Ten wins in a row for Marquez
IT is hard enough to beat Marc Marquez anywhere. At Germany’s Sachsenring it is near enough impossible as Marquez has his tenth win in a row.
The Spanish rider led from pole to win the MotoGP on the track – the 10th time in succession he has won there in all competitions. This is a period of dominance at one track unprecedented in the modern era.
The day had started not too well for fans and riders alike, with the gloomy weather meaning Warm Up had limited running time. But Marc Marquez made the most of it for Repsol Honda, setting the fastest time.
When it came to the race, Marquez made his customary strong start to lead through Turn One as the lights went out for the 30-lap German GP.
Back-to-back race lap records on lap four and five, a 1’21.228 on lap five his fastest lap, signalled that Marquez was not interested in a battling victory, the new race lap record helping him to stretch his lead to over half a second.
From here there was no looking back as the reigning World Champion steadily built his lead to cross the line 4.5 seconds clear of second place for the 75th victory of his Grand Prix career. This was his 49th win in the premier class.
The victory is Marquez’s seventh visit to the top step of the podium in the premier class at the German track, equalling Valentino Rossi’s record of straight wins at Mugello.
Britain’s Cal Crutchlow showed a welcome seam of form when he made it two Honda RC213V machines on the podium with a well-earned third place. Maverik Viñales took second spot on his Yamaha.
Marquez now heads into the summer break with 185 World Championship points, 58 ahead of second placed Dovizioso. The win also increases Honda’s lead in the Constructor Championship to 34 points over Ducati.
Speaking after the race, Marquez said: “It was a perfect strategy. But I didn’t have a perfect start as I ran a little deep at Turn One. After that my plan was two slow laps to warm the front tyre well and then push, and it’s exactly what I did. Step by step I opened the gap and followed the plan as I needed to. Once the gap was at three seconds I stayed there and saved the tyre and enjoyed riding. It’s a great feeling to win here again and to enter the summer break in this way. Congratulations also to my brother for his win today, it’s always really nice to win together! I want to say thank you to the Repsol Honda Team for their work in this race and the first half of the season.”