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German GP (Sachsenring): Ducati at the Sachsenring

– The Sachsenring is one of the few tracks where Jorge Lorenzo has never won a race, together with Termas de Rio Hondo, Austin and the Red Bull Ring, obviously as well as the new circuit of Buriram, where MotoGP will race for the first time at the start of October.

– Lorenzo has been on the Sachsenring podium six times – in 2006, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2014; and he has had two Pole Positions here – in 2006 and in 2010.

– In 2013, Lorenzo missed the race after a crash in practice, which bent the plate in his collarbone that had been placed there just two weeks earlier after his crash at Assen.

– Lorenzo recovered 8 positions at the start of the Dutch GP, which has been the best start for a MotoGP rider this season.

– Stoner’s victory in 2008 is the best result by Ducati at Sachsenring. That weekend he also set pole position and made the fastest race lap. Only two riders have ever achieved such a feat since this track returned to the calendar in 1998.

– Andrea Dovizioso finished third in the 2016 GP which was a race that started in rain and ended on dry asphalt. Before the bike change was made, Andrea was leading the race and was the rider with the most laps in the lead.

– The Italian rider has scored two podiums in Germany – in 2016 and 2012. In addition, in 2004 he clinched Pole Position which was the year he won the World Championship in the 125cc class.

– Ducati has obtained a total of five podiums at the Sachsenring: with Bayliss (2003), Capirossi (2007), Stoner (2008 and 2009), and Dovizioso (2016).

– Ducati has the highest speed ever achieved by a MotoGP bike at 298.20 Km/h despite the fact that the Sachsenring only has a 700 metre long straight.


– The Sachsenring is the shortest circuit in the entire Championship, with a length of 3.671 kilometres and it is the only track that is shorter than 4 km.

– The first time that the Sachsenring hosted a World Championship event was in 1961, and it held races uninterrupted until 1972. At that time, it was an urban layout that today only has the final corner leading onto the front straight in the same point as it used to be. From 1998 onwards it returned to the calendar and became a fixed circuit, replacing historical tracks like Nuerburgring and Hockenheim.

– Turn 11 is one of the most complicated of the entire championship. It is the fastest of the whole track, taken in 5th gear at a speed of 200 km/h with a negative camber in which riders descend 21 meters (equivalent to a seven-floor building) in a distance of only 250 meters. Above all, it’s a right-hand corner that is reached after riders tackle a total of seven left-hand turns in 31 seconds, and this causes the right side of the tyre to cool down, creating problems for riders.

– The end of the straight is the heaviest braking point on the track. It is approached at over 290 km/h, and the riders brake for 5.4 seconds over a distance of 260 metres.

– 24% of each lap is done under braking.

– The German GP is the one with the highest number of laps on the whole calendar, with a total of 30.

– 0.307 seconds separated the first placed finisher from the fourth in the 2006 Grand Prix. This is the shortest distance between the top 4 in the history of the category. Rossi, Melandri, Hayden and Pedrosa, in this order, made up the quartet.

– Only nine riders made up the 2014 GP starting grid. The rest of the riders (14) started from the Pit Lane because they came in to change bikes, creating one of the strangest starts in the history of motorcycling.

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