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Get the lowdown on Marc Márquez's German Grand Prix victory
After the fireworks of Assen, the stars of MotoGP headed to the Sachsenring for the German Grand Prix, where Marc Márquez took his fifth win of the season.
The 'King of the Ring' saw off an early challenge from Jorge Lorenzo on the Ducati at Saschenring, and brushed aside his compatriot to score a dominant win, his ninth at the German circuit.
Márquez crossed the line two seconds ahead of Valentino Rossi, who came home ahead of his Yamaha team-mate Maverick Viñales.
Behind the top three, the main talking points included a disappointing race for the factory Ducatis of Lorenzo and Andrea Dovizioso, but strong finishes for the satellite Ducati machines of Álvaro Bautista and Danilo Petrucci.
Nine German wins in a row for Márquez
A blisteringly fast first lap saw Jorge Lorenzo send his Ducati into the first turn in the lead, followed by the satellite Ducati of Danilo Petrucci. Pole sitter Márquez was pushed back into third, followed by Valentino Rossi.
With question marks over tyre degradation and soaring track temperatures, Lorenzo forged a decent gap, but before long Márquez overhauled Danilo Petrucci to take second and set after him
With 18 laps remaining Márquez made his move. He sized up the Ducati, passed and checked out before being joined by Rossi, who capitalised on a small error by Lorenzo to take second place.
Márquez was never really troubled by a rapid Rossi, who delighted his hoards of supporters by proving to be the next best rider.
Lorenzo and Ducati's misery
Jorge Lorenzo made a great start from the front row and led the opening laps from Petrucci. It didn't last, though, and by the final stages of the race it all fell apart.
Lorenzo's Ducati team-mate Andrea Dovizioso was nowhere in the race, finishing an anonymous seventh, but Lorenzo made a valiant effort to run with the leaders, until, with 10 laps remaining, his tyres lost grip and he slid back through the pack to end up sixth, behind the Satellite Ducati riders.
After two glorious Grand Prix wins in a row at Jerez and Mugello, reality has well and truly bitten for Lorenzo and the factory Ducati squad.
Rossi takes a superb second
With no win at the Sachsenring since 2009, and no win for Yamaha in 19 races, Valentino Rossi looked hungry to redress that statistic and made a rapid start to run comfortably in the top four.
Emerging from the yellow smoke created by the flares of his own supporters, the Yamaha rider settled into fourth before overhauling the powerful Ducati of Petrucci and setting after Lorenzo.
With 11 laps remaining, Rossi nailed the fastest lap and closed the gap on Márquez, before the Honda rider pulled the pin with 10 laps remaining and stamped his authority on the race.
A podium for Rossi keeps his slim championship hopes alive – just.
Pedrosa's last German Grand Prix
After an emotional press conference announcing his retirement from MotoGP, Honda’s Dani Pedrosa completed a rather anonymous German Grand Prix.
The Spanish ace brought his bike home in eighth, 12 seconds behind his winning Honda team-mate .
Back to reality for Rins
Following a superb podium last time out at Assen, it was back down to Earth with a bump for Suzuki rider Álex Rins.
The incident topped off a terrible weekend for the Espagaro siblings. Pol's brother Aleix Espargaró failed to make the start after being declared unfit following a heavy crash in the morning warm-up.
Crutchlow crashes out
Britain's Cal Crutchlow topped off a miserable weekend on his LCR Honda by sliding off into the gravel at turn 12. The retirement ends a run of strong races for Crutchlow, who was in the running for at least a top five finish in Germany.
Márquez closes in on sixth title
The MotoGP paddock heads off for the summer break with Márquez in the prime position for his sixth championship title. There's a long way to go, but with another measured win, the Honda rider has a 46 point lead over nearest title challenger Valentino Rossi.
With Ducati's race-winning form now a distant memory and Rossi yet to score a victory in 2018, can anyone stop Márquez?