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MotoGP: Bratwurst or Bust in Sachsenring

MotoGP Sachsenring Germany Pre Race Review

Dust off your lederhosen because this weekend Eni Motorrad Grand Prix Deushland will be the host to the 9th  GP round and will mark the halfway point to the 2011 season. Constructed in 1996, the Sachsenring circuit is one of the more recent venues to be added into the premiere roster. Located just five miles west of Chemnitz, Germany, this unique 2.2 mile track has a dominating 10 left corners and only 3 right turns, making it one of the slower circuits for the calendar year. But not to worry, there is still plenty of opportunity for some fast paced racing action.

Italy’s Mugello afforded Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo the center podium and lessened the margin between the top world standings leader, Casey Stoner by 19 points.

If this weekend is anything remotely close to the last race in Mugello, the fans will surely not be disappointed. Between unpredictable weather conditions and what looked to be like another clean sweep by Repsol Honda’s top dog, Casey Stoner, it was not in the stars this time around for the Aussie due to a bad choice on tire pressure. Losing grip with every passing lap, he soon fell behind Lorenzo and teammate Andrea Dovizioso, settling for third on the podium.

With 37 victories to his credit, Sachsenring is one of two tracks where Jorge Lorenzo has not had a podium finish in any class. The Mallorcan is continuing to set his sights on narrowing the 19 point gap with his Australian rival and make some history in process.

“Sachsenring is a unique track which I’ve ridden since 2002 and still not won! Said Jorge. I would like to do it, it’s an interesting challenge in front my German fans. The team and I are ready to again try to reduce the gap to Casey, our aim is the podium, but we will try to push for the win.”

Teammate, Ben Spies has a special interest with Sachenring from his maiden visit last year as a rookie rider for Monster Yamaha Tech 3. The Texan learned some hard-earned lessons by experiencing some position set backs. Regardless, the talented American dark horse was one of  the top 5 riders who clocked the fastest on the slow and demanding track.

“We are in pretty good shape right now with the team, the bike is feeling really good, I’m feeling confident on it and the results are showing it. Of course afterwards we head to my home race in the US and I get to run the red and white colours again!”

Twenty five-year old Casey Stoner is considered one of the most successful riders in the 800cc series by consistently placing on the podium in every race this season with the exception of Jerez, Spain.

Casey and his Honda team plan on making Mugello’s wrong a right by mastering the tire set up and enabling a better grip this time around for another podium win.

Another Factory Honda rider to make it to the podium in Mugello was Andrea Dovizioso, placing second. The tried and true Italian rider made his homeland fans proud by his steadfast determination in passing the failing Stoner in the last lap of the race. Its clear, the demure Dovizioso is a rider to watch this season with his reserved but extraordinary presence on the track.

The third Repsol rider, Dani Pedrosa, is slowly becoming the rider time forgot with his successive absences and fragile frame. The Italian rider has made his reappearance in Mugello after taking a three race break after sustaining another collarbone injury. Although Dani has fond memories of Sachsenring by winning last year, he still has a long way to go in his fragile condition and 64 points behind Casey Stoner in standings.

Under sunny skies, Ducati’s Valentino Rossi had another bad start in Mugello, but the come back kid, managed to push up the line once again and placed in his signature sixth spot. Struggling with the perfect bike set up for his Desmosedici, Rossi still feels positive about this weekend with five past (German) victories in all classes. The German circuit will mark the 250th premeire start for Rossi, making him one of only six to do so. If you haven’t noticed, the adept Italian is fourth in standings….how did that happen?!

Teammate and never-ending perfectionist, Nicky Hayden would like to see the view from the podium for the second time this season. The American rider did not do well last race with a bad grid position and temporarily coming off the track in turn 1, setting him back into a thirteenth position and finalized the race in a disappointing 10th. Fellow Countrymen, Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Colin Edwards is looking to get back on the top ten list this weekend. The Texas Tornado has not been too happy with the last two races since his first podium finish this season at Silverstone.

“The last two races haven’t been that fantastic but we can point to a bad tyre choice in both for that. We’ve got to take some responsibility for that but sometimes you roll the dice and gamble but the result doesn’t go your way. That’s all behind me now and I’m just concentrating 100 per cent on getting a good result in Germany this weekend.”

Colin’s teammate, Cal Crutchlow has had some bad luck since making his debut at his hometown track in Silverstone. A broken collarbone and two separate races where the British rider had to pit due to front end problems, Cal looks on, hopeful for some sunny and warmer weather to help solve his M1’s front end issues.

“When the temperature is hot I’ve had some issues with front-end feeling, so hopefully some hot weather will give us the perfect opportunity to find a solution. I’m confident I can be running back inside the top ten and getting the results I know that the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team is capable of.”

San Carlo Honda Gresini’s Marco Simoncelli misses yet another podium opportunity at Mugello, despite scoring six premo frontline spots on the grid this season. Something has got to give for this mega coiffured Italian and his inability to make the podium! Something I think all the fans would like to finally see.

Marco’s temmate, Hiroshi Aoyama misses last years track time at the German circuit because of a  severe injury and now is still recovering from taking a header in a practice round at Assen.

The satellite Ducati team of Héctor Barberá of Mapfre Aspar and Karel Abraham  with Cardion ab Motoracing are in close proximity in 12th and 13th in Standings. LCR Honda’s Toni Elías will seek to relive a glorifying moment from an impressive Moto2 ride at Sachsenring last year that brought him victory. Rizla Suzuki’s Álvaro Bautista and Randy de Puniet of Pramac Racing, will both be hoping to improve on their results from Mugello, while French rider, Sylvain Guintoli is currently on standby to fill in for Loris Capirossi, who took a bad fall during the qualifying round at Assen.

All racing action will commence starting this Friday July 15th at 10:10am (local time GMT+2) with the first free practice round.

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MotoGP World Standing 2011

Pos. Rider Bike Nation Points
1 Casey STONER Honda AUS 152
2 Jorge LORENZO Yamaha SPA 133
3 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Honda ITA 119
4 Valentino ROSSI Ducati ITA 91
5 Nicky HAYDEN Ducati USA 77
6 Ben SPIES Yamaha USA 74
7 Dani PEDROSA Honda SPA 69
8 Hiroshi AOYAMA Honda JPN 56
9 Colin EDWARDS Yamaha USA 53
10 Marco SIMONCELLI Honda ITA 50
11 Hector BARBERA Ducati SPA 44
12 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati CZE 37
13 Toni ELIAS Honda SPA 35
14 Cal CRUTCHLOW Yamaha GBR 32
15 Alvaro BAUTISTA Suzuki SPA 30
16 Loris CAPIROSSI Ducati ITA 22
17 Randy DE PUNIET Ducati FRA 12
18 John HOPKINS Suzuki USA 6
19 Kousuke AKIYOSHI Honda JPN 3
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July 13, 2011 - Posted by | Alvaro Bautista, Andrea Dovizioso, Assen, Ben Spies, Casey Stoner, Colin Edwards, Dani Pedrosa, Ducati, girlracer, Hector Barbera, Jerez, Jorge Lorenzo, Laguna Seca, Loris Capirossi, marco simoncelli, MotoGP, motorcycle racing, mugello, Nicky Hayden, Randy De Puniet, Silverstone, Valentino Rossi, Yamaha

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