Marc Marquez dominates German MotoGP

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Marc Marquez is more than two races clear of his championship rivals after a dominant victory in the German MotoGP.

The Repsol Honda rider was unchallenged for most of the 30 laps around the Sachsenring having been headed only during the run to the first corner.

Maverick Viñales was strong enough on his Monster Energy Yamaha to keep Cal Crutchlow behind him as they finished on the podium, while Jack Miller was sixth.

Fabio Quartararo (Petronas SRT Yamaha) started well from the middle of the front row but Marquez braked late into Turn 1 and emerged with the lead, from Viñales, Miller, Alex Rins, Crutchlow, and Quartararo.

Rins had to twice pass Miller before he overtook Viñales at Turn 12 on Lap 4, but could not match the pace of Marquez.

The #42 Suzuki Ecstar entry was more than three seconds adrift of the lead when Rins lost the front end at Turn 11 on Lap 19, his second crash in as many races.

Crutchlow did not take long to pass Miller’s Pramac Ducati and then caught up to Viñales by Lap 9.

The Brit tailed the Spaniard until he nearly had a spill on the penultimate lap, which prompted him to give up the chase and bring the Castrol LCR Honda safely home in third.

Marquez, meanwhile, got almost seven seconds up the road before he eased off on the final lap, taking the chequered flag with his arms crossed in appropriately nonchalant fashion.

An entertaining battle for fourth between the three Desmosedici GP19s and Suzuki’s Joan Mir ultimately went the way of Mission Winnow Ducati’s Danilo Petrucci.

His team-mate Andrea Dovizioso took fifth, Miller sixth, and Mir seventh, the latter fading towards the end after looking like he might end up at the head of that pack.

Valentino Rossi (Monster Energy Yamaha) had a watching brief as he finished eighth, ahead of Franco Morbidelli (Petronas SRT Yamaha) and Stefan Bradl, who stood in for Jorge Lorenzo on the second Repsol Honda entry.

Quartararo crashed out on Lap 2 while trying to reclaim sixth position from Petrucci, with Aleix Espargaro (Gresini Aprilia) and Johann Zarco (Red Bull KTM Factory) also failing to make the finish due to falls.

Marquez’s championship lead over Dovizioso is 58 points heading into the summer break, which concludes with Round 10 in the Czech Republic on August 2-4.

Race results: German MotoGP

Pos Num Rider Nat Team Bike Time/Gap
1 93 Marc MARQUEZ ESP Repsol Honda Team Honda 41:08.276
2 12 Maverick VIÑALES ESP Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha +4.587
3 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR LCR Honda CASTROL Honda +7.741
4 9 Danilo PETRUCCI ITA Ducati Team Ducati +16.577
5 04 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Ducati Team Ducati +16.669
6 43 Jack MILLER AUS Pramac Racing Ducati +16.836
7 36 Joan MIR ESP Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki +17.156
8 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha +19.110
9 21 Franco MORBIDELLI ITA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha +20.634
10 6 Stefan BRADL GER Repsol Honda Team Honda +22.708
11 53 Tito RABAT ESP Reale Avintia Racing Ducati +26.345
12 44 Pol ESPARGARO ESP Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +26.574
13 29 Andrea IANNONE ITA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia +32.753
14 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI JPN LCR Honda IDEMITSU Honda +32.925
15 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Reale Avintia Racing Ducati +37.934
16 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN MAS Red Bull KTM Tech 3 KTM +41.615
17 63 Francesco BAGNAIA ITA Pramac Racing Ducati +56.189
18 88 Miguel OLIVEIRA POR Red Bull KTM Tech 3 KTM +57.377
DNF 41 Aleix ESPARGARO ESP Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 2 Laps
DNF 42 Alex RINS ESP Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki 12 Laps
DNF 5 Johann ZARCO FRA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 28 Laps
DNF 20 Fabio QUARTARARO FRA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 29 Laps

Race winner: 30 laps

Championship points

Pos Rider Nat Pts
1 Marc MARQUEZ ESP 185
2 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA 127
3 Danilo PETRUCCI ITA 121
4 Alex RINS ESP 101
5 Maverick VIÑALES ESP 85
6 Valentino ROSSI ITA 80
7 Jack MILLER AUS 70
12 Takaaki NAKAGAMI JPN 50
13 Joan MIR ESP 39
15 Andrea IANNONE ITA 21
16 Jorge LORENZO ESP 19
17 Johann ZARCO FRA 16
18 Miguel OLIVEIRA POR 15
19 Tito RABAT ESP 14
20 Stefan BRADL GER 12
21 Francesco BAGNAIA ITA 11
22 Michele PIRRO ITA 9
23 Sylvain GUINTOLI FRA 3
24 Karel ABRAHAM CZE 3
25 Hafizh SYAHRIN MAS 3
26 Bradley SMITH GBR  

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