Spaniard Marc Marquez won his ninth consecutive race of the season yesterday as he dominated the German MotoGP to finish ahead of Honda teammate and compatriot Dani Pedrosa with Jorge
Lorenzo on a Yamaha in third.
The win gives Marquez a perfect total of 225 points, with Pedrosa taking sole possession of second but 77 points back and Italian Valentino Rossi, who finished fourth third in the rankings and 84 adrift.
He is also the youngest rider to win nine races in a row, breaking the 1984 record held previously by the late Englishman Mike Hailwood.
The race, which was threatened by rain caused a farcical start to the proceedings, as a group of some 14 riders got caught trying to change tires at the last minute and had to wait in the pit-lane until the bikes already on the grid in dry tires had gone past.
“It was tough and when I saw [Stefan] Bradl changing tires at the beginning. I thought that was the right choice because there was only one corner that was completely wet so I went in,” said the defending champion Marquez, who was one of the riders to get caught out.
“It is marvellous this run I am on, scarcely beleivable. Everyone went in [to change tires] and my main rivals are Dani [Pedrosa] and Valentino [Rossi], so when I saw them go in, I followed, but it worked out ok.” Marquez said.
The race began with only nine riders in their allocated qualifying positions as the guessing game to judge the right tires caused chaos and a mad dash to change to the drying conditions.
Bradl, the 2011 Moto2 world champion, took advantage to lead for the opening stages before Marquez glided past the German with 24 laps to go.
It then came down to a straight battle between Marquez and Pedrosa with Lorenzo well back in third and Italy’s Valentino Rossi also cut adrift back in fourth place.
Pedrosa applied what pressure he could on his teammate, but Marquez rode with supreme confidence and continued to set the fastest laps of the race as he accelerated further and further into the distance.
“We were comfortable in front, myself and Marc, and we held them off easily,” Pedrosa said.
“He had about half a second on me and I couldn’t catch him, but I had a good race, I’m happy and my team did a really good job,” Pedrosa added.
There are nine races to go in the season, with the next round set for Indianapolis on August 10.
Earlier, Swiss rider Dominique Aegerter rode his Suter to victory in the Moto2 category, with Finland’s Mika Kallio a close second on a Kalex and teammate Simone Corsi of Italy claiming third spot.
Championship leader Esteve Rabat took fourth spot on his Kalex as Kallio, who came into the weekend just 26 points behind the Spaniard, made up ground in the overall standings.
It was the first career win for the 23-year-old Aegerter who finished second earlier in the campaign in Spain and third in the US.
Finally, Jack Miller of Australia on a KTM won the Moto3 race at the Hohenstein-Ernstthal circuit.
Miller, who started from pole position, took the checkered flag ahead of South African Brad Binder on a Mahindra and Frenchman Alexis Masbou on a Honda.
It was a fourth win of the year for the Australian who moved further clear of Italian teammate Romano Fenati in the Moto3 overall standings after nine races.
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