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MotoGP: Favorite for the win: Marc Márquez
Marquez has been winning at Sachsenring for eight consecutive years (which could have been nine if his brake lever had not become loose and turned around in 2009 causing his to crash in the last corner) and all of those wins stared from the Pole Position. They say his success at the German track is that it is a counter-clockwise track, making most of the corners left hand turns, they type of which Marc is most comfortable with. Regardless if this is true, this weekend he is the favorite more than anything because his rivals have had the opposite of the success Honda has had here.
Ducati has had only one victory at this circuit, and that was ten years ago. It’s a track where Lorenzo has raced the most and never won, as it is with Dovizioso
Ducati has had only one victory at this circuit, and that was ten years ago. It’s a track where Lorenzo has raced the most and never won, as it is with Dovizioso. Although the Italian motorcycles are showing strong where previously they were not, it seems unlikely they can step up in Germany, even more unlikely considering that they themselves are set to announce this weekend they will suffer.
Although it’s a circuit where Valentino has won five times, it’s not one of his favorite tracks. The veteran rider is Marquez’s most solid rival though he is chasing from a distance. It will be difficult for Valentino to break Yamaha’s drought of victories here, and the same can be said for Viñales, who at Sachsenring is not as strong as we see him at other tracks. Yamaha has not won in Germany since 2009.
With six victories at Sachsenring, of all the participants, Pedrosa has the best record beside Marquez
Of all the participants, Pedrosa has the best record beside Marquez. With six victories at Sachsenring and the last one to score the three previous wins before the Márquez era, he could be the main opposition: Pedrosa’s performance in the last few races however, with everything that is being set up around him regarding continuing with a new bike or retiring, is not the ideal environment for a return to the top of the box.
We also have to remember that a year ago, Folger surprisingly showed up to fight for victory against Marquez. That job could fall this time on Zarco, who since Le Mans has been ambiguous.
Moto2: Miguel Oliveira
Sachsenring is an ideal track for Oliveira and his KTM, and a good time to reduce points from Bagnaia who doesn’t seem to have any weak points this year. The Portuguese rider fought for the victory last year after a great comeback which seems to be the norm for him. He can’t afford to repeat results like he had at Assen, nor can he let the title slip away without fighting for it. On this occasion we have to take into account Schrotter, who is racing on home turf. The German has improved significantly, demonstrating some good performances that have put him on the front row of the grid in the last 3 races.
Sachsenring is an ideal track for Oliveira and his KTM
He just needs to finish with a decent performance in the race, like what has been happening the last two GPs with Quartararo. The Frenchman confirmed that his win in the Netherlands was not a fluke. It will be interesting to see how he goes at a circuit as different to the Dutch track as Sachsenring. For Álex Márquez, this is a track that doesn’t suit him well at all. Last year he crashed trying to keep his teammate from escaping and it’s clear that he can’t repeat such a performance. Baldasarri along with Fabio were the strongest at the previous GP, but the Italian is missing the consistency that his compatriot has.
Moto3: Jorge Martín
Either he wins, crashes, or makes a mistake before the race starts. Jorge Martín seems to be riding a roller coaster of results, which after the last victory has catapulted him to the top of the general classification. Last year, this race was lost due to injuries incurred training. Each time he chooses a better moment to attack in the group, the only weak point that we could attribute to him. On the other side of the scale we have Bezzecchi. The great promise of the season made a big mistake in Assen that could trigger a loss of confidence that had been gaining since Qatar.
Jorge Martín seems to be riding a roller coaster of results
Canet returned to the podium after five races with poor results and seems the only rider with enough potential to stop Martin, something that seems to be missing in Bastianini. A rider who could be a surprise is Bulega. Rossi’s student has started to recover and last year he had a great race at this track, as did Arbolino, who for the first time was able to ride with the lead group, although from there to fight for victory would be a big jump. Marcos Ramírez has his first podium here last year and it could be a good place to try for something more.