Sunday’s Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland saw Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez pick up his ninth MotoGP race win in as many races. Although the race at Germany’s Sachsenring was hampered by rain prior to the event, the reigning World Champion remained undaunted and turned in a stellar performance to take the win.
Marquez started from pole position after having broken the track’s lap record during qualifying the day before, but he did not take the lead immediately. Even so and despite the wet conditions, he was able to maneuver quickly and safely through the field within the first several laps and overtake the lead. From there, he pulled a gap and claimed victory.
“Before going out on track I thought it would be a similar race to Assen,” Marquez said. “But in the end the surface dried out very quickly… The race was nice, especially the first part which was when I enjoyed it the most."
Marquez’s Repsol Honda teammate Dani Pedrosa joined him on the podium in second place. Although Pedrosa tried to mount a challenge for the win in the final laps, the Spaniard wound up settling for the runner-up spot. This is Pedrosa’s seventh podium of the season.
“The start of the race today was a bit like Assen,” Pedrosa said. “Rainfall before the race meant that half the track was wet… We couldn’t fight for victory but we were very close, Marc was very fast today, too. Now we have the test at Brno and will try to find a few tenths somewhere, so that we can go faster and be even stronger at Indy.”
Rounding out the podium was Movistar Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo. This result was particularly impressive for the Spaniard, who had to mount an aggressive charge through the field from as far back as 16th all the way up to third. This result marks Lorenzo’s third podium of the season.
“I’m satisfied because finally we got another podium,” Lorenzo said. “At the last two races I couldn’t do it for some reason… Anyway, I had a good race and I did my best. I was very focused and riding very well. If we can gain one or two tenths on the competition we can try to win. Little by little we are coming closer.”
With this round, the MotoGP season has reached the halfway point. The series will take a three-week hiatus before the U.S. round at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway next month. In the overall championship points standings, Marquez continues to lead, with teammate Pedrosa in second and Movistar Yamaha’s Valentino Rossi in third.