Sachsenring has been a happy hunting ground for reigning world champions Marc Marquez, this weekend he will look to take his 9th consecutive win to seal himself as “King of the ring” but not if the rest of the grid has anything to say about it.
Sachsenring is one of the most undulating tracks on the calendar, it features potentially one of the scariest turns on the Grand Prix calendar known as the water full (turn 11) it comes after a massive 7 corners on the lefty hand side of the tyre before tipping into a fast down hill 4th gear right hander, and over the years its caught out some of MotoGP’s biggest names including Jorge Lorenzo, Dani Pedrosa, Cal Crutchlow and Andrea Dovizioso among others.
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Sachsenring is a predominately left hand turn circuit with just 3 right handed turns to a massive 10 lefts 7 of which are all in a row, over the years weather has played its part when in 2014 a rapidly drying track meant the majority of riders opted to start from pit lane.
Sachsenring also has a last corner which entices riders to go for a last ditch lunge to try and make up a place as we saw in a dramatic end to the 2016 Moto2 race between Johann Zarco and Jonas Folger.
What to expect:
Okay, so we have to start with Thursday, Dani Pedrosa will have another media debrief on Thursday with a announcement on his future. No, seriously this time he will make an announcement we think (just in case he doesn’t). The expectation is that he will either be announcing his retirement which we are lead to believe is the most likely outcome, or he will announce a deal to stay in MotoGP.
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You should expect to see Yamaha go strong this weekend as they have had a posium for the last 3 races in a row, they have clearly found improvements after a difficult start to the season, however they still haven’t won in over a year can they break the win-less streak this weekend? Well they will have to go through Marc Marquez.
Marc Marquez is unbeaten in the MotoGP class and has been unbeaten since 2010, so you could be forgiven for thinking that everyone else will just be fighting for the second place trophy? Wrong. There are a lot of riders and teams with points to prove before MotoGP goes into the summer break, of course Marc Marquez is the man to beat going in to the summer break regardless of what happens Sunday he will be the championship leader. However you have Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso who will be desperate to go int the summer break with a win to try and salvage what’s left of his championship, you have Suzuki looking to get there first win since Maverick Vinales at Silverstone 2016, Jorge Lorenzo will be hungry for more glory in red and of course the 2 factory Yamaha’s along with Johann Zarco will be desperate to break Yamaha’s win-less drought.
I firmly believe it will be all to play for this weekend all the teams and riders will want to go into the summer break with a good haul of points, and after all, this is MotoGP literally anything can happen.
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