Fast MotoGP News: Sachsenring Unchanged This Year, Iannone Between Ducati and Suzuki

Marc Marquez at Sachsenring 2013 5 photos
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Sachsenring circuit, Turn 11 highlightedAndrea IannoneAndrea IannoneMarc Marquez chased by Valentino Rossi at Sachsenring 2013
Back in early March we reported that the Sachsenring circuit, home of the German GP round and one of the iconic road racing tracks in Europe might be in for some safety-related modifications. Namely, Turn 11 was to be modified for slower speed, but it looks like it’s not going to happen this year.
MotoGP Safety Officers and former riders Loris Capirossi and Franco Uncini have visited the track and tested the new potential position of the curb through Turn 11. This turn is the first right-hander after a series of aggressive left-handers and the last round in Germany proved that riders tend to crash there more often than in other sectors.

This might be because Turn 11 links two straight portions, and riders are tempted to open the throttle a bit too much, while flipping the bike on the right side. Three actual MotoGP riders, local start Stefan Bradl (LCR Honda), Englishman Bradley Smith (Yamaha Tech3) and Italian Andrea Iannone (Pramac Ducati) will test the new layout of the turn on July 10, on the eve of the eni Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland.
Official sources confirmed that the layout of the Sachsenring circuit will not be changed this year, and a decision for 2015 will be based upon the results of the three riders’ tests.

And since we mentioned Andrea Iannone, someone kind of spilled the beans as far as his potential team choices for 2015 are concerned. And since by “someone” we mean Carlo Pernat, a respected MotoGP personality, agent for Iannone and Alex de Angelis and former agent for Loris Capirossi and late Marco Simoncelli, things are well-worth of being taken into account.

Marc Seriau of gp-inside was present at Le Mans and asked Pernat for some inside info, especially as Suzuki’s MooGP boss Davide Brivio and the official test rider Randy De Puniet were around. Permat smiled and replied: “"You want a scoop? Andrea Iannone, 50% Ducati, Suzuki 50%."

While seeing Iannone continuing for the third season with Ducati would definitely not surprise anyone, having the young Italian aboard the XRH-1 would definitely be big news. Suzuki is openly hunting for the best riders it can get aboard their all-new in-line 4 MotoGP prototype, as Brivio himself confirmed. Therefore, we’re surely in for more news of house Hamamatsu talking to pretty much any rider on the grid…
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