Pramac Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland

15 July 2018
Sachsenring Circuit in Germany

Márquez takes Nine out of Nine at the Sachsenring in Germany

The Honda rider says it wasn't easy but he made it look easy. Starting the race from pole position. alongside Danilo Petrucci and Jorge Lorenzo.

The lights went out and it was Jorge Lorenzo, Ducati Factory Team, who took the hole-shot, moving from third to the lead as Danilo Petrucci, Alma Pramac Ducati Racing, leaped into second with Márquez pole man pushed back to third.

Italian Valentino Rossi made a good start from sixth to go to fourth in front of team-mate Viñales, with Andrea Dovizioso, Ducati Factory Team, pushed down to fifth.

At the front Lorenzo tried to pull away, it's the sixth race the Ducati rider has taken the lead from the start.

Márquez took only four laps to catch and get past Petrucci, the Pramac Ducati rider at Turn 1. And it didn't wasn't long before Márquez made his way right behind Lorenzo and put pressure on the Ducati man.

Rossi on his MoviStar Yamaha soon caught Petrucci and took him for third. The Brit, Cal Crutchlow, LCR Honda Castrol, moved up to sixth then lost the front at Turn 12, his race was over.

Lorenzo was holding the lead then Márquez pushed his way past the Mallorcan, Lorenzo at the final corner to take the lead. Rossi took only three laps to catch and past Lorenzo. Rossi took advantage of a mistake by the Ducati rider at Turn 10 to take second and was closing in on the race leader Márquez.

The Italian rider from Tavullia was pushing hard and gaining time on Márquez, now only 0.6 of a second behind.

Could he take the lead?

Not if number 93 had anything to do with it! Márquez was signalled that Rossi was catching him so he pushed to stretch out his lead and was not challenged to the flag. He took the chequed flag for his ninth Sachsenring win.

Rossi was a safe second for his fifth podium of this year. Ahead of his MoviStar Yamaha teammate Maverick Viñales, who also had a good race, clawing past places along to his third visit to the rostrum of this year.

First Ducati home was the satellite Alma Pramac Racing Ducati of Danilo Petrucci. He was the next man to get by Lorenzo into third place. Then Viñales caught them both and got by Lorenzo and then Petrucci to take third and a second successive third place on the podium after Assen.

Petrucci was the first Independent Team rider to finish in fourth, just ahead of fellow Ducati man on his Angel Nieto Team's bike. Alvaro Bautista had a great ride to fifth. Bautista was the fastest man for quite a few laps and managed to push past Lorenzo for fifth. Alvaro Bautista took his best finish of the season.

Lorenzo dropped down to finish sixth only just beating teammate Dovizioso, with Dani Pedrosa, Repsol Honda, coming home in eighth. Who had a race long battle with Zarco, getting the better of the satellite Yamaha rider.

Johann Zarco, Monster Yamaha Tech 3, improved from his qualifying performance to take ninth after another difficult weekend for the Frenchman.

Britain's Bradley Smith, Factory Red Bull KTM Racing, had another great ride, from 17th on the grid to take tenth place getting his first top ten of the year, equalling KTM's the best result. I bet they wish they kept Smith now! As his ride is being taken by Johann Zarco for 2019. At the moment Smith is still without a ride in MotoGP for next year and the available rides are getting less and less. He has been linked to the new SIC, Sepang International Circuit, Petronas Satellite Yamaha Team.

Malaysian Hafizh Syahrin, Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team came home eleventh. The first rookie, to regain the lead rookie ahead of absent Franco Morbidelli.

Next past the flag was Team Suzuki Ecstar's Andrea Iannone. After He was caught up in a multi bike incident at Turn 2 on the opening lap.

Pol Espargaró made contact with both of the Team Suzuki Ecstar riders, and pushed Jack Miller into the gravel, causing Álex Rins to go down with Espargaró, crashing his Red Bull KTM Factory Team bike. This Hampered both Iannone and Jack Miller, Alma Pramac Ducati Racing, causing them to both to drop right down the field.

