Moto GP – German GP – Race
A warn sunny day once again saw the riders take part of the grid for the 7th round of the season at Sachsenring. With some news at the morning, as Marc Marquez won’t take part of today’s race after a big incident on the warm up.
Ligths were off and race was underway, with a contested battle up front between Bagnaia, Miller and Martin just like yesterday’s sprint, as Marini, Aleix Espargaro, Binder and Bezzecchi joined the front group on the first couple of laps. A gap formed between 3rd and 4th, as Bagnaia, Martin and Marini separate from the chasing group and were fighting for the gold.
As race develops, the feeling looked quite similar as the Sprint race, Martin lifting off from the group, meanwhile a small group formed between Bagnaia, Marini and Binder, meanwhile Zarco overtook Miller and Bezzecchi and started to close the gap on the chasing group. Huge battle formed between Marini and Binder, as Bagnaia took advantage of it and escaped from that group, with his aim pointing the Pramac bike of Martin on the lead.
The chase was on between Martin and Bagnaia, as the Ducati bike started to push hard, the Pramac was able to maintain the gap, as both riders were flying on track. Meanwhile Binder was on constant pressure from Johann Zarco, as the South African attempted to separate from the Frenchman, the KTM bike lose the control and went to the gravel, promoting Zarco to 3rd.
With few laps to go, the current world champion was on striking distance and eventually made a move on the Spanish rider; but the race wasn’t over, as Martin was now the one on attacking mode, trying to recover the lead. With the Pramac bike returning to the lead a couple of laps later, the race was going to end on the line, as both riders were pushing the maximum of their bikes, with Martin doing a superb defense on the Italian rider, the race decided on the last lap, as the Pramac rider was able to hold the lead by just +.062 seconds on the finish line, and grabs his 2nd career win at the premium class.
1. Jorge Martin /// 2. Jorge Martin /// 3. Johann Zarco
4. Marco Bezzecchi /// 5. Luca Marini /// 6. Jack Miller
7. Alex Marquez /// 8. Enea Bastianini /// 9. Fabio Di Giannantoino
10. Miguel Oliveira /// 11. Raul Fernandez /// 12. Franco Morbidelli
13. Fabio Quatararo /// 14. Takaaki Nakagami /// 15. Raul Fernandez
16. Aleix Espargaro /// 17. Jonas Folger
DNF: Maverick Viñales, Brad Binder
A thrilling end that saw the best race of the season so far, as the current championship standings keeps Francesco Bagnaia at the lead, with a new contender emerging, as Jorge Martin closes the gap, by just 16 points behind. Next up, The Cathedral of TT Assen, in the next week.