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Lorenzo and Stoner neck and neck as MotoGP™ hits Germany

Lorenzo and Stoner neck and neck as MotoGP™ hits Germany

As the dust settles on an eventful and incident-packed Dutch Grand Prix, the MotoGP™ contingent has only a few days off before heading across the border to the eni Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland at the Sachsenring to do battle once more for championship supremacy.

Following Yamaha Racing Team’s Jorge Lorenzo’s DNF in Assen due to being taken out by San Carlo Honda Gresini’s Álvaro Bautista, and Repsol Honda Team’s Casey Stoner taking a win, both Lorenzo and Stoner are points even at the top of the championship standings with 140 a piece, albeit with Lorenzo in first place due to having one more win under his belt. This has added yet further spice to the Sachsenring race, as the pair will look to get one over on each other for the lead. Last year it was Lorenzo who got the better of Stoner to take second, while the Australian’s teammate Dani Pedrosa recorded his fifth win at the track.

Pedrosa, who has taken victories in the last two years at the circuit, will be hoping to break his duck this season, and take his maiden win of 2012 to catch up to the leading pair. Behind him the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 duo of Cal Crutchlow and Andrea Dovizioso are separated by just one point as the teammates continue to tussle for inter-team top honours. Dovizioso will be brimming with confidence after recording his second podium of the season, whilst Crutchlow looks to be on full pace despite his fractured ankle.

The satellite Hondas will aim to put a disastrous weekend behind them, with LCR Honda MotoGP’s Stefan Bradl keen to impress in front of his home crowd after his Assen crash. Bautista, who was handed a penalty after his Lorenzo crash, meaning he will start from the back of the grid, will no doubt look to keep his head down and pick off where he left off after a successful Silverstone.

Ducati Team’s Nicky Hayden and Valentino Rossi continue their struggle with the Desmosedici, as they seek to overcome rapid rear tyre degradation issues. The Italian outfit will however be buoyed by Hayden’s pace last time out, and will hope that the tyres can last the distance in Germany. Pramac Racing Team’s Héctor Barberá lines up his satellite machine alongside official Ducati Test rider Franco Battaini, who is substituting for Cardion AB Racing’s Karel Abraham, who is still suffering from a serious hand injury sustained some weeks back.

The CRT grid will be itching to get to the tight and twisty Sachsenring, which is one of the slowest tracks on the MotoGP calendar. With outright pace being their biggest issue, many will no doubt be confident of closing the gap somewhat on their prototype counterparts. Power Electronics Aspar pair Aleix Espargaró and Randy de Puniet still head the CTR group, but San Carlo’s Michele Pirro and Speed Master’s Mattia Pasini are lurking just behind. They will be joined on the grid by Came IodaRacing Project’s Danilo Petrucci, Paul Bird Motorsport’s James Ellison, NGM Mobile Forward Racing’s Colin Edwards and Avintia Blusens pair Yonny Hernandez and Iván Silva.


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