Aussie Jack Miller eventually pushed through the slower riders and came home 14th. Tito Rabat, Reale Avintia Ducati Racing, managed to split Miller and Iannone in the closing stages of the race.

Britain's Scott Redding, Aprilia Racing Team Gresini, had another good race to take another point in 15th spot.

The German, Stefan Bradl, competed for his home race. He replaced the injured Franco Morbidelli and finished 16th, 11 seconds ahead of his Marc VDS Honda teammate Tom Lüthi.

Both of the LCR Hondas of Cal Crutchlow and Takaaki Nakagami crashed out, the Briton on Lap 10 at Turn 12. After his front tyre over heated causing him to slid off as he was challenging for fifth.

KTM wildcard rider, Mika Kallio and Aleix Espargaró both pulled out of the race, with the Finn injuring his right knee in FP2 and Aleix, the Aprilia man, getting bad chest injuries, after having had a big crash on turn 11 in Sunday morning warm-up. He came off at high speed, smashing into the air fence. Although he managed to walk away he was in some pain and was taken to hospital afterwards.

MotoGP Race Result

Sachsenring, 15 Sunday July 2018

Márquez eventually won the race by 2.1s from Valentino Rossi and extends his championship lead to 46 points ahead of him.

MotoGP World Standing 2018

Free Practice, Qualifying and Warm Up Report

Aleix Espargaró was ruled out of Sachsenring race.

Aprilia's Espargaró is the third rider out of the German MotoGP.

Aleix Espargaró was ruled out of the German MotoGP race due to injuries sustained in warm-up.

Espargaró has left rib damage when he was thrown from his machine as it high-sided at Turn 4 just after doing the fastest time. He has been taken to nearby hospital in Chemnitz by helicopter for further checks.

It was no wonder Espargaró was slow to get back to his feet. It was a nasty looking highside for the Aprilia rider

After he had been given a grid penalty for obstructing Marc Márquez on Saturday. He took no further part at Sachsenring.

Espargaró along with Franco Morbidelli and Mika Kallio are all out of the Sachsenring race.

Morbidelli injured his hand at Assen, but the pain was too much to race safely so he has pulled out. Mika Kallio had a big off, ripping up the air-fence and badly damaged his knee ligaments on Friday.

Morbidelli out, Bradl in for German GP

Franco Morbidelli pulls out of the Sachsenring MotoGP after FP1, Stefan Bradl has replaced him.

The German Stefan Bradl racer is back in MotoGP at his home race! replacing injured Franco Morbidelli for the German Grand Prix. Last time he was in MotoGP was in 2016.

Morbidelli suffered a left hand fracture decided to withdraw after completing 19 laps in FP1, when he was 22nd.

Bradl signed up as a Honda MotoGP test and wild-card rider and is familiar with Sachsenring circuit and the Honda RC213V.

The German fans have a home rider to cheer in the race on Sunday.

KTM's Pol Espargaró Fastest in red flagged MotoGP Warm-Up

KTM MotoGP rider Pol Espargaró went fastest in Sunday morning's warm-up session for the German Grand Prix, which was stopped because of a big crash for his brother Aleix.

Aleix Espargaró had just bettered Jorge Lorenzo's time then he had a big get off at Sachsenring's Turn 4 left-hander, just seven minutes into the session.

He hit the air-fence at speed, although he was able to walk away, Espargaró was in some pain as he was taken to the medical centre, having suffered a big blow to his chest.

After the air fence was replaced, Márquez went faster than Espargaró's time to go top with a 1m21.397s, Pol moved up to second, a tenth behind.

Pol Espargaró, KTM went even quicker with a 1m21.230s to finish the 20 minute session fastest, 0.167s ahead of Márquez.

Andrea Dovizioso took third the best of the Ducatis, with Alvaro Bautista on his satellite Angle Nieto Ducati fourth.

Aleix Espargaró's best time was good enough to get him fifth, despite his crash, ahead of Andrea Iannone in sixth, on his Ecstar Suzuki and Lorenzo seventh on the other factory Ducati.

