Marquez Scores Perfect Ten at the Sachsenring
In yet another masterful performance from the 26-year-old Spaniard, Marc Marquez rode to his tenth consecutive Sachsenring victory, leaving the rest of the pack trailing in his wake.
Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team RC213V) rode to his tenth consecutive Sachsenring victory today, leaving the rest of the pack trailing in his wake.
This was yet another masterful performance from the 26-year-old Spaniard who leads the 2019 MotoGP World Championship by 58 points going into the summer break. He led from the first corner to the last to continue his sequence of ten wins in a row at the German venue. Since 2010 Marquez has now won a clean sweep of one Sachsenring 125cc victory, two Honda-powered Moto2 successes and seven MotoGP wins with his RC213V; a unique record in the modern era of motorcycle Grand Prix racing. And all of these wins have been achieved from pole position.
In addition to boosting his advantage in the Riders World Championship with his fifth race win from the first nine races of 2019, Marquez also increased Honda's lead in the Constructors World Championship. Marquez is chasing his sixth premier-class riders title in seven seasons, while Honda is looking for its fourth consecutive constructors crown, with the dominant RC213V machine.
Marquez continues to rewrite the record books with his astonishing run of results with his RC213V. Today he scored his 50th fastest lap during his 117th MotoGP race. He also increased his premier-class victory total to 49 wins and his all-time victory tally across three classes to 75 wins. This puts him one victory behind 1960s legend Mike "The bike" Hailwood, the fourth most successful motorcycle racer of all time. And yesterday Marquez achieved his 57th MotoGP pole position and his 85th in total.
Marquez's race went entirely to plan. Due to today's cooler weather conditions he changed his tire choice to the medium rear. After an imperfect start from pole he grabbed the lead into turn one, spent the first two laps getting his tires up to optimum temperature and then pushed hard from the third lap. By one-quarter distance he was 1.3 seconds ahead of second-placed Alex Rins, who later crashed out. By halfway he had increased his advantage to three seconds and he finally took the checkered flag 4.587 seconds ahead of eventual runner-up Maverick Viñales.
Honda's joy was completed by a heroic ride to third place by Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda CASTROL RC213V). On Wednesday the 33-year-old Briton suffered a nasty right-knee injury in a freak cycling accident. Nonetheless he gritted his teeth and chased Viñales for second place for much of the race, finally settling for third after he had a huge slide through the high-speed turn ten on the penultimate lap.
Crutchlow's first podium since the season-opening Qatar Grand Prix was a rich reward for the HRC rider and his LCR Honda CASTROL squad.
Marquez's team-mate Jorge Lorenzo (Repsol Honda Team RC213V) was unable to ride here due to injuries sustained at Assen last weekend, so his seat was taken by HRC MotoGP test rider Stefan Bradl (Repsol Honda Team RC213V), who hadn't raced since May's Spanish GP.
Bradl did an excellent job, bringing his RC213V home in tenth place, the same position he recorded at Jerez. The 29-year-old German's next race will be the Suzuka 8 Hours endurance event at the end of this month, when he will ride a Honda CBR1000RR.
Lucio Cecchinello's LCR Honda team had two injured riders to look after this weekend. Takaaki Nakagami (LCR Honda IDEMITSU RC213V) was still suffering the effects of a high-speed crash at Assen, where he was brought down by a rival. The 27-year-old from Chiba bravely rode to 14th position, giving him seven points-scoring finishes from the last nine races. Nakagami rides a 2018 specification RC213V.
Alex Marquez (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS Kalex) completed a famous Marquez sibling success by riding to a superb Moto2 victory to regain the World Championship lead, after being taken out of last Sunday's Dutch round by a rival. Like his big brother, the 23-year-old Spaniard was in a class of his own as he broke away from the pack to take his fourth win in five races by 1.2 seconds.
The battle for the final two podium positions was intense: Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM) versus Marcel Schrotter (Dynavolt Intact GP Kalex) and Iker Lecuona (American Racing KTM). South African Binder raced through from 17th on the grid, a consequence of a crash during yesterday's qualifying session, to take second place in the closing stages. Binder was able to make sure of his position by gapping Schrotter and Lecuona in the final laps, leaving the German and Spaniard to dispute the final place on the podium. Local hero Schrotter defended the final turn perfectly, to applause from the crowd, while Lecuona lost the front and slid off.
Moto2 rookie Fabio Di Giannantonio (MB Conveyors Speed Up Speed Up) enjoyed an excellent ride to fourth place, just ahead of Thomas Luthi (Dynavolt Intact GP Kalex) who was given a "long-lap penalty" after an incident that had Xavi Vierge (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS Kalex) slide out of the race.
Assen winner Augusto Fernandez (Flexbox HP 40 Kalex) finished sixth, just in front of team-mate Lorenzo Baldassarri (Flexbox HP 40 Kalex).
