The master of Sachsenring Marc Marquez has completed a remarkable comeback to win the German Grand Prix, in his and Honda’s first win since Valencia 2019.
It was time for the MotoGP Grand Prix of Germany. Johann Zarco would start from pole, with Fabio Quartararo alongside, and Aleix Espargaro rounding out the front row. Sachsenring is a hard track to pass on, which will hinder the likes of Maverick Vinales, who starts 21st. The race was unlikely to be the best of the season owing to the twistiness of the track, but MotoGP always provides entertainment. There was also a chance of rain, which always makes things dicey.
The lights went out, and it was Espargaro who led away. Marc Marquez took second, with Zarco third. Marquez looked hungry to lead and took it at the end of lap one. Espargaro briefly took the lead back, but Marquez fired it back up the inside to lead over the line for lap two.
Danilo Petrucci and Alex Marquez crashed into each other at turn 1 and were out. Meanwhile, the older Marquez still led. Lorenzo Salvadori went down at turn 10 and was out as well.
It was clear the leaders were managing the tires, due to the high degradation of the track. Jack Miller made a fantastic move to get to third from Zarco, and there were a few rain spots appearing. Marquez was beginning to move away as Espargaro began to lose grip.
The white flag came out, meaning riders were able to swap bikes, with the potential of rain increasing. The rain flag then came out. Rain was falling. Miller and Oliveira took second and third off Espargaro, as the race was turned on its head. They all pulled the pin. Oliveira tried to take second, as Quartararo took Zarco.
Oliveira then did take second and bolted up to try and take Marquez. The two exchanged fastest laps, as the rain stayed away for the moment. Things were lively in the top 10. Quartararo took Espargaro, and Brad Binder had a ding-dong battle with Zarco.
All of a sudden, Oliveira fired in a huge lap and found a quarter of a second per lap. Quartararo took Miller for third, as the race entered its final stages. With ten laps left, 1.3 seconds split Oliveira and Marquez. Binder went up to fifth, passing Espargaro, while Quartararo was still third.
Six laps left, and the gap dipped under a second. The tension was palpable, but Marquez looked as though he would just hold on. Indeed he did, Oliveira held up the white flag, and it was Marc Marquez who won his 11th German Grand Prix. Second place went to a brilliant Miguel Oliveira, with third place going to title leader Fabio Quartararo.
|1||M. Marquez||Repsol Honda|
|2||M. Oliveira||Red Bull KTM|
|3||F. Quartararo||Monster Yamaha|
|4||B. Binder||Red Bull KTM|
|5||F. Bagnaia||Ducati Lenovo|
|6||J. Miller||Ducati Lenovo|
|7||A. Espargaro||Aprilia Gresini|
|8||J. Zarco||Pramac Ducati|
|9||J. Mir||Suzuki Ecstar|
|10||P. Espargaro||Repsol Honda|