The MotoGP World Championship reaches the point of no return this weekend as the German Grand Prix marks the halfway point of the eighteen-round season. Marc Márquez heads to round nine with a healthy championship lead after taking advantage of a difficult Dutch TT for his rivals Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi last time out. Márquez is unbeaten at Sachsenring in MotoGP since his debut there in 2013; in fact you have to go back to 2009 for the last time the Spaniard did not take victory at a German Grand Prix, having also done so in 125cc and Moto2. Sachsenring is one of the tightest and shortest circuits on the calendar, with thirty laps of its 3.7km layout ahead for the MotoGP riders on Sunday.
It promises to be a special weekend for the Aspar Team. Eugene Laverty and Yonny Hernández are hoping to show good performances at Sachsenring. The Irishman has only raced the circuit three times previously, including a points-scoring finish during his 250cc days, but he travels on the back of a ninth-place finish last time out at Assen that moved him back up into the championship top ten. Yonny Hernández has good memories of this circuit, including a sixth-place finish in Moto2, and the experience of leading a MotoGP race for the first time at Assen, when he spent nine laps at the front, has given the Colombian extra motivation to score another good result in Germany.
Eugene Laverty: “I have only ridden at Sachsenring a little bit. It is a track with so much turning and that is an area we are always working to improve with this bike so Sachsenring is an important place for us to improve because there are so many long corners there. We learnt a lot at Assen about how we can improve in the long corners so we can take that information to Germany now and hopefully make it count.”
Yonny Hernández: “Sachsenring is one of my favourite circuits and I have had some good results there in both Moto2 and MotoGP. Hopefully it is just as good to us again this year so that we can have a good weekend. I am feeling motivated, especially after the last Grand Prix when I proved that I can run at the front, so I want to give it everything, work hard and get the most out of the bike and the set-up. It is a physical circuit so we have a long race ahead, thirty laps, but we are ready for it.”