MARSHALLNG SUPPORT: Spain’s Marc Marquez celebrates with track marshals after winning the 2015 German MotoGP at the Sachsenring in Hohenstein-Ernstthal on July 12, 2015. Image: AP / Jens Meyer
SACHSENRING, Germany - Two-times defending MotoGP champion Marc Marquez' extraordinary record at the Sachsenring continued on Sunday (July 12 2015) as he won the German MotoGP for only his second win of the season.
The 22-year-old Spaniard - winning his sixth race in six years on the circuit - led home Honda team mate Dani Pedrosa with championship leader Valentino Rossi third on a Yamaha.
Rossi, seeking a 10th GP title and seventh in the 500cc/MotoGP category, extended his lead over team mate Jorge Lorenzo who finished fourth for 13 points.
The championship is at the halfway mark and will now take a break for three weeks with the next race in Indianapolis in the US.
Marquez, winning for the first time in six races and putting an end to his longest losing run of four since his days in 125cc in 2009, said it was encouraging but work still had to be done. “I feel good and happy," he added.
"This is a good race on which to finish on and go on holiday but we need to carry on working and getting better."
Pedrosa, with his second podium finish of the campaign, said he was delighted by his performance. "It was a very difficult race, especially at the beginning because it has been a long time since I was in the front and fighting with these guys.
"It is a good result after a long time of struggle. I hope we will be a bit more competitive in the second half of the season."
'ANOTHER PODIUM FINISH
Rossi, now 36 and who won the last of his four races at the Sachsenring in 2009, was gracious in defeat having failed to get past Pedrosa for second. “Dani had something in his pocket at the end and I was at my limit.
"Still, it is another podium finish (he’s finished in the top three from all nine races so far in 2015 season and it was his 13th in succession) at a track we know we suffer at and I have gained three points on Jorge."
Early on there was little indication of what would unfold in terms of Honda's race dominance. Lorenzo produced a blistering start to move from the inside to the outside and sweep past Pedrosa and Marquez while Rossi made up two places to move into fourth by the end of the first of the 30 laps including passing 'Maniac Joe' Iannone.
The exuberant Italian, perhaps pressing too hard, had a wobble on Lap 2 and was bounced out of his saddle but, with an open-mouthed team chief Lin Jarvis watching on TV, he managed to gather himself.
NO RIPOSTE FROM LORENZO
Rossi brought the crowd to its feet with 26 laps remaining as he eased past Pedrosa while Marquez struck back at Lorenzo, overtaking him to move into the lead.
Marquez moved clear as Rossi fought a duel with team mate Lorenzo, the Italian seemingly getting the better of him at the penultimate corner of Lap 6, only for the Spaniard to hit back immediately and refuse to give in.
All this played into Marquez' hands but Rossi made no mistake a lap later to pass Lorenzo and this time the latter had no riposte, leaving 'The Doctor’ a free piece of tarmac to ride after the leader.
Lorenzo dropped to fourth as Pedrosa, beset by arm and form problems this season, had no trouble passing him with two-thirds of the race to run - out in front Marquez easily held Rossi at bay and indeed the Italian lost time.
Instead it was Pedrosa who threatened Rossi and his pressure paid off at the end of Lap 16 as the three-times championship runner-up moved smoothly past the Italian's Yamaha.
Rossi, though, wouldn't let up and kept at Pedrosa, harrying him on every lap, but with four laps to the flag the Italian lost a half-second on the Spaniard and that was that.
