MotoGP: Smith relishing ‘awesome’ Sachsenring

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Bradley Smith is relishing the opportunity to ride this weekend’s German round of the MotoGP championship at the Sachsenring, admitting that the track is one of his favourite circuits of the year thanks to it’s unique layout.

“This racetrack stands alone because of its tight corners like the Omega and also because we do not really open the throttle fully until the Waterfall, which I must say is awesome to ride. Last year I managed to get sixth, and honestly, I feel that we have a solid chance of obtaining a good result again with the capabilities of the YZR-M1.”


His teammate Pol Espargaró is also looking forward to the weekend, joking ahead of the start of the weekend that the tight and short nature of the track makes it more like a go-kart circuit than a MotoGP circuit.

” The track is certainly unique and when I ride, it feels a little bit like karting on a MotoGP bike! It is really tight and twisty, plus as there is no long straight, we don’t get much of a rest so it’s very physically demanding. Having said that, we are upbeat because the nature of the Sachsenring suits the Yamaha so I think we can push for a strong showing again.

“However, I believe that we may see some unexpected results but I’ll try hard to be one of those who have a notable performance. We are ready and prepared so I am sure that we can tick off part one of the season in a positive fashion before I fly to Japan to compete in the Suzuka 8 Hours race for the Yamaha Factory Racing Team.”

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Simon Patterson

By Simon Patterson

MotoGP and road racing reporter, photographer, videographer