The German Grand Prix, scheduled for this weekend at the Sachsenring circuit, marks the halfway point of the 2014 MotoGP World Championship: the German round, which is held on the shortest track on the calendar - just 3671 meters in length - is in fact the ninth of the 18 planned this season. The Team GO&FUN Honda Gresini, fresh from the two positive results by Alvaro Bautista and Scott Redding in the exciting Assen 'flag-to-flag', aims to collect another good result in a traditionally lucky event. Last year Bautista has started with a fifth place finish in Germany a streak that has seen him placed in the top five in 8 of the following 10 races. A very typical circuit combining a very slow and twisty start with a spectacularly fast second section, the Sachsenring has 10 left-hand turns and only 3 on the right. During his career, Alvaro Bautista scored there three podium finishes: a second place in the 125cc class in 2006 and two third places in the 250cc class in 2008 and 2009. Aboard the Open Class Honda RCV1000R, Scott Redding heads to the Sachsenring with 28 points in the World Championship standings, which make him the first of the riders aboard the “Production Racer” machines; the English rookie will try to consolidate this leadership on a track that the paper is well suited to the characteristics of his bike.
ALVARO BAUTISTA “The Sachsenring is a slow track with some very twisty parts: given that recently we have been struggling to find a good compromise to be strong on the fast corners, we are confident that we can achieve a good feeling with the bike on this kind of track.. We’re coming from the Assen flag-to-flag race, where it was very easy to make mistakes, but nevertheless we managed to collect a good placement; in addition, last year in Germany we had a really good race, therefore we look forward to this Grand Prix with a great motivation. The Thursday before the race weekend some riders will test some changes to Turn 11 in order to increase the safaty; it will be interesting to see if these changes will actually be adopted for the future, although this year we will run with the same layout as last year”.
SCOTT REDDING “Assen was my first wet race in MotoGP and we got a good result, thanks to which we arrive now at the Sachsenring with one point of advantage in the standings on our rivals aboard the other Open Class Hondas, and we want to try to maintain this leadership. Racing at Sachsenring will certainly be interesting, because the circuit is really small, and these bikes are so fast! I like the track, it has some ups and downs and lots of corners, with few straights. On paper, it also adapts well to our bike; I’ve always preferred right-hadn corners and on this track they are almost all on the left; in any case, it could be really funny to ride a MotoGP there, and we have to wait to see what we can get”.
FAUSTO GRESINI “Our goal for this race is clear: we want to return more competitive, trying to better exploit our potential; Alvaro has good memories of last year's race and we hope that this will allow him to take full advantage of both his technical package and his riding skills. This race marks a very important moment of the season and hopefully this will be a turning point, in order to be more consistent in performance in the second half of the Championship. Redding will ride for the first time a MotoGP bike on a very special circuit, technical and twisty; however, we are confident because on the paper the characteristics of this track should suit well the qualities of his bike, allowing him to be more competitive, also compared to the Factory spec machines”.Published on : Jul 7 2014