SACHSENRING. Franco Morbidelli (EG 0,0 Marc VDS) took another impressive win under intense pressure at the Sachsenring: first hunted by key title rival Tom Lüthi (CarXpert Interwetten) and then by a charging Miguel Oliveira (Red Bull KTM Ajo). The Italian kept it calm and carried on, besting Oliveira to the line. Behind Oliveira’s stunning charge to P2, Bagnaia won the battle to complete the rostrum and took another incredible podium in his rookie year – with Corsi just behind his compatriot and third Italian Mattia Pasini completing the top five.
Jorge Navarro (Federal Oil Gresini Moto2) held off an impressive ride from 2016 Moto3™ World Champion Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Ajo) as the South African comes back from injury to take some more honour amongst rookies, with the two taking sixth and seventh respectively. Cortese crossed the line eighth after dropping back slightly in the latter stages, with teammate Marcel Schrötter taking ninth in a solid double top ten for Dynavolt Intact GP at home. Takaaki Nakagami (Idemitsu Honda Team Asia) was a quiet superstar to complete the top ten after starting outside the top twenty, ahead of Hafizh Syahrin (Petronas Raceline Malaysia), Remy Gardner (Tech 3 Racing), Fabio Quartararo (Pons HP 40), Xavier Simeon (Tasca Racing Scuderia Moto2) and Stefano Manzi (Sky Racing Team VR46) completing the top fifteen.
Simone Corsi: 4th
“This is the best result of this season, very important for me and for the team! Too bad to miss the podium for so little, it will be our goal for the next race. The thing that is now most important is to continue in this way and get even more prepared and excited for the second part of the championship, the podium is waiting for us! I thank all my team, we are great together!“
Andrea Locatelli: N.C
“It was a tough weekend, especially for the variable conditions. In the warm up we found a good setting and I was ready for the race. Unfortunately I felt trying to recover positions. Luckily without any consequences. Now we have one month to work and improve and come back in a better shape”.
Xavier Siméon: 14th
"I got off a good start, since I was able to get into the group fighting for the top ten. But then a smash with Gardner made me lose six positions and the raced got tough. Unfortunately I had some issue with the rear tire again, and it's a shame because the bike was perfect. We achieve 2 important points, but sincerely I was hoping for a better result in this circuit.”
Augusto Fernandez: Retired
"We wasted a very good time when we could really do well today. I’m sorry, it’s a shame to end in this way a weekend in which we worked well and we had a good step in both track conditions, dry and wet. Unfortunately, it did not depend on us, a problem with the rear tire conditioned our race. Now let’s look at the second half of the season. The goal to reach is still the points area!"