MotoGP: Marquez returns to top step of podium with win at German GP
Marc Marquez ended a six-race losing streak with a flawless ride to victory in Sunday’s German GP at the Sachsenring.
That makes it six victories in a row at the Sachsenring for Marc Marquez, all of which were won from pole position.
When Marquez came here a year ago, he was chasing his ninth consecutive win of the season. At this point in 2015, Marquez’s title hopes are weak but the Spaniard’s desire to win is anything but. Now that Marquez appears to be back on form, he’s showing no signs of making things easy for the Movistar Yamaha duo in the second half of the season.
"From the beginning I felt good," said Marquez, "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."
Dani Pedrosa has a very good record here in Germany, having won here six times in total across the MotoGP classes. Before the race he said that if he could get a good start and stay at the front for the first few laps, it would make all the difference. This proved to be true as the Spaniard joins team mate Marc Marquez on the podium, securing a 1-2 for the Repsol Honda team. However Pedrosa said the turning point came at half distance: "When the tank emptied at the middle of the race I was comfortable and I went straight past Jorge. Then I went about catching Rossi but he wasn’t easy to pass. On corner exit the Yamaha is strong. Then I made the move and had to push at the end. I had to push a little more than him as he was really trying!"
Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha) finished in third place, which is enough to increase his championship lead, so Rossi had a lot to be happy about: "I think that Dani had something in his pocket – I was at the limit with a constant rhythm, but at one point he was able to pull out two very fast laps, I tried to battle but he was too quick. Anyway it’s another podium, I gained three points on Jorge [Lorenzo] which is important for the championship. We know that we always suffer here against the Hondas, so we’ll wait for a better track for the M1!"
With Rossi’s team mate Jorge Lorenzo coming in fourth place, the Movistar Yamaha duo did enough to maintain their positions at the top of the championship standings, with Rossi enjoying a 13-point lead over Lorenzo.
Andrea Iannone (Ducati Team) claimed fifth position, followed by British riders Bradley Smith (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) and Cal Crutchlow (CWM-LCR Honda) in sixth and seventh respectively.
Pol Espargaró (Monster Yamaha Tech 3), Danilo Petrucci (Octo Pramac Racing) and Aleix Espargaró (Team Suzuki Ecstar) completed the top 10.