There are fewer circuits on the 2018 MotoGP calendar that ooze history like the Sachsenring. Originally a street layout in the early decades of the last century the venue weathered war, politics and constant revisions to arrive at a state and status (90 years in fact in 2017) that means it is one of the most unusual Grand Prix challenges.
Aside from the healthy attendances (near capacity in fact) that is symbolic of the passion for motorcycle racing that has glued the world championship scene and countless events to this area of Saxony for so many years, Sachsenring is also a test like no other.
Why? The short trajectory involves very little in the way of a straight (the main start straightaway is just 700m long and an uphill incline that barely allows a full run through the gearbox). The thirteen corners involve a staggering ten that curve to the left requiring not only hefty time off the bike but also some careful strategy by the riders to nurse this side of the race tyres.