Six out of six for Marquez in Germany
Defending MotoGP champion, Marc Marquez, scored only his second victory of season by leading home Repsol Honda teammate Dani Pedrosa and Yamaha mounted championship leader, Valentino Rossi, in yesterday’s German Grand Prix at the Sachsennring.
After a somewhat disappointing season so far, which netted him only a single victory at the US Grand Prix in April and a series of crashes afterwards, Marquez, who narrowly lost out to Rossi at the previous round in The Netherlands, fought back from a slow start to secure his sixth career victory at the circuit, also reducing to gap to third place Andrea Iannone to four points in the overall championship.
“I am very happy with this victory. I've been chasing it hard over the last few races. In Assen we began to see the light at the end of the tunnel; after Barcelona which was very hard, I felt good on the bike again thanks to the changes we made,” Marquez told MotoGP.com afterwards.
“From the beginning I felt good and when I had the gap I just tried to manage it. I'm happy because this weekend we’ve been always first and it has been a long time since I had that. It’s a good result to go on holidays with, but I want to keep getting better”.
Despite securing a Honda front row lockout, both Marquez and Pedrosa were immediately overtaken, around the outside of turn one, by a fast starting Jorge Lorenzo, who had has four race victory streak ended by teammate Rossi at Assen last time round.
With Rossi also having managed to pass the Hondas, a close fought swapping of places eventually ended when first Marquez and then Pedrosa slipped passed the Yamaha near half distance. Not long after, Rossi was also demoted to third on a track that has historically never favoured the Yamahas.
“In the end, the only good thing was my good start and that, after a bad race, we only lost three points,” eventual fourth place finisher Lorenzo said.
“When I started losing the rear and I had a lot of problems picking up the bike with good drive and on braking the rear didn‘t support the front enough to stop the bike and I had to start braking earlier and earlier. This made it very difficult to keep up the pace. Now it's too late, but as I said, we lost only three points and that‘s not so bad for the championship.”
In a similar reaction, Rossi stated that little could be done to secure victory as the Hondas had shown too much pace during qualifying and the race.
“For this weekend I think third was the maximum we could reach, because Marquez was stronger than us. It may only be three points more that we scored, but it‘s still another podium and I extended the lead a little bit,” he said, adding that trying to catch Pedorsa proved impossible.
“The perfect way to describe the race is that “I tried to beat Dani”. I tried, but on the last laps he was too fast for me. I tried to stay with Pedrosa for ten laps, because I knew that it was key on gaining some time on Jorge. Today‘s third place is crucial because Jorge arrived here with four victories in a row, where he gained 28 points, so it was a very important win in Assen and also to arrive in front of him here, so we extend the lead to 13 points”.
Behind the top four, Iannone salvaged some points for Ducati by finishing fifth after his teammate, Andrea Dovizioso, crashed out while battling LCR Honda’s Cal Crutchlow, who eventually finished seventh behind the Monster Tech3 Yamaha of Bradley Smith.
Smith’s teammate Pol Espargaró crossed the in eighth ahead of Pramac Ducati rider Danilo Petrucci and older brother Aleix on the Ecstar Suzuki.
The series now heads into its summer break before the second half commences at Indianapolis on August 9th.
IMAGE sourced from sport.bt.com
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