8th Jul 2024


Tony Arbolino was in the thick of the victory fight for much of the German GP before a massive moment at Turn 7 lost him crucial time.

After the heavy storm that engulfed the Sachsenring on Saturday evening, conditions had cleared for Sunday. The 9th round of the Moto2 season took place under overcast skies and cooler ambient temperatures of 19 degrees.

As was witnessed in each of the past three years, the Sachsenring was packed to attendance as 98,015 fans watched on from the grandstands on Sunday.

Tony Arbolino has been the lone Elf Marc VDS Racing Team entrant at this year’s German GP as team-mate Filip Salac was declared unfit on Friday morning. The Czech rider hadn’t fully recovered 100% from his Assen crash last Friday.

Starting 6th on the inside of the front row, Tony got a sensational getaway to place 3rd on the lap 1. By the 7th lap he was leading an exciting 5-rider fight for victory. 

But a near-high-side at Turn 7 on lap 18 of 25 caused him to drop back to 6th. And the Italian struggled to maintain his pace in the closing laps as his feeling with the rear tyre worsened. Although 9th at the end, he finished just 7s off victor Fermin Aldeguer.

The 7 points gained for 9th sees Tony climb 2 places in the World Championship to 11th with 50 points.

TONY ARBOLINO, 9th , +7.018 s.

“That was a long race! It was quite tough to manage the rear tyre and make sure we had some grip left at the end. I had some problems in the last few laps which made me lose time and lose positions. But we need to understand what exactly happened. I’m pretty angry because I don’t think I deserved the drop of the rear tyre because I felt like I had been managing it well. So, we now have a clear target for the next races, which is to work hard on the final part of the race, so we can be even stronger and fight for better results.”

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