Marquez wins in Germany for ninth year in a row
German Grand Prix

Marquez wins in Germany for ninth year in a row

15/07/2018

Marc Marquez kept alive his winning streak at the Sachsenring as he won MotoGP's German Grand Prix in dominant fashion ahead of Valentino Rossi.

The Spaniard won from pole position at the German venue to extend his championship lead to 46 points heading into the summer break.

It marked the ninth straight year in which Marquez has achieved the feat at the Sachsenring, stretching back to his 125cc days in 2010.

Honda rider Marquez started the race alongside Danilo Petrucci and Jorge Lorenzo, and both Ducati riders had better getaways.

Lorenzo led Petrucci, but it took Marquez only four laps to start his recovery as he moved past the Pramac Ducati rider at Turn 1.

He then inched closer Lorenzo and, despite sitting only half a second behind, he spent seven laps before moving within striking distance.

Marquez eventually moved past Lorenzo at the final corner, and immediately pulled away as the Ducati rider had to turn his attention to the charging Rossi.

It took Rossi only three laps to overtake Lorenzo, taking advantage of a mistake from the latter at Turn 10, by which time Marquez already had a one-second lead.

The Italian nearly halved the gap by setting the fastest lap, but Marquez responded by going even faster a lap later and then consistently increased his lead thereafter.

He eventually won by 2.1s from Rossi with Marquez dropping a second on the last lap, as Maverick Vinales completed a double podium finish for Yamaha in third.

Vinales had yet another poor start to the race, running only seventh in the early laps, but passed four Ducatis on his way back to the final podium step.

The final move he made was on Petrucci with two laps remaining, the Pramac Ducati rider having to settle for fourth ahead of Angel Nieto rider Alvaro Bautista, who took his best finish of the season.

Both factory Ducatis struggled to stay competitive in the late stages of the race, with Lorenzo slipping to sixth, ahead of team-mate Andrea Dovizioso.

Dani Pedrosa and Johann Zarco spent the race together in eighth and ninth with the former winning that battle, while Bradley Smith matched his best result on a KTM in 10th.

The Briton's team-mate Pol Espargaro was the catalyst of a multi-bike incident at the start, the Spaniard tagging Andrea Iannone and then collecting the other Suzuki of Alex Rins at Turn 2.

Espargaro and Rins retired on the spot with Iannone, as well as Jack Miller, dropping down the order and only finishing 12th and 14th respectively.

Stefan Bradl, who replaced the injured Franco Morbidelli for a home race return, finished 16th, 11 seconds ahead of his Marc VDS team-mate Tom Luthi.

Both LCR Hondas of Cal Crutchlow and Takaaki Nakagami crashed, the Briton falling at Turn 12 while contending for the podium positions.

KTM wildcard Mika Kallio and Aleix Espargaro both withdrew from the race, the Finn injuring his right knee in FP2 and the Aprilia man suffering a blow to the ribs in Sunday morning warm-up.

Related news

Fernando Alonso to retire from Formula One at the end of the season

Fernando Alonso to retire from Formula One at the end of the season

McLaren has announced Fernando Alonso will retire from Formula One at the end of the 2018 season.

Lorenzo defeats Marquez in late Austria battle

Lorenzo defeats Marquez in late Austria battle

Ducati's Jorge Lorenzo took his third victory of the 2018 MotoGP season after outduelling Honda rider Marc Marquez at the Red Bull Ring.

Marquez pips Dovizioso to claim Austrian GP pole

Marquez pips Dovizioso to claim Austrian GP pole

MotoGP world champion Marc Marquez will start the Austrian Grand Prix on pole position for Honda after beating Italian Andrea Dovizioso's time by 0.002 seconds in qualifying on Saturday.

Ducati's Dovizioso wins three-way Czech GP thriller

Ducati's Dovizioso wins three-way Czech GP thriller

Italian Andrea Dovizioso won a Czech Grand Prix thriller in a Ducati one-two on Sunday while Honda's Marc Marquez finished third to stretch his MotoGP lead to 49 points.