MoviStar Yamaha Team Valentino Rossi finished eight and Maverick Viñales ninth.

The leading rookie was Takaaki Nakagami LCR Honda Idemitsu in tenth, just beating Dani Pedrosa's factory Repsol Honda in 11th. Ahead of Álex Rins Ecstar Suzuki 12th.

Britain's Bradley Smith having a good ride to 13th followed by Scott Redding 14th on his Aprilia. The other Brit, Cal Crutchlow on his LCR Castrol Honda right down in 16th, a little under a second off the pace.

Jack Miller took 17th on his Alma Pramac Racing Ducati. Still struggling Johann Zarco, Monster Tech 3 Yamaha, could only take 18th.

Next was a credible Stefan Bradl, the German, on his EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda, riding in place of injured Franco Morbidelli.

Surprise of the session was second man on the grid, Danilo Petrucci on the other Alma Pramac Racing Ducati could only manage 22nd.

MotoGP Warm Up Classification

Sachsenring, Sunday, 15 July 2018

Marc Márquez takes his ninth Sachsenring pole in the German Grand Prix

Marc Márquez snatched pole from Danilo Petrucci with his ninth German GP pole by just 0.025 seconds with a new lap record of 1:20.270s.

Márquez began qualifying without leading any of the practice sessions at Sachsenring, and crashed at the start of FP4 at Turn 1.

In Q2 Márquez stamped his authority and went fastest with a 1:20.953s, then Jorge Lorenzo went top on his Ducati with a 1:20.443s.

Then Maverick Viñales, MoviStar Yamaha, pushed both down going 0.002s quicker than Lorenzo.

With three minutes remaining, Pramac Ducati's Petrucci, with only one bike, after his other Ducati died at the end of FP4. He followed Lorenzo around for a lap to do the best time so far with a 1:20.295s.

Márquez's third run had a moment into the Omega corner, and missed top spot by just 0.014s.

Setting a personal best second sector on his final lap, Márquez did his best time to snatch pole from Petrucci with a new circuit record of 1:20.270s. Petrucci was second with Lorenzo third on the front row.

Viñales will start row two ahead of Andrea Dovizioso on his factory Ducati and Yamaha team mate Valentino Rossi in sixth.

Cal Crutchlow in eighth was next, faster than Andrea Iannone ninth and Alvaro Bautista who slid off at Sachsen Kurve at the end of Q2. Next was Dani Pedrosa, Álex Rins and top rookie Takaaki Nakagami in 12th.

Aleix Espargaró was just 0.009s outside of a place in Q2 having topped the first session briefly, though will drop to 19th due to a six-place grid penalty awarded to him for impeding Márquez in FP3.

14th was Johann Zarco, Monster Tech 3 Yamaha, doing his lowest qualifying of this year 0.090s behind Espargaró and ahead of Pramac Ducati Jack Miller.

Zarco, Miller, Pol Espargaró, Bradley Smith, KTM, Hafizh Syahrin, Monster Tech 3 Yamaha and Tito Rabat, Avintia Ducati, all move up a place due to Espargaró's grid penalty for impeding Márquez.

Stefan Bradl, Marc VDS Honda, in 21st, was two tenths ahead of team mate Tom Lüthi who is still struggling with his Honda.

MotoGP Qualifying 2

Sachsenring, Saturday, 14 July 2018

MotoGP Qualifying 1

Sachsenring, Saturday, 14 July 2018

Free Practice Round Up

Jorge Lorenzo was the fastest in FP2 in the German Grand Prix

Quicker than Ducati team mate and Danilo Petrucci at the Sachsenring.

Lorenzo late in the session he moved to the top of the timesheets. Sachsenring is a track that is not one of Ducati's best circuits. His best time of 1m20.885s was set in the last two minutes of the 45-minute session.

Marc Márquez, Repsol Honda, the King of the Sachsenring, led from the beginning. He soon went quicker than his FP1 time until the Ducati pipped him in the dying moments.

