenring is one of only three circuits on the current calendar that the Spaniard has not won at before, with the others being the recent additions Austin & Argentina. Lorenzo finished third in last year's race, and has not finished off the podium in the last 5 races he has started at the German track.

Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez will be out for revenge at the German GP, after losing out to Rossi in the last chicane battle at Assen. The reigning MotoGP™ World Champion seems to have regained some confidence on his RC213V by using a hybrid bike made up of 2014’s frame and this years engine, swingarm and electronics, that he says gives him more margin for error. Marquez may trail Rossi by 74 points in the standings, but he could still have a vital role to play in the outcome of the 2015 title, as he showed at the Dutch GP. The Spaniard has dominated the last two years at the Sachsenring, winning both races from pole plus also recording the fastest lap, and his newfound confidence with his bike will make him a real threat once more in Germany.

Dani Pedrosa finished the Dutch GP in eighth after experiencing issues during the race with his second bike due to a crash in Warm Up, which meant that his number one bike was out of action. The Spaniard will be looking for his second podium of the season, since his return from arm pump surgery, at a track where he finished runner up in 2014 and is the most successful rider in history with 6 wins (2x250cc 4xMotoGP) throughout his career.

Ducati Team’s Andrea Iannone consolidated his third place in the championship standings by claiming fourth at the Dutch GP, the third race in a row he managed to finish as the leading Ducati, in the process extending the advantage over his teammate Andrea Dovizioso to 20 points. Iannone finished fifth in last year's race at the Sachsenring on the Satellite Pramac Ducati, his best MotoGP™ finish at the circuit, although he did achieve a Moto2™ podium in 2010. Dovizioso will be hoping to turn around his recent fortunes after a vibrating seat unit caused him to finish in 12th at the Dutch GP. This result came after two DNF’s in Catalunya and Mugello, and the Italian will be looking to bounce back at a circuit he finished eighth at last year, and stood on the MotoGP™ podium (3rd) back in 2012.

Team Suzuki Ecstar’s Aleix Espargaro and Maverick Viñales finished in 9th and 10th respectively at the Dutch GP, after they both complained of a lack of acceleration with their GSX-RR’s compared to their rivals. The Japanese manufacturer will be hoping to make further strides forward at the German GP as they continue to impress on their return to the premier class. Espargaro crossed the line in last year's race at the Sachsenring in sixth on the Forward Yamaha, while Viñales was fifth in the Moto2™ race.

The battle to be the leading satellite rider intensified in Assen as Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Pol Espargaro (5th) led home Cal Crutchlow (6th) on the CWM LCR Honda and his teammate Bradley Smith (7th). Smith, who could only manage to cross the line 19th in last year's rain affected German GP, has now had his lead in the standings over his compatriot Crutchlow cut to 20, with Espargaro just one point further back. Crutchlow equalled his best ever MotoGP™ result at the Sachsenring in 2012 when he finished in second, while Espargaro has also finished on the podium (3rd) at the German circuit in the 2013 Moto2™ race.

EG 0,0 Marc VDS’s Scott Redding has admitted his frustration at his performance so far this season, and knows he needs to start producing results on the Factory spec Honda soon. The Brit would love to head into the summer break on the back of a good finish at the Sachsenring, although it is a track he has struggled at in the past and could only manage to cross the line in 11th last year.

Athina Forward Racing’s Loris Baz (14pts) took the Open class victory at Assen to close the gap in the standings to just two points to leader Hector Barbera (16pts). Nicky Hayden (Aspar MotoGP Team) will be looking to follow up his 16th placed finish in Assen by getting back amongst the points at circuit he completed 3 successive podiums at between 2005-2007. Hayden’s teammate Eugene Laverty was disappointed to have crashed out of the race in Assen after finally receiving the new swingarm from Honda and will be looking to make amends, while Jack Miller will be hoping to be back fighting for the class win at a track he was victorious at in the Moto3™ race last year.

Stefan Bradl (Athina Forward Racing) will be forced to miss his home Grand Prix after breaking his scaphoid in Assen, his team have elected to run Claudio Corti as a replacement. Corti has previous experience with the team competing in both Moto2™ and MotoGP™ with Forward Racing. AB Motoracing's Karel Abraham will also sit out the Sachsenring as the Czech attempts to recover from a foot injury sustained during the Catalan GP, HRC test rider Hiroshi Aoyama will ride in place of Abraham this weekend.

Last year's MotoGP™ race at the Sachsenring was affected by mixed weather, and saw a manic race as fourteen riders had to start the race from pit lane after deciding to change bikes after their warm up lap.
 

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WOW Marc on fire, leads after FP1/2

FP1 Results:
After a miserable season, Marco Melandri has split from Aprilia and is replaced by test rider Michael Laverty.

Stefan Bradl is missing his home round due to a fractured scaphoid at Assen and is replaced by Claudio Corti. Karel Abraham is again absent due to a foot injury at Catalunya and replaced by Honda test rider Hiroshi Aoyama.

Pol Espargaro and then Alvaro Bautista walked away from fast falls at the infamous Turn 11 'Waterfall' corner...

