Results and summary of the Moto2 race at the Sachsenring:
Marc Marquez has taken his fourth victory of the season, holding off a challenge from championship leader Stefan Bradl throughout the race. With the victory, Marquez has taken back a few precious championship points from Bradl, but Bradl retains a comfortable lead.
Marquez got away from the line first, but Bradl sneaked up the inside to tip into turn 1 in first, but Marquez was straight back into the lead. That set the tone for the entire race, with Marquez and Bradl taking it in turns to lead, with little separating the pair throughout most of the race. Alex de Angelis got in between Marquez and Bradl early, but Bradl got back past the Italian on lap 10, taking De Angelis at the bottom of the hill before the riders headed back up towards the start and finish straight.
Bradl took the lead from Marquez 4 laps later, leaving Marquez to fall into the clutches of De Angelis. The Italian got past the Spaniard a lap later in the final corner, but at the end of the front straight, Marquez was back again. De Angelis tried once more on lap 17, this time making the pass stick for longer. The pair swapped positions at Turn 1 for a few more laps, before Marquez finally settled the duel on lap 21. A lap later, Marquez was past Bradl at the bottom of the hill, and though the German put up a stout defense, he was forced to concede defeat with two laps to go. Marquez went on to take a surprisingly comfortable victory after what was a very hard fought race.
Bradl hung on to take 2nd, with Alex de Angelis forced to settle for 3rd, and the final spot on the podium. A surprising Randy Krummenacher ended the race in 4th, having made a late charge through the field to dislodge fellow Swiss native Thomas Luthi, who had lost touch with the leaders in the latter stages of the race.
Marquez victory cuts Bradl's championship lead by 5 points, but the Viessmann Kiefer rider still has a 47 point lead over the Repsol-backed Marquez. Marquez is on a roll, though, having won three races on the run, and four out of the past six. But at the rate of 5 points a race, Marquez has his work cut out for him.
|3||15||Alex DE ANGELIS||MOTOBI||41'38.844||1.387|
|16||63||Mike DI MEGLIO||TECH 3||41'59.816||22.359|
|18||19||Xavier SIMEON||TECH 3||42'07.594||30.137|
|22||80||Axel PONS||PONS KALEX||42'12.406||34.949|
|29||24||Tommaso LORENZETTI||FTR||42'15.062||1 lap|
|30||95||Mashel AL NAIMI||MORIWAKI||42'17.363||1 lap|
|72||Yuki TAKAHASHI||MORIWAKI||33'14.328||6 laps|
|34||Esteve RABAT||FTR||27'57.194||10 laps|
|38||Bradley SMITH||TECH 3||21'40.505||14 laps|
|40||Aleix ESPARGARO||PONS KALEX||7'13.140||24 laps|
|76||Max NEUKIRCHNER||MZ-RE HONDA||7'13.300||24 laps|
|53||Valentin DEBISE||FTR||2'59.880||27 laps|
|Not finished first lap|