Márquez's time of 1m21.349s was the quickest until the closing minutes. Márquez made another of his saves plunging down Turn 12 the left-hander which meant he didn't improve.

In the closing minutes both Petrucci, Pramac Ducati, only 0.257s down on Lorenzo, Andrea Iannone, Ecstar Suzuki and other Factory Ducati of Andrea Dovizioso bettered Márquez's time.

Behind Márquez was Maverick Viñales who finished sixth fastest and the best of the Yamahas, 0.499s down on JL99. Best rookie was Takaaki Nakagami, a surprise seventh on his Idemitsu LCR Honda.

Jack Miller, Pramac Ducati, Cal Crutchlow, LCR Castrol Honda and Alvaro Bautista Aspar Angel Nieto Ducati completed the top 10.

Struggling for grip with his factory MoviStar Yamaha, Valentino Rossi, who finished down in 17th place, only 0.899s slower than Lorenzo and behind rookie Hafizh Syahrin on his Monster Tech 3 Yamaha.

Johann Zarco was also having a difficult day on his Tech 3 Yamaha, finishing behind Rossi.

The retiring at the end of this year, Dani Pedrosa, Repsol Honda, could only take 20th, Marc VDS Honda Stefan Bradl replacement for Franco Morbidelli was 21st in his first MotoGP session since Valencia 2016.

Mika Kallio suffered a major crash at the Turn 8 left-hander on the third factory KTM, he went into the gravel hit the air fence along with his bike with some force.

The Finn was taken to the medical centre for further checks.

Xavier Simeon, Avintia Ducati, was the only other rider to crash during the session, and was slowest of all in 25th, one place behind Kallio.

Difficult start for the Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Team at the Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland

Maverick Viñales and Valentino Rossi showed great speed in the morning free practice session but weren't able to book the amount of progress they intended to make in the afternoon. They wrapped up Day 1 in 6th and 17th place respectively in the combined standings.

Viñales was quick to head out on track at the start of FP1. It wasn't long before he proved that the combination of the tight and mostly left-corner nature of the circuit and his smooth riding are a good match. He spurred on his Yamaha in the final stages and set a 1'22.152s for fourth place, 0.710s to first.

He again showed good form in the afternoon. Making full use of the sunny conditions at the Sachsenring circuit to test various set-up options, he secured provisional second place midway through FP2. The Spaniard held on to this spot until the times dropped in the final ten minutes. He posted a 1'21.384s on his last lap as a response and finished in sixth place, 0.499s from the top.

The results see Viñales secure 6th position in the combined free practice timesheets. Rossi will be looking to better his 17th place in tomorrow morning's FP3.

Teammate Rossi was looking competitive in the morning. He maintained a quick pace throughout, holding a top 3 position for the majority of the session before the pace picked up in the final stages of FP1. He set a 1'21.964s on his final attempt, 0.522s from the front, and held on to third position after the chequered flag came out.

Rossi 'The Doctor' continued working on his bike's balance in the afternoon session, which ended with extremely close results. The Italian was unable to reproduce the competitive feeling he had in the morning but continued to use every minute of FP2 to find a setting solution. He completed the day in 17th place, with a best lap of 1'21.784s, even though he was less than a second (0.899s) separated from the fastest time of the day. In tomorrow FP3morning's he will be looking to improve and be up the sharp end.

Maverick Viñales Qualifying Position 6th Best Time 1'21.384 had this to say

"The first day was difficult. I'm really focused and pushing my hardest on every lap, but it looks like our bike changes between one track and another. Anyway, Sachsenring is a good track for me.

"I'm giving it my all, because I want to be at the front, but we still have a lot of things to improve. The track is slippery, so you need really good electronics. We are working really hard on that and I think that for tomorrow we have a lot of room for improvement."

Valentino Rossi Qualifying Position 17th Time: 1'21.784 said

"We had a lot of problems here on acceleration. When we try to put power on the ground we spin the tyre a lot and we suffer, because when we lose acceleration we lose drive. We tried to do something about it this afternoon, but unfortunately we weren't able to improve. We have to continue and try to be stronger tomorrow."

