Sachsenring GP: Ready for the spectacle of the year
Passion, euphoria from hundreds of thousands of fans and three days of endless racing action - this is Sachsenring! For the LIQUI MOLY Husqvarna Intact GP team, it's all about putting on the best show of the year in front of their home crowd at the LIQUI MOLY Grand Prix of Germany from the 16th - 18th of June.
First and foremost is local hero Lukas Tulovic. The German is looking forward to the support of the fans and fervently hopes to make up for his crash at Mugello. For last year's Moto2 European champion, the Sachsenring is not an unfamiliar track, so the still 22-year-old, who celebrates his 23rd birthday on Thursday, is hoping for a clear advantage and is also relying on the experience of his crew, who were able to bring home fourth place last year with Marcel Schrötter.
At least as motivated is the South African Darryn Binder, who for his part also counts many supporters among the German fans. In his injury-ravaged comeback last weekend at the Italian Grand Prix, fate thwarted his plan to race solidly by catapulting him out of the race through no fault of his own. The 25-year-old will be looking to build on the progress he made over the course of the weekend at the 3.67km track, which makes it the shortest on the calendar!
In Moto3, Ayumu Sasaki is expecting big things from Sunday's 23-lap race, which he hopes can be held in sunny conditions. The success-hungry Japanese finished fourth in the 2022 German Grand Prix and is now aiming for a triumph at his team's home race after narrowly missing out on several victories. The 22-year-old is a self-confessed fan of the unusual layout at the Sachsenring, which is home to the longest left-hand conerner in the world.
It goes left no less than seven times in a row, before a fast right-hand bend follows in turn 11. With a maximum gradient of 10 per cent and a 12.8 per cent drop, the Sachsenring is one of the most demanding tracks on the MotoGP calendar in terms of riding, and yet Moto3 rookie Collin Veijer can hardly wait to get on the grid in front of the many fans who have travelled from his home country of the Netherlands to fight for the next top 6 result.
Friday, 16. June:
08:30 – 08:45: MotoE Practice 1
09:00 – 09:35: Moto3 Practice 1
09:50 – 10:30: Moto2 Practice 1
10:45 – 11:30: MotoGP Practice 1
12:35 – 12:50: MotoE Practice 2
13:15 – 13:50: Moto3 Practice 2
14:05 – 14:45: Moto2 Practice 2
15:00 – 16:00: MotoGP Practice 2
17:05 – 17:15: MotoE Qualifying 1
17:25 – 17:35: MotoE Qualifying 2
Saturday, 17. June:
08:40 – 09:10: Moto3 Practice 3
09:25 – 09:55: Moto2 Practice 3
10:10 – 10:40: MotoGP Free Practice
10:50 – 11:05: MotoGP Qualifying 1
11:15 – 11:30: MotoGP Qualifying 2
12:15 MotoE Race 1 (10 laps)
12:50 – 13:05: Moto3 Qualifying 1
13:15 – 13:30: Moto3 Qualifying 2
13:45 – 14:00: Moto2 Qualifying 1
14:10 – 14:25: Moto2 Qualifying 2
15:00 MotoGP-Sprint race (15 laps)
16:10 MotoE Race 2 (10 laps)
Sunday, 18. June:
09:45 – 09:55: MotoGP Warm-up
11:00 Moto3-Race (23 laps)
12:15 Moto2-Race (25 laps)
14:00 MotoGP-Race (30 laps)