MotoGP: Sachsenring ‘a track that creates problems’ for Ducati

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MotoGP championship leader Andrea Dovizioso has admitted that the championship heads to a track that in the past has ‘created problems’ for the Desmosedici in the past, as the series heads to the Sachsenring for the German Grand Prix.

However, with the 3.7km track resurfaced since last season, the 2017 double race winner is hoping that this year might be a little different for them.

“The Sachsenring is a track that has created a few problems for us in the past, but it has just been resurfaced and so it will be new for everyone. As always we will have to take account of the behaviour of the tyres, especially in this case seeing as no one has been able to test on the new track surface.


“It gives me great satisfaction to arrive in Germany as leader of the championship, but it won’t change my way of racing because, even in the past, I’ve never raced for each individual result, always with one eye on the championship: we’ll try and do a good job here in Germany to get the best possible result in Sunday’s race.”

His teammate Jorge Lorenzo is more positive, though, admitting that after a difficult weekend last weekend in the rain at the Dutch TT he’s hoping for an easier time in Germany.

“After a difficult weekend at Assen, I can’t wait to arrive at the Sachsenring to resume the positive trend we demonstrated in the races before the Dutch GP. The German track has a new surface and I’m pleased about that because for sure it’ll help us have better grip. We will have to see immediately what the tyre wear is like on the new surface, but in any case the most important thing for me will be to find a positive feeling with the bike again and get back to being competitive.”

However, Lorenzo might not get his wish for an easy weekend, with heavy rain forecast for the weekend that could well upset the Spaniard’s hopes.

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Simon Patterson

By Simon Patterson

MotoGP and road racing reporter, photographer, videographer