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Yamaha looks for reversal in fortunes in Germany

Yamaha Factory Racing riders Ben Spies and Jorge Lorenzo move to Sachsenring this week for the Grand Prix of Germany, the second of three consecutive race weekends.

Championship leader Lorenzo will be looking to make up for last weekend’s disastrous Assen TT. He was taken out on the first corner on lap one of the race, destroying his 25-point advantage over Casey Stoner and leaving him with a sprained ankle. Lorenzo has yet to take a victory at the Sachsenring circuit but has finished in second place for the last three consecutive years.

Fellow Yamaha Factory rider Spies will be hoping this weekend will finally see an end to his run of bad luck. The Texan’s return to form over the last two races has been dogged by tyres issues, preventing at least two potential podium finishes. Spies managed a respectable eighth on his first visit to the Sachsenring circuit in 2010 and fifth last year.

Jorge Lorenzo

"Assen was a disaster for us, we worked very hard to build up the Championship lead which unfortunately was lost on the first corner. Anyway, now we start again at the same points as Casey. I haven’t won a race at Sachsenring but have had good battles there and always finished on the podium. That is our goal this weekend, and if possible to fight for the victory. My ankle is quite sore but luckily there is nothing broken."

Ben Spies

"We’re really hoping our bad luck is over now and we can realize our full potential this weekend. I’m feeling really confident with the bike and the team has been delivering a great set up for me so we know we can fight at the front. A weekend without any issues would be great so we can just focus on riding the bike!"

Press release courtesy of Yamaha Factory Racing.

Tags:
MotoGP, 2012, Ben Spies, Jorge Lorenzo, Yamaha Factory Racing

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