Strap yourself in for another gripping two-wheeled battle for glory
MotoGP™ Pramac Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland, Sunday 15 July, 12.30pm, BT Sport 2/HD (CH 532/528)
Achtung! Get ready for more mesmerising MotoGP mayhem live on BT Sport, because the German Grand Prix is upon us and it could go a long way to deciding this season’s champion.
Marc Márquez is currently in the driving seat with 11 races to go thanks to a scintillating start to the campaign, but his bid for a third consecutive crown is under threat from fellow Spaniards Dani Pedrosa and Maverick Viñales and Italian legend Valentino Rossi.
And if the dazzling stars of this outrageously fast-paced sport aren’t enough to get your motor running, the action is being staged at one of racing’s most iconic, hair-raising tracks – the Sachsenring.
The action is definitely not to be missed (and you won’t miss a thing on BT Sport) but before you reserve your spot on the sofa, here are five things you need to know about the race…
1. It’s a lefty’s paradise
Love a good left-hand turn? Then you’ll love the Sachsenring. Its 2.281 miles (the shortest course in the calendar), features ten lefts and only four rights, meaning one side of the riders’ tyres are likely to get worn, the other to go cold. If you’re not totally clued up on the finer points of engineering, this means trouble when you’re going at near enough 200mph.
2. But watch out for turn 11
Known as the Waterfall, this tricky part of the track presents riders with a unique challenge. The blisteringly fast, blind, downhill right-hand turn comes after seven consecutive left-handers. It’s dizzying stuff. Former world champion Nicky Hayden has called it the best corner in the sport, and it has derailed plenty of riders in the past.
3. You’ll witness a master at work
It’s increasingly difficult to find places where championship leader Marc Márquez hasn’t demolished the competition, but his record at the Sachsenring is majestic. The Spaniard has won the last five Grands Prix here, making it very much his home from home. How many more times does he have to triumph before he gets to keep the track?
4. Keep an eye on the chasing pack
With the great Dani Pedrosa having won here in 2007, and from 2010 to 2012, this little corner of Saxony is seemingly forever Spain these days – and Pedrosa or the dynamic Maverick Viñales could be the men to end Márquez’s reign at the Sachsenring. Elsewhere, Valentino Rossi was the last non-Spaniard to win it in 2009, and he’ll be desperate to take the chequered flag and get closer to championship leader Márquez.
5. Never miss the drama with BT Sport
The German MotoGP is famous for its belting atmosphere. With tens of thousands of fans turning up to camp over the race weekend, it’s like Glastonbury – only with added bratwurst. Can’t join in the festivities? Not to worry. Make sure you follow every twist and turn with BT Sport, which is the only place you can watch every single practice, qualifying session and race, exclusively live this season.
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