MotoGP: Marquez dominates in Honda one-two at Sachsenring

    Reigning champion Marquez had won from pole at the track every year since his 125cc title-winning campaign in 2010.

    Published On Jul 13, 2015 11:36:00 AM

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    MotoGP: Marquez dominates in Honda one-two at Sachsenring

    Marc Marquez finally took his second win of the 2015 MotoGP season by dominating the German Grand Prix at the Sachsenring for Honda.

    Reigning champion Marquez had won from pole at the track every year since his 125cc title-winning campaign in 2010, and that streak looked safe when he topped every practice session and claimed pole this weekend.

    It wasn't totally straightforward for Marquez, who was jumped by Honda team-mate Dani Pedrosa at the lights and ended up in third as Jorge Lorenzo swept around the outside of them both on his Yamaha.

    Honda made a unique choice of standard hard front Bridgestones on a day when everyone else chose the softer 'Sachsenring special' asymmetric front, potentially setting up a battle of tyre strategies.

    In the event, the Hondas were simply faster in the race as they had been for much of the weekend.

    Marquez quickly demoted Pedrosa to third and by the end of lap five he was through on Lorenzo into the lead.

    From there Marquez quickly escaped, leaving the Yamahas to fight over second.

    It took repeated attempts before Rossi was able to overtake Lorenzo, and even once clear he did not have the pace to keep up with Marquez.

    Instead he had to focus on Pedrosa, who also passed Lorenzo and then made it a Honda one-two by passing Rossi at half-distance.

    Rossi clung on behind Pedrosa until the final laps before settling for third, which still increased his championship lead to 13 points as Lorenzo drifted away in fourth.

    Andrea Iannone completed the top five after a lonely race on the best of the Ducatis.

    His team-mate Andrea Dovizioso crashed out of eighth, while underdog qualifying star Yonny Hernandez tumbled back from fifth to 12th on the Pramac Ducati.

    Britons Bradley Smith and Cal Crutchlow were sixth and seventh.

    The biggest dice of the race was over eighth place, a battle involving six bikes in the middle stages.

    Pol Espargaro eventually won it ahead of Danilo Petrucci.

    The Suzukis were left squabbling over 10th place, a battle Aleix Espargaro by just 0.021 seconds over Maverick Vinales at the line.

    RESULTS - 30 LAPS:

    PosRiderTeamBikeGap
    1Marc MarquezHondaHonda41m01.087s
    2Daniel PedrosaHondaHonda2.226s
    3Valentino RossiYamahaYamaha5.608s
    4Jorge LorenzoYamahaYamaha9.928s
    5Andrea IannoneDucatiDucati20.785s
    6Bradley SmithTech 3Yamaha23.215s
    7Cal CrutchlowLCRHonda29.881s
    8Pol EspargaroTech 3Yamaha34.953s
    9Danilo PetrucciPramac RacingDucati35.875s
    10Aleix EspargaroSuzukiSuzuki37.253s
    11Maverick VinalesSuzukiSuzuki37.274s
    12Yonny HernandezPramac RacingDucati42.081s
    13Hector BarberaAvintia RacingDucati48.611s
    14Alvaro BautistaAprilia GresiniAprilia50.687s
    15Jack MillerLCRHonda53.769s
    16Nicky HaydenAsparHonda58.921s
    17Eugene LavertyAsparHonda1m02.738s
    18Alex de AngelisIodaRacing ProjectART/Aprilia1m03.122s
    19Loris BazForward RacingYamaha Forward1m11.162s
    20Michael LavertyAprilia GresiniAprilia1m15.910s
    -Claudio CortiForward RacingYamaha ForwardRetirement
    -Andrea DoviziosoDucatiDucatiRetirement
    -Hiroshi AoyamaAB MotoracingHondaRetirement
    -Mike Di MeglioAvintia RacingDucatiRetirement
    -Scott ReddingMarc VDSHondaRetirement

    RIDERS' STANDINGS:

    PosRiderPoints
    1Valentino Rossi179
    2Jorge Lorenzo166
    3Andrea Iannone118
    4Marc Marquez114
    5Andrea Dovizioso87
    6Bradley Smith87
    7Daniel Pedrosa67
    8Cal Crutchlow66
    9Pol Espargaro64
    10Maverick Vinales57
    11Danilo Petrucci51
    12Aleix Espargaro44
    13Yonny Hernandez32
    14Scott Redding30
    15Hector Barbera19
    16Loris Baz14
    17Alvaro Bautista13
    18Jack Miller12
    19Stefan Bradl9
    20Michele Pirro8
    21Nicky Hayden8
    22Eugene Laverty7
    23Hiroshi Aoyama5
    24Mike Di Meglio2
    25Alex de Angelis1

     

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