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2011 MotoGP Sachsenring Photo Gallery

See photos of the 2011 German Grand Prix in the 2011 MotoGP Sachsenring photo gallery.

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Alvaro Bautista: "I felt I had a good rhythm throughout the whole practice and I think that I can certainly improve quite a bit tomorrow, especially if the conditions are better as this will give us more grip from the rear and we will have a good opportunity to move forward.” - Sachsenring Practice 2011
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Casey Stoner: "This afternoon we tried the bike from this morning's crash but something wasn't quite right with it so we had to come back in and get on the other bike. We definitely made some progress, we started using hard tires front and rear and made some positive steps but we still need to take a big step forward tomorrow." - Sachsenring Practice 2011
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Andrea Dovizioso: "I’m happy with how we worked in both sessions today. This is a complicated track as there are only three right corners and it’s difficult to get the right side of the tire into temperature and there is not so much grip. This morning it was colder than expected and we saw many crashes." - Sachsenring Practice 2011
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Marc Marquez: "The important thing is to find a good compromise in the set-up that allows you to be comfortable in the first part, but also on the second, where the corners are faster. The positive thing is that in the afternoon I felt much more comfortable, we are progressing and we still have margin to improve." - Sachsenring Practice 2011
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Dani Pedrosa: "We had a quite positive start despite the accident I had in the morning practice session. I crashed in the fast downhill right hand corner, like everyone else because the tire was very cold and I had no warning." - Sachsenring Practice 2011
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Repsol Honda's Casey Stoner suffered a crash during the morning session but recovered to finish second. - Sachsenring Practice 2011
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Nicky Hayden: "We had good, stable weather all day for the first time in a long time, which makes testing things quite a bit easier. This morning we had a really good session. I came out of the gate strong like you’re supposed to and stayed in the top five for most of the time. It wasn’t a bad day overall."
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Valentino Rossi: "This morning’s crash caused a hole in my right arm that looks like a little anatomy lesson because you can see ‘inside’ as far as the muscle, but I also took a hit on my shoulder—the right one, which was operated on, and which now hurts a little. It’s nothing too bad, and I wasn’t really affected much today."
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American Nicky Hayden posted the sixth-best time during practice on Friday. - Sachsenring 2011
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Valentino Rossi had his bike shut off in the second practice of the day and had to finish on his second bike.
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Sachsenring circuit in Germany - 2011
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Casey Stoner posted his sixth pole of the season at the Sachsenring circuit by 0.252 seconds.
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Honda's Dani Pedrosa continued to recover nicely from his injuries to post a front row start at the circuit he won last year.
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Moto2's Marc Marquez grabbed the fastest lap in the final three minutes of qualifying for his third pole of the season.
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Repsol Honda's Dani Pedrosa nailed his second win of the season at the Sachsenring circuit in Germany.
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Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo (#1) earned second at the checkers with a final lap pass on Casey Stoner (#27).
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Honda's Casey Stoner posted his third consecutive podium finish without winning in Round 9.
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Yamaha's Ben Spies achieved fifth after overtaking Marco Simoncelli in the final corner.
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For the third consecutive race Marc Marquez claimed victory after a close race with Germany's Stefan Bradl.
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Valentino Rossi: "We definitely improved today compared to Saturday, but we’re still too far back. We find the race setup late, and that makes everything more difficult, but in order to improve we have to try many things, which makes it easy to lose our direction. It’s understandable, because we don’t know this bike well and I think we have to take chances and try everything." - Sachsenring 2011
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Valentino Rossi was positive about his ninth-place result in the German GP despite losing a tense battle with Alvaro Bautista and Nicky Hayden.
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Nicky Hayden: "It was fun, with a lot of overtaking, but battling for seventh place, 27 seconds back is hard for me to take at a track that I love and where I’ve been on the podium several times. I got to seventh toward the end and did my best lap, but they came with me. Bautista got me on my last lap, at the bottom of the hill. I re-passed him in the last corner, but he squared it up and nipped me to the line. It’s easy to say now, but I wish I raced the soft tire." - Sachsenring 2011
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Alvaro Bautista: "I am very happy that we are the first finisher after the top-six because they are on a different level at the moment. For the next race I hope to continue with this way of working and get closer to the top.” - Sachsenring 2011
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Cal Crutchlow: "Obviously I can't be happy to have finished 14th because I believe I should be fighting inside the top-10. But taking the positives out of a difficult race, I was able to fight for the whole race with riders that are a lot more experienced than me, and who have much more knowledge of this track." - Sachsenring 2011
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Andrea Dovizioso (#4): "It was a good battle with Simoncelli and Spies for fourth position and I’m happy we won this battle! We were consistently fast during the whole weekend and even though today we were struggling, we finished fourth." - Sachsenring 2011
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Colin Edwards had to ride through a sore throat and rear grip problems in left-hand corners. The American finished 10th and was happy to have set a personal best race time. - Sachsenring 2011
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Casey Stoner (#27): "I made a few small mistakes and that left just Jorge and I for the last few laps. I tried everything I could, riding the cleanest lap possible and trying to block my line, but Jorge came up on the dirty part of the track and I thought it would be too high a risk, but he made it stick and I have to settle for third place. I’m still leading the Championship and I’m thankful for the points here today.” - Sachsenring 2011
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Jorge Lorenzo (#1), Dani Pedrosa (#26) and Andrea Dovizioso (#4) - Sachsenring 2011
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Dani Pedrosa (#26) leading the field during Round 9 of the 2011 MotoGP Championship in Germany.
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Marco Simoncelli: "It’s a shame because fourth place would have felt completely different. I was faster than Dovizioso for the first half of the race and maybe I took too long to pass him, losing contact with the leaders in the process. We passed each other a few times and then the tire wear was so bad on the left side I was really struggling and it was hard to control the bike. I tried everything I could on the last lap but it wasn’t enough and Spies also came through." - Sachsenring 2011
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Ben Spies earned another top-five finish this season, making it his third in a row.
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Dani Pedrosa - Sachsenring 2011
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Casey Stoner (#27): "I was trying to go deep into the corners and square it off to get traction, but when Jorge [Lorenzo] came up the inside of me I picked the bike up but I still had nothing, so Jorge got second place and we had to settle for third."
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Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo made one of his best passes of the season to gain precious points on Casey Stoner.
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After only his second race since returning from injury, Repsol Honda's Dani Pedrosa claimed victory at the Sachsenring.