16 June 2022 – Sachsenring – Germany
After missing the Italian Grand Prix and the Catalan Grand Prix, Ayumu will return to the track this weekend at the Sachsenring. We are exactly halfway through the championship, since this will be the tenth race out of twenty, of this 2022 Championship.
Our Japanese driver was injured in free practice 2 of the Italian Grand Prix, following an accident with very bad dynamics. In fact because of a high side, Ayumu lost control of his bike and fell. Unfortunately, the rider who followed him could not avoid hitting him. Luckily the impact only caused a composed collarbone fracture. In these three weeks, Ayumu underwent intense physiotherapy sessions, which allowed him to recover and thus ensure his eligibility to race in the Grand Prix. In the rankings, our bearer is sixth with 75 points, achieved thanks to a second and two third places.
It must be said that the Grand Prix that we are going to live will be the third in which the Sterilgarda Husqvarna Max Racing will have the opportunity to line up its official formation. In fact John had to miss five grands prix, following a serious injury to the vertebrae and returned to the track at the seventh race, held in Le Mans. The long absence from the races slowed down John’s adaptation to his Husqvarna and compromised his physical condition. In the last Catalan Grand Prix John and his team have done an intense work of setting, aimed at improving the braking phase and in the race our British driver has reached an excellent seventh position, just over 3 seconds from the winner. In this weekend, John and his team are planning further changes to the setting, with the aim of improving the feeling with the bike.
The Sachsenring track is a rather short and winding track, with very important altitude variations. It stretches for a length of 3671 meters, has a straightaway of 700 meters, 10 curves to the left, and 3 to the right.
Here are the words of the protagonists of this weekend.
AYUMU SASAKI : “I am very happy to be fit again and being able to race in Germany is amazing because we expected the recovery to be longer, but together with the doctor we managed to recover better than expected and I am happy that I am back in the paddock, I can ride the bike and do what I like to do. I am very happy, I know it will not be an easy weekend with this slight pain, but I will try my best and I hope that I can do a decent weekend.”
JOHN MCPHEE : “Sachsenring has always been a circuit I enjoy a lot. It’s quite different in the fact you spend so much time on the edge of the tyre which means even in Moto3 we need to manage the race a little bit different. I’ve enjoyed lots of successful weekends there before and look forward to another one.”
MAX BIAGGI – TEAM OWNER : “We are exactly halfway through the 2022 Championship, and it is already time to analyze the results achieved. Unfortunately, this year in several races we had to run in defense, since both our drivers have suffered injuries, which kept them away from the races. In this race we finally get back to our official line-up and it will be an important opportunity to earn points for the Championship, before the long summer break.”
Last year the German Grand Prix, held on the Sachsenring track was won by P. Acosta, who preceded K. Toba and D. Foggia. The fastest lap in the race was obtained by J. Masia with a time of 1’27.033 and an average of 151.8 Km/h. 1’26.913 at 152.0 Km/h is the pole position obtained by F. Salac.
Ayumu’s best result on this circuit is a ninth place in 2019, while for John we have a third place in 2018.
The All-Time Lap Record belonged to M. Ramirez since 2019, who scored a time of 1’26.044, averaging 153.5 km/h. 1’26.714 is the Best race Lap that C. Oncu got in 2019 at an average of 152.4 km/h. The best pole was scored by our Ayumu in 2019 with a time of 1’26.135, at an average of 153.4 km/h. 214.8 km/h is the highest speed reached in 2019 by E. Vazquez in 2014.
Schedule – Local Time (GMT +2)
Here are the times to follow the Sterilgarda Husqvarna Max Racing.
Thursday 16 June
17:00 – Press Conference
Friday 17 June
09:00 – 09:40 – FP1 Moto3
13:15 – 13:55 – FP2 Moto3
Saturday 18 June
09:00 – 09:40 – FP3 Moto3
12:35 – 12:50 – Q1 Moto3
13:00 – 13:15 – Q2 Moto3
Sunday 19 June
09:00 – 09:10 – WUP Moto3
11:00 – RACE Moto3