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Marquez takes Sachsenring victory

Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez moved back to the top of the MotoGP points standings after a dominating performance at the German Grand Prix netted him his second victory of the year.

 

Starting on pole position, Marquez had a poor start and circulated in fourth position before beginning his charge through the front-runners on the third lap. After seizing the lead from LCR Honda’s Stefan Bradl on lap six, Marquez controlled the race perfectly to cross the finish line 1.559 seconds ahead of Monster Yamaha Tech3’s Cal Crutchlow, who again braved injury for a stunning second place. Taking the final place on the rostrum was Yamaha Factory Racing’s Valentino Rossi who continued the strong form he showed in Assen. Following his best ever MotoGP qualifying performance, Power Electronics Aspar’s Aleix Espargaro was among the top three riders early in the race and ultimately finished in eighth position to once again be the highest placed CRT rider.

 

Track temperatures today reached a peak of 39°C at the start of the race before dropping slightly towards the end of the thirty-lap contest. With Sachsenring requiring a lot of front-end grip in cool conditions, some riders considered using the soft compound front slick for the race. However track temperatures rose in the afternoon, so only four riders ended up selecting this option with the rest of the field choosing the hard compound front. With little time to test the harder rear slick compounds over the race weekend due to the cool morning sessions, most riders chose the well-tested softer rear slick options for the race with only two riders opting for the harder rear slick. Sachsenring is one of the most severe circuits on rear tyres as it features corners where riders attain high lean angles for long periods. Although almost all riders selected the less durable softer rear slick options, no unusual wear was reported during the ace and performance was very high with today’s race being the fastest ever recorded at this circuit.

 

Marquez now sits on 138 points to lead his teammate Dani Pedrosa in the MotoGP championship standings by two points. Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jorge Lorenzo is a further nine points adrift and third place in the rankings.

 

Hiroshi Yamada – Manager, Bridgestone Motorsport Department

“Today’s race was run at a very fast pace and Marc did a fantastic job for his second win of the year so well done to him and Honda. A few different riders led the race during the early stages of the race to the delight of the fans and the pace was so quick that a new race time record was set, beating the old record from 2009 by seven seconds. It is a shame that Jorge, Dani and Andrea could not take part in the race due to injury, I wish them all a quick recovery and hope we can welcome back a full grid of riders at Laguna Seca next weekend.”

 

Shinji Aoki – Manager, Bridgestone Motorsport Tyre Development Department

“Today was a very good race and the quick pace we saw shows that most of the teams managed to find a bike setup that got the best performance out of the tyres. Tyre performance over the race distance was excellent with the consistent lap times showing that the decrease in grip level was quite predictable. Sachsenring is one of the most technical circuits on the calendar and I’m happy that after a difficult start to the weekend that the riders, teams and Bridgestone technicians were able to work together to find a solution to enable the riders to negotiate this challenging circuit both quickly and safely.”

 

Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda – Race Winner

“I didn’t expect to lead the championship after eight races and although the circumstances for this race were a bit special without Dani and Jorge here, it was important to take the twenty-five points for the championship . It’s my second victory in MotoGP and today was a bit different as I led the race and managed the gap at the front and while it was a great experience, I prefer races with a few riders fighting at the front but again I learned a lot today.”

 

German MotoGP  Top 10 Race Classification

 

Pos

Rider

Team

Race Time

Gap

Front spec

Rear spec

Tyres

1

Marc MARQUEZ

Repsol Honda Team

41'14.653

 

Hard

Medium

Bridgestone

2

Cal CRUTCHLOW

Monster Yamaha Tech 3

41'16.212

1.559

Hard

Medium

Bridgestone

3

Valentino ROSSI

Yamaha Factory Racing

41'24.273

9.620

Hard

Medium

Bridgestone

4

Stefan BRADL

LCR Honda MotoGP

41'28.645

13.992

Hard

Medium

Bridgestone

5

Alvaro BAUTISTA

GO&FUN Honda Gresini

41'36.428

21.775

Hard

Medium

Bridgestone

6

Bradley SMITH

Monster Yamaha Tech 3

41'39.733

25.080

Hard

Medium

Bridgestone

7

Andrea DOVIZIOSO

Ducati Team

41'44.680

30.027

Hard

Medium

Bridgestone

8

Aleix ESPARGARO

Power Electronics Aspar

41'44.977

30.324

Hard

Medium

Bridgestone

9

Nicky HAYDEN

Ducati Team

42'00.008

45.355

Hard

Medium

Bridgestone

10

Michele PIRRO

Ignite Pramac Racing

42'01.795

47.142

Hard

Medium

Bridgestone

 

 

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