Movistar Yamaha MotoGP shapes up for Sachsenring showdown
After an action packed race in Assen, the Movistar Yamaha MotoGP team looks forward to another sensational weekend at the Sachsenring circuit this weekend.
Barely recovered from an eventful race in the Netherlands a fortnight ago, Movistar Yamaha MotoGP's Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo are looking forward to arriving in Germany for this weekend's Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland.
The previous GP in Assen saw Valentino Rossi secure his third win of the season in a fantastic finale in the final chicane before the start finish straight. Teammate Jorge Lorenzo also rode a strong race, having started from eighth on the grid, to secure a podium with third place. These results give both riders an extra confidence boost ahead of this forthcoming race that will conclude the first half of the 2015 MotoGP season.
Rossi arrives at Sachsenring with a ten point advantage over teammate Lorenzo and continues his mission of extending his lead in the championship. Despite the narrow and slow nature of the circuit his race results at the German track are impressive and have led him to stand on the podium ten times in his career. The Doctor has won four premier class races at the circuit and hopes to add another victory this year.
Teammate Lorenzo is also familiar with the rostrum at Sachsenring. Last year he, like the majority of the riders, started the race from the pit lane after a last-minute bike swap. As a dry line formed, he rode a brilliant race to take third. Prior to this result the Spaniard held an impressive podium streak from 2009 until 2012, scoring four consecutive second places at the German circuit. This year he sets out to conquer the top step of the podium at Sachsenring for the first time in his career.
Sachsenring held its first race in 1927, but was rebuilt in 1996 for safety reasons. Just two years later the track hosted its first MotoGP event and has continuously been updated since. The just 12m wide, flowing tarmac and multiple slow corners make this circuit one of the hardest tracks to overtake at, but there is still plenty of close racing action to keep the thousands of fans on the edge of their seats.