MotoGP Germany: Marc Marquez claims his 9th Sachsenring victory
- MotoGP's German Grand Prix watched Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda) claimed his ninth consecutive win from pole position at the Sachsenring in Germany.
Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha) took the 2nd position for his best result of the 2018, Maverick Vinales (Movistar Yamaha) was the 3rd position.
This result marks Marc Marquez leads to 46 points over Valentino Rossi on MotoGP world championship.
Beginning of the race, Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati Team) and Danilo Petrucci (Pramac Ducati) led the race and Marc Marquez, Valentino Rossi, Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda Castrol) and Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) followed them.
Jorge Lorenzo led the race until 12 laps, but he struggled tyre problem then Marc Marquez passed him, and moved down to 6th finally.
Valentino Rossi moved up to 2nd in 12 laps, following Marquez. Rossi nearly halved the gap by setting the fastest lap, but Marquez responded by going even faster a lap later and then consistently increased his lead thereafter.
Marc Marquez eventually won by 2.1s from Rossi with Marquez dropping a second on the last lap, as Maverick Vinales completed a double podium finish for Yamaha in third.
Alvaro Bautista (Angel Nieto Team) took 5th following Danilo Petrucci, his best finish of the season.
Stefan Bradl (Marc VDS), who replaced the injured Franco Morbidelli for a home race return, finished 16th
Cal Crutchlow, Takaaki Nakagami (LCR Honda), Pol Espargaro (KTM), Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia) and Alex Rins (Suzuki) crashed out.
After the race, Marc Marquez said;
“Today was an incredible victory. You can say ‘oh another victory at Sachsenring’ but it’s not another victory; every year I have more pressure, every year it’s more difficult – especially this year, we had the whole weekend in dry conditions, everybody can prepare for race so well. It was very, very tough. If you look at the lap times, the first 20 laps we were just there in the same tenth. So, it was crucial to be on the same line every lap and we did a really good job.
I started and was able to push but I said ‘okay, be calm’. I caught Lorenzo and overtook him, I opened a small gap but then I saw Valentino was coming very, very fast. So, then when he was just 0.8, 0.7, 0.6, I said ‘okay, now it’s time to push’ and then, with 4 laps to go, I gave everything. I used the tire and it was my fastest lap of the race and I opened a good gap.
It was important to take this victory before the summer break because we were working very hard this first part of the season. We’ve won many races, but we made two mistakes, two zeroes and we cannot accept this. We need to keep improving because Yamaha riders are very fast. Every time, faster and faster. We’ll see what happens in the second half of the season but, at the moment, time to take a rest and time to prepare the next 10 races.
I’m only thinking about the party tonight! Brno will be hard. It’s a racetrack where we struggle every year. For this reason, we did a test before this race to try to be ready for that race weekend. We will see but it looks like Yamaha and Ducati are getting stronger and stronger. With Honda we need to do another step because they are very fast.”
Pramac Motorrad Grand Prix Race Results
- Marc Marquez / Repsol Honda / 41m 5.019s
- Valentino Rossi / Movistar Yamaha / 41m 7.215s
- Maverick Vinales / Movistar Yamaha / 41m 7.795s
- Danilo Petrucci / Pramac Ducati / 41m 8.395s
- Alvaro Bautista / Angel Nieto Team / 41m 10.202s
- Jorge Lorenzo / Ducati Team / 41m 10.799s
- Andrea Dovizioso / Ducati Team / 41m 12.960s
- Dani Pedrosa / Repsol Honda / 41m 17.730s
- Johann Zarco / Monster Yamaha Tech3 / 41m 19.447s
- Bradley Smith / Red Bull KTM Factory / 41m 26.493s
- Hafizh Syahrin / Monster Yamaha Tech3 / 41m 30.828s
- Andrea Iannone / Suzuki Ecstar / 41m 30.982s
- Tito Raba / Reale Avintia / 41m 34.059s
- Jack Miller / Pramac Ducati / 41m 34.344s
- Scott Redding / Factory Aprilia Gresini / 41m 39.142s
- Stefan Bradl / EG 0,0 Marc VDS / 41m 43.226s
- Thomas Luthi / EG 0,0 Marc VDS / 41m 54.388s
- Karel Abraham / Angel Nieto Team / 42m 6.041s
- Xavier Simeon / Reale Avintia / 42m 21.711s
- source : MotoGP