MotoGP – German GP – Race
A worthy farewell for an iconic circuit that is leaving the calendar, Sachsenring gave a thrilling race with various overtakes, podium fights and a 9 consecutive race win for the 93 rider.
At the start, it was Lorenzo, as usual, who took the lead with Petrucci being 2nd and Marquez 3rd, with other riders as Rossi, Dovizioso and Crutchlow being close to the leader´s group; some accidents led to a horrible start from the Suzuki riders, an abandon for Rins and a bad start of Iannone, to be more precise, and retirements for Pol Espargaró and Nakagami.
Race continued and Marquez was giving hunt for the Spaniard of Ducati, getting closer after every lap completed and leaving the group behind with only Rossi catching up. At the back of the group there was battle between Petrucci, Dovizioso, Crutchlow and surprisingly, Alvaro Bautista in a last year´s Ducati; some laps later Crutchlow had an accident and retired from race.
At the equator of the race, Rossi made a move after a mistake from Lorenzo and started to cut the gap with Marquez, but the Spaniard broke the chances for a Yamaha win and started to have a consistent pace of gaining 1 second of gap for every 3 laps.
5 laps to go and 1st and 2nd place was pretty much secure, the battle for podium intensify with Petrucci overtaking Lorenzo, but a “podium pace” for Viñales with the enough laps gained a place for the podium, by overtaking Petrucci, 2 laps before the checked flag.
3rd in a row and 9th consecutive carrer win for Marquez on a circuit that he will probably miss having it on the calendar. With a 2-3 Yamaha finish from Rossi and Viñales, that give important points at the constructors championship; Petrucci, an astonishing ride from Bautista, and a kinda dissapointing performance from Lorenzo and Dovizioso ended the leading group.
Pedrosa, Zarco, Smith, Syahrin, Iannone, Rabat, Miller and Redding ended this race with some points on the championship; Bradl, Luthi, Abraham and Simeon were the other riders that finished the race at its mentioned order. DNF for Crutchlow, Nakagami, Rins and Pol Espargaró; Aleix Espargaró didn´t started the race.
The calendar enters a summer break after the race celebrated in Germany, the next race would be Czech Republic, at the circuit of Brno, on August 5. A goodbye for a memorable circuit of Sachsenring, with many remarkable races and Marquez wins, it would be missed for many of the fans.