Sachsenring MotoGP: Marquez dominates for 10th German GP win

Honda's Marc Marquez took a dominant victory in MotoGP's German Grand Prix, winning at the Sachsenring for the 10th consecutive year, as closest rival Alex Rins crashed out.

Sachsenring MotoGP: Marquez dominates for 10th German GP win

Marquez had a sluggish getaway from pole and Fabio Quartararo was in front of him as they entered Turn 1, but the Honda rider outbraked Quartararo on the outside line to lead.

Quartararo lost several places in the first couple of corners and was running only sixth when he crashed out at Turn 3 next time around while trying to pass Ducati's Danilo Petrucci.

Marquez found himself under severe pressure by Maverick Vinales instead in the opening couple of laps, but the Yamaha man soon started to drop off and was overtaken by Rins.

But Rins couldn't stay close to Marquez either, as the championship leader extended his lead to the three-second mark.

With Marquez maintaining the gap, Rins then made a mistake and crashed at Turn 11, retiring for the second race in a row.

Marquez's lead became five seconds after that and he cruised to the finish to score his fifth win of the season by 4.5s and end the first half of the season with a 58-point advantage.

Post-race reaction:

Vinales was closely followed by Cal Crutchlow for the majority of the race but the Briton couldn't find a way past, and the Yamaha rider thus secured second place.

Crutchlow still scored his first podium since the Qatar season opener despite nursing a fractured right knee.

Fourth place was hotly contested among the three Ducatis of Andrea Dovizioso, Petrucci and Jack Miller.

Petrucci was in front for most of the race but Dovizioso passed him with three laps to go, forcing his teammate wide and allowing Miller through as well.

But Petrucci then re-passed Miller and also Dovizioso to finish fourth, 0.062s ahead of his teammate.

Miller finished sixth, with Joan Mir taking seventh. The Suzuki man had kicked off a late-race charge, but couldn't make his way past the Ducatis in the end.

Valentino Rossi couldn't make a lot of progress from 11th on the grid and settled for eighth ahead of fellow Yamaha rider Franco Morbidelli.

Aleix Espargaro threw away a top 10 result with a late crash at Turn 1, allowing Stefan Bradl, Jorge Lorenzo's replacement, to finish 10th in his home race.

KTM's Johann Zarco and Miguel Oliveira both fell at Turn 3 early on.

Race results:

Cla # Rider Bike Laps Gap
1 93 Spain Marc Marquez Honda 30  
2 12 Spain Maverick Viñales Yamaha 30 4.587
3 35 United Kingdom Cal Crutchlow Honda 30 7.741
4 9 Italy Danilo Petrucci Ducati 30 16.577
5 4 Italy Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 30 16.669
6 43 Australia Jack Miller Ducati 30 16.836
7 36 Spain Joan Mir Suzuki 30 17.156
8 46 Italy Valentino Rossi Yamaha 30 19.110
9 21 Italy Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 30 20.634
10 6 Germany Stefan Bradl Honda 30 22.708
11 53 Spain Tito Rabat Ducati 30 26.345
12 44 Spain Pol Espargaro KTM 30 26.574
13 29 Italy Andrea Iannone Aprilia 30 32.753
14 30 Japan Takaaki Nakagami Honda 30 32.925
15 17 Czech Republic Karel Abraham Ducati 30 37.934
16 55 Malaysia Hafizh Syahrin KTM 30 41.615
17 63 Italy Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 30 56.189
18 88 Portugal Miguel Oliveira KTM 30 57.377
  41 Spain Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 28 2 Laps
  42 Spain Alex Rins Suzuki 18 12 Laps
  5 France Johann Zarco KTM 2 28 Laps
  20 France Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1 29 Laps
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