Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team RC213V) rode to his tenth consecutive Sachsenring victory today, leaving the rest of the pack trailing in his wake.
This was yet another masterful performance from the 26-year-old Spaniard who leads the 2019 MotoGP World Championship by 58 points going into the summer break. He led from the first corner to the last to continue his sequence of ten wins in a row at the German venue. Since 2010 Marquez has now won a clean sweep of one Sachsenring 125cc victory, two Honda-powered Moto2 successes and seven MotoGP wins with his RC213V; a unique record in the modern era of motorcycle Grand Prix racing. And all of these wins have been achieved from pole position.
In addition to boosting his advantage in the Riders World Championship with his fifth race win from the first nine races of 2019, Marquez also increased Honda’s lead in the Constructors World Championship. Marquez is chasing his sixth premier-class riders title in seven seasons, while Honda is looking for its fourth consecutive constructors crown, with the dominant RC213V machine.
Marquez continues to rewrite the record books with his astonishing run of results with his RC213V. Today he scored his 50th fastest lap during his 117th MotoGP race. He also increased his premier-class victory total to 49 wins and his all-time victory tally across three classes to 75 wins. This puts him one victory behind 1960s legend Mike ‘The Bike’ Hailwood, the fourth most successful motorcycle racer of all time. And yesterday Marquez achieved his 57th MotoGP pole position and his 85th in total.
Marquez’s race went entirely to plan. Due to today’s cooler weather conditions he changed his tyre choice to the medium rear. After an imperfect start from pole he grabbed the lead into turn one, spent the first two laps getting his tyres up to optimum temperature and then pushed hard from the third lap. By one-quarter distance he was 1.3 seconds ahead of second-placed Alex Rins, who later crashed out. By halfway he had increased his advantage to three seconds and he finally took the chequered flag 4.587 seconds ahead of eventual runner-up Maverick Vinales.
Honda’s joy was completed by a heroic ride to third place by Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda CASTROL RC213V). On Wednesday the 33-year-old Briton suffered a nasty right-knee injury in a freak cycling accident. Nonetheless he gritted his teeth and chased Vinales for second place for much of the race, finally settling for third after he had a huge slide through the high-speed turn ten on the penultimate lap.
Crutchlow’s first podium since the season-opening Qatar Grand Prix was a rich reward for the HRC rider and his LCR Honda CASTROL squad.
Marquez’s team-mate Jorge Lorenzo (Repsol Honda Team RC213V) was unable to ride here due to injuries sustained at Assen last weekend, so his seat was taken by HRC MotoGP test rider Stefan Bradl (Repsol Honda Team RC213V), who hadn’t raced since May’s Spanish GP.
Bradl did an excellent job, bringing his RC213V home in tenth place, the same position he recorded at Jerez. The 29-year-old German’s next race will be the Suzuka 8 Hours endurance event at the end of this month, when he will ride a Honda CBR1000RR.
Lucio Cecchinello’s LCR Honda team had two injured riders to look after this weekend. Takaaki Nakagami (LCR Honda IDEMITSU RC213V) was still suffering the effects of a high-speed crash at Assen, where he was brought down by a rival. The 27-year-old from Chiba bravely rode to 14th position, giving him seven points-scoring finishes from the last nine races. Nakagami rides a 2018 specification RC213V.
The MotoGP now takes its traditional summer break, with three weekends off before the back-to-back Czech and Austrian rounds on August 4 and August 11.