Marc Marquez returned to top form in emphatic fashion Sunday with a dominant win at the Sachsenring circuit. His final gap of 2.2 seconds over teammate and second-place finisher Dani Pedrosa doesn't fully display Marquez's dominance over the course of the race weekend. He led every practice while setting the fastest time in every sector. He grabbed pole position and, other than a brilliant start by Jorge Lorenzo, led all but two laps of the contest, at times by a margin of more than four seconds. This makes it six wins in a row from pole position at the German track for the Spaniard.
Marquez's Repsol Honda teammate Dani Pedrosa -- who also has a strong Sachsenring history -- had his best race of the 2015 season to take second after a race-long battle with Valentino Rossi. And Rossi, the championship points leader, extended his season-long streak of podiums to nine with a third-place finish. Headed into the summer break, Rossi now leads teammate Jorge Lorenzo by 13 points in the championship, 179 points to 166 respectively.
Lorenzo couldn't keep the pace of his blistering start and finished fourth. Andrea Iannone again ended as the top Ducati rider to grab a solitary fifth. Bradley Smith took the non-factory top spot in sixth followed by Cal Crutchlow (7th). A race-long mid pack battle ended with Pol Espargaro in eighth, closely followed by Danilo Petrucci (9th). Aleix Espargaro just nipped factory Suzuki teammate Maverick Vinales (11th) at the line to round out the top 10.
The race began with what appeared to be a Pedrosa holeshot with Marquez right on his tail. But Jorge Lorenzo made an aggressive, around-the-outside pass of both Honda riders at Turn 1 to grab the lead in the 30-lap contest. At the end of the first lap, Lorenzo led but was closely followed by Marquez, Pedrosa and Rossi. But within three laps, Rossi moved past Pedrosa at Turn 12 and one corner later, Marquez seized the lead from Lorenzo for good. With 25 laps to go, it was Marquez, Lorenzo, Rossi, Pedrosa and Iannone in the first five. But the top four already had begun to open a gap on the rest of the field.
Within two laps, Rossi moved past his teammate. After briefly losing second position to Lorenzo, Rossi grabbed it again with 22 laps remaining. Shortly after, Pedrosa also passed Lorenzo and soon closed the gap with Rossi. Marquez's advantage grew to two seconds with 19 laps remaining.
With 16 laps to go, Andrea Dovizioso crashed out for his third DNF in the past four races. Two laps later, Pedrosa returned the Turn 12 favor to Rossi and passed him for second place. Rossi held close but with four laps to go, Pedrosa upped his pace to open a seven-tenths gap. But both riders were well off Marquez, who had stretched his lead to more than four seconds before backing off his pace at the end.
|Pos.||No.||Rider||Bike||Time / Diff.|
|18||15||Alex DE ANGELIS||ART||+1'03.122|
|19||76||Loris BAZ||Yamaha Forward||+1'11.162|
|71||Claudio CORTI||Yamaha Forward||8 Laps|
|4||Andrea DOVIZIOSO||Ducati||16 Laps|
|7||Hiroshi AOYAMA||Honda||26 Laps|
|63||Mike DI MEGLIO||Ducati||27 Laps|
|Not Finished 1st Lap|
|45||Scott REDDING||Honda||0 Lap|