Marc Marquez preserves German GP record with dominant win
Reigning World Champion Marc Marquez continued his win streak at the Sachsenring, scoring his seventh in seven MotoGP appearances at the German track with a dominant display.
Marquez made a solid start from pole, seeing off Fabio Quartararo to lead the field as they exited Turn 1.
He immediately looked comfortable, building a small advantage over now-second placed Maverick Vinales.
He continued to edge away as Alex Rins moved past the Yamaha to take second, the Suzuki unable to make an impression on the Honda throughout the rest of the race.
Marquez’s lead took another boost as Rins crashed out at two-thirds distance, the Spaniard tucking the front on entry to the fearsome Waterfall corner and sliding into the gravel for the second straight race.
Marquez eventually crossed the line with a 4.5-second advantage over the squabble for second involving Vinales and the LCR Honda of Cal Crutchlow, scoring his seventh premier class win at the circuit, and his tenth across all classes.
The Brit had been pressuring Vinales for most of the 30-lap race, but was unable to find a way past as they entered the final few laps of the contest.
Crutchlow looked poised to make a move for the runners-up spot, but made a mistake at Turn 10 and lost crucial ground to the Yamaha as a result.
He was unable to make up the ground lost, allowing Vinales to cruise home and take the runner-up spot just over three seconds ahead as the Honda man was forced to settle for third, his first podium finish since the opening race of the season in Qatar despite suffering from a fractured tibia sustained in a cycling accident prior to the weekend.
Danilo Petrucci came out on top of a close battle for fourth involving five riders, the Ducati man pipping team-mate Andrea Dovizioso for the position, while the Pramac-run GP19 of Jack Miller followed the factory men home in sixth.
Joan Mir put in another strong ride for Suzuki in seventh just ahead of Valentino Rossi, who scored for the first time since Le Mans, while Franco Morbidelli scored a ninth place for the Petronas SRT Yamaha squad.
Stefan Bradl rounded out the top 10 in his first race in factory Repsol Honda colours, replacing the injured Jorge Lorenzo, the German passing Pol Espargaro late on and being helped by the Aprilia of Aleix Esparagaro crashing out late on.
Fabio Quartararo was another big name to crash out, the Frenchman losing the rear of his M1 Yamaha at Turn 3 while attempting to overtake Petrucci. He slid off into the gravel and retired for the second time this season, his only other DNF being a mechanical failure at Jerez.