MotoGP fans will gather in Sachsenring this weekend as the MotoGP World Championship heads to Germany! Round nine of the 2015 MotoGP season takes place at Germany’s Sachsenring circuit.
Sachsenring is a small and twisty little circuit and the shortest on the current grand prix schedule, with a length of 3.671 km.
To succeed at Sachsenring, you must be cool, calm, and very collected. Sachsenring is an incredibly technical circuit with abrasive tarmac and fast left-hand turns that make it one of the most punishing tracks for tires.
In past seasons, World Champion, Marc Marquez has reveled in success at Sachsenring. The Spaniard was crowned World Champion in each of his first two seasons in premier class, but has only one win to his name this year. Marquez is hoping to reignite his world title bid at the German circuit this weekend and close the 74-point gap to championship leader Valentino Rossi.
Take a look at the current point standings below and see where your favorites place as they compete to become world champion.
Valentino Rossi held off World Champion Marc Marquez to snatch a dramatic victory in Assen last time out, giving himself a 10-point advantage over Yahama team-mate Jorge Lorenzo in the MotoGP standings.
The nine-time World Champion has yet to lose the MotoGP points lead this season. Rossi knows the weaknesses of his main rivals, and has capitalized on these weaknesses in the rounds he’s won, including his tactical last-corner win over Marc Marquez at Assen two weeks ago.
There is no better place, on paper, for Marc Marquez to put his Assen disappointment behind him than this weekend’s German MotoGP.
The reigning double champion hasn’t lost a race at the Sachsenring since 2009 - winning in the 125cc class in 2010, Moto2 in 2011 and 2012, then adding MotoGP victories for the last two seasons. However, Marquez has yet to add a single victory this season. This weekend’s race should prove interesting to watch!
Middle of the Pack
Works Ducati rider Andrea Dovizioso is headed to this weekend’s German MotoGP looking to reverse the recent advantage gained by his rivals.
Dovizioso was within six-seconds of victory in the opening three rounds on the all new GP12, but the top Ducati driver has only been within six-seconds of the winner once in the five races.
Andrea Dovizioso has admitted that he and his teammate, Andrea Iannone, need to cut the gap to the front of the field.
Bradley Smith & Pol Espargaro
If Monster Yamaha Tech 3 had to decide his MotoGP driver line-up “right now” he’d keep both Bradley Smith and Pol Espargaro. Smith is sixth and the top satellite rider in the world championship standings, with Espargaro regaining form after a tough start to his second season.
Both riders have been impressing as they improve but complaints from Smith haven’t gone unnoticed, the British rider strongly voiced his complaint about the current Chassis his teammate used a few races ago.
Regardless, Smith and Espargaro have the upper hand in terms of age and experience so the match up over the weekend will more clearly define what roles those two play this season.
Closing the Top 10
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 main 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 six wins throughout his career.
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