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Marquez storms to Win at Sachsenring

The German Grand Prix at Sachsenring saw Marc Marquez take a pole to victory, ahead of Yamaha rival Maverick Vinales and Cal Crutchlow, LCR Honda. Best Ducati finisher was Danilo Petrucci  who finished fourth in front of Championship hopeful team mate Andrea Dovizioso.

Marquez’s win ensures he extends his lead in the Riders standings, now 58 points apart. The MotoGP contingent now heads for a three-week break before getting back into action at Brno, 2 – 4 August.

At the start, Marquez already on the groove as he led the tightly bunch field on the first turn. A couple of fastest laps ensured he pulled a comfortable lead from the closest pursuer. From the fifth lap onwards, he was on his own unless something some mishaps occur. Marquez practically sailed to the finish line, 4.5 seconds from second place runner. It was the 49th MotoGP win of his career. The victory is Marquez’s tenth straight win at the Sachsenring, a level of domination no other rider has achieved in the modern era.

Suzuki’s Alex Rins briefly stole runner-up spot from Vinales on lap 4. Rins would crash out on lap 19, which promoted Vinales to second. The Yamaha rider drifted further from the Repsol Honda and had to keep Crutchlow in check. In the closing laps, Vinales held second firmly as Crutchlow made a tiny mistake on the final lap.

The third group had the two Ducatis sloughing it out for fourth. After a strong start, Petrucci and Dovizioso were sixth and seventh from the second lap within a group of seven riders separated by only 1.5 seconds, then climbed to fourth and fifth respectively by the half-way point. Petrucci held off his team mate for fourth. just 92 thousandths of a second apart. 

It was a difficult race for Rossi who started from 11th and ended up eighth. He benefitted from several riders who crashed out. He ran ninth after picking off Pol Espargaró. In the final stages of the race, he overtook Franco Morbidelli with 9 laps to go and was eager to join the now fight for fourth, but a mistake, with four laps remaining, cost him a couple of tenths. He tried to have another go, but ultimately had to settle for eighth place, 19.110s from the top.

Jorge Lorenzo’s replacement Stefan Bradl was author to a consistent race, lapping steadily in the mid 1’22s as he chased the group battling for the top ten throughout. The home rider took 11th place from P.Espargaro late in the race and moved into tenth place soon after. He would snap up a tenth spot at the finish line.

2019 German GP Sachsenring results

1         MARC MARQUEZ   SPA   REPSOL HONDA TEAM 41’08.276



4         DANILO PETRUCCI          ITA     MISSION WINNOW DUCATI  + 16.577


6         JACK MILLER         AUS   PRAMAC RACING           + 16.836

7         JOAN MIR    SPA   TEAM SUZUKI ECSTAR           + 17.156

8         VALENTINO ROSSI          ITA     MONSTER ENERGY YAMAHA MOTOGP     + 19.110

9         FRANCO MORBIDELLI     ITA     PETRONAS YAMAHA SRT         + 20.634

10       STEFAN BRADL     GER   REPSOL HONDA TEAM + 22.708

Riders standings

1         MARC MARQUEZ   185    

2         ANDREA DOVIZIOSO       127               

3         DANILO PETRUCCI          121               

4         ALEX RINS   101    

5         MAVERICK VIÑALES        85                 

6         VALENTINO ROSSI          80                 

7         JACK MILLER         70                 

8         FABIO QUARTARARO      67                 

9         CAL CRUTCHLOW 67       16                 

10       POL ESPARGARÒ 56

MotoGP Round 9: A storm before the calm

The Sachsenring hosts Round 9 as the championship hits the mid-part of the season. Defending Champion Marc Marquez is eager to get back on the bike, despite a short rest. The Repsol Honda man usually does well at this circuit. Since joining the premier class in 2013, Marquez has converted pole position to victory on each of his six visits to the German track.

Team mate Jorge Lorenzi isn’t participating this race as he’s recovering from a crash at the previous GP. HRC test rider Stefan Bradl takes over Lorenzo’s spot. Bradl has twice finished in the top five at the Sachsenring while riding a Honda in 2012 and 2013.

Maverick Vinales who won at the previous GP at Assen intends to keep the momentum going this weekend. Vinales has had a podium here as many as  three times, in lower classes. In MotoGP, he has gotten a podium spot last year for Yamaha. His target for this weekend is a podium at the Sachsenring.

The Doctor Valentino Rossi arrives in Saxony searching for redemption after an unfortunate crash in the Netherlands. He scored a strong second place here last year and is more than starving for a podium finish, again. This weekend the Doctor sets out to secure his fifth MotoGP race win at the German circuit to add to his victories from 2002, 2005, 2006 and 2009. He also stood on the premier class podium in 2000, 2003, 2008, and 2018 for a second place, and in 2013 and 2015, having taken third position.

Prior to the race, Ducati MotoGP have signed up Danilo Petrucci for a second term. Petrucci will once again partner Andrea Dovizioso for the new season. His first season with the factory yielded three podium, including a fantastic win at Mugello.

Ducati MotoGP have  scored five podiums in total, the last of which in 2016 with Dovizioso. Last year, moreover, Petrucci led a group of four Ducati riders on the finish line to claim fourth place, just five tenths of a second off the podium. 

Both Ducati riders, who are currently second and third in the championship with 116 and 108 points respectively, are keen to get closer to the top of the standings and finish the first leg of the season positively ahead of a challenging start of the second phase, with three races scheduled in August.

The action at Sachsenring begins today with free practice 1. Lights go out on the 30 lap MotoGP race on Sunday. After that, it’s summer break.

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