MM93 German GP
Marc Marquez, Repsol HondaMotoGP

Marc Marquez dominated Sunday's German Grand Prix, leading all but five laps from pole position on a dry track to take his second victory of the season. The win catapulted the 24-year-old Repsol Honda rider into the top spot in the MotoGP points standings as the 18-race world championship—nine rounds down, nine to go—begins its one-month summer break.

Marquez dedicated his triumph to the late Nicky Hayden. "Something special that I promised myself, the first victory after Hayden's accident is for him, for all his family, because he was a very good friend." Marquez and Hayden teamed together last year at Phillip Island in Australia when the 35-year-old Kentuckian stepped in for the injured Dani Pedrosa.

checkers at Sachsenring
Marc Marquez now has 31 premier-class victories, tying him with four-time 500cc World Champion Eddie Lawson. The Repsol Honda rider has won eight consecutive races at the Sachsenring across three classes—125cc, Moto2, and MotoGP. He leads the MotoGP points.Repsol Honda

German GP Race Results 1. Marc MARQUEZ (93), Repsol Honda Team HONDA 2. Jonas FOLGER (94) Monster Yamaha Tech 3 YAMAHA 3. Dani PEDROSA (26) Repsol Honda Team HONDA 4. Maverick VIÑALES (25) Movistar Yamaha MotoGP YAMAHA 5. Valentino ROSSI (46) Movistar Yamaha MotoGP YAMAHA 6. Alvaro BAUTISTA (19) Pull&Bear Aspar Team DUCATI 7. Aleix ESPARGARO (41) Aprilia Racing Team Gresini APRILIA 8. Andrea DOVIZIOSO (4) Ducati Team DUCATI 9. Johann ZARCO (5) Monster Yamaha Tech 3 YAMAHA 10. Cal CRUTCHLOW (35) LCR Honda HONDA 11. Jorge LORENZO (99) Ducati Team DUCATI 12. Danilo PETRUCCI (9) OCTO Pramac Racing DUCATI 13. Pol ESPARGARO (44) Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 14. Bradley SMITH (38) Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 15. Jack MILLER (43) Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS HONDA 16. Mika KALLIO (36) Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 17. Karel ABRAHAM (17) Pull&Bear Aspar Team DUCATI 18. Tito RABAT (53) Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS HONDA 19. Loris BAZ (76) Reale Avintia Racing DUCATI 20. Scott REDDING (45) Octo Pramac Racing DUCATI 21. Alex RINS (42) Team Suzuki Ecstar SUZUKI 22. DNF: Andrea IANNONE (29) Team Suzuki Ecstar SUZUKI 23. DNF: Sam LOWES (22) Aprilia Racing Team Gresini APRILIA 24. DSQ: Hector BARBERA (8) Reale Avintia Racing DUCATI

For the sixth time this season, a MotoGP rookie riding a Tech 3 Yamaha delivered a top-five finish. Today, Jonas Folger, not fellow premier-class newcomer Johann Zarco, took top honors. Folger, a narrow second to Zarco in last year’s Moto2 race at the Sachsenring, even led five laps after starting fifth. Marquez’s margin of victory over Folger was 3.310 seconds.

Jonas Folger set the quickest lap of the race, the Yamaha Tech 3 rider eventually finishing second to Marc Marquez. “Today, I finally feel like I showed my potential,” the 23-year-old German said. Teammate Johann Zarco recovered from a 19th-place start to finish ninth.MotoGP
Jonas Folger at Sachsenring
Jonas Folger, Monster Yamaha Tech 3MotoGP

“I don’t know what to say,” Folger exclaimed. “I never expected this today. I couldn’t believe we made a gap to the rest [of the field]. I made a big mistake in Turn 1 and lost a second to Marc. I put in my strong mapping and tried to recover but I burned the tire. And then he was gone. Many times, I was close to crashing. I said, ‘Stop. Stay calm and finish in second.’”

Dani Pedrosa hung with Marquez from third on the grid for four laps before Folger pushed past. "The first two laps were amazing," Pedrosa said. "I had huge grip and was very fast. Marc was pushing, but I had a good feeling. I started to have a lot of spin on the left side [10 of 13 corners turn left]. Folger surprised me. I didn't expect him to be so strong until the end.

More work to do: “We have two days to test during the summer,” Dani Pedrosa said. “We’ll work on the areas we know we must improve, especially to make the tires work well no matter the conditions to be more consistent in the second part of the championship.”Repsol Honda

“I tried everything I knew, but I couldn’t find better grip. So I understood I couldn’t be as fast as them. I tried to manage my position. It was important to finish today.” Like the majority of the field, Pedrosa chose Michelin’s medium-compound front and rear slicks. Jorge Lorenzo (soft/soft) was the highest-profile exception. Andrea Dovizioso also opted for the soft rear.