1. Marc Marquez ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 1m 21.766s [Lap 20/21] 293km/h (Top Speed)
2. Valentino Rossi ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 1m 22.102s +0.336s [10/26] 291km/h
3. Scott Redding GBR Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V) 1m 22.167s +0.401s [23/23] 287km/h
4. Dani Pedrosa ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 1m 22.243s +0.477s [23/23] 290km/h
5. Yonny Hernandez COL Octo Pramac Racing (Desmosedici GP14.2) 1m 22.396s +0.630s [20/23] 291km/h
6. Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP15) 1m 22.428s +0.662s [20/20] 296km/h
7. Jorge Lorenzo ESP Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 1m 22.445s +0.679s [19/21] 290km/h
8. Aleix Espargaro ESP Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 1m 22.462s +0.696s [17/19] 286km/h
9. Cal Crutchlow GBR CWM LCR Honda (RC213V) 1m 22.567s +0.801s [15/20] 287km/h
10. Andrea Iannone ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP15) 1m 22.670s +0.904s [22/24] 295km/h
11. Maverick Viñales ESP Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)* 1m 22.674s +0.908s [18/19] 285km/h
12. Pol Espargaro ESP Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 1m 22.696s +0.930s [17/20] 293km/h
13. Bradley Smith GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 1m 22.698s +0.932s [10/25] 293km/h
14. Danilo Petrucci ITA Octo Pramac Racing (Desmosedici GP14.1) 1m 22.792s +1.026s [10/22] 291km/h
15. Nicky Hayden USA Aspar MotoGP Team (RC213V-RS) 1m 22.935s +1.169s [18/21] 285km/h
16. Hector Barbera ESP Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP14 Open) 1m 23.163s +1.397s [12/18] 286km/h
17. Mike Di Meglio FRA Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP14 Open) 1m 23.299s +1.533s [18/21] 289km/h
18. Alvaro Bautista ESP Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 1m 23.878s +2.112s [10/16] 283km/h
19. Eugene Laverty IRL Aspar MotoGP Team (RC213V-RS)* 1m 24.007s +2.241s [22/24] 282km/h
20. Hiroshi Aoyama JPN Cardion AB Motoracing (RC213V-RS) 1m 24.063s +2.297s [19/20] 286km/h
21. Alex De Angelis RSM E-Motion IodaRacing (ART) 1m 24.063s +2.297s [10/23] 280km/h
22. Jack Miller AUS CWM LCR Honda (RC213V-RS)* 1m 24.096s +2.330s [21/21] 286km/h
23. Michael Laverty GBR Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 1m 24.446s +2.680s [19/20] 282km/h
24. Loris Baz FRA Athina Forward Racing (Forward Yamaha)* 1m 25.462s +3.696s [24/26] 283km/h
25. Claudio Corti ITA Athina Forward Racing (Forward Yamaha) 1m 26.771s +5.005s [20/22] 282km/h


FP2 Results:
Marc Marquez completes a perfect sweep of Friday practice at the German MotoGP, with Bradley Smith leaping from 13th to second.

Meanwhile, title leader Valentino Rossi dropped from second to seventh - Rossi and Redding being the only riders in the top 15 not to improve this afternoon.

After a miserable season, Marco Melandri has split from Aprilia and is replaced by test rider Michael Laverty.

Stefan Bradl is missing his home round due to a fractured scaphoid at Assen and is replaced by Claudio Corti. Karel Abraham is again absent due to a foot injury at Catalunya and replaced by Honda test rider Hiroshi Aoyama…

1. Marc Marquez ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 1m 21.621s [Lap 25/25] 291km/h (Top Speed)
2. Bradley Smith GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 1m 21.740s +0.119s [25/27] 294km/h
3. Andrea Iannone ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP15) 1m 21.824s +0.203s [19/22] 296km/h
4. Jorge Lorenzo ESP Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 1m 21.886s +0.265s [18/20] 290km/h
5. Dani Pedrosa ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 1m 21.889s +0.268s [7/23] 293km/h
6. Aleix Espargaro ESP Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 1m 22.095s +0.474s [19/20] 283km/h
7. Valentino Rossi ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 1m 22.159s +0.538s [23/25] 289km/h
8. Scott Redding GBR Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V) 1m 22.170s +0.549s [20/25] 288km/h
9. Yonny Hernandez COL Octo Pramac Racing (Desmosedici GP14.2) 1m 22.196s +0.575s [16/22] 291km/h
10. Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP15) 1m 22.340s +0.719s [19/21] 298km/h
11. Hector Barbera ESP Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP14 Open) 1m 22.413s +0.792s [16/19] 291km/h
12. Cal Crutchlow GBR CWM LCR Honda (RC213V) 1m 22.425s +0.804s [12/22] 292km/h
13. Pol Espargaro ESP Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 1m 22.436s +0.815s [18/21] 293km/h
14. Maverick Viñales ESP Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)* 1m 22.507s +0.886s [14/20] 286km/h
15. Danilo Petrucci ITA Octo Pramac Racing (Desmosedici GP14.1) 1m 22.546s +0.925s [20/20] 291km/h
16. Nicky Hayden USA Aspar MotoGP Team (RC213V-RS) 1m 23.008s +1.387s [15/18] 283km/h
17. Mike Di Meglio FRA Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP14 Open) 1m 23.185s +1.564s [20/21] 286km/h
18. Alvaro Bautista ESP Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 1m 23.286s +1.665s [20/22] 285km/h
19. Loris Baz FRA Athina Forward Racing (Forward Yamaha)* 1m 23.344s +1.723s [19/22] 285km/h
20. Jack Miller AUS CWM LCR Honda (RC213V-RS)* 1m 23.427s +1.806s [20/22] 286km/h
21. Alex De Angelis RSM E-Motion IodaRacing (ART) 1m 23.821s +2.200s [20/21] 280km/h
22. Hiroshi Aoyama JPN Cardion AB Motoracing (RC213V-RS) 1m 23.925s +2.304s [7/20] 282km/h
23. Eugene Laverty IRL Aspar MotoGP Team (RC213V-RS)* 1m 23.952s +2.331s [17/22] 284km/h
24. Michael Laverty GBR Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 1m 24.594s +2.973s [11/14] 283km/h
25. Claudio Corti ITA Athina Forward Racing (Forward Yamaha) 1m 25.160s +3.539s [17/21] 280km/h
 

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Marquez returns to form at the Sachsenring
The Spaniard was fastest in FP1, then went on to improve upon his time in FP2 to finish the day quickest overall.

