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Honda aiming to end barren spell

Honda aiming to end barren spell

This weekend at the Alice Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland Honda will be going in search of their first MotoGP win since Toni Elias triumphed in Portugal at the penultimate race of 2006.

This weekend at the Alice Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland Honda will be going in search of their first MotoGP win since Toni Elias triumphed in Portugal at the penultimate race of 2006. The current run of ten Grands Prix without a victory is the longest barren spell for Honda in the premier-class since their ten-race sequence without a win in 1990.

Elias, of course, will be unable to end the non-winning sequence this weekend as he is absent due to injury and it would be a major surprise if his replacement Michel Fabrizio made it onto the top step of the podium.

The Japanese firm have enjoyed success on German soil in the past though, with Honda riders having won the premier-class race at Sachsenring on five occasions - compared to three Yamaha victories and a single win for Suzuki.

Furthermore, the three highest placed Honda riders in the current World Championship standings have all enjoyed success previously in Germany.

Dani Pedrosa must still be considered a serious threat despite his own personal barren spell in terms of race wins, which now extends back over a calendar year to the start of July 2006 at Donington. The Spaniard has enjoyed some recent improvements to his factory RC212V machinery and he won the 250cc race at Sachsenring in both 2004 and 2005.

Pedrosa also set a new lap record in the MotoGP race last year on his way to finishing fourth, after qualifying on pole position.

On the other side of the Repsol Honda pit-box, World Champion Nicky Hayden goes into this weekends tenth round of the season looking for another good result at the only circuit where has had three podium finishes, having taken third place in each of the past three years.

Indeed, three may be the magic number for Hayden after his improvement to third place at Assen - his first podium of the season - and victory in Germany would set him up perfectly before he goes in search of a hat-trick of American victories the following weekend at Laguna Seca.

Hondas third significant hope for a hitherto elusive 2007 win this weekend is Italian rider Marco Melandri, who has an excellent record at Sachsenring having won there twice on a 250cc bike and once as a 125cc rider.

Tags:
MotoGP, 2007, ALICE MOTORRAD GRAND PRIX DEUTSCHLAND

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