For the 11th consecutive time in his career, Marc Marquez stole the show at the Sachsenring and returned to the top step of the podium 581 days after his last win.

There was no stopping Marc Marquez as the lights went out at the Sachsenring, the 10-time German GP winner shooting forward and moving into second by the second corner. By the end of the first lap, he had moved into the lead and defended a brief challenge from Aleix Espargaro. Consistent pace saw the eight-time World Champion steadily grow his lead, falling rain drops only spurring him on. As the race crossed over half-distance, Miguel Oliveira emerged as Marquez’s closest rival as the Portuguese rider traded fastest laps with the race leader.

Intense pressure and a strong ride from Oliveira pushed Marquez right to the end of the race, but 336 days after his injury at the 2020 Spanish Grand Prix, Marc Marquez was a race winner once again. It is his 11th straight win in Germany and the 11th consecutive win for a Repsol Honda Team rider at the circuit, ending a 21-race run without a victory. With his 96th premier class podium, his 57th win in the class, Marquez moves ahead of Doohan for most premier class podiums – fourth overall.

Pol Espargaro’s day started well as he placed his Repsol Honda Team RC213V second in Warm Up after leading most of the session. It unfortunately proved to be a difficult race for Espargaro who felt he did not maximize his potential at the start and spent the subsequent laps trying to overtake around the tight Sachsenring circuit. Taking another top-ten finish, his fourth of the season, Espargaro sits on 35 World Championship points and in 12th overall.

The next race is right around the corner as the World Championship heads north to Assen, The Cathedral, for round nine of the World Championship. Both Marquez and Espargaro are eager to get going once again and head into the mid-season summer break on a positive note.

Marc Marquez

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"This is one of the most important, and hardest, moments of my career. Today I knew there was a great opportunity to do something. When I crossed the line I just enjoyed it and then arriving with my whole team there, emotional, it helps a lot after such a difficult situation. It’s impossible to come back alone, you need people, you need a good team, a good team of doctors, a physio, Honda, Honda respect me a lot. Alberto Puig, Emilio Alzamora, my family, they helped me a lot. Now it’s time to enjoy this weekend, we were looking for a petrol station but now we found one and the fuel tank is full again. It’s extra motivation for me, for Honda, for the engineers, for the team and let’s see what the future brings. When I saw some drops of rain on lap four of five, I said; it’s my race. I started pushing at this point and then when it started to rain harder, I pushed even more and then the second race with Oliveira began. He pushed so hard and was very fast, it was hard to keep concentrated because all the memories, everything I have lived over the last year, came into my mind. But we did it. We will do it again."

Repsol Honda – MotoGP Team
Pol Espargaro

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"Honestly, today was not good. I did not get a good start and we struggled a lot, I got overtaken a lot and here is not the easiest place to pass. Then when the rain came, I was stuck behind too many people and I couldn’t get past them fast enough. If you can’t overtake quickly at the Sachsenring this is what happens. My race isn’t what I wanted, it’s not what I expected. But we have seen what Marc has done, I am really happy for him and the whole Repsol Honda Team. It shows that the bike is working well here but also highlights that we could have done more since I have been close to Marc all weekend. It’s a boost to improve, to work harder and better."

Repsol Honda – MotoGP Team
German Grand Prix

Sachsenring, Germany

MotoGP 2021, Round 8

Sunday 20 Jun 2021, 12:43 UTC
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Marc Marquez 93 SPA 25 Repsol Honda – MotoGP Team Honda 41:07.243
2 Miguel Oliveira 88 POR 20 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +1.160
3 Fabio Quartararo 20 FRA 16 Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha +6.772
4 Brad Binder 33 RSA 13 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +7.922
5 Francesco Bagnaia 63 ITA 11 Ducati Team Ducati +8.591
6 Jack Miller 43 AUS 10 Ducati Team Ducati +9.086
7 Aleix Espargaro 41 SPA 9 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia +9.371
8 Johann Zarco 5 FRA 8 Pramac Racing Ducati +11.439
9 Joan Mir 36 SPA 7 Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki +11.625
10 Pol Espargaro 44 SPA 6 Repsol Honda – MotoGP Team Honda +14.769
11 Alex Rins 42 SPA 5 Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki +16.803
12 Jorge Martin 89 SPA 4 Pramac Racing Ducati +16.915
13 Takaaki Nakagami 30 JPN 3 LCR Honda IDEMITSU Honda +19.217
14 Valentino Rossi 46 ITA 2 Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha +22.300
15 Luca Marini 10 ITA 1 Avintia Esponsorama Racing Ducati +23.615
16 Enea Bastianini 23 ITA 0 Avintia Esponsorama Racing Ducati +23.738
17 Iker Lecuona 27 SPA 0 Tech3 KTM Factory Racing KTM +23.946
18 Franco Morbidelli 21 ITA 0 Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha +24.414
19 Maverick Viñales 12 SPA 0 Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha +24.715
Rider Standings
Sunday, 20 Jun 2021 - Open world standings grid
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr.
1 Fabio QUARTARARO 20 FRA 131 Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha
2 Johann ZARCO 5 FRA 109 Pramac Racing Ducati
3 Jack MILLER 43 AUS 100 Ducati Team Ducati
4 Francesco BAGNAIA 63 ITA 99 Ducati Team Ducati
5 Joan MIR 36 SPA 85 Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki
6 Maverick VIñALES 12 SPA 75 Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha
7 Miguel OLIVEIRA 88 POR 74 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
8 Brad BINDER 33 RSA 56 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
9 Aleix ESPARGARO 41 SPA 53 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia
10 Marc MARQUEZ 93 SPA 41 Repsol Honda – MotoGP Team Honda
11 Franco MORBIDELLI 21 ITA 40 Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha
12 Pol ESPARGARO 44 SPA 35 Repsol Honda – MotoGP Team Honda
13 Takaaki NAKAGAMI 30 JPN 34 LCR Honda IDEMITSU Honda
14 Alex RINS 42 SPA 28 Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki
15 Enea BASTIANINI 23 ITA 26 Avintia Esponsorama Racing Ducati
16 Alex MARQUEZ 73 SPA 25 LCR Honda CASTROL Honda
17 Danilo PETRUCCI 9 ITA 23 Tech3 KTM Factory Racing KTM
18 Jorge MARTIN 89 SPA 23 Pramac Racing Ducati
19 Valentino ROSSI 46 ITA 17 Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha
20 Iker LECUONA 27 SPA 14 Tech3 KTM Factory Racing KTM
21 Luca MARINI 10 ITA 13 Avintia Esponsorama Racing Ducati
22 Stefan BRADL 6 GER 11 Repsol Honda – MotoGP Team Honda
23 Lorenzo SAVADORI 32 ITA 4 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia
24 Michele PIRRO 51 ITA 3 Pramac Racing Ducati
25 Tito RABAT 53 SPA 1 Pramac Racing Ducati