One more stop before Moto2™ heads west

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Monday, 7 July 2014

Just a single destination remains on the 2014 Moto2™ World Championship calendar before the habitual summer break, followed by a trip west towards Indianapolis as the second half of the campaign kicks off. For now, Germany’s Sachsenring is the venue.

Last year in Germany, it was a weekend of firsts for the intermediate class. Belgium’s Xavier Simeon clinched the first and so far only pole position of his career on Saturday before Spain’s Jordi Torres took a first (and also so far only) Grand Prix victory on Sunday, leading home Simone Corsi and Champion-to-be Pol Espargaro.

Fast-forward by 12 months and Moto2™ is returning to the Sachsenring off the back of a truly memorable race at Assen. Australia’s Anthony West was man of the moment, winning from 23rd position on the grid to become the 20th different race victor in Moto2™ since the category began in 2010. Picking up his second career victory 11 years to the day after the first, it ironically came at the same circuit. This became a new record for the time gap between a rider’s first and second career wins, as well as the longest ever margin between two single victories in any rider’s career.

As for Tito Rabat, there is good and bad news. The bad news is that, at Assen, for the first time in his career he failed to finish either first or second after starting a Grand Prix from pole position. Eighth place may have felt like scant reward at the time, although those critical eight World Championship points may prove crucial by the time the final chequered flag falls in Valencia this November. On a brighter note, the result ensured that the Spaniard’s overall Moto2™ leadership remains impregnable in Germany this weekend, no matter what happens across the race distance.

Winning at the Sachsenring doesn’t always guarantee a Moto2™ title. Sure enough, Toni Elias and Marc Marquez may have picked up race victory in Germany en route to their intermediate class crowns of 2010 and 2012, respectively, although in 2011 and 2013 Stefan Bradl and the aforementioned Pol Espargaro would have to settle for second and third positions; nonetheless, these were vital points in their pursuits of the titles. This is something Rabat may bear in mind this weekend, having never finished on the podium at the circuit located a stone’s throw from Chemnitz.

Opening practice for the 2014 Moto2™ eni Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland kicks off at 10:55am local time (GMT +2) on Friday 11 July, with Sunday’s Round 9 getting underway at 12:20pm.

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