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MotoGP, Marc Marquez at the Sachsenring: a total of 9 wins over the last 9 years

The Honda rider has won in all classes on one of his favorite (anti-clockwise directions) circuit

MotoGP: Marc Marquez at the Sachsenring: a total of 9 wins over the last 9 years


The 2019 German Grand Prix at the Sachsenring will be the 81st Grand Prix event to be held on German soil – the 22nd successive year at the new Sachsenring circuit.

 = The first motorcycle Grand Prix to be held in Germany was the West German Grand Prix held at the Solitude circuit in 1952, when it was reported that 400,000 spectators turned up to watch. Reg Armstrong won the 350cc and 500cc races riding a Norton while home riders Rudi Felgenheier won the 250cc race on a DKW and Werner Haas won the 125cc race on an NSU.

= The first East German Grand Prix was held at the Sachsenring road circuit in 1961. The original circuit used for this event was a closed road circuit 8.73 km in length. The East German GP continued to be held at the Sachsenring each year until 1972, after which the original road circuit was considered too dangerous for Grand Prix racing.

= The West German Grand Prix was held every year from 1952 through to 1990, when East and West joined to become a unified Germany. Four different circuits were used during this period 1952 to 1990: Solitude, Schotten, the Nurburgring and Hockenheim.

= There has been a German Grand Prix held every year since unification; from 1991 to 1994 at the Hockenheim circuit followed by three years at the Nürburgring.Since 1998 it has been held at the new Sachsenring circuit.

= In addition to those mentioned above, one other Grand Prix event has been held in Germany: the Baden-Wurtemberg GP held in 1986 at the Hockenheim circuit for just the 80cc and 125cc classes.

= The newly built Sachsenring circuit was initially just 3.508 km long with one short section of track from the old road circuit. Major modifications to the circuit in 2001 and then additional slight alterations in 2003 resulted in the current 3.671 km track layout.

= The Sachsenring is one of just five circuits on the current Grand Prix calendar that run in an anti-clockwise direction, along with Austin, Aragon, Phillip Island and Valencia.

= A total of 115 Grand Prix races for solo motorcycles have been held at the Sachsenring since 1961 as follows: MotoGPTM–17, 500cc – 16, 350cc – 11, Moto2 – 9, 250cc – 24, Moto3TM – 7, 125cc – 26, 50cc – 5.

= The best result for a German rider in the premier class at the Sachsenring since racing returned to the circuit in 1998 is the second place for Jonas Folger in 2017.

= There have been seven other podium finishes for German riders at the Sachsenring circuit since 1998: Ralf Waldmann was third in the 250cc race in 1999, Steve Jenkner was third in the 125cc race in 2002, Stefan Bradl finished second in the 125cc class in 2008, Sandro Cortese finished third in the 125cc race in 2010, Stefan Bradl was second in 2011 in Moto2TM, Sandro Cortese won the Moto3 race in 2012 and in 2016, Jonas Folger was second in the Moto2 race.

= Honda is the most successful manufacturer at the Sachsenring circuit since racing returned to the Sachsenring circuit in 1998, with 15 wins, including the last nine races.

= Yamaha has had four wins in the premier class since 1998 at the Sachsenring circuit, with two different riders: Valentino Rossi and Max Biaggi.

 = Ducati has won only once in the premier class at the Sachsenring circuit, with Casey Stoner back in 2008. Ducati has had four other podium finishes in this track in the premier class: Troy Bayliss was third in 2003, Loris Capirossi second in 2007, Casey Stoner third in 2010 and Andrea Dovizioso third in 2016.

= The only win for a Suzuki rider at the Sachsenring circuit was in the 500cc race in 1999 with Kenny Roberts Jr. The best result for Suzuki in the MotoGP class since 2002 at this track is when Chris Vermeulen crossed the line in third back in 2008.

= The best result for an Aprilia rider in MotoGP since 2002 is a seventh-place finish with Aleix Espargaro back in 2017.

= Last year, Bradley Smith was the only KTM rider across the line at the Sachsenring, in 10th place, which is the best result for the Austrian manufacturer at this track in the premier class.

= Honda riders have also qualified on pole for the German GP for the last eight years; the last non-Honda rider to start from pole for a MotoGP race at the Sachsenring was Jorge Lorenzo in 2010 on a Yamaha.

= Marc Marquez is the most successful at the new Sachsenring circuit with a total of nine wins over the last nine years, six in MotoGP, two in Moto2 and one in 125cc. His closest rival is Dani Pedrosa with six wins (2x 250cc, 4 x MotoGP).

 = The nine Moto2 races that have taken place at the Sachsenring have been won by eight different riders: Toni Elias, Marc Mar- quez, Jordi Torres, Dominique Aegerter, Xavier Siméon, Johann Zarco, Franco Morbidelli and Brad Binder.

= The only rider who has more than a single Moto2 win at this circuit is Marc Marquez, who won in both 2011 and 2012 from pole position.

 = The seven Moto3 races that have taken place at the Sachsen-ing have been won by seven different riders: Sandro Cortese, Alex Rins, Jack Miller, Danny Kent, Khairul Idham Pawi, Joan Mir and Jorge Martin. Only two of them have not been won from pole position: Khairul Idham Pawi (2016) and Joan Mir (2017).

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