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Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda
RC213V) who at one point in the race thought that his “run at this circuit was
going to come to an end” achieved a historic result in MotoGP race in Germany. At the rain soaked German
Grand Prix he scored a unique seventh consecutive victory at the Sachsenring
across three categories: 125cc, Moto2 and MotoGP. To complete Honda’s joy in
this most enthralling of races, Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda RC213V) finished a
superb second to make it a Honda one-two.
Both Marquez and Crutchlow
were delighted with their results. Marquez’s third win of the year doubled his
championship lead at the halfway stage to 48 points over reigning champion
Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha) who could only manage a 15-place finish this afternoon.
Meanwhile Crutchlow was ecstatic with his first podium since last year’s
Argentine GP, just a few weeks before he and his wife Lucy are expecting their
first child, said a Honda press release.
Marquez, who suffered a high-speed
spill in morning warm-up, could hardly have achieved his 53rd career victory in
more treacherous and challenging conditions. The race started on a soaking
track but by half-distance a dry line appeared at certain parts of the circuit.
Marquez was the first rider to enter the pits and change to a bike fitted with
full slicks. This was a brave and risky decision because the track was still
damp in many places, which made it very difficult to work enough heat into his
But the 23-year-old’s spectacularly
aggressive riding style soon had his slicks up to temperature and he became the
fastest rider on track, catching the leading group, who were still using rain
tires, at the rate of six seconds a lap! So his decision to change bikes turned
out to be inspired, but it was anything but an easy decision when he took it.
Most of the leading group did
finally enter the pits to change bikes and tires – some to intermediates, some
to slicks (including Crutchlow) – which left Marquez with only one rider ahead
of him: last month’s Dutch TT winner Jack Miller (EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda
RC213V). Marquez quickly swept past the Australian and was soon well ahead,
while the battle for the runner-up finish waged between Crutchlow and Andrea
Dovizioso (Ducati), who had led much of the earlier stages. The Briton pounced
on the Italian at the final corner with two laps remaining and then established
himself in second place.
Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda RC213V) had high hopes of a great
race after topping this morning’s rain-affected morning warm-up session.
However, a challenging qualifying session had put the 30-year-old Spaniard
tenth on the grid, so it wasn’t easy for him to fight his way through the pack.
At one stage it seemed like he might have a shot at the podium but it didn’t
quite work out like that and he ended the race in sixth place, a fraction ahead
of Miller and Valentino Rossi (Yamaha).
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