MotoGP: Trackhouse On The Podium And More From Germany

MotoGP: Trackhouse On The Podium And More From Germany

© 2024, Roadracing World Publishing, Inc. By Michael Gougis.

Aprilia led two of the three practice sessions, was in the top three in all of them, was fastest in Qualifying One and put two bikes – the Trackhouse Racing machines – on the front row at the Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland at the Sachsenring. Miguel Oliveira then chased World Championship leader Jorge Martin all the way through the sprint and held off the factory Ducatis of Francesco Bagnaia and Enea Bastianini to score the first Trackhouse MotoGP podium in only its ninth event. Oliveira said the team and riders had met with Aprilia after the Assen round to tell technicians what they wanted, and that meeting, plus the additional technical assistance Trackhouse received after factory rider Aleix Espargaro withdrew, made the machine more competitive.

Miguel Oliveira (88) held off the factory Ducati team for Trackhouse Racing’s first podium. Photo by Michael Gougis.

Miguel Oliveira. Photo by Michael Gougis.

American Joe Roberts (16) battled through the pain of a broken collarbone to take 11th in qualifying, only 0.395 seconds off of pole. Photo by Michael Gougis.

Marc Marquez (93) fought with Maverick Vinales (12) and finished sixth, ahead of the Aprilia rider, in a photo finish. Photo by Michael Gougis.

Alex Marquez (73) hit the inflatable barriers in qualifying, then fought to ninth, the final points-paying position, in the Sprint race. Photo by Michael Gougis.

While MotoGP is obsessed with downforce, the smaller displacement classes continue to look for streamlining. Note the low-profile toe slider used on the Alpinestars boots of Moto3 rider Collin Veijer. This tiny change is worth a couple of miles per hour on the top end. Photo by Michael Gougis.

 

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