Victory for Marquez as Rossi extends advantage

Author: Oli Rushby Posted: 12 Jul 2015

Marquez took his second victory of the year

Marc Marquez dominated as he took his second victory of the season with an inch-perfect ride aboard the Repsol Honda with his team-mate Dani Pedrosa running second ahead of Valentino Rossi who stretched to 13 points his lead in the title stakes over his Movistar Yamaha team-mate Jorge Lorenzo who ran fourth.

Marquez, who had scorched to a fourth pole of the campaign with the fastest ever lap of the Sachsenring, was out-gunned at the start by Lorenzo who made a brave but productive move round the outside of the first corner to snatch the lead. 

Lorenzo had the edge for four laps before Marquez nosed ahead and was in front, the two times defending World Champion charged into the distance leaving the rest to squabble over positions.  Rossi, running fourth, was on the attack, picking off Pedrosa and then on the eighth lap taking Lorenzo to be running second.

Marquez was not under threat, pulling further into the distance while Pedrosa attacked Lorenzo to go back into third and then to begin to reel in Rossi, finally taking the Italian just into the second half of the race and then holding him at bay before making second safe with two late fast laps.

Rossi tried for second

For Marquez it was a sixth successive victory at this circuit, starting from pole each time, and he enjoyed it: “From the beginning I felt good and it is good to go into the holiday with this victory though we must continue to work – I feel good for the rest of the season but want to be even better.”

Behind the top four, Andrea Iannone took fifth for Ducati, some consolation for the team as their other rider Andrea Doviziso tipped off at half distance.  Bradley Smith was solid in sixth on the Monster Tech3 Yamaha, just ahead of Cal Crutchlow on the CWM LCR Honda who was braving the pain of bones in his arm and elbow cracked in a big high side in free practice.

Scott Redding crashed out in the opening lap while the Laverty brothers had Eugene running seventeenth on the Honda with Michael three places back on his Aprilia.

Danny Kent cruised to a fifth victory of the campaign to stretch his lead in the Moto3 title stakes to 66 points over Enea Bastianini who finished a distant third.  Riding the Leopard Racing Honda Kent, who had started from pole position won the race by over seven seconds from Efren Vazquez.

Xavier Simeon held off the close attentions of Johann Zarco who, with second place extended his lead in the Moto2 standings to 65 points over the defending champion Tito Rabat. He crashed out on the final lap while disputing third place with Franco Morbidelli who also went down. Sam Lowes overcame a third row start to take fifth place and remains in third place in the title stakes.

MotoGP – Sachsenring- Race Result

  1. Marc Marquez – Repsol Honda
  2. Dani Pedrosa – Repsol Honda
  3. Valentino Rossi – Movistar Yamaha
  4. Jorge Lorenzo – Movistar Yamaha
  5. Andrea Iannone – Ducati Team
  6. Bradley Smith – Monster Tech 3 Yamaha
  7. Cal Crutchlow – CWM LCR Honda
  8. Pol Espargaro – Monster Tech 3 Yaaha
  9. Danilo Petrucci – Pramac Ducati
  10. Aleix Espargaro – Suzuki Racing

Championship Standings

  1. Valentino Rossi – Yamaha – 179
  2. Jorge Lorenzo – Yamaha - 166
  3. Andrea Iannone – Ducati – 118
  4. Marc Marquez – Repsol Honda – 114
  5. Andrea Dovizioso – Ducati – 87
  6. Bradley Smith – Yamaha – 87
  7. Dani Pedrosa – Honda – 67
  8. Cal Crutchlow – Honda – 66
  9. Pol Espargaro – Yamaha - 64
  10. Maverick Vinales – Suzuki - 57