Sachsenring MotoGP: Marc Marquez fends off Jonas Folger to win

Marc Marquez retook the championship lead with his fifth straight Sachsenring MotoGP victory, but he was made to work for it by local hero Jonas Folger

Sachsenring MotoGP: Marc Marquez fends off Jonas Folger to win

Though Marquez led away pole, he had to play second fiddle to a charging Folger's Tech3 Yamaha for a handful of laps early on.

Folger had stayed with Marquez and Honda team-mate Dani Pedrosa's initial lead battle, before slicing past both in the opening five laps.

Folger's lead lasted until he outbraked himself at the first corner and allowed Marquez back through.

Another mistake at Turn 1 from Folger later on looked to have settled the lead battle, but Folger continued to hound Marquez until the champion got the hammer down with three laps to go and won by three seconds.

The result means Marquez remains unbeaten at the Sachsenring this decade, having won from pole there every year since coming into MotoGP in addition to his 125cc and Moto2 victories at the track.

Pedrosa drifted away to finish a lonely third.

Following his lacklustre 11th place in qualifying, Yamaha's Maverick Vinales rose into the top six just before half distance.

He then picked off fellow title contenders Valentino Rossi and Andrea Dovizioso to earn fourth.

Aspar Ducati rider Alvaro Bautista flew in the second half of the race to reach sixth behind the two works Yamahas.

Aleix Espargaro also passed Dovizioso to finish seventh for Aprilia, with erstwhile championship leader Dovizioso falling to third in the standings behind Marquez and Vinales.

Folger's team-mate Johann Zarco coming through to ninth from 19th on the grid ahead of Cal Crutchlow.

Jorge Lorenzo, who gambled on soft tyres all around, slumped outside the top 10 by half distance. He finished 11th, a spot ahead of front row starter Danilo Petrucci - who also faded badly.

Andrea Iannone had been battling hard with Lorenzo before a nasty fall in the closing laps.

Sam Lowes also crashed out.

RESULTS - 30 LAPS:

Pos Rider Team Bike Gap
1 Marc Marquez Honda Honda 40m59.525s
2 Jonas Folger Tech3 Yamaha Yamaha 3.310s
3 Dani Pedrosa Honda Honda 11.546s
4 Maverick Vinales Yamaha Yamaha 14.253s
5 Valentino Rossi Yamaha Yamaha 14.980s
6 Alvaro Bautista Aspar Ducati Ducati 16.534s
7 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia Aprilia 19.736s
8 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati Ducati 20.188s
9 Johann Zarco Tech3 Yamaha Yamaha 21.138s
10 Cal Crutchlow LCR Honda Honda 24.210s
11 Jorge Lorenzo Ducati Ducati 25.659s
12 Danilo Petrucci Pramac Ducati Ducati 31.540s
13 Pol Espargaro KTM KTM 32.179s
14 Bradley Smith KTM KTM 36.453s
15 Jack Miller MVDS Honda Honda 37.771s
16 Mika Kallio KTM KTM 37.852s
17 Karel Abraham Aspar Ducati Ducati 39.323s
18 Tito Rabat MVDS Honda Honda 41.190s
19 Loris Baz Avintia Ducati Ducati 59.850s
20 Scott Redding Pramac Ducati Ducati 1m01.664s
21 Alex Rins Suzuki Suzuki 1m01.695s
- Andrea Iannone Suzuki Suzuki Retirement
- Sam Lowes Aprilia Aprilia Retirement
- Hector Barbera Avintia Ducati Ducati Disqualified

CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS:

Pos Rider Points
1 Marc Marquez 129
2 Maverick Vinales 124
3 Andrea Dovizioso 123
4 Valentino Rossi 119
5 Dani Pedrosa 103
6 Johann Zarco 84
7 Jonas Folger 71
8 Danilo Petrucci 66
9 Jorge Lorenzo 65
10 Cal Crutchlow 64
11 Alvaro Bautista 44
12 Jack Miller 41
13 Scott Redding 33
14 Aleix Espargaro 32
15 Loris Baz 31
16 Andrea Iannone 28
17 Tito Rabat 23
18 Hector Barbera 21
19 Karel Abraham 20
20 Pol Espargaro 14
21 Bradley Smith 8
22 Alex Rins 7
23 Michele Pirro 7
24 Sam Lowes 2
25 Sylvain Guintoli 1


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