Alex de Angelis returned to MotoGP racing as the replacement rider for the injured Hiroshi Aoyama on the Interwetten Honda Team. De Angelis says that the Sachsenring circuit is his favorite racetrack and after the first FP1 session, the motorcycle felt good but still needed the settings further adjusted to drop his lap times before the race on Sunday.
Alex de Angelis says: “I am really happy, as I am not far away from the other riders. If we adapt the bike a little bit better to my quite aggressive riding style I think I can get even closer to the others. We have a lot of work to do tomorrow, but I am confident to improve further.”
Alex later found qualifying for the Motorcycle Grand Prix of Germany to be difficult on MotoGP Honda race bike, as he crashed on the Sachsenring track and finished the session dead last.
The San Marines also had his difficulties this morning in the second free practice, but he is confident for tomorrow’s race if the team finds a better set up for the Honda RC212V that suits his riding style.
Alex de Angelis (Last – 17th – 1’23.515) says: “Of course I am neither happy nor satisfied with this result. And that I crashed isn’t good at all. But I am confident for tomorrow’s race. The riders in front of me were very close and I think I can close up to the front a little bit more. The set up of the bike needs further improvements to suit my aggressive riding style.”
Daniel Epp (Team Manager) says: “The Sachsenring Grand Prix is more like a test for Alex, as everything is new for him and he still needs to get used to his new position. The crash at the end of the session didn’t help, as with the second bike he could not ride a fast lap time. We are working on the best possible base set up for the race in Laguna Seca now.”