Andrea Dovizioso beats Valentino Rossi to pole at Brno

Andrea Dovizioso beats Valentino Rossi to pole at Brno

Ducati rider Andrea Dovizioso took pole position for MotoGP's Czech Grand Prix, beating Valentino Rossi by two tenths in a thrilling pole shootout at Brno.

Daniel Ricciardo to leave Red Bull at end of 2018

Daniel Ricciardo to leave Red Bull at end of 2018

Daniel Ricciardo will leave the Red Bull Formula 1 team at the end of the 2018 season and is understood to be joining Renault.

Superior Tanak eases to Rally Finland victory

Superior Tanak eases to Rally Finland victory

Ott Tanak completed a dominant Rally Finland victory for Toyota with a calm run to the finish, while Thierry Neuville limited the damage to his World Rally Championship lead.

Hamilton eases to Hungary win, Vettel survives Bottas clash for second

Hamilton eases to Hungary win, Vettel survives Bottas clash for second

Lewis Hamilton took his fifth win of the season with victory at the Hungarian Grand Prix as title rival Sebastian Vettel and teammate Valtteri Bottas came to blows on track behind him.

Tanak takes step closer to Rally Finland win

Tanak takes step closer to Rally Finland win

Toyota World Rally Championship driver Ott Tanak will take a lead of nearly 40 seconds into the final day of Rally Finland.

RELATED NEWS

Fernando Alonso to retire from Formula One at the end of the season
Formula One news

Fernando Alonso to retire from Formula One at the end of the season

McLaren has announced Fernando Alonso will retire from Formula One at the end of the 2018 season.

Lorenzo defeats Marquez in late Austria battle
Austrian GP

Lorenzo defeats Marquez in late Austria battle

Ducati's Jorge Lorenzo took his third victory of the 2018 MotoGP season after outduelling Honda rider Marc Marquez at the Red Bull Ring.

Marquez pips Dovizioso to claim Austrian GP pole
Austrian GP - Qualifying

Marquez pips Dovizioso to claim Austrian GP pole

MotoGP world champion Marc Marquez will start the Austrian Grand Prix on pole position for Honda after beating Italian Andrea Dovizioso's time by 0.002 seconds in qualifying on Saturday.

Ducati's Dovizioso wins three-way Czech GP thriller
Czech GP

Ducati's Dovizioso wins three-way Czech GP thriller

Italian Andrea Dovizioso won a Czech Grand Prix thriller in a Ducati one-two on Sunday while Honda's Marc Marquez finished third to stretch his MotoGP lead to 49 points.

Andrea Dovizioso beats Valentino Rossi to pole at Brno
MotoGP Czech Grand Prix - Qualifying

Andrea Dovizioso beats Valentino Rossi to pole at Brno

Ducati rider Andrea Dovizioso took pole position for MotoGP's Czech Grand Prix, beating Valentino Rossi by two tenths in a thrilling pole shootout at Brno.

Daniel Ricciardo to leave Red Bull at end of 2018
Formula 1 news

Daniel Ricciardo to leave Red Bull at end of 2018

Daniel Ricciardo will leave the Red Bull Formula 1 team at the end of the 2018 season and is understood to be joining Renault.

Superior Tanak eases to Rally Finland victory
WRC Rally Finland

Superior Tanak eases to Rally Finland victory

Ott Tanak completed a dominant Rally Finland victory for Toyota with a calm run to the finish, while Thierry Neuville limited the damage to his World Rally Championship lead.

Hamilton eases to Hungary win, Vettel survives Bottas clash for second
Hungarian Grand Prix

Hamilton eases to Hungary win, Vettel survives Bottas clash for second

Lewis Hamilton took his fifth win of the season with victory at the Hungarian Grand Prix as title rival Sebastian Vettel and teammate Valtteri Bottas came to blows on track behind him.

Tanak takes step closer to Rally Finland win
WRC Rally Finland

Tanak takes step closer to Rally Finland win

Toyota World Rally Championship driver Ott Tanak will take a lead of nearly 40 seconds into the final day of Rally Finland.