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By motogp.com

#StatAttack: Honda out to continue domination in Germany

Marc Marquez and Honda have made the Sachsenring their own, will their domination end in 2016?

- The first motorcycle Grand Prix to be held in Germany was the West German Grand Prix held at the Solitude circuit in 1952, when it was reported that 400,000 spectators turned up to watch.  Ireland’s Reg Armstrong won the 350cc and 500cc races riding Nortons.  The home crowd had plenty to cheer, with Rudi Felgenheier winning the 250cc race on a DKW and Werner Haas winning the 125cc race on a NSU.

- The first East German Grand Prix was held at the Sachsenring road circuit in 1961. The original circuit used for this event was a closed road circuit 8.73km in length.

- The East German GP continued to be held at the Sachsenring each year until 1972, after which the original road circuit was considered too dangerous for Grand Prix racing.

- The West German Grand Prix continued to be held every year from 1952 through to 1990, when East and West joined to become a unified Germany. Four different circuits were used during this period 1952 to 1990: Solitude, Schotten, Nurburgring and Hockenheim.

- There has been a German Grand Prix held every year since unification – from 1991 to 1994 at the Hockenheim circuit, followed by three years at the Nurburgring and since 1998 at the new Sachsenring circuit.

- In addition to those mentioned above, one other Grand Prix event has been held in Germany: the Baden-Wurtemberg GP held in 1986 at the Hockenheim circuit for just the 80cc and 125cc classes.

- The newly built Sachsenring circuit was initially just 3.508km long with one short section of track from the old road circuit. Major modifications to the circuit in 2001 and then additional slight alterations in 2003 resulted in the current 3.671 km track layout.

- The Sachsenring is one of just five circuits on the current grand prix schedule that run in an anti-clockwise direction, along with Austin, Aragon, Phillip Island and Valencia.

- This will be the 19th successive year that a Grand Prix event has been held at the new Sachsenring circuit.

- Since Grand Prix racing returned to the Sachsenring circuit in 1998 there have been six podium finishes by home riders: Ralf Waldmann was third in the 250cc race in 1999, Steve Jenkner was third in the 125cc race in 2002, Stefan Bradl finished second in the 125cc category in 2008, Sandro Cortese finished third in the 125cc race in 2010, Stefan Bradl was second in 2011 in Moto2™, and in 2012 Sandro Cortese won the Moto3™ race.

- Since the introduction of the four-stroke MotoGP™ class in 2002, Honda have been the most successful manufacturer at the Sachsenring with ten wins, including the last six years. Yamaha have had three wins at this circuit, the last of which was with Valentino Rossi in 2009. Ducati’s single MotoGP™ victory in Germany was with Casey Stoner in 2008.

- The only podium finish for Suzuki in Germany in the MotoGP™ era was when Chris Vermeulen finished third in 2008.

- In each of the last three years at the Sachsenring Marc Marquez has qualified on pole in the MotoGP™ class, won the race and also set the fastest lap.

- The riders with most victories at the new Sachsenring circuit, with six wins each, are: Dani Pedrosa (2x 250cc, 4 x MotoGP™) and Marc Marquez (1 x 125cc, 2 x Moto2™, 3 x MotoGP™).

- Sachsenring is the only circuit on the 2016 schedule where Honda have won in the MotoGP™ class for each of the last six years.

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