The Ducati Team now heads straight to Monterey, California, for next weekend’s United States Grand Prix at Laguna Seca.
Today’s podium finish is his first at the Sachsenring circuit since his victory with Yamaha in 2009.
Marc Marquez controlled the race perfectly to cross the finish line 1.559 seconds ahead of Cal Crutchlow, who again braved injury for a stunning second place.
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Bridgestone engineers will analyse tyre wear on the CRT-specific soft compound rear slick to see if some riders would be better suited to using the harder, medium compound rear slick for tomorrow’s race.
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Cal Crutchlow did pick up other smaller wounds while bouncing over the gravel trap on the outside of the circuit.
With Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jorge Lorenzo now out of action, the Honda riders have been presented with an even greater opportunity for victory on Sunday.
Nicky Hayden and Andrea Dovizioso are optimistic that with adjustments to their Desmosedici GP13 race bikes, they’ll be able to improve upon their lap times tomorrow.
The cool temperatures in the morning resulted in all riders using the softer rear slick options and only two riders evaluating the harder front slick option.
He was taken immediately to the medical centre for x-rays where it was revealed he had damaged the plate inserted in surgery just two weeks ago.
Important to keep fighting for wins, says Pedrosa.
Ignite Pramac Racing Team again will have the Ducati test rider Pirro as the sub for Spies. They will also field a "lab" Ducati for Iannone in the German Grand Prix.
Plans for tyres at the German Grand Prix are: Bridgestone slick compounds available: Front: Soft & Hard. Rear: Soft, Medium & Hard (Asymmetric) and if it rains, the Bridgestone wet tyre compounds available: Soft (Main), Hard (Alternative) will be...
Alex De Angelis will ride the Ignite Pramac Racing Ducati at Laguna Seca in place of Ducati factory test rider Michele Pirro. The team and Spies hope the American return at Indianapolis in mid-August.