Marc Marquez perfectly mastered a tactical race to take a stellar ninth straight win at the Sachsenring, after starting from pole position.

The reigning World Champion saved his tyres while following Danilo Petrucci and Jorge Lorenzo in the early phases, took the lead on lap 13 when he decided it was time to try and pull a gap and—in the latter stages of the race, when tyre consumption increased—managed his advantage.

Looking strictly at the numbers, today Marc took a second consecutive win from pole, his fifth victory this season, his 40th MotoGP success, and his 66th across three classes, extending his Championship lead over Valentino Rossi to 46 points with 10 races remaining.  In addition, his ninth win at Sachsenring came after nine consecutive poles here, and in his 99th MotoGP race, at the season’s ninth round.

Never really comfortable with his bike’s setup during the weekend, Dani Pedrosa could only improve upon his starting-grid spot by two positions, ending the race in eighth place.

Now the Repsol Honda Team will enjoy a two-week break before heading to Brno for the Czech GP on 5 August.

Marc Marquez

Winner

“Of course I’m very happy, as nine wins in a row here is incredible! But every year the pressure increases, because beginning on Thursday, everyone starts asking about winning on Sunday! Anyway, we have the experience to handle that as well. Today I expected the race to have different phases, with the first tyre drop happening after around nine laps and a final one seven to five laps from the end. I was prepared to manage the different situations, but in the beginning it wasn’t easy because my start wasn’t perfect. I expected that Lorenzo might pass me but not Petrucci. I lost two positions and then overtaking them wasn’t easy. When I did it, I started to push in order to pull a gap but without being ‘crazy’ so that I could manage the tyre consumption until the end of the race. But then they signalled me that Valentino was closing in very fast, and when I saw 0.6 in the board I understood that I had to push again and completely use my tyres for two or three laps, so I did my fastest lap of the race. I was able to open a gap again and then manage it. Then, when I was celebrating I saw a marshal with a No. 26 cap, so I took it and went to celebrate in front of the fans because I think this weekend Dani was the protagonist, and we’ll miss him. We and Honda are working very well and we need to continue like this in the second part of the Championship with the same feeling we’ve had so far.”

Dani Pedrosa

8th

“It was a disappointing race because this is a track where I’ve always been faster, but we’ve been struggling all weekend with the bike setup. We managed to improve here and there a little bit but I never felt really comfortable. I did more or less the same lap times for the entire race, but not fast enough. We can’t do anything else but continue working to try to improve the setting and feeling on the bike.”

MotoGP 2018
Race Round 9   Germany

Race Classification

Sunny
Humidity
48%
Track Temp
48°C
Air Temp
27°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Marquez Marc 93 SPA 25 Repsol Honda Team Honda 41'05.019
2 Rossi Valentino 46 ITA 20 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 2.196
3 Vinales Maverick 25 SPA 16 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 2.776
4 Petrucci Danilo 9 ITA 13 Alma Pramac Racing Ducati 3.376
5 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA 11 Angel Nieto Team Ducati 5.183
6 Lorenzo Jorge 99 SPA 10 Ducati Team Ducati 5.780
7 Dovizioso Andrea 4 ITA 9 Ducati Team Ducati 7.941
8 Pedrosa Dani 26 SPA 8 Repsol Honda Team Honda 12.711
9 Zarco Johann 5 FRA 7 Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 14.428
10 Smith Bradley 38 GBR 6 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 21.474
11 Syahrin Hafizh 55 MAL 5 Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 25.809
12 Iannone Andrea 29 ITA 4 Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 25.963
13 Rabat Tito 53 SPA 3 Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 29.040
14 Miller Jack 43 AUS 2 Alma Pramac Racing Ducati 29.325
15 Redding Scott 45 GBR 1 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 34.123
16 Bradl Stefan 6 GER 0 EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 38.207
17 Luthi Tom 12 SWI 0 EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 49.369
18 Abraham Karel 17 CZE 0 Angel Nieto Team Ducati 1'01.022
19 Simeon Xavier 10 BEL 0 Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 1'16.692
20 Crutchlow Cal 35 GBR 0 LCR Honda Honda 21 laps
21 Nakagami Takaaki 30 JPN 0 LCR Honda Honda 26 laps
22 Rins Alex 42 SPA 0 Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki -
23 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA 0 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM -
Location Information

Car and bike races have been held on closed public roads in the area around the town of Chemnitz, Germany since the 1920s and were still taking place until as recently as 1990. It was decided, however, that the five mile course through such a densely populated area was no… read more.

Length 3.671 kilometres / 2.281 miles
Width 12 metres
Left corners 10
Right corners 3
Longest straight 0.700 kilometres / 0.435 miles
Constructed 1996
Modified 2001 (resurfaced in 2017)

Lerchenstraße, 09337 Hohenstein-Ernstthal, Germany - View in Google Maps

www.sachsenring-circuit.com

Records

Pole Position 1m20.270s (164.6km/h) Marc Marquez (Honda, 2018)
Race Lap 1m21.442s (162.2km/h) Jonas Folger (Yamaha, 2017)
Race Time 41m 01.087s (161km/h) Marc Marquez (Honda, 2015)
2018 Race Winner Marc Marquez (Honda)