MotoGP Sachsenring Sunday round-up
June 19, 2022 Off

MotoGP Sachsenring Sunday round-up

By MRWadmin

Not one for the highlight reels, Sunday’s race day in Germany still had many talking points despite its boring nature. Plenty to look at on and off track, and in this feature, we take a look at some of the big talking points.

Fabio Dominance

  • Two dominant victories in a row at two of the toughest tracks on the calendar with low grip levels in hot conditions.
  • Making the medium tyre work and managing it while others can’t
  • Proving that the Yamaha package is not that bad? Power is not everything – it’s adaptable and consistent
  • Able to push to the limits with no mistakes

Pecco and Ducati woes

  • Pecco is the only real contender able to challenge Fabio but can’t find the consistency
  • Crashed out early, seems the hard tyre let go in low grip conditions
  • Fabio pulling away, Pecco trying to respond and crumbling under pressure, again…
  • Chink in Pecco’s armour – can’t handle the pressure
  • 4th DNF of the season
  • Over 90 points behind Fabio, sits 6th in the championship

Zarco great result in 2nd

  • Pushed hard, exhausted after the race. Gave everything
  • The rider with the most podiums in MotoGP and still no win
  • Rider of the day contender?
  • Ducati have confirmed they will re-sign him so mentally happier
  • Ducati’s top title contender at the moment in 3rd overall

Jack “The Showman” Miller in 3rd

  • Rider of the day? From 6th on the grid, with that long lap penalty
  • A fan favourite, great gesture handing glove to fan
  • Confidant, mature race. Mentally happy now with peace of mind having the KTM deal sealed

Another consistent rider from Aleix and Aprilia

  • Looked good all weekend again
  • Was in the mix, but tyre drop-off in the last few laps proved costly
  • Still 2nd in the overall standings pulling away from Pecco and Enea

Rider of the day contender – Luca Marini in 5th

  • Great ride from the Mooney VR46 rider
  • Getting to grips with the new GP22 machine
  • Steady, mature ride – 3rd Ducati home
  • Showing more consistent pace at every race

Rider of the day contender – Brad Binder – 15th to 7th

  • Another Sunday Man performance by Brad
  • More points in the bag – 5th overall in the championship
  • Getting the best out of a tough weekend once again
  • 15 seconds off the win – half a second a lap off over 30 laps
  • 4 seconds and 2 positions ahead of Oliveira
  • KTM need to find a solution for Brad to show the true potential
  • KTM rely on other rider’s pace to slow to be competitive
  • Other bikes more adaptable to tyres and conditions

Solid top 10 from DiGi

  • Top Rookie in 8th place
  • Closing cap to Bez in Rookies title
  • Best of the GP21s

Vinales low rider

  • Pity was showing great pace challenging Aleix for the podium before the rear ride height device failure
  • Vinales runs a new auto device compared to Aleix with a manual device

Honda woes

  • No Honda in the points at the track they have dominated with MM93 over the years
  • Only 1 Honda finisher – Bradl in 16th
  • Crashes a plenty over the weekend
  • Does Mir really want the Honda challenge at the moment?

Suzuki down beat

  • Another tough weekend since the announcement they leaving
  • No Rins, pulling out after injury
  • Mir early crash in turn 1

Ducati GP21 bikes losing ground

  • Enea’s early-season pace seems to be fading away
  • New GP22 bikes getting better, GP21’s suffering without development
  • Enea missing grew chief with COVID
  • Bastianni and Bez way behind on GP21s
  • Digi best of the GP21s in 8th place 6 seconds ahead of Enea and Bez

Tough day for Darryn Binder

  • Showed good pace again throughout the weekend
  • Set fastest time that was only 0.5 off lap record set by MM93 heading into the weekend
  • Under a second off the fastest time
  • Qualifying didn’t reflect the true potential of the weekend
  • Trying hard to come through crashed in turn 13

Martin looking odds on favourite for 2nd Ducati Factory seat

  • A solid 5th place finish fresh off his arm surgery puts Martin in the driving seat for the 2nd Ducati Factory seat
  • Said if no Factory Ducati seat will look elsewhere. Rumours Repsol Honda talking to him but would be crazy to switch

Watch the full video review we did right here