Repsol Honda Rider Marc Marquez set a fastest lap time of 1'21.621 to finish on top today, despite not yet equalling the 1'20.937 lap he set to claim pole at the German GP last year.

Bradley Smith (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) finished in 2nd place on the combined sheets, 0.119 sec off Marquez’s pace. He recently told *********** that he feels much more comfortable with the 2015 M1 than he has with previous iterations, feeling faster and more consistent pretty much instantly. This certainly shows today.

Andrea Iannone (Ducati Team) came in third, only 0.084 sec slower than Smith, leaving Jorge Lorenzo (Movistar Yamaha) in 4th.

5th place went to Marquez’s team mate Dani Pedrosa who put in a lap time 0.268 sec off the pace set by his Repsol Honda colleague. Honda has a good record in Germany - since the introduction of the 4-stroke MotoGP class in 2002, the Japanese manufacturer has been the most successful at the Sachsenring with 9 wins in total.

Aleix Espargaró - who is racing in a striking retro livery today celebrating 30 years of the GSX-R - came in sixth place for Team Suzuki Ecstar. He finishes just 0.007 sec quicker than Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha).

Scott Redding (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS), Yonny Hernández (Octo Pramac Racing) and Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) complete the top ten.

Meanwhile it’s all change further down the MotoGP timesheets this weekend, with three new riders lining up to do battle at the Sachsenring:

Claudio Corti replaces Stefan Bradl for Athiná Forward Racing due to his broken scaphoid. Bradl was obviously disappointed to miss the German round: “It's really a shame to be forced to miss my home Grand Prix, but doctors have advised me not to rush the recovery in order not to jeopardize the rest of the season.”

AB Motoracing’s injured Karel Abraham has been substituted for Hiroshi Aoyama. The Japanese rider said: “It’s a strange feeling to be back again, I’m very sorry for Karel, but I’m very excited to jump on his bike.”

Michael Laverty also makes his return to MotoGP, permanently taking Marco Melandri’s ride in the Aprilia Racing Team Gresini. It’s a tough challenge replacing a rider mid season, but Laverty is no stranger to the Aprilia: “I have been riding with the Aprilia test team so I am comfortable with the Aprilia RS-GP machine and the Bridgestone tyres.”
 

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Smith loses confidence after 'moment' in final sector

Bradley Smith feels his near high-side in final qualifying cost him a better grid position after the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rider lost confidence in the final sector at the Sachsenring.

Smith will start the German MotoGP from the third row in ninth place and has set himself a target of getting the jump on Suzuki's Aleix Espargaro and his Yamaha team-mate Pol Espargaro into the opening turn to boost his chances of finishing inside the top six.

The British rider almost high-sided from his M1 at the beginning of Q2 and injured his face as his helmet broke the bubble of his Yamaha during the incident.

“My problem is I hit my face pretty hard on the steering. I don't know exactly what [damage is done] but all of my jaw now [is sore], especially on the right side and my neck,” said Smith.

“I feel quite good in the middle of the corner there [turn 11] so then I opened wide open and the bumps almost confused the traction control a little bit and the bike set sideways, so it was my own fault.

“I know it's slippy there, so tomorrow I may add some traction control because I have this tendency to grab a handful and I forget sometimes that I'm on a 1000cc and still think I'm riding a 125!” he added.

“It's certain parts of the track and it's almost like something is down, or it is the bumps there. It's just lifting the tyre a little bit, especially when you're accelerating hard.

“It's a weird one because even on the front it bounces there and I think it's more from the bumps than the track. The track is the same as it's been in previous seasons and if anything I think it's better conditions, it's just a little cooler this year.”

Smith is all too aware of the importance of a good start at the Sachsenring but if he manages to force his way past the Espargaro brothers in the early stages he will also likely have to contend with the Pramac Ducati of Yonny Hernandez.

“I hope to get a good start because my plan was to be top six and now I'm ninth. It's frustrating from that point of view but my moment definitely made me too nervous in the last sector because I lost three and a half tenths in the last sector,” said Smith.

“I can't kick myself too much because we are human at the end of the day. I need to try and jump Aleix and Pol [Espargaro] on my row and then Yonny Hernandez as soon as possible.

“He's riding well this weekend but he can still mess up everybody's race. Then I can see what pace we have because this morning I had good pace and then in FP4 we tried a couple of options that didn't work so at least we know more or less what we are going to do for tomorrow's race,” he added.

“It's frustrating because I had very good pace similar to [Jorge] Lorenzo and [Valentino] Rossi this morning but I'm back in ninth so I'm making it hard work for myself, especially here but you never know.”

Smith decided against testing the asymmetric front tyre at the Sachsenring, saying he 'didn't need it'.

“I haven't tried the '33 and I don't feel that I need it,” said Smith. “The right hand side here doesn't demand too much so it's probably better to have a little bit of safety on maximum lean.”
 

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Front row 'special' for Lorenzo


Jorge Lorenzo hailed his front row qualifying position at the Sachsenring in Germany as 'special'.

The Movistar Yamaha rider is aiming to cut the deficit to team-mate Valentino Rossi at the top of the MotoGP World Championship this weekend.

Lorenzo had closed to within a point of Rossi ahead of round eight at the Dutch TT but the Italian gained a cushion of 10 points after emerging victorious over Marc Marquez, with Lorenzo clinching the final place on the podium.

The double premier class champion has a significant advantage of a front row start on Sunday, with Rossi squeezing onto row two in sixth place.

“It was very important, very special and I feel proud of my lap time because here it is difficult for us compared to the Honda and we struggle so much,” said Lorenzo of his qualifying effort.