Rookie Grand Prix team-mates Somkiat Chantra (IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia, Kalex) and Dimas Ekky Pratama (IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia Kalex) weren't able to contest today's race.
Chantra is recovering from a fractured wrist, sustained at Assen last weekend. Ekky Pratama, also hurt at Assen, rode on Friday but wasn't fit enough to continue, so he withdrew from the event. Both riders will be back at next month's Czech GP.
Moto3 World Championship hopeful Lorenzo Dalla Porta (Leopard Racing Honda NSF250RW) won his first Grand Prix of the year to move into the lead of the Riders World Championship and strengthen Honda's advantage in the Constructors World Championship.
The race was a breathtaking contest for victory between up to a dozen riders, with the lead changing several times each lap, with riders jostling for position and waiting for the all-important final corners of the final lap.
Dalla Porta, who had finished second in four of the first eight races, couldn't have chosen a better time to climb to the top step of the podium. The 22-year-old Italian led the race on numerous occasions, but his most important move came at the penultimate corner of the last lap when he swept past leader and title rival Aron Canet, followed by team-mate Marcos Ramirez (Leopard Racing Honda NSF250RW). Their team one-two moved Dalla Porta into the series lead by two points from Canet.
Honda riders dominated the lead group, with seven of the first nine riders aboard NSF250RW machines. Romano Fenati (VNE Snipers Team Honda NSF250RW) scored his best result of the season, taking fourth place, less than a tenth of a second off the podium. Two positions and another few tenths behind came French Grand Prix John McPhee (Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda NSF250RW) and impressive rookie Ai Ogura (Honda Team Asia Honda NSF250RW). This was another strong result from the 18-year-old Tokyo rider who has finished, sixth, sixth and seventh in the last three races.
Ogura's team-mate Kaito Toba (Honda Team Asia Honda NSF250RW) wasn't so fortunate – the 19-year-old from Fukuoka had another fall, tumbling out of the lead group at two-thirds distance.
Ogura was chased over the finished line by compatriots Tatsuki Suzuki (Sic58 Squadra Corse Honda NSF250RW) and Ayumu Sasaki (Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda NSF250RW). Yesterday Sasaki became the first Japanese rider to start a 125cc/Moto3 race from pole since Youichi Ui in 2003.
Sergio Garcia (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda NSF250RW) finished 11th, missing the top ten by a fraction of a second, while Spanish GP winner Niccolo Antonelli (Sic58 Squadra Corse Honda NSF250RW) was 12th and Mugello and Assen victor Tony Arbolino (VNE Snipers Team Honda NSF250RW) finished 15th; just six seconds behind Dalla Porta, proving once again the tightness of Moto3 racing.
The MotoGP now takes its traditional summer break, with three weekends off before the back-to-back Czech and Austrian rounds on August 4 and August 11.
Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Team: 1st
"It was a perfect strategy. I didn't have a perfect start as I ran a little deep at Turn One. After that my plan was two slow laps to warm the front tire well and then push, and it's exactly what I did. Step by step I opened the gap and followed the plan as I needed to. Once the gap was at three seconds I stayed there and saved the tire and enjoyed riding. It's a great feeling to win here again and to enter the summer break in this way. Congratulations also to my brother for his win today, it's always really nice to win together! I want to say thank you to the Repsol Honda Team for their work in this race and the first half of the season."
Cal Crutchlow, LCR Honda CASTROL: 2nd
"First of all, it's great to be on the podium at the HJC Grand Prix, the team did a fantastic job. We worked all weekend on what we thought would be a race pace. Yesterday I did around the 28 lap mark a 22.7 and that's exactly what I did on the 28th lap today. Everybody was shocked when my pace was that, but I thought that would be the pace in the race and it was. The track condition was not great, in the middle of the race I had a bit better pace than Maverick [Viñales], but once Rins crashed I thought I'm on the podium anyway and we had nine seconds to the guys behind and the gap was going up every lap. I planned to attack with five laps to go, but the wind was so strong that my eyes were streaming with water, so I tried to blink it out and he Viñales got a bit of a gap. I came again, but then with two laps to go I made a big mistake in turn 10 and lost the rear of the bike. So after that I said Maverick could have it, I'm very happy with the podium today, the team and Honda have worked very, very hard and we deserve it."
Stefan Bradl, Repsol Honda Team: 10th
"All weekend I was able to really enjoy riding and working with the team. Not many people are able to ride in Repsol Honda colors at home so it was a very special weekend for me and I enjoyed every moment. A big thank you to the team as they were incredibly welcoming and we were able to work extremely well together. Our approach in the race was good, maybe if I had been a little more aggressive in the opening laps I could have stayed with the group in front better and been stronger but still, a top ten was my target. I was able to be consistent and achieve what we set out to do for myself, the team and HRC."
