Red Bull KTM Ajo confident ahead of Sachsenring10/07/2013
The World Championship arrives in Germany this week, for the final round before the summer break. The Red Bull KTM Ajo team go to Sachsenring having extended a podium streak in the Moto3 class to 20 races, with the help of in-form series leader Luis Salom.
The track has many narrow corners and is one of the slowest on the calendar, characterised by seven consecutive left hand corners which create difficulties in maintaining tyre temperature. It also features one of the shortest straights in Grand Prix racing and ever-variable weather.
Luis Salom has another challenge ahead at the German GP. He is on a run of three consecutive victories, and a win this weekend would make him the first rider to triumph at four Moto3 races in a row. Teammate Arthur Sissis has two successive top ten placings, whilst Zulfahmi Khairuddin is out to regain feeling and points, having left the Dutch TT empty handed.
Following this race, the Moto3 World Championship takes a five-week break, before the riders return to action on Friday, August 16th, at Indianapolis.
Circuit information – Sachsenring
Length: 3.671 m. / 2,281 miles
Width: 12 metres
Left corners: 10
Right corners: 3
Longest straight: 700 m. / 0,435 miles
“I come into the eighth round of the year happy with the results and the work done at the last Grand Prix. I will try to make the most of the KTM’s qualities at this circuit, as we have been doing so far. Personally, I will be out to do my best right from the Friday, at a circuit that suits me and where I have very fond memories from the past two years. If I had to highlight any part of the track, it would be the first section, which is very slow and which I really like. In addition, I am lucky enough to train in Palma, Majorca, at a very similar circuit to the Sachsenring.”
“The German Grand Prix is not one of my favourites. I never managed to go fast there in the Red Bull Rookies Cup, nor last year in Moto3. Having said that, the Circuit de Catalunya was not a favourite either, but this year things didn’t go at all badly there –so we’ll see what happens at Sachsenring. I hope to have a good weekend and am excited about having a strong race. The first part of the circuit is the most difficult and, in addition, there is a second sector with many left handers in succession –seven– which makes it even trickier. Being such a short track, we have a race of many laps on Sunday, so we’ll have to be very focused.”
“The Sachsenring is really special. Last year, with unfavourable weather that always complicates things, we finished in a creditable sixth place. We hope for good weather this weekend, so that we just have to focus on riding and getting a good finish.It is a tough place to ride, with blind corners and a last sector that I like a lot. I have to give 100% in Free Practice and move forward with finding a good setting, which will help me to get a good feeling and a strong race result.”