Rookie Marc Marquez continued his remarkable first season taking the win at the Sachsenring circuit and, along with it, the lead in the world championship. The 20-year old Honda rider grabbed first place with 24 laps to go. And he never looked back for his second win of the season.
An inspired – and injured -- Cal Crutchlow finished second and Valentino Rossi took third.
Absent were the two top riders in the world: Honda’s Dani Pedrosa and Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo. Lorenzo was the first to drop out after a highside crash in Friday’s practice damaged the titanium plate holding his already broken collarbone together. And Pedrosa missed a chance to extend his (now former) championship lead when his highside crash injured his collarbone and left him with blurred vision.
Pedrosa might return for next week’s race at Laguna Seca in California. Lorenzo has tweeted he won’t return until Indianapolis in August.
Marquez performance might hurry those plans, however. The California race marks the midpoint of the season. And Marquez form appears to be getting better each race.
On Sunday at the German track, it was Rossi who got the holeshot. But soon after, both Stefan Bradl and Marquez passed the Italian. Rossi quickly fought back to second place but with 14 laps to go, Crutchlow made an aggressive pass at turn 11 and immediately opened a gap. The British rider began picking at Marquez’s lead but only closed to within 1.6 seconds by the end.
Local favorite Bradl rode to a solo fourth place in his home county's race and Alvaro Bautista made a bid to keep his MotoGP ride with a solid fifth-place finish.
Marquez, with 138 points now leading the championship by two points over Dani Pedrosa and 11 points over Jorge Lorenzo with 10 races to go.
|Pos.||No.||Rider||Bike||Time / Diff.|
|12||14||Randy DE PUNIET||ART||48.523|
|13||5||Colin EDWARDS||FTR Kawasaki||54.428|
|15||71||Claudio CORTI||FTR Kawasaki||+1'05.530|
|19||52||Lukas PESEK||Ioda-Suter||1 Lap|
|67||Bryan STARING||FTR Honda||3 Laps|
|68||Yonny HERNANDEZ||ART||29 Laps|