Takaaki Nakagami, LCR Honda IDEMITSU: 14th
"It was a really tough day, like yesterday. The situation is that my whole body was getting worse not better so unfortunately it was a difficult two days. But yesterday was good, we did really well, considering my condition. During the warm-up, the doctor gave me some injections to help with the pain which helped a bit. During the race there was a lot of pain and it was difficult. Over the last eight laps I had lack of grip on the rear and I had to slow down, but we scored a few points and that's quite positive. Now we have three weeks off and tomorrow I'm going back to Japan so I will have time to rest, especially my left foot. We have time, so I will try to recover soon and I'm really looking forward to working with the team in the second part of the season."
Alex Marquez, Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS: 1st
"I'm really happy. I still can't believe we won it! The weekend started in a difficult way. Saturday morning in particular was tough to manage but in qualifying we did a great job and made a big step forward. Today in the race I didn't have a lot of rhythm but I knew by making a good, patient race without many mistakes we would have an opportunity to be in the top five or even on the podium. In the end we won with a gap! It was unbelievable when I saw my lead on the straight. Now I want to enjoy this. We're leading the championship again and I'm going to enjoy the holidays before coming back even stronger."
Brad Binder, Red Bull KTM Ajo: 2nd
"I'm very happy. I could see that I had a competitive pace so I tried to pass my rivals and go out on my own, but with 10 laps to go I began to suffer and everything became much harder. Despite that, I was still able to attack in the last laps. I have to thank Red Bull KTM Ajo, Aki Ajo and everyone who is working non-stop to make this happen. I'm happy to be able to fight for the podium at two races in a row. We've taken a big leap forward and we can be there with a strong second half of the season."
Marcel Schrotter, Dynavolt Intact GP: 3rd
"This is my first podium here at home and that's fantastic. I have so much support here. It's amazing to ride in front of all my fans and I am very happy that I could reward them with a podium place. We did not have an easy weekend. It's a difficult track and we had some difficult races before this weekend. I think we did a really good job here and improved a lot. I think I did very well in the race. I was not 100 percent sure we had made the right tire choice before, but it all worked out. We opted for the harder tire just before the race and that was a good thing in the end. I had a very good start and was able to assert myself well in the top group."
Lorenzo Dalla Porta, Leopard Racing: 1st
"I'm extremely happy. I was looking for this victory and it means a lot for me, even the team double, because I don't like this track a lot and it was a hard race at some stages. As the laps went by I had to push a lot and honestly I didn't expect to win. This is the best possible result after the podiums we've achieved so far and the best way to go on holiday. Many thanks to the team, they've done an incredible job and they are like a family for me, I couldn't ask for more. I'm over the moon."
Marcos Ramirez, Leopard Racing: 2nd
"I tried to win from the start of the race because I felt strong and I knew I had a good pace. I tried but from yesterday I have some pain in my knee and I struggled a little bit because this is a demanding track. However, second position is super positive. I feel better than at the start of the season. I'm happy with this result and now I'm fourth on the standings. Besides, the team has done an amazing job because we've finished first and second. Many thanks to the team, today's been a very good day."
Romano Fenati, VNE Snipers Team: 4th
"We could've done more, we had everything to get the podium today. All the riders were pushing hard, especially at the beginning and it was difficult to escape. I tried it and that's why we decided to use the soft tires, to make the difference in the first laps, but I understood there was not too much difference. I stayed behind then to save the tire as much as possible. We were close to a good result, the one we were expecting. But we face the summer break happy and more motivated."
Ai Ogura, Honda Team Asia: 7th
"Since Friday I had a very bad feeling with the bike, it was strange because last year I felt very good here in Sachsenring. My pace was not good, but instead of complaining I tried to be strong in the race and I finished in a good 7th position. During the race I learned a lot about fighting and how to ride in a very close group. I'm sure that this will help me in the second part of the season."
Kaito Toba, Honda Team Asia: DNF
"Very bad luck…again. I tried to stay calm in the middle of the group and keep the tire for the second part of the race. But a rider crashed and the rest of the group changed their lines. I needed to brake a little bit late and I crashed. I have nothing to say. I need a good result after the summer break. During the break I will train very hard to arrive at Brno in the best conditions."
