This weekend sees Moto3, Moto2 and MotoGP return to action for the latest round of the 2021 season.
In Moto3 Pedro Acosta continues to head the standings, the Spaniard has a 39 point advantage over nearest rival Sergio Garcia. This is after Acosta has finished no higher than seventh in the three races prior to this weekend, compared to Garcia who has won twice and finished ninth.Embed from Getty Images
Nine points behind Garcia, and third in the championship, is Jaume Masia who finished fourth in Montmelo and second at Mugello. Masia has an 11 point advantage over fourth placed Romano Fenati.
It will be interesting to see what sort of race unfolds in the Moto3 class. This is when taking into consideration the weaving and banging of bikes down the main straight at the Circuit Barcelona-Catalunya. Added to this is the slowing down of the lead group when entering the final turns on the penultimate lap, as no one wanted to tow other riders down the straight.
The Sachsenring is a different type of circuit to that of the Circuit Barcelona-Catalunya, so here is hoping that some of the antics seen last time out won’t appear to the same extreme this weekend.Embed from Getty Images
In Moto2 Remy Gardner heads to Germany leading the championship having won the two races prior. The Australian has an 11 point advantage over nearest rival, and teammate, Raul Fernandez. The two having finished 1-2 in the last three races.
Completing the top three in the Moto2 standings is Marco Bezzecchi who is 27 points behind Fernandez. Despite this Bezzecchi has been in decent form having finished inside the top five in the four races prior to this weekend. That four race run includes three podium finishes too. The Italian also has a 26 point advantage over fourth placed Sam Lowes, who after retiring in Le Mans and Mugello finished seventh at Montmelo.Embed from Getty Images
Finally, in the premier class Fabio Quartararo heads into the latest race weekend of 2021 with a 14 point lead over nearest rival Johann Zarco.
Quartararo claimed his fifth consecutive pole position of the season at Montmelo before an issue with his racing leathers meant the Frenchman would eventually be classified down in sixth. He is perhaps lucky to have left Montmelo with a points finish as some felt he should have been black flagged for riding with his racing leathers undone.
Zarco meanwhile goes to Germany off the back of his fourth podium finish of the season. The main question surrounding the Frenchman, and his Pramac team, is when will they be standing on the top step of the podium.
Completing the top three in the MotoGP standings is Jack Miller who was eventually classified third in Montmelo. The Australian is 11 points behind Zarco heading into this weekend and has a two point advantage over teammate Francesco Bagnaia in fourth.
A rider to look out for this weekend is factory KTM rider Miguel Oliveira who goes to Germany off the back of having finished second and then winning across the two races prior to Sachsenring. This is in contrast to earlier in 2021 when the Portuguese rider’s best finish was eleventh at Jerez.
Lastly, another rider worth following during the weekend is Marc Marquez. The Spaniard has retired from the three races prior to the German Grand Prix and therefore has only two points finishes out of the five races he has contested so far in 2021. Yet the only position Marquez has finished at the Sachsenring in the premier class is in first position. You would therefore think that if he were ever likely to claim a podium finish or a victory in his 2021 comeback season, this weekend’s Grand Prix would be one of the prime candidates for Marquez to achieve that.