The German MotoGP Grand Prix has once again reignited the discussion surrounding the new format introduced this year and the high intensity experienced on Fridays. The riders are required to be on the attack right from the first practice session in order to qualify directly for the second qualifying round. Jack Miller, who is now familiar with the format, acknowledged that the Sachsenring round had its own unique characteristics.
During a press conference, Miller was asked whether he expects any changes to the program following the discussions in the Safety Commission last Friday. He responded, "Some riders like the program, some don't. We know what it is; it's been like that for the last seven Grand Prixs. On Friday, everyone was frustrated, but we have to consider that we have had fantastic weather at this track for the past two years, and now we're back to the conditions we have experienced in the past."
The Sachsenring circuit has been known for its high number of crashes in the past, with one particular turn, the Cascade, being notorious for demanding crashes. Miller pointed out that crashing at the Cascade was almost seen as a rite of passage for MotoGP riders at this track. He also mentioned that the low temperatures and the anticipation of hot weather impacted tire performance during Friday's sessions. Furthermore, with the added pressure of needing to qualify for Q2, the unpredictable conditions added to the overall stress.
However, Miller acknowledged that the stress level ultimately depends on how the riders approach the situation. While the current format can be demanding and stressful, he implied that it is up to the riders to manage and adapt to the conditions in order to secure their positions in the qualifying sessions.
In conclusion, the German MotoGP Grand Prix has once again brought attention to the discussion surrounding the new format and the intense nature of Fridays in the championship. Jack Miller expressed that opinions among riders vary regarding the program, but the current format has been consistent for the last seven Grand Prixs. He highlighted the specific challenges of the Sachsenring circuit and the impact of varying weather conditions on tire performance. Despite the stress associated with qualifying for Q2, Miller emphasized that managing the stress ultimately depends on how the riders approach the situation.