Red Bull KTM Ajo out to extend Moto3 lead09/07/2014
Jack Miller will try to leave season’s halfway point in Germany on top of the Moto3 standings, after missing out on points in Assen. Karel Hanika looks to continue learning process at Sachsenring -a circuit he knows well.
Just before the summer break, Germany hosts the ninth round of the Moto3 World Championship. Arriving at the midway point of the season, Jack Miller will seek to increase his lead in the overall standings, whilst teammate Karel Hanika will try to continue learning about running at the front in Grand Prix racing at Sachsenring –a circuit where he has already competed over the past two years in the Red Bull Rookies Cup.
The objective in the German Grand Prix for Jack Miller is to get back to points-scoring ways. After performing excellently in practice at Assen, on the Saturday race a crash prevented him from fighting for a victory for which he was a favourite. This weekend, the Australian rider visits a special track, where he made his first World Championship appearance as a wildcard and where he took his best result before this year of 4th in 2012. The Red Bull KTM Ajo rider will attempt to increase 7-point lead at the German track.
Karel Hanika will make his first Grand Prix appearance at Sachsenring, but the Czech rider knows the track well. Last year he got a win there in the Red Bull Rookies Cup, and this season he is out to take points after a great performance at Assen –where unfortunately he crashed out when fighting for fourth.
The German Grand Prix will follow the standard European schedule, with practice starting on Friday from 9am, the qualifying session on Saturday at 12:35pm and the race on Sunday at 11:00am local time. This will be the last race before the summer break.
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 had visited the Sachsenring circuit a couple of years before entering the World Championship. It was the first place where I participated as a wildcard, so it’s a special track for me. I really enjoy it there because it’s a track that I like. During the race weekend in Assen I felt good in practice, so we hope that at this Grand Prix we can maintain this form and carry it over to the race. It will not be easy, because the Assen and Sachsenring circuits are very different. Assen is much faster and more flowing, whilst in Germany you have to take plenty of care over the tyres.
I’m delighted with the work we at the Red Bull KTM Ajo team are doing, and we must remain focused on the fight for the World Championship. We must get back on the podium.”
“I really like the Sachsenring circuit. It’s a different track from the last race at Assen, but for me it’s one of my two favourite tracks and it suits me very well. I believe we can have as good a weekend as in the Netherlands, i.e. having a good race and fighting with the front group. I have fond memories of this track, because last year I won the second race in the Red Bull Rookies Cup –although in the first race I was hit by another rider when at the front and crashed. Overall it is a track where I feel very comfortable. The sector that I like most is the last one before coming onto the home straight.”