2011 Sachsenring MotoGP
As the 2011 MotoGP Championship heads this weekend to Sachsenring for the Germany GP, one motorcycle pilot has more wins than all the others – Ducati Team’s Valentino Rossi. And it’ll be a special race for Rossi, considering he’ll be starting his 250th career GP race.
The nine-time World Champion VR46 has five wins in Sachsenring across all MotoGP classes, and took fourth last season when he returned after a three-race hiatus due to breaking his leg at Mugello.
Rossi knows the 2.281-mile course – the second shortest next to Laguna Seca – very well, and will be working further on the setup of the modified Ducati GP11.1.
Although lucky at the MotoGP circuit, Valentino Rossi will once again be without his main man in the paddock, crew chief Jeremy Burgess. The Australian, who missed last round at Mugello, is back home with his wife, who had to undergo a "series of medical exams and a possible urgent surgical procedure," Ducati says.
Burgess was expected to return to the MotoGP paddock at Sachsenring, but will not be here this weekend, leaving Valentino Rossi without his lead chief behind the scenes.
Rossi is coming off a sixth-place finish in Mugello MotoGP, where they started improving on the updated Ducati GP11.1.
Valenti Rossi (Ducati Team GP11.1 MotoGP) says: "At Mugello we started working with the setup in a direction that we had never tried before. We used it Sunday in the warm-up, so we weren’t able to spend much time on it.
The bike worked better in the race than it had in practice, but we still need to do more experiments with these settings, so at the Sachsenring we’ll see if they might be a good starting point. The track is tricky in some spots, but it’s a circuit that I like.
"Last year I returned to racing in Germany after the injury to my leg, and it was a nice race. We hope the weather and temperature will be good because we need to work on the setup as much as possible before the race."