DANI PEDROSA (1st – Repsol Honda): “I’m really very happy with this win. We finally made it happen and it’s great not only for me, but also for my team that never gave up, for my family and fans that have been pushing and supporting me all this time when we were taking second and third places, but missing out on the victory. The podiums we had this season were very important, but I really wanted to give a victory to my team and it arrived today at a circuit that I always enjoy. It’s been a really hard day though. Casey had a superb race also and put a lot of pressure on me at the end, but I knew that I had the pace and that we both would need to fight for the victory until the last turn. I tried to brake hard, close all the doors and to take the win”.
JORGE LORENZO (2nd – Yamaha Factory Racing): “Well, things can change completely in one race. In Holland we had a 25 point advantage then suddenly zero, one engine less and we were very disappointed. Then today we had some luck from Casey’s unfortunate crash. I would have been happy to have finished in third position because today the bike and the rear tyre was not so good. The race was very tough; I always seem to finish second here! I would have preferred not to crash in Assen and for Casey not to crash here but that is racing sometimes. We struggled a little all weekend with the changing weather so we must be happy with the end result”.
ANDREA DOVIZIOSO (3rd – Monster Yamaha Tech 3): “I am really happy to finish on the podium again and it is a great feeling to do it here because this track has never been the best for me. It was the same in Assen last week, so to be on the podium there and also here at the Sachsenring shows the fantastic job that we are all doing in the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team. Of course we have to consider ourselves a little bit fortunate today to finish third because of Casey’s crash. But it proved how crucial it was for me to remain at the front of the battle with Cal and Ben for the whole race. Now I go to my home race in Mugello with a lot of confidence and the goal will be to battle for the podium again”.
BEN SPIES (4th – Yamaha Factory Racing): “It was a frustrating race, but I guess we have to be happy with a top five. We had a lot more potential but we did the best we could with the set up we had. We didn’t have enough edge grip and acceleration so I had to sit behind Dovi and Cal and wait. I could see Cal was getting a little impatient and wanting to pass Dovi so I was hoping he would and maybe clear a spot for me to get by. I had a good pace but not enough to out brake them so had to play a waiting game”.
STEFAN BRADL (5th – LCR Honda): “It was a tough race from the beginning because I had to fight to maintain the gap to the group behind me. But I took another good start and this is very positive: after that I was capable to follow the Yamaha riders for a while but I could feel that our corner speed was not enough and our edge grip in the left side was poor because after 3 or 4 laps the bike started to spin already. That caused me some issues because I was not able to attack them and in the middle of the race I had to let them go. From that moment I had to manage the group behind me till the chequered flag and it was very difficult. So I had to push myself to the maximum to block Rossi, Hayden and Barberá in the last 3 laps. I am very happy about this result because I could relegate them behind me and this fifth place is a fantastic result for me, for my family, for the Team and for my local fans”.
VALENTINO ROSSI (6th – Ducati Team): “Today’s race went a little bit better. This weekend we decided to work on a setting that was similar to the one we used at Barcelona and Estoril, in order to suffer less with the rear tyre. Although we weren’t able to try it much in the dry, it turned out to be pretty effective. It allowed me to have a pace that was consistent and pretty fast until the end. The gap to the Hondas is large, but the Yamahas were closer today. When I realized that I didn’t have the pace to escape the group I was in, I waited for the right moment to attack, and in the end, I was able to pass almost all of them. I tried with Bradl as well, but when I was almost next to him, they gave us the yellow flag for Stoner’s crash, and I backed off because anyway, I would have had to let him back by. I was sixth, our best result in the dry this year, so now we’ll continue in this direction. The bike is a little more difficult to ride, but at least I’m able to brake hard and to ride at a good pace until the end”.
ALVARO BAUTISTA (7th – San Carlo Honda Gresini): “I am happy because to start from last and finish seventh is a good result. It’s just a shame that I lost so much time at the start trying to pass the CRTs. I was trying to do it without taking too many risks and then once I got past them I had a lot of sliding from the rear tyre, which made it a long and difficult race. I tried to adapt my riding style and use the throttle in a different way and in the second half of the race I was able to close down the guys in front of me. I actually managed to pass Rossi and Bradl on the penultimate lap but I lost the front and almost crashed. I wanted to try again on the last lap but as we came into the braking zone at the bottom of the hill I could see the yellow flags so that was that. I had another look in the last corner but couldn’t make the pass. Anyway, the result is good and for that I want to thank the team for giving 100% all weekend even though they knew this would be a tough race”.
CAL CRUTCHLOW (8th – Monster Yamaha Tech 3): “I’m pretty disappointed to be honest and I think we definitely deserved better. My mistake was not passing Andrea earlier because I had the pace to be with Lorenzo. I was just waiting behind Andrea for the last five laps to size up an attack but unfortunately I ran off at the first corner. It was my mistake but I got back on track and was just as fast and recovered a couple of places, so it wasn’t too bad in the end. I’m not sure why but Andrea’s bike seemed to accelerate better than mine and he had more speed on the straight. Once again though I have showed what I am capable of. I got the third fastest lap of the race too so we definitely have the speed to battling in the top five at every race”.
