Marquez: Points more important than Sachsenring streak

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Marquez: Points more important than Sachsenring streak
Jamie Klein
By: Jamie Klein
Jul 14, 2018, 4:05 PM

Reigning MotoGP champion Marc Marquez says he will prioritise his position in the championship over ensuring he scores a ninth consecutive victory at the Sachsenring.

Pole sitter Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Team
Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Team
Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Team
Pole sitter Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Team, second place Danilo Petrucci, Pramac Racing, third place Jorge Lorenzo, Ducati Team
Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Team
Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Team
Pole sitter Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Team
Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Team

Honda rider Marquez has never lost at the German Grand Prix venue since graduating to the premier class in 2013, and his streak of wins dates back to his 2010 triumph in the 125cc class.

He takes a 41-point lead into the weekend over nearest rival Valentino Rossi after scoring his fourth win in eight races two weeks ago at Assen.

It means that Marquez will go into the summer break leading the standings no matter what - but the Spaniard is adamant he won't take any undue risks in pursuit of another Sachsenring win.

"In the end of the year nobody will remember who won at the Sachsenring. and everybody will remember who win the title," said Marquez.

"Maybe [it will be] tomorrow, maybe next year, but for sure some day somebody will beat me here.

"But the most important is the championship and we need to understand that the championship at the moment. Rossi's second, [Maverick] Vinales is third, it's more important."

Weather has helped rivals

Marquez secured pole position by just 0.025 seconds at the end of a typically frenetic pole shootout, in which the top six riders were split by less than two tenths.

The 25-year-old feels that the atypically warm conditions at the Sachsenring so far this weekend have allowed his rivals to perfect their set-ups and close in.

"At the Sachsenring normally we have always some wet sessions, and this weekend is the first time that it's completely dry, everybody has time to find the best set-up, find the lines," he said.

"If you check a little bit my first run in FP1, I was already on [1m]21s, so for me I adapt very quick but then everybody arrives, and now many riders will have the same pace more or less.

"But I feel strong, I feel well. Will be a difficult race, because especially the last 15 laps the tyres drop a lot for everybody, but you need to manage and in that part of the race will be the key."

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Series MotoGP
Event German GP
Location Sachsenring
Drivers Marc Marquez Shop Now
Teams Repsol Honda Team
Author Jamie Klein
Article type Breaking news