Marc Marquez makes it 9 wins in a row after an incredible ride in the 30 lap race at Sachsenring.
Marc Marquez started the German Grand Prix from pole position, his 9th in a row, but was beaten into turn 1 by the two Ducati’s of Lorenzo and Petrucci. Jorge Lorenzo controlled the race for a long time but pushed his soft front tyre too hard and started dropping back into the sights of the Repsol Honda rider who had got the better of Petrucci.
Alex Rins and Pol Espargaro’s race came to an early end after colliding with each other at turn 3, forcing Miller and Iannone to run off the track and fight through the pack.
Valentino Rossi was quick off the mark slotting into 4th position ahead of his teammate who once again looked to be suffering from the full tank of fuel.
Marc Marquez then lined up the pass on Jorge Lorenzo, with a late decision to dive up the inside at the final corner leaving Jorge Lorenzo with no answer.
With Marquez out front, the question was can he save the soft rear tyre.
Rossi had made his way up to third and was piling the pressure on Jorge Lorenzo, and after a mistake at the top of the hill by Lorenzo, Rossi was up to 2nd. Lorenzo was quick to fight back into turn 1 after a very audacious move on the 9 times world champion but ran wide.
LCR Honda had a tough day with both Takaaki Nakagami and Cal Crutchlow crashing in the early laps.
In the middle of the race Valentino Rossi, who was on the medium rear tyre, started to close down the leader but Marc responded and opened the lead to 1.6s.
Pull and Bears Alvaro Bautista had a great race fighting with the factory Honda of Dani Pedrosa who he passed into turn 11.
Back at the front, Jorge Lorenzo was being closed down by Danilo Petrucci who made the move into turn 1 relegating Jorge Lorenzo off the podium.
Maverick Viñales who was suffering from the usual rear traction issues fought back passing Bautista and Dovizioso before closing down Petrucci to put 2 Yamaha’s on the podium.
Marc Marquez came home to take the win ahead of Valentino Rossi who takes his best result of the season.
Maverick Viñales backs up his DutchGP podium with another 3rd place finish.
A shout out to the only KTM, Bradley Smith who held off Hafizh Syahrin to bag a top 10. Franco Morbidelli’s replacement rider Stefan Bradl just missed out on the points in his return to MotoGP after coming home in 16th.
With the future of Sachsenring unknown, could this be the last time Marc Marquez stands on the top step?
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