Marc Marquez in victory circle at the Sachsenring Red Bull

 

Marc Marquez rode a superb German Grand Prix, leading almost from start to finish to take a healthy 43 point championship lead over arch rival Pol Espargaro who finished 4th.

The Red Bull athlete took the lead from pole at the lights but was hounded from the first corner. The 1st man to give chase was Mika Kalio but then the always-threatening Andrea Iannone took up the challenge. The Italian pushed and pushed, took the lead briefly but then slid out at the looping right hander on lap 11.

Kalio took over the shadowing of Marquez and behind him it was de Angelis who presented the next threat. The lead trio had opened up an advantage over the rest and Marquez continued to set a blistering pace while Iannone rejoined in 26th place.

Pol Espargaro was on a charge and up to 6th with 17 laps remaining. He had come off the middle of the 6th row after qualifying 17th in the mixed wet and dry session. He had progressed early only to almost crash and lose a handful of places before renewing his charge. With 13 to go Espargaro started the 2nd half of the race in 4th place but he had an almost 4 second gap to make up on the lead trio.

With a clear road ahead Espargaro was lapping quicker than the men in front. De Angelis had taken 2nd and was trying to stay with Marquez but the Spaniard had upped the pace and started to split up the lead trio so while Espargaro was catching Kalio in 3rd on some laps, he was not making much impression on Marquez.

With 3 to go Marquez was well clear in the lead and it was left to Kalio to fight it out with de Angelis for 2nd. Kalio grabbed 2nd and set about defending hard all the way to the flag. On the final lap De Angelis went wide into the sweeping left at the bottom of the hill to give himself the best run at the last tight left before the flag. De Angelis went past but Kalio had expected it and as the Italian went wide on the exit the Fin had the run to the line to claim 2nd, 2 seconds behind Marquez.

Espargaro had taken too much out of his tyres on the run through the field and was finally a distant 4th only just ahead of Tom Luthi. Iannone just missed out on the points with 16th.

Cortese scores brilliant Moto3 victory

Sandro Cortese recorded a fantastic win after a perfectly judged ride on the Red Bull KTM in the thunderstorm delayed race. He set off from pole position on the soaking wet track but rode cautiously early on and dropped well down as the more adventurous took the front running.

He kept himself in touch with the top ten though and when the track began to dry in the second half of the race he worked his way forward and took the lead with a handful of laps remaining. Everyone then had well shredded rain tyres as sunshine bathed the circuit and Cortese defended 1st strongly from Alex Masbou with Luis Salom taking third and making it 2 Red Bull athletes on the podium. 

 


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