MotoGP Scenes: Sachsenring 2015 Race Day 2
Above, the final turn at Germany’s Sachsenring. Once again, a photo doesn’t do justice to the elevation change as this section is steeper than it looks here. Towering over this portion of track is the Pressezentrum, German for Media Center. Inside this building the photographers and writers hunch over laptops alongside many of the teams’ press officers. (Press officers for the larger teams tend to have their own offices inside the team trucks and only wander into the media center occasionally if at all.)
The top of that building is an observation deck for folks with paddock passes. It also makes for a nice elevated view of the final turn and you can shoot from there IF it’s not packed with pedestrians, which it was when I went up there to see. Oh well. Onto the races!
Enea Bastianini leads lap 1 the Moto3 race, which got off to a great start with several top riders fighting to make the lead group. When I watch these kids race I sometimes think that one of them may emerge years from now as the future’s version of Marc Marquez, arriving in the premier class to challenge the current top dog (most likely Marc Marquez).
But Grand Prix history is full of riders who were excellent in smaller classes, then couldn’t make the transition to larger machines. Only time will tell which of these youngsters will go on to fight for wins in Moto2 and then in the premier class as well.
Speaking of this phenomenon, do you recognize this fellow?
I grabbed a photo when I saw him in the Aspar box because I believe it’s 2007 125cc World Champion Gábor Talmácsi. After being a top 125cc rider with two 3rd places (2005 and 2008) to go along with his world title, Talmácsi went on to try 250cc, MotoGP, and Moto2 in that order, before switching to the Supersport class in WSBK. He did ok in Moto2, finishing 6th with one podium, but in the other non-125cc classes he never showed the ability he had on a 125cc.
Once Danny Kent reached the front he waved bye-bye to the rest of the field, making for an unusually bland Moto3 race, at least in terms of who was going to win.
Being a father of two daughters, I take an interest in how Moto3’s two female riders do each race, and in Germany they both crashed in the same incident. Exiting the final turn, Ana Carrasco (left) cut back into Maria Herrera (right), causing the latter to fall and slide into the former, with both of them crashing out of the race. It was almost like when two teammates take each other out, and some particularly rough luck for Herrera who’d had another rider crash into her at Assen while fighting for sixth place.
In Moto2 there were a couple of surprise appearances at the front. Though the 2015 season leader Johann Zarco (5) claimed pole, he was joined on the front row by Xavier Simeon (19) and Franco Morbidelli (21). Morbidelli’s qualifying spot was such a surprise that when Moto2 qualifying was over, the folks from the VR46 Academy went racing out of the Media Center like someone had just told them the Rossi Fan Club van was on fire. They looked as surprised as the rest of us that their guy was on the front row.
Zarco led most of the race, with Morbidelli right behind him from laps 5-20.
On the final lap, Simeon held off a charing Zarco to take the victory, but just behind them, disaster loomed for Tito Rabat and Morbidelli, the latter being about to gift Alex Rins (on the yellow bike) a podium.
On the next page, Tito, meet Marco: