Sachsenring - Spanish rookie Marc Marquez earned his second win of the season with victory
at the German MotoGP at Sachsenring on Sunday to go top of the championship
The 20-year-old hit the front early and built up his lead to claim victory
with Britain's Cal Crutchlow second and six-time world MotoGP champion
Valentino Rossi third.
Marquez's winning time was 41min 14.653sec over the 30 laps with Crutchlow
1.559s back and Rossi coming home over nine seconds further back.
With title leaders Dani Pedrosa and Jorge Lorenzo both absent after
collarbone injuries, pole sitter Marquez lost ground at the start to find
himself racing in fourth by the first bend.
But he hit back, taking the lead from home hero Stefan Bradl along the main
straight on the third lap.
Marquez, in his first MotoGP campaign, was following up his Grand Prix of
the Americas victory in Texas in April. He has now finished on the podium in
all seven races he has finished in 2013, his retirement at the Italian MotoGP
the only blot.
Victory allowed Marquez to overtake compatriot and Honda team-mate Pedrosa,
who was forced out after fracturing his collarbone in Saturday's practice, to
go top of the world standings with 138 points, two points clear of Pedrosa.
Reigning world champion Lorenzo was ruled out of the race on Friday, when he
injured the same left collarbone he broke two weeks ago and underwent surgery
on Saturday in Barcelona to reinsert a damaged titanium plate.
"I'm happy, it's great to win, but you shouldn't forget that both Pedrosa
and Lorenzo weren't here," said Marquez.
"I hadn't expected to control the race like that."
Both Yahama Tech 3's Crutchlow and Rossi on the Yahama factory bike
complained about losing grip, but the British rider produced a brave
performance after twice crashing in Friday's practice session.
"I was trying to catch him (Marquez), I had a good start, even though
it might not have looked like it, I struggled a bit with the rear tyre,"
said Crutchlow who raced with an injured hand.
"I am pleased with the finish position we had here, having come off the
floor twice on Friday.
"It's not been a great weekend and I admit I don't feel great."
Rossi, who picked up his first win for three years a fortnight ago in Assen,
admitted he had hoped to finish higher.
"I am happy, but I had thought I'd do better," said the
"I had a few problems with the rear tyres, we just have to keep working
Marquez led a Spanish lock-out of all three races at Sachsenring, with his
countrymen Jordi Torres and Alex Rins winning the Moto2 and Moto3 races.
Torres, on a Suter, was winning his first race, beating Simon Corsi and Pol
Espargaro, while Kalex's British rider Scott Redding, who came in seventh,
retained the lead in the Moto2 riders' standings.
Rins denied his KTM team-mate Luis Salom a fourth consecutive win of the
season in the Moto3 category.
Salom, aiming to add this to his wins in Italy, Catalunya and Assen, tops
the overall standings.
Collated results of the German motorcycling Grand Prix at Sachsenring on Sunday:
1. Marc Marquez (ESP/Honda) 41min 14.653sec, 2. Cal Crutchlow (GBR/Yamaha Tech3) at 1.559s, 3. Valentino Rossi (ITA/Yamaha) 9.620, 4. Stefan Bradl (ALL/Honda LCR) 13.992, 5. Alvaro Bautista (ESP/Honda Gresini) 21.775, 6. Bradley Smith (GBR/Yamaha Tech3) 25.080, 7. Andrea Dovizioso (ITA/Ducati) 30.027, 8. Aleix Espargaro (ITA/ART) 30.324, 9. Nicky Hayden (USA/Ducati) 45.355, 10. Michel Pirro (ITA/Ducati) 47.142, 11. Hector Barbera (ESP/FTR) 47.824, 12. Randy De Puniet (FRA/ART) 48.523, 13. Colin Edwards(USA/FTR Kawasaki) 54.428, 14. Danilo Petrucci (ITA/Ioda-Suter) 1:00.323, 15. Claudio Corti (ITA/Kawasaki) 1:05.530
1. Jordi Torres (ESP/Suter) 41min 19.736sec, 2. Simone Corsi (ITA/Speed Up) at 2.164s, 3. Pol Espargaro (ESP/Kalex) 2.494, 4. Julian Simon (ESP/Kalex) 5.409, 5. Alex de Angelis (RSM/Speed Up) 7.546, 6. Thomas Luthi (SUI/Suter) 7.827, 7. Scott Redding (GBR/Kalex) 11.241, 8. Anthony West (AUS/Spped Up) 12.768, 9. Xavier Simeon (BEL/Kalex) 12.810, 10. Dominique Aegerter (SUI/Suter) 13.119
1. Alex Rins (ESP/KTM) 1hour 27min 244sec, 2. Luis Salom (ESP/KTM) at 0.232s, 3. Maverick Vinales (ESP/KTM) 0.248, 4. Miguel Oliveira (POR/Mahindra) 4.982, 5. Alex Marquez (ESP/KTM) 5.201, 6. Efren Vasquez (ESP/Mahindra) 5.456, 7. Jack Miller (AUS/FTR Honda) 10.659, 8. Jonas Folger (GER/Kalex KTM) 15.593, 9. Brad Binder (RSA/Suter Honda) 18.406, 10. Arthur Sissis (AUS/KTM) 18.447
1. Marc Marquez (ESP/Honda) 138 points, 2. Dani Pedrosa (ESP/Honda) 136, 3. Jorge Lorenzo(ESP/Yamaha) 127, 4. Cal Crutchlow (GBR/Yamaha) 107, 5. Valentino Rossi (ITA/Yamaha) 101, 6. Andrea Dovizioso (ITA/Ducati) 74, 7. Stefan Bradl (GER/Honda LCR) 64, 8. Alvaro Bautista (ESP/Honda) 58, 9. Nicky Hayden (USA/Ducati) 57, 10. Aleix Espargaro (ESP/Aprilia) 52, 11. Bradley Smith (GBR/Yamaha Tech3) 51, 12. Michele Pirro (ITA/Ducati) 36, 13. Andrea Iannone (ITA/Ducati Pramac) 24, 14. Randy de Puniet (FRA/Aprilia) 19, 15. Hector Barbera (ESP/FTR Kawasaki) 18
1. Scott Redding (GBR/Kalex) 143 points, 2. Pol Espargaro (ESP/Kalex) 120, 3. Esteve Rabat (ESP/Kalex) 88, 4. Dominique Aegerter (SUI/Suter) 83, 5. Mika Kallio (FIN/Kalex) 81, 5. Dominique Aegerter (SUI/Suter) 77, 6. Johann Zarco (FRA/Suter) 67, 7. Nicolas Terol (ESP/Suter) 58, 8. Jordi Torres (ESP/Suter) 58, 8. Xavier Simeon (BEL/Kalex) 51, 10. Simone Corsi (ITA/Speed Up) 50
1. Luis Salom (ESP/KTM) 172 pts, 2. Maverick Viales (ESP/KTM) 158
3. lex Rins (ESP/KTM) 142, 4. Jonas Folger (GER/Kalex KTM) 81, 5. lex Mrquez (ESP/KTM) 70, 6. Miguel Oliveira (POR/Mahindra) 69, 7. Jack Miller (AUS/FTR Honda) 47, 8. Brad Binder (RSA/Suter Honda) 46, 9. Alexis Masbou (FRA/FTR Honda) 42, 10. Efren Vasquez (ESP/Mahindra) 41