|1||Marc MÁRQUEZ (Repsol Honda Team)|
|2||Maverick VIÑALES (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP)|
|3||Cal CRUTCHLOW (LCR Honda CASTROL)|
|4||Danilo PETRUCCI (Ducati Team)|
|5||Andrea DOVIZIOSO (Ducati Team)|
|6||Jack MILLER (Pramac Racing)|
|7||Joan MIR (Team SUZUKI ECSTAR)|
|8||Valentino ROSSI (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP)|
|9||Franco MORBIDELLI (Petronas Yamaha SRT)|
|10||Stefan BRADL (Team HRC)|
|11||Tito RABAT (Reale Avintia Racing)|
|12||Pol ESPARGARO (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing)|
|13||Andrea IANNONE (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini)|
|14||Takaaki NAKAGAMI (LCR Honda IDEMITSU)|
|15||Karel ABRAHAM (Reale Avintia Racing)|
|16||Hafizh SYAHRIN (Red Bull KTM Tech 3)|
|17||Francesco BAGNAIA (Pramac Racing)|
|18||Miguel OLIVEIRA (Red Bull KTM Tech 3)|
|RT||Aleix ESPARGARO (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini)|
|RT||Alex RINS (Team SUZUKI ECSTAR)|
|RT||Johann ZARCO (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing)|
|RT||Fabio QUARTARARO (Petronas Yamaha SRT)|
|1||Alex MARQUEZ (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS)|
|2||Brad BINDER (Red Bull KTM Ajo)|
|3||Marcel SCHROTTER (Dynavolt Intact GP)|
|4||Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO (MB Conveyors Speed Up)|
|5||Thomas LUTHI (Dynavolt Intact GP)|
|6||Augusto FERNANDEZ (Flexbox HP 40)|
|7||Lorenzo BALDASSARRI (Flexbox HP 40)|
|8||Jorge NAVARRO (MB Conveyors Speed Up)|
|9||Jorge MARTIN (Red Bull KTM Ajo)|
|10||Luca MARINI (SKY Racing Team VR46)|
|11||Sam LOWES (Federal Oil Gresini Moto2)|
|12||Tetsuta NAGASHIMA (ONEXOX TKKR SAG Team)|
|13||Remy GARDNER (ONEXOX TKKR SAG Team)|
|14||Enea BASTIANINI (Italtrans Racing Team)|
|15||Andrea LOCATELLI (Italtrans Racing Team)|
|16||Bo BENDSNEYDER (NTS RW Racing GP)|
|17||Jonas FOLGER (Petronas Sprinta Racing)|
|18||Nicolo BULEGA (SKY Racing Team VR46)|
|19||Marco BEZZECCHI (Red Bull KTM Tech 3)|
|20||Dominique AEGERTER (MV Agusta Idealavoro Forward)|
|21||Simone CORSI (Tasca Racing Scuderia Moto2)|
|22||Stefano MANZI (MV Agusta Idealavoro Forward)|
|23||Steven ODENDAAL (NTS RW Racing GP)|
|24||Lukas TULOVIC (Kiefer Racing)|
|25||Joe ROBERTS (American Racing KTM)|
|26||Xavi CARDELUS (Sama Qatar Angel Nieto Team)|
|RT||Iker LECUONA (American Racing KTM)|
|RT||Xavi VIERGE (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS)|
|RT||Jake DIXON (Sama Qatar Angel Nieto Team)|
|1||Lorenzo DALLA PORTA (Leopard Racing)|
|2||Marcos RAMIREZ (Leopard Racing)|
|3||Aron CANET (Sterilgarda Max Racing Team)|
|4||Romano FENATI (VNE Snipers)|
|5||Raul FERNANDEZ (Sama Qatar Angel Nieto Team)|
|6||John MCPHEE (Petronas Sprinta Racing)|
|7||Ai OGURA (Honda Team Asia)|
|8||Tatsuki SUZUKI (SIC58 Squadra Corse)|
|9||Ayumu SASAKI (Petronas Sprinta Racing)|
|10||Jakub KORNFEIL (Redox PruestelGP)|
|11||Sergio GARCIA (Estrella Galicia 0,0)|
|12||Niccolò ANTONELLI (SIC58 Squadra Corse)|
|13||Filip SALAC (Redox PruestelGP)|
|14||Can ONCU (Red Bull KTM Ajo)|
|15||Tony ARBOLINO (VNE Snipers)|
|16||Jaume MASIA (Bester Capital Dubai)|
|17||Kazuki MASAKI (BOE Skull Rider Mugen Race)|
|18||Stefano NEPA (Reale Avintia Arizona 77)
|19||Andrea MIGNO (Bester Capital Dubai)|
|20||Makar YURCHENKO (BOE Skull Rider Mugen Race)|
|21||Albert ARENAS (Sama Qatar Angel Nieto Team)|
|22||Riccardo ROSSI (Kommerling Gresini Moto3)|
|23||Dirk GEIGER (Kiefer Racing)|
|24||Tom BOOTH-AMOS (CIP Green Power)|
|RT||Dennis FOGGIA (SKY Racing Team VR46)|
|RT||Celestino Vietti (SKY Racing Team VR46)|
|RT||Darryn BINDER (CIP Green Power)|
|RT||Kaito TOBA (Honda Team Asia)|
|RT||Gabriel RODRIGO (Kommerling Gresini Moto3)|
|RT||Alonso LOPEZ (Estrella Galicia 0,0)|