Marquez takes title lead with’s 8th win at Sachsenring

By | July 2, 2017

Marc Marquez took his second win of 2017 and his eighth in a row at the Sachsenring after starting from pole position, with teammate Dani Pedrosa joining him on the podium to complete the fourth double-podium finish (Austin, Jerez, Catalunya, Sachsenring) for Repsol Honda in nine races.

Movistar Yamaha MotoGP’s Maverick Viñales and Valentino Rossi gave brave performances today and took a well-deserved fourth and fifth place, having started from eleventh and ninth on the grid respectively. German rookie Folger finished second.

Marc and Dani got away from the front row brilliantly at the start, entering the first corner in first and second places, respectively. On lap five, Jonas Folger moved past Dani, and he overtook Marc on the following lap.  Marc moved back on top on lap 11 and went on to take a momentous victory that earned him the lead in the Championship before the four-week summer break. Marc dedicated his 31st  MotoGP win (the same tally as Eddie Lawson) to Nicky Hayden, who passed away in May.

Following his fifth podium finish this year, Dani lies in fifth place in the Championship standings, having cut his gap to the top to only 26 points.

The Repsol Honda Team will be back on the track for a two-day test in Brno on July 17 and 18.

Marc Marquez:

“I’m very, very happy. I knew before the weekend that this was an important moment in the Championship and that the Sachsenring was an important circuit for us. It was the place to take a risk if necessary and to try to win. So I’m happy we took these 25 points and the lead in the Championship before the summer break. I wish to dedicate this win to Nicky (Hayden) and his family. I had promised this to myself after his incident because we had some very good moments together and he was a friend. The race was very tight. Honestly, before the start I thought I would have to battle with Dani, but actually there was also another very fast opponent. I was very surprised at the beginning to see Jonas there, and I thought he might stay in between with the other riders, but he actually remained there! He was quite a tough opponent! The Championship is very close with four riders within 10 points and with Dani also not far away. Everything is open, so we’ll keep the same mentality, the same positivity and hard work. Now we have a few days of holidays, but not too much to be ready for Brno test,” said Marquez.

Race Results

Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Time/Gap
1 MARQUEZ Marc 93 SPA 25 Repsol Honda Team 40’59.525
2 FOLGER Jonas 94 GER 20 Monster Yamaha Tech 3 3.310
3 PEDROSA Dani 26 SPA 16 Repsol Honda Team 11.546
4 VINALES Maverick 25 SPA 13 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 14.253
5 ROSSI Valentino 46 ITA 11 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 14.980
6 BAUTISTA Alvaro 19 SPA 10 Pull&Bear Aspar Team 16.534
7 ESPARGARO Aleix 41 SPA 9 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 19.736
8 DOVIZIOSO Andrea 4 ITA 8 Ducati Team 20.188
9 ZARCO Johann 5 FRA 7 Monster Yamaha Tech 3 21.138
10 CRUTCHLOW Cal 35 GBR 6 LCR Honda 24.210
11 LORENZO Jorge 99 SPA 5 Ducati Team 25.659
12 PETRUCCI Danilo 9 ITA 4 Octo Pramac Racing 31.540
13 ESPARGARO Pol 44 SPA 3 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 32.179
14 SMITH Bradley 38 GBR 2 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 36.453
15 MILLER Jack 43 AUS 1 Team EG 0,0 Marc VDS 37.771
16 KALLIO Mika 36 FIN 0 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 37.852
17 ABRAHAM Karel 17 CZE 0 Pull&Bear Aspar Team 39.323
18 RABAT Tito 53 SPA 0 Team EG 0,0 Marc VDS

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