“I am happy for the qualifying, not the first tyre because I could not make a better lap, but in the second one on the first lap I was close to the perfection I can do.

“First row is very important and I think with a new tyre we have great pace, especially for the first part of the race.”

Lorenzo, whose best lap of 1m 20.921s left him 0.585s down on Marquez's pole lap, is wary of at least holding his position into the tight first turn at the Sachsenring, with little opportunity to gain positions in the first sector.

“It gets tighter and tighter when you arrive at the corner so you have to take care of everything and not make any mistakes,” he said.

“But I am making good starts this year and I am confident to try to overtake some positions so let's see if I can do it.

“Marc seems to have a better pace than everyone here and I think the pace of Dani [Pedrosa], myself and Valentino is quite similar. But I'm confident to try something tomorrow in the warm-up that can give us a small improvement and be able to be 1'21 during all the race.”

Lorenzo is seeking an improvement in the turning of his M1 in the fast corners but has made good progress with the Yamaha in the slower turns.

“The turning in the fast corners is a little bit our weak point now but in the slower corners we are quite good. In the fast ones, we spend too much time on the angle so let's see tomorrow,” he said.

“With a new tyre I can able to be faster than before.”
 

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Rossi: I will try to fight with Jorge


After pole at Assen, MotoGP title leader Valentino Rossi will be back in the familiar positon of starting behind his main rivals in Sunday's German Grand Prix.

The Italian star, who holds a ten-point lead over Movistar Yamaha team-mate Jorge Lorenzo, qualified sixth at the Sachsenring with his best lap a substantial 0.884s from pole sitter Marc Marquez.

The Repsol Honda rider - beaten by Rossi in a final turn showdown in Holland - has been in a class of his own all weekend, but a 74-point deficit to The Doctor means Marquez is currently out of the championship fight.

Meanwhile the gap between Rossi and Lorenzo was a more manageable 0.299s, the Spaniard snaring the final front row start behind Marquez and team-mate Dani Pedrosa.

“I wanted to try to start tomorrow's race more in front, because our potential today wasn't so bad. I thought and hoped that I could do a 1'20-high, but unfortunately I made some mistakes and I couldn't do the perfect lap,” said Rossi, who instead set a 1m 21.220s before a rear-wheel slide hampered his last lap.

“Apart from that, I'm on the second row and that's not so far behind and my pace is quite good. I can keep a good pace also with a used tyre, so now we have to work and try to fix some small problems and make some small improvements for tomorrow and see what happens in the race.”

During final practice, the session dedicated to race pace, Marquez set 10 laps under 1min 22s, followed by seven for Pedrosa and six for Rossi.

Lorenzo only broke into the 1m 21s once in the 30-minutes, but there was less variation in his lap times and the average pace of Pedrosa, Rossi and Lorenzo looked almost identical.

“For me, the analysis of the pace is Marquez is a bit faster and after have Pedrosa," Rossi said. "So the two Hondas are very strong. But Pedrosa is very, very close to my pace, and also Jorge is there.

"So I think if the race is today we can fight for the second place with Pedrosa and Lorenzo, but maybe tomorrow things will be different.”

And in terms of the championship the target is clear: "I will try to fight with Jorge, ride a good race and try to arrive in front of him and score more points.”

One of the keys for Rossi will be to quickly pass the Ducatis of Yonny Hernandez and Andrea Iannone, which currently separate the two factory M1 riders.

"The start will be very important because Hernandez and Iannone are quite good in the lap but slower than us in the pace, so it will be very important in the first lap to try to stay with the top three."

All leading riders are expected to use the medium compound rear tyre and select either the medium or new asymmetric for the front, depending on the race day temperature.

"The front tyre choice for the race will be very important, because we have two choices open. We have to wait to understand also the conditions, temperature of the asphalt, but for the front I think it will be important to make the right choice."

Germany marks the midpoint of the 2015 season and the final round before the summer break.
 

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Pedrosa: Finally, a front row start


Dani Pedrosa is eager to capitalise on his front row start and return to the MotoGP rostrum at the Sachsenring in Germany.

The Repsol Honda rider clinched the second fastest time on the RC213V behind team-mate Marc Marquez, setting his best time in 1m 20.628s as he finished almost 0.3s down on the world champion.

Pedrosa, eighth at Assen after making a disastrous start from fourth, said: “Finally, a front row start and it is very important that this track, especially because the beginning of this track is very tight.

“So it's really a good result to be on the front row. Unfortunately I had some trouble with Cal [Crutchlow] in the first lap but we could go out on the second tyre and do a good lap and I'm happy for that lap.

“In Assen I didn't have a good day but it is looking better here and working a lot on the set-up of the bike, so we hope to try to do a good start,” he added.

“Since 250cc [has had a strong record at the Sachsenring] so I'm happy to be here and looking forward to doing a good race. Like I said, Assen was not a great race so I hope this time I can do a good race.

“The front tyre choice will also be important. Marc has a slightly stronger pace than mine, but we will try to do well.”

Pedrosa, responding to a question over whether he or Marquez was hungrier for victory on Sunday, said his goal remains to try to win each race he starts.

"It's always the goal to try to win and it's a long time [since previous victory last season] but being injured, and now recovering so we are getting closer every time, except last GP," said Pedrosa.

"So I am happy to have the front row and to have the chance tomorrow and I really look forward to getting a victory for me and for my team."
 

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Crutchlow: 'Sorry Dani'... hails Hernandez, Smith

Cal Crutchlow was quick to hold his hands up and apologise to Dani Pedrosa after qualifying at the Sachsenring on Saturday.

The Englishman accidentally held up the Repsol Honda rider early in Qualifying 2, with Pedrosa making his anger clear. Crutchlow apologised to Pedrosa as soon as the session ended, by which time the Spaniard had claimed a front row start.

