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MotoGP World Championship – Grand Prix of Germany16.07.2018

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Mir’s best result

Second at the finish line of the German Grand Prix, in Sachsenring Joan Mir obtained his best result since arriving in Moto2. Victory is getting closer for the reigning Moto3 world champion.

The Races

Third at Le Mans and Mugello, Joan Mir did better in Germany. Eighth at the start, the young Spanish rider managed to lead the race for a few laps before finishing second behind Brad Binder. “I attacked from start to finish to try to keep up the pressure,” said Mir. “But Brad didn’t crack. I’m happy nonetheless because I kept up a good pace all weekend, only my qualifying session wasn’t up to standard. But I knew I could fight for the podium and I’m happy to have made it.” For Alex Marquez, victim of a bad fall during the practice test sessions, the race was painful. Fourth in the first lap, the Spaniard then downgraded to cross the finish line in thirteenth position. In MotoGP, Stefan Bradl, who replaced Franco Morbidelli, finished sixteenth, just short of the points, and just in front of Tom Lüthi who had to deal with grip problems at the end of the race.

The Championship

Despite his difficulty in the German Grand Prix, Alex Marquez keeps third place in the Moto2 overall classification. Joan Mir has won a new position: he is now fourth, eighteen points from his teammate. In MotoGP, Morbidelli has dropped back to seventeenth position.

The Background

Despite all his courage, Franco Morbidelli had to decide not to participate in the German Grand Prix. After injuring his left hand in the Netherlands, the Moto2 world champion who started this season in MotoGP tried to participate in the first free practice session. But he quickly realized that it would be useless to persevere, especially on a route as tortuous as that of Sachsenring. “I realized it was better not to take any risks and accelerate the healing of my hand for the next race in the Czech Republic,” he said. On Friday afternoon, the team Estrella Galicia 0.0 Marc VDS decided to entrust their Honda RC213V to Stefan Bradl. Now a test driver for the HRC, the German rider quickly found his bearings on a machine that had allowed him to make his debut in MotoGP in 2012, in the wake of his Moto2 World Championship title. “It’s also the bike I’m developing for the Honda race service,” he says. Sixteenth at the finish, the German was satisfied with his race: “Given the short time I had in the practice test sessions, I think I had a good race and proved that I was still up to the mark in MotoGP.”

16.07.2018