MotoGP Free Practice 3

Sachsenring, Saturday, 14 July 2018

MotoGP Free Practice 2

Sachsenring, Friday, 13 July 2018

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Post Race Rider Interviews and Reactions

Winner Marc Márquez Spanish Repsol Honda Team #93 Points 25

"Of course I'm very happy, as nine wins in a row here is incredible! But every year the pressure increases, because beginning on Thursday, everyone starts asking about winning on Sunday!

"Anyway, we have the experience to handle that as well. Today I expected the race to have different phases, with the first tyre drop happening after around nine laps and a final one seven to five laps from the end. I was prepared to manage the different situations, but in the beginning it wasn't easy because my start wasn't perfect.

"I expected that Lorenzo might pass me but not Petrucci. I lost two positions and then overtaking them wasn't easy. When I did it, I started to push in order to pull a gap but without being 'crazy' so that I could manage the tyre consumption until the end of the race. But then they signalled me that Valentino was closing in very fast, and when I saw 0.6 in the board I understood that I had to push again and completely use my tyres for two or three laps, so I did my fastest lap of the race.

"I was able to open a gap again and then manage it. Then, when I was celebrating I saw a marshal with a No. 26 cap, so I took it and went to celebrate in front of the fans because I think this weekend Dani was the protagonist, and we'll miss him. We and Honda are working very well and we need to continue like this in the second part of the Championship with the same feeling we've had so far."

Second Valentino Rossi Italian Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Team #46 Points 20

"Usually Sachsenring is a difficult track for the M1, but today we were able to get a double podium, so we're very happy, also about the work of the team.

"I'm so happy because I did a fantastic race from the beginning, I never made a mistake. Last week, I re-watched the race from last year and I said to myself 'Folger was good with the Yamaha, so we have to do the same!'

"In the end I got the same position as he did, so I'm happy and it's a great way to start the holiday."

Third Maverick Viñales Spanish Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Team #25 Points 16

"It was a tough race, honestly, but I feel happy because I think we worked well throughout the whole weekend and I think we did a good job. With the team we worked hard on the last ten laps of the race, which were the most important.

"I think we were one of the strongest at the end of the race, but there are still things for us to improve, also on myself. It's good to have a break right now, to give us some time to work hard and try to improve the bike. It was almost impossible to overtake today. I tried, but I was going wide everywhere. Outside, inside, I tried everything! When the tyres started to drop I was overtaking everyone in corner 8, closing my eyes, going downhill, full gas.

Maverick Viñales dives down the waterfall at "full gas!"

"I gave everything, and the bike was working well. I was doing some 1'21.8s or 1'21.9s and this was the race pace that I was expecting. Honestly, congratulations to the team. We're making the steps little by little and we just have to keep working."

Fourth Danilo Petrucci Italian Alma Pramac Ducati Racing Team #9 Points 13

"It's a shame I couldn't get to the podium but I'm very satisfied for this weekend. We have done a great job both in terms of set-up and electronics and I would like to thank the whole team. We go on holiday with a smile".

Fifth Alvaro Bautista Spanish Angel Nieto Ducati Team #19 Points 11

"I think first of all, to finish five seconds behind the winner, is not easy. At Assen it was seven seconds and here we have closed the gap. I can't say it feels like a win because I can't taste the champagne but it is an important result because we have been on an upward curve since Jerez and it has put us on the right lines.

"Pre-season wasn't very long, we missed a couple of tests and we struggled a little at the start of the season to find the right way forward. In the race I felt stronger than Dovizioso and Petrucci but it was difficult to pass them. I lost three or four laps there that could have been very valuable.

"At the end of the race the rear tyre was starting to say 'enough' but I could see that Lorenzo was having problems and I was able to pass him. I am happy with the progress we have made, I feel motivated and I think we can do even better."

