Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez has sealed a perfect weekend in Germany after his sixth victory in a row in Sachsenring, recording a new race lap record en route to victory, following his pole position record yesterday. Teammate Dani Pedrosa also had a strong race, fending off Championship leader Valentino Rossi to take a well earned second place.
Marquez and Pedrosa both lost a position on the opening lap as Jorge Lorenzo made his way to the front. On lap four, Pedrosa lost another position to Rossi and dropped down to fourth as Marquez overtook Lorenzo into first. Once out front, Marquez never looked back and began to open up a gap, recording a new lap record on lap ten with a time of 1’21.530. On the following lap, Pedrosa passed Lorenzo – after he’d lost a spot to Rossi – and took third place and began to chase down the Italian, eventually passing the Doctor on lap 17.
This is the team’s first 1-2 since this race last year and the sixth successive year Marquez has won from pole at the Sachsenring.
A jubilant Marquez said: “I am very happy with this victory. I’ve been chasing it hard over the last few races. In Assen we began to see the light at the end of the tunnel; after Barcelona which was very hard, I felt good on the bike again thanks to the changes we made. We have confirmed that they worked here at this circuit, but I want to be cautious because I am aware that this circuit has always been very good for me and also for the Honda. We have to keep working, because on the laps that I did behind Lorenzo I saw that in some aspects the they were stronger than us. Let’s see if we can continue improving at the Misano test next week.”
The team will now pack up in Germany and head to Italy for a three-day test in Misano. The first two days will be on Bridgestone and the final day will be on the 2016 tyre manufacturer. They will then have two weeks holiday before flying west to the US for round ten in Indianapolis on August 9.