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O Mo­togp’s Ger­man race will re­main at the Sach­sen­ring for the medium term, af­ter or­gan­is­ers Dorna con­firmed suc­cess­ful talks with hosts ADAC to see the race re­turn to the cir­cuit for a fur­ther five sea­sons.

O The first week­end in 19 years at the Spiel­berg cir­cuit ap­peared to be a mas­sive suc­cess for cir­cuit own­ers Red Bull, with crowd at­ten­dance a mas­sive 95,000 on race day alone – with even the crowd for Fri­day’s prac­tices match­ing the race day at­ten­dance at June’s For­mula One race.

O Av­in­tia Du­cati will re­tain the ser­vices of both Loris Baz and Hec­tor Bar­bera for 2017, re-sign­ing the pair over the week­end and leav­ing Eu­gene Laverty and Yonny Her­nan­dez’s seats at As­par Du­cati the only re­main­ing open tick­ets on the 2017 grid. Av­in­tia will re­ceive a sim­i­lar deal to As­par, with both squads get­ting one GP15 and one GP16 ma­chine each. O Jack Miller may be in doubt for this week­end’s race at Brno af­ter a rel­a­tively in­nocu­ous crash dur­ing warm-up left him with frac­tures to his T6 ver­te­bra and right wrist. He will un­dergo a med­i­cal ex­am­i­na­tion to­day ( Wed­nes­day) to de­ter­mine his fit­ness for the Czech race.

O Safety con­cerns at the Red Bull Ring re­mained a key talk­ing point for the week­end, es­pe­cially af­ter a crash on Fri­day morn­ing saw Dani Pe­drosa’s Rep­sol Honda launched into the air by a com­bi­na­tion of as­phalt run-off and a shorter-than-usual gravel trap. Mo­togp or­gan­is­ers and cir­cuit bosses have promised to in­ves­ti­gate the po­ten­tial ex­ten­sion of run-off ar­eas ahead of next year’s race.

O The fast na­ture and long straights of the Red Bull Ring meant that An­drea Ian­none’s fastest lap of the week­end handed the track a new Mo­togp record as the high­est av­er­age speed of any cir­cuit on the cal­en­dar at 116.1mph.

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