A mix of pure talent, tactics, teamwork and a cool head earned Marc Marquez one of the best wins of his career in one of the most difficult and mixed-conditions races so far this season.
With heavy rain intermittently hitting the Sachsenring throughout raceday, the MotoGP race was declared wet and teams prepared for another flag-to-flag GP.
Poleman Marquez opted for the Michelin rain super soft front, the same tyre chosen by almost the entire grid, but it didn’t prove to be the two-time world champion, who progressively lost ground from the front in the first phase of the race, eventually dropping back to ninth position after an excursion in the gravel in Turn 8.
However, with the track drying, Marquez was the first to blink and switched to slick tyres as soon as conditions were safe enough to allow it, entering pitlane and changing bikes on Lap 18.
As the Sachsenring continued to dry out, Marquez quickly began to carve his way through the field, and the young Spaniard was already sixth and chasing the front riders when they pitted to swap bikes.
The reshuffle meant that Marquez was now second, and he began closing down Jack Miller, making his move on Lap 24, before finally crossing the line with almost a 10 second advantage on runner-up Crutchlow.
Marquez said: “At a certain point today, I thought my run at this circuit was going to come to an end, but in the end we succeeded and earned a very good result, especially considering how Rossi and Lorenzo finished the race.
“I’m very happy with how we worked with the team today: they did a great job preparing my bike after my crash in the warm-up, and then in the race our strategy proved to be perfect. It was a very difficult race, with it being flag-to-flag and the track conditions so delicate. In the first part of the race, in the wet, I found things a little difficult. I had picked the wrong front tyre for my riding style, but I was able to switch to slicks. I was very careful in the opening laps after changing bikes, because the dry line was very narrow and there was still a lot of water on the surface.
“It’s always very difficult to decide when to change bikes, and perhaps we made our switch very early—I think I was the second rider to do so—but I decided to take a chance and it went well. We end the first half of the season with our homework done and off the back of a good race, but we must not forget to prepare well for the second half of the year.”
The win sees Marquez extends his championship lead to 48 points over Jorge Lorenzo and 59 over Rossi.