“Honestly I was looking behind me twice on that lap because I was coming in and I didn't see anybody and then I held him up. Completely my fault," Crutchlow said. "He was revving... I went and saw him to say sorry but he was f**king angry. I said, 'listen, I didn't see you'. He said, 'you did.' I said, 'I didn't.' I hate when people hold you up and when they follow each other.

"I said, 'listen, I'm sorry' and he's fine. But Honda came to me and said, 'Cal we have a bill. Dani's punched his tank because of you.' They need a new tank now because he's punched it through but he's ok. When I went to see him he said, 'you need to pay for the tank.' I said, 'F**k you!' But no, he's ok!"

While Pedrosa had gone on to take second on the grid, Crutchlow was left down in tenth, 1.073s from Marc Marquez.

"I qualified tenth. I wasn't very happy. I should have been in the top six. Simple as that. I don't really know [what happened]. I felt like I was pushing to the limit of our package at that time and that's as fast as I could go. I made two or three mistakes for sure but because I was pushing in other areas.

"Marc has [the race] sewn up if he rides around. He did a '21.6 with 30 laps, he's doing them for fun. Dani's strong as well. I think you always have to be careful with Jorge, he'll be there. Honestly Valentino doesn't have a bad pace and I think we have the next best pace after that. It'll be hard from tenth on the grid because it's so difficult to pass."

Crutchlow had already suffered a setback prior to qualifying in the form of a highside in morning practice (pictured).

“I had a big crash in FP3, I went into the corner a bit too fast and didn't want to risk losing the front so I used the rear brake a little too much and it threw me over the handlebars. So I have a small crack in my elbow and my fibula, but honestly I'm ok and not in too much pain,” he revealed.

The #35 added that fifth place qualifier Yonny Hernandez was his hero of the day, with Bradley Smith pulling off the best save by hanging on to a near highside.

"The hero of the day has to be Hernandez – that lap time he did there is good enough for pole in 2013 and second last year. He's f**king riding well. I don't think he'll be there in the race and again he's on a super soft.

"Save of the day has to be Brad. I want to go and see his nut sack later. They must be black, they're not going to be ginger any Smith
Cal Crutchlow was quick to hold his hands up and apologise to Dani Pedrosa after qualifying at the Sachsenring on Saturday.

The Englishman accidentally held up the Repsol Honda rider early in Qualifying 2, with Pedrosa making his anger clear. Crutchlow apologised to Pedrosa as soon as the session ended, by which time the Spaniard had claimed a front row start.

“Honestly I was looking behind me twice on that lap because I was coming in and I didn't see anybody and then I held him up. Completely my fault," Crutchlow said. "He was revving... I went and saw him to say sorry but he was f**king angry. I said, 'listen, I didn't see you'. He said, 'you did.' I said, 'I didn't.' I hate when people hold you up and when they follow each other.

"I said, 'listen, I'm sorry' and he's fine. But Honda came to me and said, 'Cal we have a bill. Dani's punched his tank because of you.' They need a new tank now because he's punched it through but he's ok. When I went to see him he said, 'you need to pay for the tank.' I said, 'F**k you!' But no, he's ok!"

While Pedrosa had gone on to take second on the grid, Crutchlow was left down in tenth, 1.073s from Marc Marquez.

"I qualified tenth. I wasn't very happy. I should have been in the top six. Simple as that. I don't really know [what happened]. I felt like I was pushing to the limit of our package at that time and that's as fast as I could go. I made two or three mistakes for sure but because I was pushing in other areas.

"Marc has [the race] sewn up if he rides around. He did a '21.6 with 30 laps, he's doing them for fun. Dani's strong as well. I think you always have to be careful with Jorge, he'll be there. Honestly Valentino doesn't have a bad pace and I think we have the next best pace after that. It'll be hard from tenth on the grid because it's so difficult to pass."

Crutchlow had already suffered a setback prior to qualifying in the form of a highside in morning practice (pictured).

“I had a big crash in FP3, I went into the corner a bit too fast and didn't want to risk losing the front so I used the rear brake a little too much and it threw me over the handlebars. So I have a small crack in my elbow and my fibula, but honestly I'm ok and not in too much pain,” he revealed.

The #35 added that fifth place qualifier Yonny Hernandez was his hero of the day, with Bradley Smith pulling off the best save by hanging on to a near highside.

"The hero of the day has to be Hernandez – that lap time he did there is good enough for pole in 2013 and second last year. He's f**king riding well. I don't think he'll be there in the race and again he's on a super soft.

"Save of the day has to be Brad. I want to go and see his nut sack later. They must be black, they're not going to be ginger any more!"
 

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Marquez: I'll try to manage better than Assen!

Marc Marquez says a final corner showdown at the Sachsenring on Sunday would be 'interesting' in the wake of his controversial tangle with Valentino Rossi last time out at Assen.

The Repsol Honda rider, who shattered his 2014 MotoGP pole record by half-a-second on his way to his third straight premier class start from the top spot on the grid in Germany, came off second best as he went head to head with Rossi in the Dutch TT.

The final turn at the Sachsenring also has the potential to produce a nail-biting last lap scenario - Rossi famously losing out to Sete Gibernau in 2003 - but Marquez says he will be better prepared this time should the situation arise again.

“It's possible to make a different line and it's a last corner that may times has had a good final lap,” said the reigning world champion.

“If we arrive together with somebody it can be interesting but we will see – I will try to manage better that Assen!”

Marquez qualified almost 0.3 seconds ahead of team-mate Dani Pedrosa to complete a Honda one-two and is chasing a sixth victory at the Sachsenring across all classes, where the RC213V has had the edge over Yamaha in recent seasons.

