Via Grid of Sports
Spanish rookie and now Championship leader Marc Marquez won the 2013 German MotoGP at Sachsenring on Sunday.
It was his second win of his debut MotoGP season and a well welcomed win as Championship rivals Jorge Lorenzo and Repsol Honda team mate Dani Pedrosa were ruled out of the race.
Both riders sustained collarbone injuries as a result of crashing their bikes during free practice. Lorenzo actually bent the titanium plate that he had inserted after crashing in Holland in the previous round.
With the defending Champion (Lorenzo) and Championship leader (Pedrosa) out for qualifying, Marquez made the most of their absence and was able to seize Pole Position for the third time this season.
However, they 20-year-old didn’t take advantage of starting at the front and fell back to forth in the field. He managed to pick his way back through the front-runners and took the lead from hometown hero Stefan Bradl on the sixth lap, remaining there for the win.
Cal Crutchlow also broke a few local hearts as the Englishman, who was nursing injuries of his own from practice crashes on his Tech 3 Yamaha, was in flying form once again to claim second.
Crutchlow is now the first British rider to collect 4 podium finishes in 1 season since Barry Sheene in 1982.
Despite his best efforts, he just did not have enough to catch Marquez at the front, who was saving his tyres and controlling the pace well.
Seven-times World Champion Valentino Ross was looking to string back-to-back Grand Prix wins but after showing great early speed, could only manage third place after conceding second place to Crutchlow in Turn 11 on lap 16.
Stefan Bradl finished in fourth on his LCR Honda equaling his career-best result and giving something for his local fans to cheer for as well as appreciate.
The day belonged to the young Spanish sensation who now leads the over-all Championship standings by just 2 points over team mate Dani Pedrosa and 11 points clear of defending World Champion Jorge Lorenzo.
After the race Marquez said: “We had a very good race. The victory is so important because those 25 points mean a lot in the championship,”
“I’m happy, it’s great to win, but you shouldn’t forget that both Pedrosa and Lorenzo weren’t here,”
“I hadn’t expected to control the race like that.”
Cal Crutchlow was full of praise for Marquez saying: “Well done to Marc because he raced a great race,”
He then went on to say: “Even if Dani Pedrosa or Jorge Lorenzo were here I believe this would have been the same result, I really do.”
“We have made a massive step. I had my worst ever result here in 2011 and I gave my all this time and, considering my physical condition, I am really happy.”
Round 9 is the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix at the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca next weekend.
German MotoGP results:
1. Marc Marquez – (Spa) Repsol Honda
2. Cal Crutchlow – (Gbr) Tech 3 Yamaha
3. Valentino Rossi – (Ita) Yamaha
4. Stefan Bradl – (Ger) LCR Honda
5. Alvaro Bautista – (Spa) Gresini Honda
6. Bradley Smith – (Gbr) Tech 3 Yamaha
7. Andrea Dovizioso – (Ita) Ducati
8. Aleix Espargaro – (Spa) Aspar ART
9. Nicky Hayden – (USA) Ducati
10. Michele Pirro – (Ita) Pramac Ducati
MotoGP Championship Standings
1. Marc Marquez – 138 points
2. Dani Pedrosa – 136 points
3. Jorge Lorenzo – 127 points
4. Cal Crutchlow – 107 points
5. Valentino Rossi – 101 points