Repsol Honda's Marc Marquez continued to reign supreme at Sachsenring as the Spaniard clinched his 10th consecutive win in Germany.
It was business as usual at the German Grand Prix as Marc Marquez stormed to take his 10th consecutive win at Sachsenring. The Repsol Honda rider dominated the proceedings as he won the race from pole and was unchallenged throughout the race. Behind him, Monster Yamaha’s Maverick Vinales took the second spot, while LCR Honda’s Cal Crutchlow completed the podium in third.
Marquez has looked invincible at Sachsenring, and this year was no different. The reigning world champion clinched pole position in the usual ruthless manner as he obliterated the lap record. At the start of the race, Marquez didn’t have the best of launch but still managed to out-brake other front row starters, Vinales and Fabio Quartararo (Petronas Yamaha). Vinales tried to fight Marquez in the opening laps, but the Honda rider pulled away after the third lap. Meantime, Suzuki’s Alex Rins charged through the field and was in third behind Vinales. Quartararo couldn’t turn his front row start into a podium finish in Germany as he crashed out early in the race.
By half race distance, Marquez disappeared into the distance, but the second and third place were still up for grabs. Rins took second from Vinales but was unfortunate to crash – his second consecutive DNF after the tumble in Assen. While Vinales took the gifted second place, he had to fight hard with Crutchlow to secure his place. Crutchlow looked stronger towards the end, but owing to an error, he lost touch with Vinales and had to settle for third.
The battle for fourth place was being fought furiously, but ultimately it was Ducati’s Danilo Petrucci who pipped teammate Andrea Dovizioso (5th), Pramac Ducati’s Jack Miller (6th) and Suzuki’s Joan Mir (7th). Monster Yamaha’s Valentino Rossi struggled again and could only manage to finish 8th. Petronas Yamaha’s Franco Morbidelli took the 9th spot, while Stefan Bradl – who replaced the injured Jorge Lorenzo at Repsol Honda – completed the top ten.
With nine races over, Marquez, at 185 points, is now leading the championship by a healthy margin of 58 points from Dovizioso (127). Petrucci sits in third with 121 points.