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Starting from pole, Márquez made a sluggish start on the Honda, but regained his composure to lead the field from the Dutch TT winner Maverick Viñales and Álex Rins with the most significant development coming with the retirement of Fabio Quartararo: the young French rider crashing out on lap two and turn three of the Sachsenring Circuit.
Behind the leading trio, Cal Crutchlow headed the chasing pack followed by a fast starting Jack Miller and an injured Danilo Petrucci leading Ducati team-mate Dovizioso in the opening laps before Dovi made his way past to take sixth.
With 10 laps in the books, Márquez had pulled out a gap of 2.2s from second-place man Rins, who'd passed the Yamaha of Viñales, who was under pressure from a rapid Crutchlow on the LCR Honda, riding through the pain barrier with a fractured tibia and ligament damage.
At the halfway stage the closest battle was between the three Ducati bikes, with the injured Petrucci leading Dovizioso and Miller – the trio squabbling over fifth place and allowing Franco Morbidelli to catch up and join the battle.
With 12 laps remaining, Rins crashed out at the fast turn 11 – his second self-inflicted retirement in two races following his crash whilst leading at the Dutch TT – promoting Crutchlow to a podium place.
The Ducati battle continued to the flag with Petrucci beating team-mate Dovizioso to fourth as Márquez won the race convincingly by nearly seven seconds ahead of Viñales, who managed to resist the attention of Crutchlow who came home third.
Results: 2019 German MotoGP™
- Marc Márquez (ESP) 41m 08.276s
- Maverick Viñales (ESP) +4.587s
- Cal Crutchlow (GBR) +7.741
- Danilo Petrucci (ITA) +16.557
- Andrea Dovizioso (ITA) +16.669
- Jack Miller (AUS) +16.836
- Joan Mir (ESP) +17.156
- Valentino Rossi (ITA) +19.110
- Franco Morbidelli (ITA) +20.634
- Stefan Bradl (GER) +22.708
Márquez masterful display extends championship lead
Despite a slightly bucking bronco of a start, reigning MotoGP™ champion and current championship leader Marc Márquez made light work of winning the German Grand Prix at the Sachsenring Circuit.
By winning, Márquez makes it 10 wins in a row at the east German circuit in all classes, and six on the bounce in the premier class of MotoGP™. The last rider not called Marc Márquez to win the German Grand Prix was Dani Pedrosa back in 2012.
By the end of the first lap Márquez was back in the lead and didn’t look back and by the end of the race had a winning margin of 4.5s back to Yamaha’s Maverick Viñales, although prior to this the Spaniard had led by over seven seconds.
Victory in Germany gives the Honda rider his fifth victory of the season, and a 58-point lead in the championship.
Rounding out the top 10, an honourable mention should go to Stefan Bradl - the German rider deputising for the injured Jorge Lorenzo brought his Repsol Honda home a respectable 10th.
Dovizioso beaten by team-mate after frustrating weekend in Saxony
Heading from eastern Germany to the summer break Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso remains second in the championship, but that isn’t the full story.
As Marc Márquez sailed away at the front of the pack Dovizioso was embroilled in a race-long battle with the fellow Ducati bikes of Danilo Petrucci and Jack Miller and after a race-long slog was pipped at the line by team-mate Petrucci who rode remarkably with damaged ligaments in his had to come home fourth.
Fourth place was essential for Dovizioso to at least keep some pressure on Márquez, but a galling fifth gives the Spaniard more daylight at the head of the championship standings, and crucially, puts Dovi just six points ahead of his hard-charging team-mate Petrucci heading to the Czech Grand Prix.
Crutchlow claims courageous podium
Britain’s Cal Crutchlow overcame the pain barrier and returned to the MotoGP™ for the first time since the opening Grand Prix of the season in Qatar.
The LCR Honda racer fractured his tibia and damaged knee ligaments after slipping from a pedal-powered bike earlier in the week and somehow managed to qualify an excellent sixth for the German Grand Prix, and in the race he turned in a warrior performance.
In fact, Cutchlow looked in contention for second place during much of the second half of the race. The 33-year-old hustled Yamaha rider and Dutch TT winner Maverick Viñales and looked to be much quicker than the Spaniard until a slight error a couple of laps from the flag compromised his flow and ended his challenge.
It is fair to say Crutchlow will be looking forward to the summer break and a bit of R&R!
Rins bins it again
Until a couple of races ago, Suzuki’s Álex Rins looked as a potential outside bet for a late season challenge.
The Spaniard claimed his first premier-class win at the Grand Prix of the Americas in Texas earlier in the season and was consistently notching up the points.
That was until the Dutch TT, where Rins crashed out of the lead, and one week later he repeated his DNF stat by crashing out of the German Grand Prix at high speed.
From challenging for the top three in the MotoGP™ standings Rins will now be looking over is shoulder as rejuvenated a Maverick Viñales closes in on his fourth place in the championship.
MotoGP™ 2019 standings
- Marc Márquez (ESP) 185 points
- Andrea Dovizioso (ITA) 127
- Danilo Petrucci (ITA) 121
- Álex Rins (ESP) 101
- Maverick Viñales (ESP) 85