Sixth Jorge Lorenzo Spanish Ducati Team #99 Points 10

"I made a great start again today and led the race for a number of laps, but right from the start I noticed that the track didn't have much grip. I was leading but I realised that I was unable to shake off the riders behind me and when the rear tyre began to lose grip it was impossible to keep up the pace.

"Overall we made progress throughout the weekend, but we weren't able to confirm the good job we did with a positive result. Maybe we went in the wrong direction with the setting of the bike: we focussed too much on trying to get a lot of grip at the front and we probably neglected the rear a bit, which in the end compromised our race and made it impossible to fight for the podium.

"Now the WDW awaits us at Misano and then, after a few days rest, we'll concentrate on Brno where I'm convinced we'll be back stronger than ever."

Seventh Andrea Dovizioso Italian Ducati Team #04 Points 9

"It was a difficult race, but at least this time we were amongst the leading group at a circuit where, in the past, we had never obtained any good results. We had a good pace at the start of the race, but I wasn't able to ride smoothly and so I couldn't keep up the same pace until the end.

"Until half-way through the race I was lapping with the same times as the leaders, but then the rear tyre dropped off and I was no longer able to ride in a smooth way and make the bike flow through the middle of the corners. Pity, but we'll also take stock of this experience to get a better idea of which direction to follow."

Eighth Dani Pedrosa 15th Spanish Repsol Honda Team #26 Points 8

"It was a disappointing race because this is a track where I've always been faster, but we've been struggling all weekend with the bike setup. We managed to improve here and there a little bit but I never felt really comfortable.

"I did more or less the same lap times for the entire race, but not fast enough. We can't do anything else but continue working to try to improve the setting and feeling on the bike."

Ninth Johann Zarco French Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team #5 Points 7

"I'm happy about the race. Ninth position is good for the difficult weekend I had. Although I'm happy about the result, I'm a bit disappointed that I couldn't see the podium as my pace is just not good enough to be there.

"Together with my crew we work hard, but we didn't find the right solution this weekend to be stronger. That's the hardest task, that I hope we can solve after the summer break in order to have a better feeling and be fast again. Maybe we can find the way to set the bike up better.

"I cross my fingers for the second half of the season to find the pace for the podium again. Fifth in the championship, same like fourth, but it would be really fantastic to fight for the top 3 in the overall standings and I trust in it."

Tenth Bradley Smith 17th British Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team #38 Points 6

"It was nice to be able to get the result that we knew was there and we've had that potential all season. For some reason or another Sundays have been the disappointing days, particularly in Assen two weeks ago where I felt I could have done a similar job as today.

"We have to be happy and we worked hard all weekend. I was able to hold with Dani Pedrosa and Johann Zarco for a long time and regrouped after a small mistake. I could then pull away from Hafizh and bring home some good points; six in fact after only scoring seven all season. Finally a good finish and we were able to show where the KTM can be."

Hafizh Syahrin 11th Malaysian Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team #55 Points 5

"First of all, I want to say thank you very much to my crew, because they made a really good job on my setting. We came back in FP4 after we went a bit in the wrong direction in FP3.

"I felt like in the beginning of the season and honestly, I think this track is really tricky, but I scored very strong points. I could stay with the group of Johann, but then suddenly the rear tyre had a big drop. I tried to understand and manage as good as possible, this is part of my learning experience.

"Eleventh was the best I could get at the moment. I tried to come back stronger after some difficult rounds and now we are best rookie again before the summer break. I try to keep my physical condition consistent, try to train hard in the break and don't lose the focus, because I want the Rookie of the Year title."

Andrea Iannone 12th Italian Team Suzuki Ecstar #29 Points 4

"The race was over for me at Turn 3. I think Pol Espargaró should have thought a bit more about what he was doing, because there isn't space at that corner and he was completely on the kerb, there wasn't a line there.

"I heard the bike behind me and I started to pick my bike up a bit because I expected there could be contact, that manoeuvre prevented me from crashing but my bike was damaged and I lost more than 10 places. I tried my best but it was difficult to make up positions. My lap time was not bad, I could have been in the top 5 to top 8 places.

