Márquez the man to beat as Moto2™ heads to the Sachsenring

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Wednesday, 4 July 2012

Team CatalunyaCaixa Repsol’s Marc Márquez remains the man to beat at the top of the championship standings at this weekend’s eni Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland at the Sachsenring after a tremendous display last time out at Assen.

Speed Master’s Andrea Iannone, who had led the race for the majority of its duration and now sits second in the standings, will undoubtedly be one of the main challengers once again, as he looks ever more comfortable on the Speed Master machine. One man who will want to put the last race firmly behind him is Pons 40 HP Tuenti’s Pol Espargaró, who despite showing the most consistent top pace all weekend, crashed out early in the race. This left him third in the championship, equal on points with Tom Lüthi.

Interwetten-Paddock’s Lüthi, who also fell in the first few corners at Assen, will be looking for a return to form at the German circuit to kick-start his championship campaign once more. One man looking to spoil the party is Marc VDS Racing Team’s Scott Redding, who will undoubtedly be brimming with confidence after recording back-to-back podiums in the last two races. He will however be stalked by teammate Mika Kallio, who has been a silent, yet consistent performer all season.

Coming into some good form is Espargaró’s teammate Esteve Rabat, who currently lies seventh in the championship. He heads Tech 3 Racing’s Bradley Smith, who will look to put last year’s crash at the track out of his mind, as he aims to add valuable points to his tally. Italtrans Racing Team’s Claudio Corti, who had a disappointing race in Assen will aim to improve significantly, whilst Technomag-CIP’s Dominique Aegerter will look to continue his good run of form from last weekend. One rider to look out for will be NGM Mobile Forward Racing’s Alex de Angelis, who switched to an FTR chassis for Assen, and immediately finished fifth.

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