GoPro Grand Prix of Germany – Preview
ROUND NINE 2017 MotoGP™ WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP SUNDAY 2ND JULY
IN FORM CRUTCHLOW ON ROUTE TO GERMANY
After a superb fourth place in Assen this weekend Cal Crutchlow makes the short trip to another legendary circuit, the Sachsenring for the ninth round of the MotoGP™ World Championship the GoPro Grand Prix of Germany on Sunday.
The Isle of Man – based Midlander riding the LCR Honda has already finished second on two occasions at the undulating 2.281 mile re-surfaced Sachsenring circuit and is involved in a close battle for seventh place in the Championship. He has just signed a new two year contract with HRC to continue riding for the LCR team and is just two points behind three times MotoGP™ World Champion Jorge Lorenzo in the standings.
Assen was a disaster for the three other British MotoGP riders. Scott Redding, who finished fourth in Germany last year, crashed after a great start. Bradley Smith, who has two sixth places at the Sachsenring, banged his injured little finger when he fell at turn six but will be fit to ride on Sunday. Lincolnshire’s Sam Lowes crashed the Gresini Aprilia after qualifying an impressive tenth.
Scotsman John McPhee arrives in Germany brimming with confidence. Despite crashes and poor qualifying he nearly won the Moto3™ race in Assen. He eventually finished third in the race to the line and moved back into fifth place in the championship.
Tarran Mackenzie continues his grand prix education with yet another new circuit to learn in the Moto2™ race.
DID YOU KNOW
- The first motorcycle Grand Prix to be held in Germany was the West German Grand Prix held at the Solitude circuit in 1952, when it was reported that 400,000 spectators turned up to watch. Ireland’s Reg Armstrong won the 350cc and 500cc races riding Nortons. The home crowd had plenty to cheer, with Rudi Felgenheier winning the 250cc race on a DKW and Werner Haas winning the 125cc race on a NSU.
- The first East German Grand Prix was held at the Sachsenring road circuit in 1961. The original circuit used for this event was a closed road circuit 8.73km in length. The East German GP continued to be held at the Sachsenring each year until 1972, after which the original road circuit was considered too dangerous for Grand Prix racing.
- The West German Grand Prix was held every year from 1952 through to 1990, when East and West joined to become a unified Germany. Four different circuits were used during this period 1952 to 1990: Solitude, Schotten, Nurburgring and Hockenheim.