“During this weekend I feel very comfortable with the bike and it looks like the feeling is coming back, but still we must work because we have some problems,” he said.

“Here, we can avoid these problems but since Assen two weeks ago I feel in a better way with the bike. We must be honest because here for my riding style and the Honda this is a good circuit.

“We want to use this potential and we have a good rhythm, but the most important thing tomorrow is the race, where we have points,” he added.

“We need to be strong for 30 laps because it will be a tough race and Jorge [Lorenzo], Dani [Pedrosa] and also Valentino have a good rhythm.

“In the corners where we have the problems, here it is only two corners at turn 8 and turn 12 but still we need to improve there but it looks like on this track the problems are less.”

A front row start is crucial at the German circuit, where overtaking opportunities are limited and Marquez has also stressed the importance of tyre management over the 30-lap distance.

“The target was to start on the front row because here also it is difficult to overtake, but it will be a difficult race. We will try to work with the tyres from the beginning because the race is really long and then try to manage until the end the tyres, which will be important,” Marquez said.

“It's a special track but also an interesting track because of the long left corners. They are really nice and I enjoy it a lot because you are always spinning on these left corners.

“I'm enjoying this weekend and I will try to enjoy tomorrow because I think we can fight for the victory.”

Asked what could beat him Sunday, Marquez replied: “Everything. Of course if you asked this question last year I would say I don't know. I have a good pace, I feel good with the bike, we did the pole position and we have a good rhythm.

“Assen was better, but I want to wait, I want to be quiet and try to improve this race pace. Here it I looks like I have it but in the other races I didn't have.

“I feel strong but here I want to pay attention to everything,” he added.

“Everybody is complaining about the grip but we are faster than last year. It is a strange feeling because the rear is sliding but the drive is good. I think it is good but we are on the limit and pushing a lot.”

Reigning double champion Marquez has only taken one win so far this season, at round two in Texas.
 

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Angry' Dovizioso laments front-end issues


Andrea Dovizioso expressed his anger after struggling to 11th place on the grid for the German MotoGP at the Sachsenring.

Dovizioso was dogged by a front-end problem with his Ducati GP15 in Germany and was unable to match the performance of team-mate Andrea Iannone, who heads up the second row in fourth.

“I'm very disappointed for the grid position. I'm very angry about that because it was the key point for the start tomorrow and here is very, very important - like in Assen - because the start is very short and narrow and it is very difficult to overtake at this track,” said Dovizioso.

“In qualifying I had a problem with the front. I lost the front three or four times with the throttle. So I lose the feeling and I wasn't able to do a good lap time. I'm disappointed about that.

“Apart from this we improved the set-up and feeling a bit this morning and our pace improved a little bit. Before we came here we knew that this track we weren't able to fight for the podium,” he added.

“We are quite far from that. But it's not a surprise and we are still working,” added Dovizioso, whose fastest lap in Q2 of 1m 21.503s left him 1.167s off the pole time set by Marc Marquez.

“The goal tomorrow is to fight for the fifth position. I think we have the pace but we are in a big group, so we will need a good start.”

Dovizioso was unable to explain the problems he was encountering with his Ducati at the German track although he is more optimistic the issues won't be as prominent in Sunday's race.

“No [no idea]. In qualifying you always push a little bit more, have more grip, you make sometimes more angle. It's normal,” he said.

“The characteristic of this track is lots of angle so maybe a little bit more angle was enough to lose the front easy. But our pace for the race, I didn't have that problem, so I'm not so worried about that.

“I think the competitors made a step so that is the main point. Second our bike is quite new but especially it is completely different to our old bike.

“So every time we go on the track the characteristic is different and every time we have to understand the speed you have, how competitive you are.”

“I think for the characteristic I feel on the bike, from Barcelona is quite normal we are a little bit slower than at the beginning of the season.”

The MotoGP championship enters its summer break following this weekend's ninth round, resuming at Indianapolis in the USA on August 9 and Dovizioso believes he will have a clearer understanding of the Ducati's true capabilities this season from the American race onwards.

“I think it will be very important from Indianapolis to understand our level. I believe from Indianapolis we will be closer, maybe up front, that will be an important moment to understand our situation,” Dovi said.

“Because we knew before Assen and especially here that our competitiveness wasn't good enough, because of the characteristic we have.

“Also in Barcelona we weren't competitive compared to Yamaha, but I believe I was able to finish third. You have to get the result to speak about that, but I was unlucky,” he added.

“But the reality is that especially the last two races, our speed is not the best. But I think it is normal for the characteristics we have and what we have to improve on the bike.”

Comparing the GP15 to the Honda and Yamaha, Dovizioso said his rivals' machines have advantages in turning and handling respectively.

“The Honda and Yamaha are completely different. If we make a comparison with Yamaha, it is the turning. I believe they keep the main point and the grip,” he said.

“They are able to make a wide line, with more speed. So they are able to turn faster and also they have a little bit more grip especially on traction.

“Honda I don't think have more grip than us. But, from the outside, it looks like the Honda riders are able to play with the bike in an easier way,” Dovizioso added.

“I mean they play with the slide and are able to make a really good line with the slide. So they are faster in a completely different way.”
 

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Iannone gains two tenths with electronics tweak


Andrea Iannone gained two tenths a lap after making a change to the electronics on his Ducati GP15 as the Italian qualified in a strong fourth place at the Sachsenring.

It was an encouraging result for Iannone, whose team-mate Andrea Dovizioso could only manage 11th pace on the grid in Germany.

Iannone, who completed qualifying as the top Ducati rider, said: “It's a good day because it's really important to start from the first two rows, especially at this track because it's really narrow, short and not so easy to pass on.

“But on the other hand it is a little bit difficult situation because the feeling with the bike is not so bad but the other riders are more fast than me. This is the problem!

