News in brief
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.