HECTOR BARBERA (9th – Pramac Racing): “I’m really happy. It was the best and the most enjoyable race of this 2012 campaign. I fought with the Ducati Factory riders and I finished the race between Valentino and Nicky. But the most important point was that I had a great race pace and the gap from the top three MotoGP riders wasn’t too large. Now I want to continue on this way, trying to enjoy riding, like today”.
NICKY HAYDEN (10th – Ducati Team): “I’m really frustrated to have been in a big battle like that, only to arrive at the end of it. For the most part, I felt just as fast as the other riders in the group and even faster in places, until about the last five laps. Then I think I was hurt by the combination of the tyre going off and me trying too hard at the end. I really started to spin and lost the rear a couple times on entry. To arrive tenth, when fifth was just over a second in front, is hard for a racer to take. I can’t be too happy with that one, but we’ll get another shot in a week at Mugello”.
RANDY DE PUNIET (11th – Power Electronics Aspar Team): “Today I had a good race, to round off a great weekend. My start was perfect and I was quickly up alongside my teammate. I got past him and latched onto the rear wheel of some factory bikes for a few laps. They broke away a little later, but this push at the start allowed me to keep my pace up. Álvaro got by me and I stuck with him as well, which also allowed me to ride fast and consistently. This has undoubtedly been my best weekend of the year –above all the race. I was riding by myself for a great deal of the time and it wasn’t easy, so I had to keep focus and not drop my pace. This is the second race in which we have been the best CRT, we are working well and I feel comfortable with the bike –Which shows on track. We are going in the right direction and have to continue like this”.
COLIN EDWARDS (12th – NGM Mobile Forward Racing): “I had a great start, got to the first corner but Barbera wouldn’t le me have it, so he comes up on the inside and pushes out and a couple of other got me there. I put my head down and started putting laps together, tried not make any mistakes. We had a big problem in the beginning of the race with the traction control, just steps to fast out and its just not very friendly. I spent the next few laps playing with the traction control, trying to get something more to get it to be smoother. The Espargaro was in front of me and I saw that I was catching little by little on to him, passed him then he passed me and finally passed him again and made it stick. I could see De Puniet was coming back little by little but I just didn’t have enough time to left. Thanks to my guys, we worked really hard this weekend in both the wet and the dry and thanks to Bridgestone”.
ALEIX ESPARGARO (13th – Power Electronics Aspar Team): “Today’s was a tough race, because we didn’t have the bike as well setup for the conditions as for in the rain. We had barely ridden in the dry this weekend and paid the price for that. I pushed as hard as I could at the start, but the bike wasn’t going as well as we wanted, I lacked front end feel and was finding it hard to hold my line on the fast corners. I kept a fast pace up to try and hold position, but Colin got past me at the end. We lost some points and it is disappointing, just like in Holland. Randy has moved ahead of us but things are very even. We have to keep fighting to continue our good form”.
MATTIA PASINI (Not Classified – Speed Master): “It’s a shame how this weekend ended. Things were going better, for the race we had managed to find a solution that helped us in being more competitive on top of the ART machine. We knew we had a consistent rhythm and that we had the chance to fight among the other CRT bikes, I was just waiting for the second part of the race to try and move up a few positions. On the fifth lap another rider made me crash and the race ended that way. Now we leave venid this GP to look towards Mugello, our home race, and we’ll see if we can make up there”.
MICHELE PIRRO (Not classified – San Carlo Honda Gresini): “There is not much I can say after another unlucky race. We didn’t need the crash yesterday and today we had the same problem that caused me to retire in Qatar. It’s a shame because we could have had a good race and made life difficult for the top CRT. I am disappointed for me and the team but we will try to make up for it at Mugello”.
CASEY STONER (Not classified – Repsol Honda): “I’m pretty disappointed, I had planned to go for my ‘win or bin’ effort in the last corner, not that one! I was happy on the bike and felt we had a few tenths a lap over Dani and confident I could pull him back in. On the final lap I made a mistake going into the first turn and I had to push a little more than I wanted through some of the sections but I got on to Dani exactly where I wanted and planned to make my overtake in the last corner, if I didn’t have an opportunity earlier in the lap. I felt confident but as soon as I tried to turn in a little more, the front went. I was already off the brakes and not in the hard braking area, as soon as I eased of the brakes I guess the weight came off the front and down I went. I’m frustrated I wasn’t allowed to get up and try and score some points, the bike was perfect, but the marshals pushed me away. It’s our first crash in a race, down to our own mistake, for the first time in a long time so I’m disappointed for sure, but we knew we had the pace. If we can continue this momentum for the rest of the season then we shouldn’t be so worried for the Championship”.
Sincerely, Eduard Ballús