John McPhee and Ayumu Sasaki are keen to build on strong Assen pace in German GP
PETRONAS Sprinta Racing’s John McPhee and Ayumu Sasaki are fired up for this weekend’s German Grand Prix as the Moto3 riders head into the weekend straight from the Dutch Grand Prix with a point to prove. Unlucky in Assen despite a strong result of fifth for McPhee, the duo will have every opportunity to bounce back at the Sachsenring.
The German track is a place where McPhee has fond memories after stepping on the podium there last year. Able to ride an impressive race in Assen last Sunday to come from 22nd on the grid to 5th in the final pecking order, he’s hoping that a stronger performance in qualifying will allow him to show the race-winning pace that he last displayed in Le Mans in May.
Sasaki also has a point to prove in Germany after mixed fortunes in the Netherlands. Lucky to stay in control of his bike after a huge moment in Sunday’s race, he saved it but lost out on the chance for one of his best results of the season in the process. Nonetheless, he’s a big fan of the shortest circuit on the Grand Prix calendar and recorded one of his best performances of 2018 there last year – something he’s hoping to build on this time round.
The 27-lap Moto3 race at the Sachsenring will kick off at 11am local time (7pm Malaysian time).
#17 John McPhee
“I’m really happy that we’re going directly into another race weekend, because we had a couple of small problems at Assen even though we pulled it together in the race to finish fifth. Sachsenring is a track that I really like, I was on the podium there last year, and it’s really fun to ride, so we’ll be looking to keep the momentum going and have another strong weekend. I’m going to try and change how we work a little bit and try more of a time attack on Friday because it’s somewhere where you can get easily caught out with the weather too.”
#71 Ayumu Sasaki
“Sachsenring is a track that I really like, and we just need to focus on all the sessions to make sure that we’re there and fighting with the front group again. I want a strong result to go into the summer break with, so we need to stay concentrated and try to be ready for it. Last year I had a good result there, and the feeling is always good at it, so hopefully we can be back in the mix again this year.”
Circuit length: 3.671km
Corners: 13 (10 left, 3 right)
Longest straight: 700m
Race distance: 99.117km (27 laps)
Circuit lap record: 1:26.877 (Brad Binder, Mahindra, 2014)
Fastest ever lap: 1:26.174 (Danny Kent, Honda, 2015)