The Germany GP, scheduled for 13 to 15 July at the Sachsenring, is almost the mid-season turning point for MotoGP.
Last year the German racetrack celebrated its 90th anniversary. It was in Germany, at Nurburing in 1978, that a bike with Brembo brakes first won a race in the top category: the winner was Virginio Ferrari (Suzuki) with a gap of just 7 tenths over Johnny Cecotto.
Sachsenring is the only MotoGP circuit that is less than 4 km long. And yet, it has 13 bends, 10 of which are left turns, and very short straightaways: the longest, before the finish line, is just over 700 meters.
The winding racetrack means that brakes are used only moderately: 3 of the 7 braking sessions last for less than 2 seconds, while another lasts only 2.2 seconds.
On the other hand, the short gaps between one bend and the next mean the brake system doesn't have time to cool, and high temperatures make matters worse: in 2015 the asphalt reached 42 °C during the race.
According to Brembo technicians, who assist 100% of the 2018 MotoGP pilots, Sachsenring is slightly demanding on the brakes. On a scale of 1 to 5 the track is ranked 3, the second lowest ranking for the summer after TT Circuit Assen.