German GP – Preview Quotes

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Julián Simón: “I’m really looking forward to the German Grand Prix because Sachsenring is a circuit I like and a place I have tended to go well at in the past, both in 250 and 125. Last year I qualified second and finished fifth despite the wet conditions. Sachsenring is well suited to my riding style and the team and myself are ready to keep working hard to continue picking up good results and defending top spot in the championship. The objective for the race is to avoid any kind of incident and finish as high as possible – if that means victory then so much the better. At this stage of the season it is really important to consolidate our position in the championship. I also think it is time to go on the attack a bit more and see who is really up for the fight for the title.”

Bradley Smith: “I scored a good result at Sachsenring last year and it’s kind of weird that I’ll be racing in the Aspar Team colours this year because I spent the whole race last year fighting for the podium with Talmácsi. In the end I finished fourth so I hope it can be different this time. I tend to go fast straight away at Sachsenring and I’ve qualified on the front row for the past two seasons so I’m optimistic and I think we can aim to be on the podium on Sunday afternoon. It is a fairly straightforward circuit – tight and twisty – and the lap times tend to be close, so we have to be really focused on finding those last few tenths. The majority of corners are left-handers so the wear and tear on the left hand side of your tyres and your body is higher than at other tracks. Other than that, I just want to get a good result and generate even more motivation, if that’s possible, to take to my home race at Donington.”

Sergio Gadea: “Sachsenring is a circuit I like quite a lot and it is where I scored my first World Championship points. I have good memories of it but also some bad ones because I haven’t managed to finish the race for the last couple of years there. I’m highly motivated and I would like to be fighting to win again but if that’s not possible I’ll take as many points as I can. The second section is where I tend to have most difficulty at Sachsenring but I think the work ethic we have shown so far this season should help us work it out. Sachsenring is a twisty track where chassis set-up is crucial to having a bike you feel comfortable on. I spent a day celebrating after my win at the Dutch TT but other than that I have trained constantly to make sure I stay just as strong at the next few races.”


Álvaro Bautista: “We head to Germany full of motivation and strength, having left with the taste of honey on our lips at the last Grand Prix. We have to respond to what happened there but without losing our heads. Even though we lost the championship lead there is no need to panic because the gap is not a huge one and it is important we just continue to work as we have been doing, picking up as many points as possible. The Aprilia is perhaps not best suited to the Sachsenring circuit and the Honda will definitely be a more effective package here so we have to work as hard as we can on the set-up to make sure we are ready for Sunday. It is a twisty circuit that is more suited to go-karts than motorcycle racing. I’ve spent the last two weeks relaxing and putting the Assen crash behind me, having taken a heavy blow to my elbow. I’ve also been able to keep up my training regime and stay in good shape.”

Mike Di Meglio:
“Sachsenring is a very technical circuit and I like it a lot. I always really enjoyed racing there on a 125 so I hope it’s the same on a 250. Hopefully I can get a good feeling from the start on Friday and prepare well during practice so that the race is more straightforward. The idea is to continue working hard with the team as we have done up to now and make sure we are completely ready by Sunday. I led for most of the 125 race last year and in the end I won with quite an advantage over the line, so hopefully I can show my ability again this year and finish with a good result. I’ve been able to get some rest over the past couple of weeks but I’ve also been training hard.”

Aleix Espargaró: “I’ve been looking forward to getting back on the 250 ever since Assen because I enjoyed it so much. This is another big opportunity for me and I want to make the most of it, just as I did two weeks ago. Sachsenring is a small and slow circuit where I have gone well in the past, so I hope to continue that tradition and enjoy myself on the bike again. A short while ago I was testing at Valencia on a Moto2 bike and I was back there at the weekend for the CEV (Spanish Championship) race. At the start of the year I didn’t have a bike to ride and now I am barely off one! I am really excited by the Moto2 project and by the opportunity to replace Bálazs for a couple of races with the Balatonring Team. Hopefully everything continues as well as it has done up to now!”

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