“But I tried my best and pushed really hard. I give the maximum for today and I hope to improve a little bit for tomorrow with my team, especially in the electronics part, because I tried many settings in the bike but don't change a lot the situation,” he added.

“In the other way I tried a different setting for the electronics and the bike improved two tenths a lap, so this is interesting for tomorrow and the race. So for sure I want to focus with my team in the meeting especially on the electronic parts.”

Iannone says he hasn't strayed too much with the set-up of his GP15 from the first race of the season in Qatar and admitted he is unaware of the direction team-mate Dovizioso has chosen with the revamped machine.

“At the moment I haven't change a lot. My bike is really the same as Qatar and generally has not change a lot in this first nine races,” he said.

“Dovi I don't know. I follow my way and when I look at Dovi I look only at the data and not in the technical parts.”

Dovizioso is still recovering from a shoulder injury following a heavy fall during a private test at Mugello but hasn't been forced to alter his riding style as a result.

“No because when you change the style at this level it is a really different situation. My shoulder is not at 100 per-cent but I don't think [about it],” he said.

“I think it's better not to think about my shoulder and focus on the race, my bike, my guys. For sure this track won't be easy tomorrow because have ten corners on the left and it's my left shoulder that is injured but I'll stay focused for the race.”

Iannone experimented with new, larger winglets on the side of the GP15 on Saturday and said they provided a slight advantage in the final corner, more in terms of acceleration than preventing the front end of the bike pawing the air.

“Not so much different, but in the last corner these wings help a little bit more,” said Iannone, who was 0.693s off the best lap set by pole man Marc Marquez on the Repsol Honda.

“Not only for the wheelie. A little bit for the wheelie, but especially in acceleration and in the fast corners it is a little bit better.”
 

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Full Qualifying Results

MotoGP champion Marc Marquez claims his sixth successive pole at the Sachsenring. He'll be joined on the front row by Honda team-mate Dani Pedrosa and Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo.

World championship leader Valentino Rossi starts sixth.

Marquez will be fighting for a sixth German GP win in a row on Sunday, but only his second victory of this season.

After a miserable season, Marco Melandri has split from Aprilia and is replaced by test rider Michael Laverty.

Stefan Bradl is missing his home round due to a fractured scaphoid at Assen and is replaced by Claudio Corti. Karel Abraham is again absent due to a foot injury at Catalunya and replaced by Honda test rider Hiroshi Aoyama...

Qualifying 2:
1. Marc Marquez ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 1m 20.336s [Lap 6/8] 293km/h (Top Speed)
2. Dani Pedrosa ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 1m 20.628s +0.292s [7/10] 294km/h
3. Jorge Lorenzo ESP Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 1m 20.921s +0.585s [7/10] 290km/h
4. Andrea Iannone ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP15) 1m 21.029s +0.693s [8/10] 295km/h
5. Yonny Hernandez COL Octo Pramac Racing (Desmosedici GP14.2) 1m 21.115s +0.779s [6/8] 292km/h
6. Valentino Rossi ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 1m 21.220s +0.884s [9/11] 291km/h
7. Aleix Espargaro ESP Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 1m 21.239s +0.903s [8/10] 283km/h
8. Pol Espargaro ESP Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 1m 21.274s +0.938s [8/9] 293km/h
9. Bradley Smith GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 1m 21.329s +0.993s [9/10] 293km/h
10. Cal Crutchlow GBR CWM LCR Honda (RC213V) 1m 21.409s +1.073s [6/9] 288km/h
11. Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP15) 1m 21.503s +1.167s [7/8] 297km/h
12. Maverick Viñales ESP Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)* 1m 21.796s +1.460s [7/8] 289km/h

Qualifying 1:
13. Hector Barbera ESP Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP14 Open) 1m 21.628s 290km/h
14. Scott Redding GBR Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V) 1m 21.632s 287km/h
15. Danilo Petrucci ITA Octo Pramac Racing (Desmosedici GP14.1) 1m 21.760s 290km/h
16. Alvaro Bautista ESP Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 1m 22.049s 288km/h
17. Alex De Angelis RSM E-Motion IodaRacing (ART) 1m 22.195s 280km/h
18. Jack Miller AUS CWM LCR Honda (RC213V-RS)* 1m 22.225s 287km/h
19. Nicky Hayden USA Aspar MotoGP Team (RC213V-RS) 1m 22.362s 283km/h
20. Loris Baz FRA Athina Forward Racing (Forward Yamaha)* 1m 22.394s 284km/h
21. Mike Di Meglio FRA Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP14 Open) 1m 22.441s 290km/h
22. Hiroshi Aoyama JPN Cardion AB Motoracing (RC213V-RS) 1m 22.543s 288km/h
23. Eugene Laverty IRL Aspar MotoGP Team (RC213V-RS)* 1m 22.693s 283km/h
24. Michael Laverty GBR Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 1m 22.947s 284km/h
25. Claudio Corti ITA Athina Forward Racing (Forward Yamaha) 1m 23.374s 281km/h
 

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Marquez underlines dominance with pole

Marc Marquez bagged his third successive MotoGP pole at the Sachsenring in Germany with a new record lap of 1m 20.336s.

It was the MotoGP world champion's sixth consecutive pole at the circuit, with the Repsol Honda rider claiming five victories from his sensational run of qualifying feats.

Marquez - who switched to the 2014 frame last time at Assen - held off team-mate Dani Pedrosa by almost 0.3s to shatter his own pole record by half-a-second, with Movistar Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo completing the front row, 0.585s behind Marquez.

Pedrosa, who lapped in 1m 20.628s, appeared upset by Cal Crutchlow, who was moving slowly on the racing line at Turn 12 although the British rider seemed to apologise as they lined up to practice their starts at the end of the session.

