Following a tricky Catalan Grand Prix, but a fruitful official test day on Monday, both, Danilo Petrucci and Iker Lecuona can’t wait to arrive at the Sachsenring this weekend in order to transform their positive findings from testing to results during the eighth round of the 2021 MotoGP World Championship.

Petrucci, who actually ranks 14th in the overall standings, is aiming to bring home more precious championship points this weekend, while discovering the shortest track of the calendar with his KTM RC16. The same applies to Lecuona, who will ride the historic track for the first time aboard a MotoGP machine, after the German GP had to be cancelled in 2020 due to the pandemic. Yet, the action is set to start at 9.55 local time on Friday with FP1.

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Danilo Petrucci

Championship: 14th

Points: 23


“I am very positive about Germany, because it’s a track, that I always liked and which suits me well, mainly because there are not many slow corners. It’s a small track, so we have no long straight, which makes it a bit easier for us. I think, we can be really fast there and it’s a good opportunity to show our progress this weekend.”

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Iker Lecuona

Championship: 20th

Points: 13


“I’m really looking forward to Sachsenring. This weekend, I want to continue with my performance. We improved a lot during the last races and are able to fight for the top 10 consistently now. I like the track in Germany a lot, so I expect we can have a very good race weekend. For sure, the main objective is to keep our way, as after Barcelona I felt pretty strong.”

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Hervé Poncharal

Team Manager


“Fresh from a week off the Tech3 KTM Factory Racing Team is now heading to Germany, where we didn’t race in 2020 due to the Covid19 situation. It will be for sure very interesting to see and understand how our KTM RC16 is behaving on that very particular circuit.”

“We are happy to have had the chance to have a full day of test on Monday following the Catalunya GP, where both Danilo and Iker managed to test the new chassis and a few settings. That is going to not only improve the performance on track, but is also a moral boost for our two riders.”

“We are now entering in the final straight of the first part of the season and clearly, the two upcoming back to back races prior to the summer break area going to be very important as we know the whole grid is preparing its 2022 line up.”

“We are happy to be back in Germany. Sachsenring is always a very special event where we will for sure have fun, but clearly, we are going to miss the fans that were so many and that were so passionate about MotoGP. It will be strange to have empty grandstands when you remember how warm and noisy the German fans have been. Yet, we can’t wait to start Friday’s FP1 on that great Sachsenring circuit and hopefully we will be able to be closer to the Factory riders, Miguel and Brad, which is always our target. I have to repeat, that it was a great emotion to see Miguel winning the Catalan GP aboard his KTM RC16, so let’s try to be close to him. That’s our mission!”

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