Sachsenring MotoGP: Marquez wins as home hero Folger stars

Marc Marquez retook the MotoGP points lead with his second win of the season in the German Grand Prix, but he was made to work for it by local hero Jonas Folger, who took a sensational second place.

Sachsenring MotoGP: Marquez wins as home hero Folger stars
Race winner Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Team
Race winner Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Team
Podium: second place Jonas Folger, Monster Yamaha Tech 3
Podium: race winner Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Team, third place Dani Pedrosa, Repsol Honda Team
Valentino Rossi, Yamaha Factory Racing
Jonas Folger, Monster Yamaha Tech 3, running over the dirt
Andrea Dovizioso, Ducati Team
Jonas Folger, Monster Yamaha Tech 3
Cal Crutchlow, Team LCR Honda
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Marquez led from pole early on, but had to play second fiddle to a charging Folger on his Tech 3 Yamaha for a handful of laps early on, until the German outbraked himself and allowed him back in front.

Another mistake at Turn 1 from Folger looked to have settled the lead battle, but Folger continued to hound Marquez until the Honda rider got the hammer down with three laps to go.

Story of the race

From pole position – the eighth of his career here – Marquez led the race to Turn 1 ahead of Dani Pedrosa’s Honda, the fast-starting Ducati of Jorge Lorenzo, Folger and Danilo Petrucci (Pramac Ducati). Valentino Rossi was up to sixth from ninth on the grid on the best of the works Yamahas.

Folger grabbed third from Lorenzo on lap three, with Petrucci following suit a tour later.

The fastest man on the track, Folger then passed Pedrosa for second, and set his sights on leader Marquez – slicing past him on lap five and lead much to the home crowd’s delight.

But his lead didn’t last for too long, as he ran wide at Turn 1 and Marquez repassed him on lap 10.

Further back, Rossi snatched fifth from Lorenzo, with erstwhile points leader Andrea Dovizioso – from 10th on the grid – doing likewise. Rossi then outbraked Petrucci for fourth at Turn 1 on lap nine.

Following his lacklustre qualifying, which resulting in him starting 11th, Yamaha’s Maverick Vinales rose into the top six just before half distance.

At the front, Folger shadowed Marquez, while Pedrosa followed at a distance. Rossi led the chasing pack, with Dovizioso and Vinales on his tail.

Folger made another mistake under braking at Turn 1, giving Marquez a brief respite, but came back at Marquez again in the closing stages.

But Folger couldn't keep up the pace in the final few laps, and ended up 3.3 seconds behind Marquez at the flag - with Pedrosa another eight behind in third place.

Behind the leading three, the canny Vinales picked off Dovizioso and then Rossi to take fourth with 11 laps to go, while an impressive Alvaro Bautista (Aspar Ducati) grabbed sixth from Dovizioso with eight laps to go.

Aleix Espargaro also passed Dovizioso to finish seventh for Aprilia, with a surprisingly vapid Johann Zarco (Tech 3 Yamaha) and Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda) ninth and 10th respectively.

Lorenzo, who gambled on soft tyres all around, slumped outside the top 10 by half distance. He finished 11th, a spot ahead of Petrucci, who also faded badly.

KTM duo Pol Espargaro and Bradley Smith, along with Marc VDS Honda's Jack Miller, completed the points.

Sam Lowes crashed his Aprilia at Turn 7, and Suzuki’s Andrea Iannone suffered a nasty fall at Turn 12 while fighting Lorenzo for 11th.

Hector Barbera (Avintia Ducati) was disqualified for failing to serve a ride-through penalty after jumping the start.

Race results:

Pos.No.RiderBikeTime/Gap
1 93 spain Marc Marquez  Honda 40'59.525
2 94 germany Jonas Folger  Yamaha 3.310
3 26 spain Dani Pedrosa  Honda 11.546
4 25 spain Maverick Viñales  Yamaha 14.253
5 46 italy Valentino Rossi  Yamaha 14.980
6 19 spain Alvaro Bautista  Ducati 16.534
7 41 spain Aleix Espargaro  Aprilia 19.736
8 4 italy Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 20.188
9 5 france Johann Zarco  Yamaha 21.138
10 35 united_kingdom Cal Crutchlow  Honda 24.210
11 99 spain Jorge Lorenzo  Ducati 25.659
12 9 italy Danilo Petrucci  Ducati 31.540
13 44 spain Pol Espargaro  KTM 32.179
14 38 united_kingdom Bradley Smith  KTM 36.453
15 43 australia Jack Miller  Honda 37.771
16 36 finland Mika Kallio  KTM 37.852
17 17 czech_republic Karel Abraham  Ducati 39.323
18 53 spain Tito Rabat  Honda 41.190
19 76 france Loris Baz  Ducati 59.850
20 45 united_kingdom Scott Redding  Ducati 1'01.664
21 42 spain Alex Rins  Suzuki 1'01.695
Ret 29 italy Andrea Iannone  Suzuki 6 laps
Ret  22 united_kingdom Sam Lowes  Aprilia 18 laps
DQ 8 spain Hector Barbera  Ducati  
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