Repsol Honda look forward to another exciting race at Sachsenring

Courtesy of Repsol Honda Team

  Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland

MotoGP 2018   Round 9

The epic battle in the Dutch TT at Assen resulted in the first 15 riders crossing the line just 16.043” apart, marking the closest ever top-15 finish of all time. Will the tight, twisty Sachsenring favour more close racing next Sunday?

What’s sure is that the shortest track on the calendar, at 3.67 km, has in recent years proven to be one of the most successful rounds for both Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa, who have scored 14 victories between them and have stood together on the podium three times, in 2014, 2015 and 2017.

The Championship leader, in particular, has taken eight consecutive wins across three classes at the German circuit, each success coming after starting from pole position. Marc and Dani look forward to round 9 of the season, the former to try and extend his lead in the standings, and the latter to make a breakthrough in his season.

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Marc Marquez has 8 wins: 1 x 125 (2010), 2 x Moto2 (2011, 2012), and 5 x MotoGP (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017), plus 8 pole positions (he has been on pole for all eight wins).

Dani Pedrosa has 6 wins: 2 x 250 (2004, 2005) and 4 x MotoGP (2007, 2010, 2011, 2012), plus an additional 4 podiums and 1 pole position.



 

Marc Marquez

“The victory we scored at Assen was important because it was a race where it was incredibly easy to make a mistake but instead we were able to increase our advantage in the Championship. Now we go to a very different circuit where we’re normally very strong, but every year is different; you could object that I often repeat this idea, but it’s true! Weather could play an important role, as we’ve seen in the past: if it’s rainy or mixed, everything will change very quickly and you must be ready. So we’ll see; we’ll go there and try to find our level and be strong from the start of the weekend. Then on Sunday we’ll try and fight for the podium again.”

Dani Pedrosa

“I look forward to the race at Sachsenring, a track that I like. In the second part of the race at Assen, we managed to lap at a better pace than we did during the rest of the weekend, so we’ll try and build on that at Sachsenring. We also must improve our speed when we’re on new tyres in order to be faster in qualifying.”

Rider Standings

Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team
1 Marquez Marc 93 SPA 140 Repsol Honda Team
2 Rossi Valentino 46 ITA 99 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP
3 Vinales Maverick 25 SPA 93 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP
4 Zarco Johann 5 FRA 81 Monster Yamaha Tech 3
5 Dovizioso Andrea 4 ITA 79 Ducati Team
6 Crutchlow Cal 35 GBR 79 LCR Honda
7 Lorenzo Jorge 99 SPA 75 Ducati Team
8 Petrucci Danilo 9 ITA 71 Alma Pramac Racing
9 Iannone Andrea 29 ITA 71 Team Suzuki Ecstar
10 Miller Jack 43 AUS 55 Alma Pramac Racing
11 Rins Alex 42 SPA 53 Team Suzuki Ecstar
12 Pedrosa Dani 26 SPA 41 Repsol Honda Team
13 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA 33 Angel Nieto Team
14 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA 32 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing
15 Rabat Tito 53 SPA 27 Reale Avintia Racing
16 Morbidelli Franco 21 ITA 19 EG 0,0 Marc VDS
17 Syahrin Hafizh 55 MAL 17 Monster Yamaha Tech 3
18 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA 16 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini
19 Redding Scott 45 GBR 11 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini
20 Nakagami Takaaki 30 JPN 10 LCR Honda
21 Smith Bradley 38 GBR 7 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing
22 Kallio Mika 36 FIN 6 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing
23 Abraham Karel 17 CZE 4 Angel Nieto Team

Team Standings

Pos. Team Points
1 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 192
2 Repsol Honda Team 181
3 Ducati Team 154
4 Alma Pramac Racing 126
5 Team Suzuki Ecstar 124
6 Monster Yamaha Tech 3 98
7 LCR Honda 89
8 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 39
9 Angel Nieto Team 37
10 Reale Avintia Racing 27
11 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 27
12 EG 0,0 Marc VDS 19

Constructor Standings

Pos. Team Points
1 Honda 175
2 Ducati 145
3 Yamaha 140
4 Suzuki 100
5 KTM 33
6 Aprilia 25

 

 

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