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GP Week : Issue 186
Dani Pedrosa is looking to the quirky little sachsenring circuit for the chance to bolster his championship lead, after he and his Honda have lost ground to Yamaha’s troops over the last three races. Fresh from a deeply disappointing Assen, the spaniard is returning to a circuit where he has won for the past three years in a row. Dani blamed puzzling grip problems for slumping to fourth at Assen after leading the early laps. His major title rivals both profited – team-mate Marquez finishing second, and Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo making a heroic track return less than 48 hours after undergoing surgery to repair his broken collarbone, and finishing only one place lower. He lost only two points to the leader. “All weekend I had no good feeling for the tyres and the bike – really struggling to find setup. From the start of the race only I could use the best of the tyres on the first laps. Then the grip went away. For the rest of the race I had no front and no rear grip,” he explained. Something about the circuit suits him, however. He was fourth on his first visit in 2006, in a race won by Rossi ... but in one of the closest finishes on record Pedrosa was only 0.307 seconds adrift. He won the race on the next visit, but suffered a ruinous crash in the rain while miles in the lead in 2008. Third in 2009, he took control of the track in 2010, and has won there ever since. With Lorenzo still recuperating from his Assen injuries, the race represents another chance also for Assen winner Rossi to continue rebuilding his reputation – he has three past victories at the track. But the greatest threat to Pedrosa could be once again from within the Repsol Honda team. MotoGP rookie Marc Marquez can also boast a run of three consecutive Sachsenring wins: in 2010 on a 125, and in Moto2 for the next two years. PEdROSA SEEKS RECOMPENSE IN GERMANy MOTOGP >>> nEWs 17 GPWEEK.com // 17 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: