The Moto2 race at the Sachsenring had promised variation on the usual frontrunners, but eventually the usual suspects were the top riders on race day. Márquez, Bradl, De Angelis and Luthi were the main protagonists, but the starring roles went to the former pair. Márquez took the win from home rider Bradl, opening up a slight gap in the World Championship standings.
The MAPFRE Aspar riders are an optimistic duo, and at the Sachsenring they were forced to use their more positive side in analysing the race. Julián Simón began the race off the back of a great return to action, improving with every session and establishing himself as an outside bet for the victory. However, on race day his time on track was brief. The Spaniard crashed out on the opening corner of the German round, forcing him into early retirement from the race. The upside was that he was unhurt in the incident, and should be fully fit for the next race of the series at Brno.
Teammate Jordi Torres had a similar experience on turn one, as he ran off into the gravel trap. Returning to the track in last place, he moved up the field gradually and ended the day in 21st.
Julián Simón (DNF):
“We all know that Moto2 is a difficult class, and that the opening laps are tough. I wanted to brake later at the end of the straight in order to not lose positions. I opened up a little and the back stepped out. It is a real shame, but the important thing is that I am ok and showed that I am back in shape after the injury. I was a little scared about my leg when I was rolling over. Even though the weekend didn’t end well, I am happy with my good performance in practice since Friday. The team have been fantastic here at Sachsenring, and were amazingly dedicated throughout the weekend. I will never tire of expressing my gratitude to them, and to Dr. Ángel Villamor and Luis García for their fantastic job in treating me and giving me physiotherapy. We have a long break ahead of us, and I want to use it to recover fully.”
21st Jordi Torres:
“I started well, and at the end of the straight I tried to brake where everyone else was doing so. I went to turn in for the opening corner, but as I dipped the bike I was blocked in by a rider on my right. I saw Julián’s crash as well, and this shook me a little as I was worried about his leg. I came back on track in last place and tried to focus on making up as many places as possible, but I was mainly concentrating on getting the feeling in the front end that I had been missing. The bike was working perfectly and the team were doing a stupendous job, so I must thank them for their effort. The positive thing is that we are improving quickly -I hope to show this in the Czech Republic.”
Source: Aspar Media
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