MotoGP. Sachsenring: speed, track, record … Everything you need to know about the German Grand Prix circuit

Although the village of Hohenstein-Ernstthal soon hosted motorcycling races, as early as 1927, it took until the 1990s to see how the first urban circuit on the public road was transformed into a modern complex now closed. known as the Sachsenring.

And it was in 1998 when the MotoGP World Championship was established on the German track. In the first race of the queen category, formerly 500cc, the Australian Mick Doohan won, accompanied on the podium by the Italian Max Biaggi and the Spanish Àlex Crivillé.

The characteristics of the Sachsenring circuit

Number of laps for the race: 30

More wins: Mark Márquez (8)

Most pole positions: Mark Márquez (7)

Return registration – tests: 1’20”195 (Marc Márquez in 2019)

Lap record – race: 1’21”228 (Marc Márquez in 2019)

German Grand Prix circuit. © Infographics: Olivier Bernard

The Sachsenring circuit is known for its difficulty, with many curves on the left (10 in total), compared to only three curves on the right, which stress the tires differently and can sometimes trap drivers. when the tires have cooled too much on the track. right side. The significant difference in level brings additional difficulty, especially at turn 11, one of the fastest on the track, a turning on the right that opens to a descent at high speed.

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The last bend is uphill, so favoring the start and acceleration is therefore essential to cross the pit line. The circuit also has the peculiarity of turning counterclockwise.

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The memory: 2021, a symbolic success for Marc Márquez, back from an injury

During the 2021 German Grand Prix, six-time MotoGP champion Marc Márquez hit hard to win back in the top flight, despite having been struggling since returning from injury since the start of the season. . In fact, he remained in seventh place as the best result in five races, and three withdrawals in the previous three races in the German round.

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After ranking behind (5e), the Spaniard advanced immediately and never gave up, resisting the attacks of his opponents, and thus offering himself an eighth consecutive victory on the German court. Upon arrival, the excitement was visible to the entire Honda clan, as the period was difficult for its prodigy rider. The latter, although he has nothing else to prove, has shown in the paddock that he still has the speed to fight for victory and the podiums, without being 100% physically.

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