Marc Marquez clinched an incredible ninth German Grand Prix victory across all classes to strengthen his claim as the ‘Sachsen-King’ with a dominant display at what is likely to be the final MotoGP race at the Sachsenring, taking a major step towards a fourth consecutive world championship in the process with his fifth win of the season.
The season heads into the summer break with Marquez leading by 46 points in the riders’ standings, with the 25-year-old leading Valentino Rossi by nearly a two-race advantage. From there Marquez immediately gapped the rest of the field, and despite a brief fightback from Rossi, he was able to cruise home to take the chequered flag in what is set to be the final race at the Sachsenring before Nurburgring takes over next season
After taking back-to-back victories following his win last time out at Assen, Marquez is now heavy favourite to win an eighth career world championship and a sixth in the premier class, while his domination of the Sachsenring has now seen him win the last six MotoGP races there as well as the two Moto2 races and one 125cc grand prix before that.
Rossi limited the damage in the championship standings by coming home second, passing Petrucci on the eighth lap at turn one and getting by Lorenzo seven laps later when the Ducati’s grip fell away and he lost the front going into the left-handed Turn 10. Brad Binder recorded his maiden Moto2 victory by leading home Joan Mir and Luca Marini, with championship leader Francesco Bagnaia having his lead cut to just seven points after crashing out, while Jorge Martin took his fifth Moto3 win of the season to take a seven-point lead in the championship as he finished ahead of Marco Bezzecchi and Scotland’s John McPhee.