News 13 Jul 2015

Marquez wins MotoGP in Germany

Reigning world champ takes his second victory of the season.

Source: MotoGP.

Source: MotoGP.

Marc Marquez’s MotoGP win at the Sachsenring is his sixth victory at the German track. When Marquez came here a year ago, he was chasing his ninth consecutive win of the season.

At this point in 2015 Marquez’s title hopes are weak but the Spaniard’s desire to win is anything but. Now that Marquez appears to be back on form, he’s showing no signs of making things easy for the Movistar Yamaha duo of Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossie in the second half of the season.

“From the beginning I felt good and when I had the gap I just tried to manage it,” said Marquez.”I’m happy because this weekend we’ve been always first and it has been a long time since I had that. It’s a good result to go on holidays with, but I want to keep getting better.”

Dani Pedrosa has a very good record here in Germany too, having won here six times in total across MotoGP and 250cc classes. Before the race he said that if he could get a good start and stay at the front for the first few laps, it would make all the difference. This proved to be true as the Spaniard joins team mate Marc Marquez on the podium, securing a 1-2 for the Repsol Honda team. However Pedrosa said the real turning point came at half distance.

“When the tank emptied at the middle of the race I was comfortable and I went straight past Jorge,” said Pedrosa. “Then I went about catching Rossi but he wasn’t easy to pass. On corner exit the Yamaha is strong. Then I made the move and had to push at the end. I had to push a little more than him as he was really trying!”

Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha) finished in third place on the podium, which is enough to increase his championship lead, so Rossi has a lot to be happy about.

“I think that Dani had something in his pocket – I was at the limit with a constant rhythm, but at one point he was able to pull out two very fast laps, I tried to battle but he was too quick,” said Rossi. “Anyway it’s another podium, I gained three points on Jorge [Lorenzo] which is important for the championship. We know that we always suffer here against the Hondas, so we’ll wait for a better track for the M1!”

With Rossi’s team mate Jorge Lorenzo coming in fourth place, the Movistar Yamaha duo did enough to maintain their positions at the top of the championship standings, with Rossi enjoying a 13 point lead over Lorenzo.

Andrea Iannone (Ducati Team) claimed fifth position, followed by British riders Bradley Smith (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) and Cal Crutchlow (CWM-LCR Honda) in sixth and seventh respectively.
Pol Espargaró (Monster Yamaha Tech 3), Danilo Petrucci (Octo Pramac Racing) and Aleix Espargaró (Team Suzuki Ecstar) complete the top 10. Jack Miller (CWM LCR Honda) finished the race in 15th place after starting from 18th on the grid.

In Moto2, Belgian rider Xavier Simeón (Federal Oil Gresini Moto2) claimed his first ever victory in his sixth Moto2 season. Johann Zarco (Ajo Motorsport) finished in second place, followed by Álex Rins (Páginas Amarillas HP 40) in third.

“I made a good race and a good pace, I was confident because my bike was very good all weekend. A lot of times in the past I’ve started from the first row but I didn’t take the opportunity to get on the podium, so this time I thought ok, I’ll take it,” said Simeón. Australia’s Ant West (QMMF Racing Team) crashed out of the race on lap four.

Leopard Racing rider Danny Kent topped the timesheets in every single session in Moto3, started from pole and led the field the entire race tom take his fifth victory of the season.

“I didn’t have a great start, the first few laps I was sliding a bit, but the tyre got better after about five laps,” said Kent. “We’ve been strong all weekend which gave me great confidence and I knew I had a chance to pull away. I’m really happy to get another win and extend our championship lead.” Remy Gardner finished the race in 23rd place after scrapping with a =bunch of riders all race long.

In the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup, Race one marked the fifth win in a row for Bo Bendsneyder. The 16-year-old Dutchman had to fight all the way for the win from 14-year-old Ayumu Sasaki from Japan and 15-year-old Spaniard Marc Garcia. Race two saw Fabio Di Giannantonio scored a fabulous victory passing Bo Bendsneyder at the last corner with the 16-year-old Dutchman slid off fighting for his sixth straight win.

The pair had opened up an 11 second advantage over their rivals with their private battle and after a run of superb second places this time Di Giannantonio picked up the win and cut Bendsneyder’s points advantage to just 16 with seven races still remaining.

Australian Olly Simpson finished eighth in race one and was not that exuberant after the second race despite finishing fifth from ninth on the grid. The 17-year-old Australian had made a lightning start from that third row, determined to show that his confidence had returned following the dislocated shoulder he sustained in Assen.

“I had got away from Garcia in the middle of the race but then missed a gear, got it all wrong and was back in that group,” he explained.

The next round of the MotoGP world championship is at Brno, Czech Republic on 15-16 August.

2015 MotoGP World Championship
Round nine – Sachsenring, Germany

MotoGP race results
1. Marc Marquez
2. Dani Pedrosa
3. Valentino Rossi
4. Jorge Lorenzo
5. Andrea Iannone
6. Bradley Smith
7. Cal Crutchlow
8. Pol Espargaro
9. Danilo Petrucci
10. Aleix Espargaro
11. Maverick Viñales
12. Yonny Hernandez
13. Hector Barbera
14. Alvaro Bautista
15. Jack Miller (AUS)
16. Nicky Hayden
17. Eugene Laverty
18. Alex De Angelis
19. Loris Baz
20. Michael Laverty

Moto2 race results
1. Xavier Simeon
2. Johann Zarco
3. Alex Rins
4. Simone Corsi
5. Sam Lowes
6. Thomas Luthi
7. Takaaki Nakagami
8. Lorenzo Baldassarri
9. Julian Simon
10. Dominique Aegerter
DNF. Anthony West (AUS)

Moto3 race results
1. Danny Kent
2. Efren Vazquez
3. Enea Bastianini
4. Romano Fenati
5. Niccolò Antonelli
6. Jorge Navarro
7. Brad Binder
8. Alexis Masbou
9. Andrea Locatelli
10. Niklas Ajo
23. Remy Gardner (AUS)

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