“When I fought with Valentino [Rossi], I had some corners better than him,” said Andrea Dovizioso (04), a two-time race winner this season on the factory Ducati. “So, I’m really happy about that. I decided to take a risk with the soft rear, and it didn’t work.”MotoGP
“After the warm-up, I waited for the worst,” said Jorge Lorenzo, 11th. “I had one of the worst paces. I imagined losing a lot of positions. But I made a good start and I stayed in third for four laps. When I started losing rear grip, I started losing a lot in the fast corners.”Ducati Team

Marquez was likewise impressed that Folger was able to apply pressure for the entire 30-lap race. “I was riding really good, but then suddenly Jonas overtook me. I said, ‘Okay, maybe with a new tire, he is strong.’ Then, we dropped the pace—I was pushing, pushing, pushing—but he was following me.” For 16 laps, the gap never exceeded 0.421 seconds.

GoPro shot at Sachsenring German GP
Danilo Petrucci (left, inside of the Aprilia of Aleix Espargaro) suffered arguably one of the greatest disappointments of the race weekend, dropping from second in qualifying to 12th at the finish. “I had strange feelings already from the warm-up lap,” he said. “During the race, every left turn seemed to be over the limit.”MotoGP

“I said, ‘He will try for sure on the last lap,” Marquez went on. “The last five laps, I improved my time by two-tenths—I gave everything; I didn’t want to arrive at the finish with a German rider at a German circuit—and it was enough to open a small gap. He did an incredible race. I’m really happy to be leading the championship. Two races ago, I was 23 points behind.”

Marquez began the weekend fourth in the title chase, with just seven points blanketing the top three—Dovizioso, Maverick Vinales, and Valentino Rossi. The factory Ducati and Movistar Yamaha riders were never in contention for the podium today due in part to their poor qualifying positions: ninth (Rossi), 10th (Dovizioso), and 11th (Vinales).

The Doctor Valentino Rossi
“The championship is still very much open,” Valentino Rossi (46) said. “I think I will relax for two weeks now and, after two weeks of staying with my friends and recharging my batteries, I will start to train because we have to arrive in Brno at 100 percent fitness.”Yamaha Racing
Maverick Vinales is motivated for the second half of the season. “We need to work a little bit more, especially in qualifying and preparing better for the race,” he said. “I will try to improve my riding style and come back stronger and fitter. A one-month break will be good.”Yamaha Racing

One of seven riders able to complete at least one lap in the 1:21s (Marquez did 21, Folger 20, and Pedrosa five), Vinales made the most of his situation, steaming from 10th on the opening lap to fourth at the checkers. “We tried to recover the maximum positions,” he said, visibly disappointed. “Today was fourth. Still, we know we need to improve the bike.”

Rossi was fifth. “Difficult weekend,” he admitted. “We suffered a lot, like in other tracks this year. The race was not so bad. I kept a good pace from the beginning to the end. I’m happy if I fight for the podium. Fifth place today is good for the championship. We are just 10 points behind the top.”

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Alvaro Bautista, Aspar TeamMotoGP

After running as high as fourth with 12 laps to go, Dovizioso finished eighth behind Alvaro Bautista (Aspar Team) and Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini), who were part of the five-rider train that included Vinales and Rossi. “I expected more,” Espargaro said about his second-best finish of the season. “I thought I could stay a little bit more close to the podium.”

Cal Crutchlow started fourth, finished 10th. “I am quite disappointed and I’m glad it’s over,” he said. “We had a front-tire grip issue. What we know so far is that the pressure went too high after a few laps. I nearly went down two or three times on those first laps.”LCR Honda
German GP race start
Nine rounds down, nine to go as the 18-race world championship begins its one-month summer break.MotoGP

Ten points now cover the top four riders—Marquez, Vinales, Dovizioso, and Rossi. At the post-race press conference, Marquez said, "Better to be five points in front than five points behind. Before Assen, I received one 'WhatsApp' from [crew chief] Santi Hernandez. He said, 'Don't worry, Marc. You will be leading the championship by summertime.'

“I said, ‘Okay, what did you drink?’ because we were very far. But, in the end, we must trust, we need to believe in our job, we need to keep pushing like we did. We know everything is very tight—five riders between 26 points. Everything like start from zero, but we are there.” Spoken like a five-time world champion.