It’s been a positive first day in Sachsenring for the Repsol Honda Team after reigning World Champion, Marc Marquez, finished fastest in both practice sessions with teammate, Dani Pedrosa, just 0.268 seconds behind him in 5th.
With conditions improving from this morning’s cold temperature of 13ºC to 17ºC (and track by 10ºC from 22º to 32º), all but four of the MotoGP class improved their times this afternoon. The field is incredibly close at this tight and twisty 3.6km circuit with 15 riders within a second of each other.
Bridgestone brought the asymmetric front tyre for the first time this season. Marc used it at the end of FP1 and then stayed on it for the whole of FP2 to better understand its behaviour. He posted his best time of 1’21.621 (lap 25/25), comfortably under the circuit record lap set by Dani in 2011 (1’21.846). Dani, chose to stay on the standard tyres and finished the day in 5th with his time of 1’21.889 (lap 7/23).
Car and bike races have been held on closed public roads in the area around the town of Chemnitz, Germany since the 1920s and were still taking place until as recently as 1990. It was decided, however, that the five mile course through such a densely populated area was no… read more.
|Length||3.671 kilometres / 2.281 miles|
|Longest straight||0.700 kilometres / 0.435 miles|
|Modified||2001 (resurfaced in 2017)|
Lerchenstraße, 09337 Hohenstein-Ernstthal, Germany - View in Google Maps
|Pole Position||1m19.931s (165.3km/h) Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati, 2022)|
|Race Lap||1m21.228s (162.6km/h) Marc Marquez (Honda, 2019)|
|Race Time||41m 01.087s (161km/h) Marc Marquez (Honda, 2015)|
|2022 Race Winner||Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha)|
|2023 Sprint Winner||Jorge Martin (Ducati)|