Sachsenring MotoGP: Marc Marquez defeats Cal Crutchlow and leads points

Marc Marquez moved into the MotoGP championship lead by keeping Cal Crutchlow at bay to win the German Grand Prix

Sachsenring MotoGP: Marc Marquez defeats Cal Crutchlow and leads points

Valentino Rossi had to settle for third place on a day when erstwhile championship leaders Dani Pedrosa and Jorge Lorenzo were both sidelined by injuries.

Both Marquez and Crutchlow fought back through after losing ground off the line, when they had fallen from first and second to fourth and seventh respectively.

Rossi led out of the first corner but was passed by local hero Stefan Bradl on lap one.

CRT star Aleix Espargaro had jumped to third at the start and even had a look at taking Rossi for second on lap two.

Espargaro then made it as hard as possible for Marquez to pass him, before the Honda got ahead and chased down the leaders.

Consecutive final-corner passes on laps five and six got Marquez past first Rossi, then Bradl to lead the race.

He duly began to edge away as Rossi and the recovering Crutchlow worked on Bradl.

Both eventually made it, with Crutchlow subsequently attacking Rossi and squeezing into second at half-distance.

Marquez's lead was nearly three seconds at that point, but Crutchlow - despite his injuries from his Saturday crashes - began to hunt him down.

Despite Crutchlow's best efforts, Marquez did not let him get any closer than 1.5s, as the Spaniard claimed the second win of his MotoGP rookie season.

Rossi kept clear of Bradl to take another podium for Yamaha in third.

Gresini's Alvaro Bautista and Crutchlow's Tech 3 Yamaha team-mate Bradley Smith completed the top six.

Espargaro was ultimately edged back to eighth, just behind Ducati's lead runner Andrea Dovizioso.

Results - 30 laps: Pos Rider Team/Bike Time/Gap 1. Marc Marquez Honda 41m14.653s 2. Cal Crutchlow Tech 3 Yamaha +1.559s 3. Valentino Rossi Yamaha +9.620s 4. Stefan Bradl LCR Honda +13.992s 5. Alvaro Bautista Gresini Honda +21.775s 6. Bradley Smith Tech 3 Yamaha +25.080s 7. Andrea Dovizioso Ducati +30.027s 8. Aleix Espargaro Aspar Aprilia +30.324s 9. Nicky Hayden Ducati +45.355s 10. Michele Pirro Pramac Ducati +47.142s 11. Hector Barbera Avintia FTR-Kawasaki +47.824s 12. Randy de Puniet Aspar Aprilia +48.523s 13. Colin Edwards Forward FTR-Kawasaki +54.428s 14. Danilo Petrucci Ioda-Suter-BMW +1m00.323s 15. Claudio Corti Forward FTR-Kawasaki +1m05.530s 16. Michael Laverty PBM-Aprilia +1m09.153s 17. Hiroshi Aoyama Avintia FTR-Kawasaki +1m15.601s 18. Karel Abraham Cardion Aprilia +1m19.683s 19. Lukas Pesek Ioda-Suter-BMW +1 lap Retirements: Bryan Staring Gresini FTR-Honda 27 laps Yonny Hernandez PBM Aprilia 1 lap 
shares
comments
Sachsenring MotoGP: Crutchlow fears 'hardest race' due to injuries
Previous article

Sachsenring MotoGP: Crutchlow fears 'hardest race' due to injuries

Next article

Crutchlow: Lorenzo, Pedrosa absence shouldn't discredit Marquez win

Crutchlow: Lorenzo, Pedrosa absence shouldn't discredit Marquez win
Why Honda and Yamaha have been left behind in MotoGP's new era Plus

Why Honda and Yamaha have been left behind in MotoGP's new era

The once all-conquering Japanese manufacturers are going through a difficult period in MotoGP this season. With Suzuki quitting, Honda struggling to get near the podium and Yamaha only enjoying success courtesy of Fabio Quartararo, Japanese manufacturers have been left in the dust by their European counterparts. Key paddock figures explain why.

MotoGP
Jun 28, 2022
Who is Valentino Rossi’s newest MotoGP star? Plus

Who is Valentino Rossi’s newest MotoGP star?

Valentino Rossi’s protégés stole the show at Assen as Francesco Bagnaia stormed to victory to arrest a recent barren run. But it was the rider in second, on Bagnaia’s old bike, who had all eyes on him. Securing his and the VR46 team’s first MotoGP podium, Marco Bezzecchi has all the characteristics that made his mentor special

MotoGP
Jun 27, 2022
How Quartararo is evoking an absent MotoGP great in 2022 Plus

How Quartararo is evoking an absent MotoGP great in 2022

OPINION: Fabio Quartararo has seized control of the 2022 MotoGP world standings after another dominant victory as his nearest rivals faltered. And he is very much heading towards a second championship echoing how the dominator of the last decade achieved much of his success

MotoGP
Jun 20, 2022
The human importance of Marquez’s latest enforced MotoGP absence Plus

The human importance of Marquez’s latest enforced MotoGP absence

OPINION: Marc Marquez will likely sit out the remainder of the 2022 MotoGP season to undergo a fourth major operation on the right arm he badly broke in 2020. It is hoped it will return him to his brilliant best after a tough start to the season without a podium to his name. But it’s the human victory that will far outweigh any future on-track success he may go on to have

MotoGP
May 31, 2022
Why Ducati holds all the power in its MotoGP rider dilemma Plus

Why Ducati holds all the power in its MotoGP rider dilemma

OPINION: The French Grand Prix looks to have made Ducati’s decision on its factory team line-up simpler, as Enea Bastianini stormed to his third win of the campaign and Jorge Martin crashed out for a fifth time in 2022. But, as Ducati suggests to Autosport, it remains in the strongest position in a wild rider market

MotoGP
May 16, 2022
The seismic aftershock left by Suzuki's decision to leave MotoGP Plus

The seismic aftershock left by Suzuki's decision to leave MotoGP

Suzuki's sudden decision to leave the MotoGP World Championship at the end of the season has acted as a stirring element in a market that had already erupted. Autosport analyses what this means for the grid going into 2023

MotoGP
May 11, 2022
How the real Ducati began to emerge in MotoGP’s Spanish GP Plus

How the real Ducati began to emerge in MotoGP’s Spanish GP

Ducati’s 2022 MotoGP bike has had a tough start to life and the expected early-season title charge from Francesco Bagnaia did not materialise. But the Spanish Grand Prix signalled a turning point for both the GP22 and Bagnaia, as the 2021 runner-up belatedly got his season underway after a straight fight with Fabio Quartararo

MotoGP
May 2, 2022
How Honda's praise for its 2022 MotoGP bike has turned into doubt Plus

How Honda's praise for its 2022 MotoGP bike has turned into doubt

In a little over two months, Honda has gone from setting the pace in MotoGP testing with its new RC213V prototype to being at a crossroads - caused by the discrepancy in its riders' feedback. After a Portuguese GP that underwhelmed, serious questions are now being asked of Honda in 2022

MotoGP
Apr 26, 2022