Marquez gets 10th Sachsenring win in a row, MotoGP rival Rins crashes

Honda’s Marc Marquez won at the Sachsenring for the 10th consecutive year in dominant fashion as closest MotoGP rival Alex Rins crashed out.

Marquez had a sluggish getaway from pole and Fabio Quartararo was in front of him as they entered the first corner, but the Honda rider out-braked Quartararo on the outside line to lead.

Quartararo lost several places in the first couple of corners and was running in sixth when he crashed out at the Castrol Omega bend next time around while trying to pass Ducati rider Danilo Petrucci.

That meant Marquez found himself under severe pressure by Maverick Vinales during the opening laps, but the Yamaha rider soon dropped off and was overtaken by Rins.

Marquez was able to extend his lead to around three seconds with Rins failing to keep up the pace before he crashed at the Turn 11 kink and retired for the second race in a row.

The MotoGP title favourite’s lead then became five seconds and he cruised to the finish to score his fifth win of the season by 4.5s to end the first half of the season with a 58-point advantage.

Vinales was closely followed by Cal Crutchlow for the majority of the race but the LCR Honda rider could not find a way past, and Vinales held onto second place.

But 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 and forced his team-mate wide, allowing Miller through as well.

But Petrucci then re-passed Miller and Dovizioso to finish fourth.

Miller finished sixth, with Joan Mir taking seventh after the Suzuki rider kicked off a late-race charge but proved unable to make his way past the Ducatis.

Valentino Rossi made limited 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 the first corner 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 result

Pos Rider Team Bike Laps Gap
1 Marc Marquez Honda Honda 30 41m08.276s
2 Maverick Vinales Yamaha Yamaha 30 4.587s
3 Cal Crutchlow LCR Honda Honda 30 7.741s
4 Danilo Petrucci Ducati Ducati 30 16.577s
5 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati Ducati 30 16.669s
6 Jack Miller Pramac Ducati Ducati 30 16.836s
7 Joan Mir Suzuki Suzuki 30 17.156s
8 Valentino Rossi Yamaha Yamaha 30 19.110s
9 Franco Morbidelli Petronas Yamaha Yamaha 30 20.634s
10 Stefan Bradl Honda Honda 30 22.708s
11 Tito Rabat Avintia Ducati Ducati 30 26.345s
12 Pol Espargaro KTM KTM 30 26.574s
13 Andrea Iannone Aprilia Aprilia 30 32.753s
14 Takaaki Nakagami LCR Honda Honda 30 32.925s
15 Karel Abraham Avintia Ducati Ducati 30 37.934s
16 Hafizh Syahrin Tech3 KTM KTM 30 41.615s
17 Francesco Bagnaia Pramac Ducati Ducati 30 56.189s
18 Miguel Oliveira Tech3 KTM KTM 30 57.377s
Aleix Espargaro Aprilia Aprilia 28 Retirement
Alex Rins Suzuki Suzuki 18 Retirement
Johann Zarco KTM KTM 2 Retirement
Fabio Quartararo Petronas Yamaha Yamaha 1 Retirement

Riders’ championship

Pos Rider Points
1 Marc Marquez 185
2 Andrea Dovizioso 127
3 Danilo Petrucci 121
4 Alex Rins 101
5 Maverick Vinales 85
6 Valentino Rossi 80
7 Jack Miller 70
8 Fabio Quartararo 67
9 Cal Crutchlow 67
10 Pol Espargaro 56
11 Franco Morbidelli 52
12 Takaaki Nakagami 50
13 Joan Mir 39
14 Aleix Espargaro 31
15 Andrea Iannone 21
16 Jorge Lorenzo 19
17 Johann Zarco 16
18 Miguel Oliveira 15
19 Tito Rabat 14
20 Stefan Bradl 12
21 Francesco Bagnaia 11
22 Michele Pirro 9
23 Sylvain Guintoli 3
24 Karel Abraham 3
25 Hafizh Syahrin 3
26 Bradley Smith 0

Constructors’ championship

Pos Constructor Points
1 Honda 191
2 Ducati 157
3 Yamaha 153
4 Suzuki 118
5 KTM 56
6 Aprilia 45

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