What a show at the Sachsenring circuit!
The seventh round of the MotoGP 2023 , starting from the Sprint Race on Saturday afternoon, was the stage for a heated duel between our Suomy rider Pecco Bagnaia and the Spanish rider Jorge Martin.
First on the starting grid, Pecco keeps fighting until the fifth lap with a fierce Martin, to whom, however, he is then forced to give up first place, thus crossing the finish line in second position.
The same scenario also reappears in Sunday’s race: starting from pole position, Pecco maintains the lead of the race only for a short time, but manages to keep up with the Spanish rider and does not allow him to escape, giving rise to a long head-to-head , made up of overtaking and counter-overtaking, which ends with a second place for our Suomy rider, just 0.064 seconds behind Martin.
Although he didn’t conquer the top step of the podium, our reigning world champion gave all the #suomypeople a weekend of very strong emotions!
The precious points scored by Pecco at the German Grand Prix allow Pecco to defend the first position in the general standings, confirming his leadership of the championship with 160 points, 16 points ahead of Jorge Martin.
“That was fun! We found something more since yesterday, the pace today was incredible and I wasn’t expecting it. I think to beat Jorge we needed something more today but we were very close, we touched twice! I’m happy with the result and happy for him, he deserved the win so let’s now move on to Assen with a great feeling. He was able to be closer compared to me in the exit of the corners, I was just trying to maximize the feeling and it was OK, in the last lap I tried to get back to him but for sure we have to improve on circuits where the bike turns more. Now we move on to Assen next week, one of my favourite tracks!”
Francesco Bagnaia – 2nd
World Standings P. 1
Our rider from Ascoli Romano Fenati is still unable to achieve the desired result, closing the race only in eighteenth place without being able to enter the points zone.
“Unfortunately, even today I had some difficulty managing the bike. I worked hard with the team and with Mirko but we still lack something more that can allow us to take a step forward. I hope much better for Assen”
Romano Fenati – 18th
World Standings P. 22
At the Sachsenring circuit, our Suomy rider Matteo Ferrari is author of an exciting comeback in Race 1: starting from the tenth position on the starting grid, our Suomy rider, overtaking after overtaking, manages to cross the finish line in third position, thus obtaining important points from a championship point of view that allow him to defend the second position in the general standings.
Race 2 proves to be more difficult, as it is interrupted due to rain after 6 laps, when our Suomy rider was seventh.
“All in all, considering our starting position, another podium – the fourth this year – is very good. We were two points away from the top, now we’re 18 points shy, but we did some damage limitation as with these challenging conditions it would have been easy to make a mistake. We still bring home some valuable points and retain second position in the standings. I’m happy with our speed as yesterday we set the new lap record and I’m aware that if qualifying took place in dry conditions, I would have started much closer to the front of the grid and it would have been a whole different story come race time: this will serve us as a lesson for the future. The championship is still long and maybe we’ll encounter similar conditions to these, so we’re bringing home some more experience. Now we leave for the Netherlands, another track I like. We’re charged up!”
Matteo Ferrari – Race 1 – 3rd; Race 2 – 7th
World Standings P. 2
Grand Prix of The Netherlands
24 June – 25 June
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