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
2 MAVERICK VIÑALES SPA MONSTER ENERGY YAMAHA MOTOGP + 4.587
3 CAL CRUTCHLOW GBR LCR HONDA CASTROL + 7.741
4 DANILO PETRUCCI ITA MISSION WINNOW DUCATI + 16.577
5 ANDREA DOVIZIOSO ITA MISSION WINNOW DUCATI + 16.669
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
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