"I understand that everyone wants to push hard in the early laps, but it's more dangerous than ever in MotoGP now and people must be careful. I have shown good pace in the last few races and I'm waiting to continue this good form in Brno."

Tito Rabat 13th Spanish Reale Avintia Ducati Racing Team #53 Points 3

"I had a complicated weekend, with many problems with the grip of the tyres. We changed the bike at the last minute for the race, in which we have done well and picked up a couple of points.

"Now I'm going to 'relax' a bit in the WDW and then rest a bit to recharge my batteries for the next race".

Jack Miller 14th Australian Alma Pramac Ducati Racing Team #43 Points 2

"If I am to be honest, I am pleased to have been able to stay in the race after the clash with Espargaró. The race pace was good and I could have done the Top 10. I'm still in the Top 10 of the standings and I can't wait to be in Brno to do a great race".

Scott Redding 15th British Aprilia Racing Team Gresini #45 Points 1

"I started rather well, making up positions. In the last few race weekends, it has always been the session where I felt the best and again today,

"I have to say that I was rather confident. Unfortunately, about 5-6 laps from the end, I had an abrupt drop in rear tyre performance. I tried to conserve it throughout the race, staying behind Rabat and thinking that I would launch an attack in the finale, but the total lack of grip forced me to settle for fifteenth. I am a bit disappointed because of the good feeling, but on this track, losing grip on the left side with all the corners on that side means losing a lot of time."

Non Finishers

Cal Crutchlow British LCR Honda Castrol Team #35

"When we crash with the front of the Honda we don't seem to understand why, because three laps before I went in deeper than that and faster than that and had no problem.

"I felt good, I felt nice in that group and had made the split that had gone. It's easy to say that I should have managed the situation better, I felt I was managing that well there, but in the end I lost the front at turn 12 and that's always a risk when you're sitting in a group like that.

"Our team and our bike are working very well, obviously I'm disappointed to crash before the summer break but we'll have to try again in Brno and see if we can improve there. Again, it's good to be up there and competitive, but also disappointing because I was ahead of Maverick Viñales, who finished on the podium, at that time and who had the soft rear tyre. But that's the way it goes, sometimes you have good races and sometimes you have bad ones."

Pol Espargaró Spanish Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team #44

"I don't want to say I was unlucky because I generated everything. I was on the outside of the second corner and I was pushed a little wide, which is normal, but I could not avoid Iannone who was on the inside of the third corner and locking the bike a lot.

"I crashed and I was so, so sorry for Álex. It was really unfortunate that it happened there on the first lap and we didn't get to show what we had in the pocket today. From the first practice we were trying new things and new stuff and I was not focussed on the bike that we know until this morning. We had a very good rhythm and feeling and I was ready to do a good race. It was the worst moment of the season because I think we could have shown something very interesting here at Sachsenring."

Álex Rins Spanish Team Suzuki Ecstar #42

"I was on my line, and it was very strange because when I changed direction to enter Turn 3 I found Pol was on the inside line, on the kerb. He touched Andrea and then he crashed and I went with him because there was no space to avoid it.

"I'm really sad because we worked very hard with the team all weekend and it's disappointing to finish like this. This season has been going very well, despite the crashes in the early part of the year. We've been fighting a lot with the lead group and it's nice for me and for all the team. We're looking forward to coming back after the summer break."

The Next Exciting Instalment Of The MotoGP Season Is At The Bruno Circuit In The Czech Republic

The next race of the 2018 season is in three weeks time. It's not long until they're all back in action again at Brno for the Czech GP - where the second half of the season kicks off on August 5th.

My popular circuit preview will be up on site before the race with a look at the circuit. I'll find out what's interesting in the area around Brno. Plus what local food and drink is tasty and good to eat! So look out for it.

Now for a three week break, it'll give me some time to improve my website www.motogp-world.net.

With special thanks to motogp.com for the timings and photos, Also to mcnews.com.au for helping with the interviews.

- Roland Potter