Reigning Champion Marc Marquez
(Repsol Honda Team) has taken his eighth successive win at the Sachsenring in
the German Grand Prix despite being under pressure from a stunning rookie ride
by home hero German rookie Jonas Folger (Monster Yamaha Tech 3).
This is the second win for
Marquez in the 2017 season and his eighth in a row at the Sachsenring after
starting from pole position, with teammate Dani Pedrosa joining him on the
podium to complete the fourth double-podium finish (Austin, Jerez, Catalunya,
Sachsenring) for Repsol Honda in nine races.
Marc and Dani got away from
the front row brilliantly at the start, entering the first corner in first and
second places, respectively. On lap five, Jonas Folger moved past Dani, and he
overtook Marc on the following lap. Marc
moved back on top on lap 11 and went on to take a momentous victory that earned
him the lead in the Championship before the four-week summer break. Marc
dedicated his 31st MotoGP win (the same
tally as Eddie Lawson) to Nicky Hayden, who passed away in May.
Following his fifth podium
finish this year, Dani lies in fifth place in the Championship standings,
having cut his gap to the top to only 26 points.
The MotoGP teams can now look
forward to the summer break, with races commencing in August. Marquez after the
German GP win, is now five points clear of key rival Maverick Viñales.
Dovizioso is now third – one point behind Viñales. Valentino Rossi lurks in
fourth, only another four points off, with Pedrosa still very much in the fight