The MotoGP World Championship is approaching its mid-season and the Ducati Team riders have arrived in Germany after the race in Assen where they just missed the podium. Dovizioso finished fourth, solidifying his position in second place in the championship standings, and Petrucci is now ranked third overall, coming in sixth at the race. While the German track is not a favourite, there certainly won't be any problems with hot asphalt and the consequent lack of grip that dogged the riders in Holland.
The Sachsenring circuit is located in the former East Germany, near the town of Chemnitz. The track is one of the slowest on the calendar, with an extensive section consisting in a series of left curves followed by a right-hand corner that leads into the fast part. Curve 11 is therefore often the site of spectacular falls, as the tyres undergo significant thermal stress on the left side followed by sub-optimal conditions on the right side, creating sudden losses of grip. The track also requires a setup that is well balanced because much of the time on the track is spent throttling through corners.
As throughout the rest of the world, in Germany the red riders from Borgo Panigale will be able to count on the support of a large community of local fans who will be in the Ducati Grandtand situated in one of the most spectacular points of the German track. Fans won't want to miss the highly anticipated Desmo-party, which will be held at the Ducati dealership located at the racetrack. Late Saturday afternoon the festivities will commence with the visit of Dovizioso and Petrucci to welcome all the Ducatistas, and then the party will continue in full German style with plenty of beer and sausages until late evening.
The Superbike calendar, on the other hand, passed the season's mid-point at Misano and next up is the classic challenge on the Donington park circuit in England
In fact, the first race of the world championship was held here in April 1988, won by Marco Lucchinelli on the Ducati 851, and while the track has undergone some changes over the years, its appeal has remained the same. It will be the Panigale V4 R's first time on the track as it was not possible to organise any test runs before the race. It must be said that at the British Superbike championship race held here in May, Scott Redding earned three splendid victories, but it is also true that the circuit didn't have the same configuration as it will have this weekend and that according to English rules the bike used by Redding will have substantial changes compared to the bikes ridden by Davies and Bautista. In any case, Chaz and Alvaro are ready for battle and will be determined to put a Ducati back on the top step of the podium, considering that the last victory here was in 2012 with Carlos Checa.
Donington is a difficult track, with sudden variations of gradients and a descending corner that truly tests the rider's strength. It requires a very neutral alignment as there is a curvy section followed by three straights of a certain length, interspersed by a chicane and two corners that are taken at very low speeds. Even the braking system is put to the test, especially by the violent braking that occurs in succession in the last three curves of the track
One of the most famous and certainly most spectacular British racetracks. Located 20 km from Nottingham and adjacent to East Midland Airport, the ups and downs of this track have witnessed epic battles. The track has remained unchanged since the early 1980s, while some improvements have been made to the infrastructure. The first Superbike race was held on this track in 1988.Circuit data