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.
|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||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM||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||-|
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|
|Longest straight||0.700 kilometres / 0.435 miles|
|Modified||2001 (resurfaced in 2017)|
Lerchenstraße, 09337 Hohenstein-Ernstthal, Germany - View in Google Maps
|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)|