July 12th, 2013
Jorge Lorenzo set the pace in a crash-strewn first MotoGP practice session at the Sachsenring. The Spaniard, competing just a fortnight after breaking his collarbone at Assen, hit the front halfway through the session and was then able to continually improve his pace to ensure he was never displaced. Both championship leader Dani Pedrosa, chasing a fourth straight MotoGP win at the German track, and Valentino Rossi, winner last time out at Assen, were able to close to within one tenth of Lorenzo in the final minutes.
July 9th, 2013
Andrea Dovizioso will switch to an updated version of Ducati’s Desmosedici GP13 for this weekend’s MotoGP race at the Sachsenring. The ‘laboratory’ bike has been ridden at select weekends this year by Michele Pirro, and was first offered to the factory riders during a test at Mugello in early June – although Dovizioso was underwhelmed with its improvements and elected not to use it for the recent Dutch TT.
June 28th, 2013
Andrea Dovizioso and Hector Barbera have both been docked one penalty point following their on-track MotoGP qualifying spat at Assen.