2018 German MotoGP Statistics
2018 German MotoGP Statistics—The German MotoGP at the Sachsenring is one of the largest attended races on the calendar, regularly attracting well in excess of 100,000 race day spectators.
2018 German MotoGP Statistics
The man to beat at the Sachsenring has always been Marc Marquez and his steamrolling Repsol Honda—the current World Champion has never lost a MotoGP race at the venue, which first saw Grand Prix racing action way back in 1952.
Here are a few trivia facts sent to us by MotoGP.com leading into this year’s race.
- The 2018 German Grand Prix at the Sachsenring will be the 80th Grand Prix event to be held on the German soil–the 21st successive year at the new Sachsenring
- 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 Nortons, 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, 5.42 miles 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 wereused during this period from 1952 to 1990: Solitude, Schotten, the Nürburgring and Hockenheim.
- There has been a German Grand Prix held every year since unification; from 1991 to 1994 at Hockenheim followed by three years at the Nürburgring before it moved to the new Sachsenring circuit in 1998.
- In addition to those mentioned above, one other Grand Prix event has been held in Germany: the Baden-Wurtemberg GP held in 1986 at Hockenheim for just the 80cc and 125cc classes.
- The newly built Sachsenring was initially just 2.17 mile long with one short section of track from the old road circuit. Major modifications to the circuit in 2001 and then additional alterations in 2003 resulted in the current 2.28 mile track layout.
- The Sachsenring is one of just five circuits on the current Grand Prix schedule that run in an anti-clockwise direction, along with Austin, Aragon, Phillip Island and Valencia.
- A total of 112 Grand Prix races for solo motorcycles have been held at the Sachsenring since 1961 as follows: MotoGP™ –16, 500cc–16, 350cc–11, Moto2™ –8, 250cc–24, Moto3™ –6, 125cc–26, 50cc–5.
- The best result by a German rider in the premier class at the Sachsenring since racing returned to the circuit in 1998 is second for Jonas Folger last year.
- 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 Moto2™, 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 it in 1998 with 14 wins, including the last eight victories for Marc Marquez.
- Yamaha have had four wins in the premier class since 1998 at the Sachsenring, with two different riders: Valentino Rossi and Max Biaggi.
- Ducati have won only once in the premier class at the Sachsenring, with Casey Stoner back in 2008. Ducati have had five other podium finishes at the track in the premier class: Troy Bayliss was third in 2003, Loris Capirossi second in 2007, Casey Stoner third in 2010 and Dovizioso third last year.
- The only win for a Suzuki rider at the Sachsenring was in the 500cc race in 1999 with Kenny Roberts Jr. The best results for Suzuki in MotoGP™ since 2002 is when Chris Vermeulen crossed the line third back in 2008.
- Honda riders have also qualified on pole for the German GP for the last seven 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 Márquez is the most successful at the Sachsenring with a total of eight wins over the last eight years: five in MotoGP™, two in Moto2™ and one in 125cc. His closest rival is Dani Pedrosa with six wins (2x 250cc, 4 x MotoGP).
- The eight Moto2™ races that have taken place in Sachsenring have been won by seven different riders: Toni Elías, Marc Márquez, Jordi Torres, Dominique Aegerter, Xavier Siméon, Johann Zarco and Franco Morbidelli. The only rider who has more than a single Moto2™ win at this circuit is Marc Márquez, who won in both 2011 and 2012 from pole.
- The six Moto3™ races that have taken place at the Sachsenring have been won by six different riders: Sandro Cortese, Álex Rins, Jack Miller, Danny Kent, Khairul Idham Pawi and Joan Mir. Only two of them have not been won from pole position: Khairul Idham Pawi (2016) and Joan Mir (2017)