On 6 March 2015 the official press conference and team presentation of the SAXOPRINT Racing Team Germany took place at the Sachsenring race circuit in Hohenstein-Ernstthal, Saxony. Compared with last year there were many more supporters and journalists to welcome the team which includes the riders John McPhee, Alexis Masbou and local hero Maximilian Kappler. We would now like to introduce you to the SAXOPRINT Racing Team Germany and prepare you for the new season which starts this weekend.
The well-attended press conference was moderated by journalist and commentator Ron Ringguth who led the attendees through a lively event. Along with Alex Hofmann and Dirk Raudies the native of Dresden will be commentating on the races of the FIM Motorcycle World Championship (MotoGP™, Moto2™, Moto3™) for Eurosport.
This year’s motorcycle design was finally revealed after an hour-long press conference in which team manager Dirk Heidolf fielded many questions from representatives of the press about the regulations and the technical features of the two NSF250RW factory Hondas. The highlight of the evening was the announcement that the Scottish Grand Prix rider John McPhee will walk through the rider’s paddock wearing a kilt, should he achieve the first podium finish of his career in the Moto3™. – We will keep you updated and remind John of his promise.
The signing of the Frenchman Alexis Masbou has been accompanied by a new line-up of team mechanics. Alongside familiar faces such as Toni Gruschka the evening also witnessed the introduction of the new chief mechanic Marco Agostini (Italy) and the race mechanics Alejandro Martinez Robles (Spain) and Simon Dubouloz (Switzerland). Italian and Spanish will now be spoken in the box of the German racing team alongside German, English and French.
Alexis Masbou gained his first motorcycle experience at the age of eleven. In 2001 the Frenchman celebrated his debut in the 50cc Conti Cup and a year later moved up to the 125ccm class. In 2003 he made his debut in the Le Mans GP, while in 2004 he won the French 125ccm Championship and achieved sixth place in the European Championship. In 2005 Alexis took part in the World Championship where he completed his first full season. In the following years he rode for teams such as the Worldwide Racing Team, Caretta Technology and Ongetta-Rivacold. The 165cm tall Alexis Masbou achieved his first victory in Brünn and finished in third place at the Sachsenring. After finishing in sixth place in the World Championship in 2014 he is now part of the SAXOPRINT Racing Team Germany. Alexis is looking forward to the start of the season in Qatar where he achieved the fastest lap last season.
The 20-year-old Scotsman John McPhee will be celebrating his third season for the SAXOPRINT Racing Team Germany this weekend. Team manager Dirk Heidolf is hoping for even more self-confident performances from the young rider and an overall further improvement in performance. In the previous two years he has been able to develop significantly alongside his team colleagues Jack Miller and Efrén Vázquez and in the new season will have to assert himself against Alexis Masbou. He will continue to be supported by the private talent development organisation the Racing Steps Foundation. John, who will continue to work on his consistency, has a good chance of recording his first podium finish this season. We wish him all the best in his battle for World Championship points.
For Maximilian Kappler this season will be a key year. Max Kappler will face tough competition in the newly created FIM CEV Repsol Moto3™ Junior World Championship, which is generally considered to be a direct stepping stone for the Motorcycle World Championship. He has the full support of his parents and has taken a year out from grammar school. Alongside participation in the Junior World Championship there are also three wildcard appearances planned for Max in the Moto3 World Championship 2015. His objective will be to pave the way for his participation in the World Championship in 2016. We will support him in this aim as best we can.
One week before the Commercial Bank Grand Prix of Qatar (Losail International Circuit) the SAXOPRINT Racing Team Germany completed a second test in Jerez de la Frontera. The three days of tests in the city situated near the Costa de la Luz in the Spanish region of Andalusia were accompanied by wind and rain. Under these difficult weather conditions it was a complicated affair to carry out the final adjustments to the motorcycles. Some training sessions had to be cancelled.
However one thing was clear: John McPhee and Alexis Masbou were both able to assert themselves on the second day of training. John coped superbly with his bike and built up a great deal of self-confidence for the coming season. Alexis demonstrated a clear improvement compared with previous training sessions and is also looking forward to the 2015 season.
So that you can follow all of the events involving SAXOPRINT RTG on television or at the race track, here is this year’s racing calendar for the FIM Motorcycle World Championship which also includes the Moto3 World Championship. Make a note of these dates and join us in wishing our team all the best.
|Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix 2015|
|29.03.||GP of Qatar||Losail|
|12.04.||GP of the USA||Austin|
|19.04.||GP of Argentina||Termas de Río Hondo|
|03.05.||GP of Spain||Jerez|
|17.05.||GP of France||Le Mans|
|31.05.||GP of Italy||Mugello|
|14.06.||GP of Catalonia||Barcelona|
|27.06.||GP of the Netherlands||Assen|
|12.07.||GP of Germany||Sachsenring|
|09.08.||GP of Indianapolis||Indianapolis|
|16.08.||GP of the Czech Republic||Brünn|
|30.08.||GP of Great Britain||Silverstone|
|13.09.||GP of San Marino||Misano|
|27.09.||GP of Aragon||Aragon|
|11.10.||GP of Japan||Motegi|
|18.10.||GP of Australia||Phillip Island|
|25.10.||GP of Malaysia||Sepang|
|08.11.||GP of Valencia||Valencia|