2015 German MotoGP result
1 Marc Marquez (Spain) Honda 41min01.087
2 Dani Pedrosa (Spain) Honda 41min03.313
3 Valentino Rossi (Italy) Yamaha 41min06.695
4 Jorge Lorenzo (Spain) Yamaha 41min11.015
5 Andrea Iannone (Italy) Ducati 41min21.872
6 Bradley Smith (Britain) Yamaha 41min24.302
7 Cal Crutchlow (Britain) Honda 41min30.968
8 Pol Espargaro (Spain) Yamaha 41min36.040
9 Danilo Petrucci (Italy) Ducati 41min36.962
10 Aleix Espargaro (Spain) Suzuki 41min38.340
11 Maverick Vinales (Spain) Suzuki 41min38.361
12 Yonny Hernandez (Colombia) Ducati 41min43.168
13 Hector Barbera (Spain) Ducati 41min49.698
14 Alvaro Bautista (Spain) Aprilia 41min51.774
15 Jack Miller (Australia) Honda 41min54.856
2015 MotoGP points
1 Valentino Rossi (Italy) Yamaha - 179
2 Jorge Lorenzo (Spain) Yamaha - 166
3 Andrea Iannone (Italy) Ducati - 118
4 Marc Marquez (Spain) Honda - 114
5 Andrea Dovizioso (Italy) Ducati - 87
6 Bradley Smith (Britain) Yamaha 87
7 Dani Pedrosa (Spain) Honda - 67
8 Cal Crutchlow (Britain) Honda - 66
9 Pol Espargaro (Spain) Yamaha - 64
10 Maverick Vinales (Spain) Suzuki - 57
11 Danilo Petrucci (Italy) Ducati - 51
12 Aleix Espargaro (Spain) Suzuki - 44
13 Yonny Hernandez (Colombia) Ducati - 32
14 Scott Redding (Britain) Honda - 30
15 Hector Barbera (Spain) Ducati - 19
1 Xavier Simeon (Belgium) Kalex 41min09.295
2 Johann Zarco (France) Kalex 41min09.378
3 Alex Rins (Spain) Kalex 41min10.941
4 Simone Corsi (Italy) Kalex 41min15.681
5 Sam Lowes (Britain) Speed up 41min18.579
6 Thomas Luethi (Switzerland) Kalex 41min19.727
7 Takaaki Nakagami (Japan) Kalex 41min19.887
8 Lorenzo Baldassarri (Italy) Kalex 41min21.813
9 Julian Simon (Spain) Speed up 41min24.157
10 Dominique Aegerter (Switzerland) Kalex 41min24.248
11 Sandro Cortese (Germany) Kalex 41min26.824
12 Mika Kallio (Finland) Kalex 41min28.115
1 Johann Zarco (France) Kalex - 179
2 Tito Rabat (Spain) Kalex - 114
3 Sam Lowes (Britain) Speed up - 107
4 Alex Rins (Spain) Kalex - 103
5 Thomas Luethi (Switzerland) Kalex - 99
6 Xavier Simeon (Belgium) Kalex - 84
7 Jonas Folger (Germany) Kalex - 77
8 Franco Morbidelli (Italy) Kalex - 62
9 Mika Kallio (Finland) Kalex - 47
10 Julian Simon (Spain) Speed up - 47
11 Dominique Aegerter (Switzerland) Kalex - 43
12 Lorenzo Baldassarri (Italy) Kalex - 37
13 Luis Salom (Spain) Kalex - 36
14 Simone Corsi (Italy) Kalex - 35
15 Sandro Cortese (Germany) Kalex - 35
1 Danny Kent (Britain) Honda 39min29.359
2 Efren Vazquez (Spain) Honda 39min36.913
3 Enea Bastianini (Italy) Honda 39min38.962
4 Romano Fenati (Italy) KTM 39min38.988
5 Niccolo Antonelli (Italy) Honda 39min39.023
6 Jorge Navarro (Spain) Honda 39min39.166
7 Brad Binder (South Africa) KTM 39min39.196
8 Alexis Masbou (France) Honda 39min39.625
9 Andrea Locatelli (Italy) Honda 39min39.711
10 Niklas Ajo (Finland) KTM 39min40.917
11 Philipp OEttl (Germany) KTM 39min41.136
12 Jorge Martin (Spain) Mahindra 39min47.775
13 Karel Hanika (Czech Republic) KTM 39min47.785
14 Jakub Kornfeil (Czech Republic) KTM 39min58.141
15 Jules Danilo (France) Honda 39min58.251
1 Danny Kent (Britain) Honda - 190
2 Enea Bastianini (Italy) Honda - 124
3 Miguel Oliveira (Portugal) KTM - 102
4 Romano Fenati (Italy) KTM - 99
5 Efren Vazquez (Spain) Honda - 96
6 Brad Binder (South Africa) KTM - 75
7 Fabio Quartararo (France) Honda - 74
8 Isaac Vinales (Spain) Husqvarna - 64
9 Niccolo Antonelli (Italy) Honda - 60
10 Francesco Bagnaia (Italy) Mahindra - 55
11 Jorge Navarro (Spain) Honda - 54
12 Alexis Masbou (France) Honda - 41
13 John McPhee (Britain) Honda - 34
14 Karel Hanika (Czech Republic) KTM - 29
15 Andrea Locatelli (Italy) Honda - 28