World championship leader Valentino Rossi qualified sixth on row two although a moment on his fast lap at Turn 9 may have cost him a higher position as he finished 0.884s off the top spot.

Ducati's Andrea Iannone was fourth fastest on the GP15 ahead of Yonny Hernandez on the Octo Pramac Ducati, who was using the soft tyre on his GP14. Hernandez topped Q1 and sprung a surprise with an excellent time in final qualifying.

Iannone, using the asymmetric front, jumped to the top spot in the early stages ahead of Lorenzo and Pol Espargaro on the Monster Yamaha Tech 3, while Aleix Espargaro briefly led on the Suzuki until Marquez – using the medium front – put down a marker with lap in 1m 20.8s.

Bradley Smith had a big moment at the beginning of the session after almost high-siding on the exit of Turn 11, smashing the bubble on his satellite Yamaha and forcing the British rider into the pits.

Rossi moved into third behind Marquez and Iannone, wit Pedrosa, Aleix Espargaro and Lorenzo next.

With five minutes remaining, Lorenzo closed to within 0.2 seconds of Marquez but Pedrosa put a cat amongst the pigeons with a blistering lap to take over at the head of the times by 0.2 seconds.

The Spaniard's moment of glory was shortlived though as Marquez blitzed his team-mate's time by a whopping 0.3 seconds to set a sizzling new record time at the Sachsenring, which stood until the finish.

Iannone held fourth behind Lorenzo, with Hernandez impressing in fifth as Rossi attempted to better his sixth position.

The nine-times world champion pushed hard on his final lap but a slide thwarted his chances of bettering his time and he remained in the final position on the second row.

Aleix Espargaro and Monster Yamaha Tech 3 riders Pol Espargaro and Smith form row three, with Crutchlow only 10th on the CWM LCR Honda.

Andrea Dovizioso continued to struggle at the Sachsenring as he slotted into 11th despite having the soft tyre advantage, followed by Maverick Vinales on the second of the Suzuki GSX-RR machines, who progressed to Q2 via Q1.

Scott Redding was 14th on the EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda after failing to progress from Q1 after showing promise during free practice on Friday, while Eugene Laverty was 23rd on the Aspar Honda, one place ahead of brother Michael on the Gresini Aprilia.

Hector Barbera was the leading Open class rider in 13th place on the Avintia Racing Ducati.
 

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Not a surprising result given Marquez dominating all weekend. Interesting to see Lorenzo's comments as he lost a lot of pace after leading at the beginning.
 

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Looks like the hard front, and being on a Honda were the right combo this weekend. Rossi still 13 points ahead of JL.
 

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I completely disagreed with HRC moving Miller up to moto GP, and I still do. However, if a premier class team wanted to do the same with Danny Kent, I don't think I'd feel the same. What Kent is doing in Moto3 is ridiculous. He makes the other guys look like they're on the old 125s.
 

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Marquez: Now I'm having fun again

Marc Marquez says he is having fun again on the Repsol Honda, after the MotoGP world champion dominated Sunday's ninth round at the Sachsenring for only his second victory of the season.

Marquez took over from Jorge Lorenzo on lap five and pulled away at the front after opting to run the harder front tyre along with team-mate Dani Pedrosa in a gamble that paid off for the Honda riders, who completed a one-two.

It was Marquez's sixth victory from seven pole starts across all classes at the German circuit and his third successive premier class win on the Honda.

Yet while Marquez was keen to savour the moment following a rare win this season, the 22-year-old is all too aware that victory at a circuit where the Honda excels is not the answer to all his problems.

While most of the paddock now head for their summer holidays, Marquez and Pedrosa will undertake a test at Misano next week to work on making further progress ahead of the next race at Indianapolis on August 9, plus some developments for 2016.

Germany was Marquez's second race since reverting to the 2014 Honda chassis, which he feels is more forgiving of mistakes when pushed to the limit under braking.

“I'm very happy for this victory because I worked really hard in Assen and here. In Assen we were close and here in the end we get it,” said Marquez.

“I'm happy for the result, but also happy because I am starting to enjoy on the bike again. In the end I was concentrated and we did a great job and we must enjoy the moment.

“Next week we have a test in Misano and there I think it will be important for the second part of the season and we want to work hard to improve those problems that we had and here we still have. But I am happy to feel again the victory,” he added.

“Really important for Honda [one-two with Dani Pedrosa] and I am very happy for the team but Honda work very hard and they are working a lot in Japan to give to us the best and we know that step by step we will come back but ok, it definitely looks like we arrive, but we need to do another step for arrive completely.

“Happy to be again enjoying on the bike and this is the most important.”

On the decision not to run with Bridgestone's asymmetric or medium front tyres, Marquez said he had to be cautious in the early stages on the hard front and praised Lorenzo's stunning outside move to take the lead at through the opening turns.

“It was incredible on the start. I start well and then I tried to go in because I know that the first corner is always tricky, but I saw [Jorge] Lorenzo and he had an impressive corner,” he said.

“Dani and me we were with the hard tyre on the front and both of us were steady on the first corners because it is downhill and if you lose the front there it is bad news.

“After that, when I passed Lorenzo I did the same rhythm like in the practice and when I saw that the lead was already three or four seconds, I start to manage the distance,” added Marquez, who broke Pedrosa's 2011 lap record with a time of 1m 21.530s on lap 10.

“We go to Misano and it will be an important test for me, Dani and for Honda for the future but we will work hard there and then of course we will take a minimum of five or seven days off to try to enjoy also the summer break.”

Two days of the Misano test will be with this year's Bridgestone tyres, with a third day on the 2016 Michelins.

Marquez is now 64 points behind Valentino Rossi, who finished third on Sunday, as the championship reaches its midway stage
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