GERMAN GP - Last chance before the summer break for MotoGP riders to impress2018-07-10 09:34
Ángel Nieto Team head to Germany looking to continue Álvaro Bautista’s good form get Karel Abraham back into the points
There is one more opportunity for the MotoGP World Championship riders to impress before taking a short break for the summer as the series heads to Germany and reaches the halfway point of the season. The big question is whether anybody can dethrone the ‘King of Sachsenring’, Marc Márquez, who has taken a victory there every season since winning the 125cc race in 2010. Two victories in Moto2 and five more in MotoGP make it eight on the bounce for the Spaniard, and with last year’s runner-up Jonas Folger not racing this season there is a wide open chase for podium honours on Sunday. Six riders are currently covered by just 25 points in the chase for second in the championship and after a sensational group battle at Assen, the scene is set for another epic race at the shortest circuit on the calendar.
The Ángel Nieto Team travel to Germany feeling motivated after three consecutive top ten finishes for Álvaro Bautista. The Spaniard also took a creditable sixth position at Sachsenring in 2017, crossing the line just five seconds behind the podium finishers after starting from twelfth on the grid. The Spaniard has been on an upward curve in recent weeks and after making Q2 for the first time this season at Assen, he will be looking for a similar level of performance to sign off from the first half of the season in style. Karel Abraham, who was unable to build on his thirteenth place in Barcelona due to a technical problem at Assen, sees Germany as a second home race and the Czech rider is confident of turning some strong practice laps into a positive result.
Álvaro Bautista: “After three races in the top nine we now face a different kind of circuit, but we are on an upward curve and we’ll work hard to make our bike handle well for the challenge of this track. It has some low speed changes of direction but the bike also needs to be agile. We will try to continue working in the same way and maintain the positive momentum. Last year we had a great race to come through and finish sixth; this year the level is higher and everybody is even closer so it will be difficult but I think we are on the right lines and we can fight to finish the first half of the season off with a good result and a good feeling.”
Karel Abraham: “Sachsenring is practically a second home race for me because it is really close to Brno. Hopefully this weekend we can have a little more luck on the technical side, because I really want to go into the summer break in a good way.”
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