Last year, Sachsenring king Marc Márquez (Repsol Honda Team) had little chance of retaining his crown, but he kept it and made history. Today the number 93 is back on the sidelines after another major setback for its competitive future, but it presents a great opportunity for those who want to take over from it, and especially for Fabio Quartararo (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP ™), although it is far away. Sun: There is an empty throne to grab, with many contenders ready to take on the challenge!
There is the challenge and there is the GP of Catalonia Fabio Quartararo ! The reigning champion now has a 22-point lead after the tragedies of his main rivals. Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati Lenovo Team) i Enea Bastianini (Gresini Racing MotoGP ™), in addition to that lack of love at the end of the race Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia Racing) that made him give up more points than he thought …
But now is the time for a new name to take its first step in Germany for the first time since 2012.
The form of the Frenchman in the GP of Catalonia has been impressive, and will probably top the list of candidates for the throne of Sachsenring. With the closed, winding circuit offering some respite from the long straights and power contests of some recent designs, Yamaha should be in a strong position. Fabio Quartararo can you increase your lead this weekend?
Last year, however, the resistance was led by KTM. Miguel Oliveira (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) was just 1.7 seconds away signal Marquez and took second place, which was no small feat, especially since then Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) was fourth to take Fabio Quartararo on an Austrian sandwich. Overall, the Mattighofen brand was the best performing factory. What can they do this season? Barcelona saw stronger points, Brad Binder occupying the eighth place and Miguel Oliveira the ninth … but it is not because of these positions that KTM is fighting, and the work continues to return to the leadership of the leading group.
At Ducati, despite the huge jumps and limits made to deliver the best bike on the grid, the Sachsenring has yet to prove a challenge in 2021. The venue is perhaps the only one still worth talking about a track adapted to a factory or not. as the case may be. Francesco Bagnaia led the charge last season, with Jack Miller (Ducati Lenovo Team) in close company, and it was a battle for a place among the top 5, which is a long way from recent history. Francesco Bagnaia can you recover Certainly. Jack Miller can you get your mojo back? I doubt it …
The Prima Pramac Racing team could have the floor in the front rows of the timing, with the two drivers taking the podium in Barcelona. Joan Zarco has regained its regularity and jorge martin he returned strongly in the fight for the podium, without forgetting that the Spaniard underwent surgery that he needed to solve his problem at hand. I at Gresini Racing, Enea Bastianini will he be able to make us forget his fall in Catalonia?
Then, of course, there is the Aprilia. Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia Racing) had a good result in Germany last year for the Noale factory, but that was then and that is now, and the appointment “Possibly the best bike” this can also be argued in 2022. Alex Espargaro He enjoyed a series of extraordinary podiums and almost continued his momentum in Barcelona, but all observers hope that his mistake will give even more energy to the number 41 to return strong. How will the new RS-GP work in Germany?
For Suzuki, the place was tougher last year and the Hamamatsu factory will look to use the track time from the post-GP tests in Catalonia to rectify it in 2022. Joan Mir (Team Suzuki Ecstar) did a good job on Sunday in a fortnight from 17th place on the starting grid to finish fourth in Barcelona, and they will look to take advantage of that momentum. Alex Rinsmeanwhile, he was caught in the Turn 1 incident Takaaki Nakagami (LCR Honda Idemitsu) and suffers a small wrist fracture … So he will probably be ready to try it, but first he will have to be declared fit.
At Honda, the weekend will be important Stefan Bradl (Repsol Honda Team), who arrive home with a great challenge ahead. The German had a difficult weekend in Barcelona and will want more at Sachsenring, as will his teammate Pol Espargaro after an equally difficult Sunday. Àlex Márquez (LCR Honda Castrol), meanwhile, has risen from last to tenth place after Saturday’s fall prevented it from qualifying. The number 73 also completed most laps in training on Monday, but this will probably not be enough to take over from his famous brother …
Results of the German MotoGP 2021 Grand Prix at the Sachsenring: