Marc Marquez (93) led home teammate Dani Pedrosa (26) for the third Repsol Honda 1-2 of the season. Marc Marquez (93) led home teammate Dani Pedrosa (26) for the third Repsol Honda 1-2 of the season. Photo courtesy motogp.com

Marquez wins ninth from pit lane

Written by  on Sunday, 13 July 2014 17:52

At the eni Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland Marc Marquez made it nine wins from nine races, despite starting from pitlane, along with Repsol Honda teammate Dani Pedrosa who finished second.

Rain just moments before the race start had riders switching to their wet bikes. However, the downpour was brief and 14 riders, including Marquez and Pedrosa, opted to switch to their dry bikes at the end of the final Warm Up lap and start from pitlane.

Stefan Bradl (LCR Honda) switched to slick tires on the grid and had an early lead but both Repsol Honda riders quickly caught up. Marquez and Pedrosa passed the German and had their own battle throughout the race. Championship leader Marquez set several fastest laps with Pedrosa responding each time.

Marquez was able to maintain his advantage and win by almost one and a half seconds after Pedrosa made a mistake. Nonetheless Pedrosa was able to claim his seventh podium of the season, and mark Repsol Honda’s third 1-2 result.

“It looked like Assen but in the end everyone came in the pits because we all saw it was dry,” Marquez said. “I was worried about the back of the track initially and in the end my strategy was to copy Dani and (Valentino) Rossi, my main rivals for the championship. I followed them. The race was nice in the beginning because I overtook several riders and then I had a good battle with Dani. I’m really happy for this victory. Now we can relax a bit!”

Second placed Pedrosa added, “I think it was really tough in turn 1 with slicks. We did a good job in the pits. I tried to make it up to Marc but the gap always stayed at 0.5, 0.6. The rhythm was very similar and I wasn’t really gaining or losing at all. I’m happy overall though.”

Jorge Lorenzo (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) made a welcome return to the podium before the summer break.

Both Movistar Yamaha MotoGP riders set consistent times throughout the race. The first laps were taken with some caution, as turns 12 and 13 remained quite wet from the initial shower. As the race went on Lorenzo was able to gain more confidence and push past other riders.

The Mallorcan eventually finished 10 seconds down Marquez.

“For the last few races I have been riding quite well so it was a pity in Assen to not fight,” Lorenzo said. “I needed just one or two tenths here to fight with Marc in the dry, but then it started raining. I had to run wide because the carbon brakes were too cold. I then had to battle past all the riders, so I am quite satisfied.

“The start was very tricky as so many riders were so close, I had to be very careful. The opening laps were hard also as the last two corners were still a bit wet. But our pace was good, only one or two tenths off Dani and Marc.”

Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) rode a lonely race to fourth place, a further nine seconds behind Lorenzo, with the top five completed by the impressive Andrea Iannone (Pramac Racing) as the top Ducati-equipped rider.

Brothers Aleix Espargaro (NGM Forward Racing) and Pol Espargaro (Monster Yamaha Tech3) were sixth and seventh respectively, as they both continued their good 2014 form.

The top 10 was completed by Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team), Alvaro Bautista (GO&FUN Honda Gresini) and Cal Crutchlow (Ducati Team).

Bradl’s bike set-up appeared to let him down with slicks hurriedly fitted to a previously wet set-up bike on the grid. He eventually dropped to 16th place in his home race.

A difficult weekend for Bradley Smith (Monster Yamaha Tech3) ended with a 19th place finish after an early crash – his fifth of the visit to Germany. Meanwhile on lap 19 Michael Laverty (Paul Bird Motorsport) crashed out, fortunately avoiding any serious injury.

The Moto2™ race at the eni Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland was won by Swiss rider Dominique Aegerter (Technomag carXpert), who got the better of Mika Kallio (Marc VDS Racing Team) on the final lap, with the podium completed by Simone Corsi (NGM Forward Racing).

An excellent performance gave Aegerter the victory, having started on pole in the 129th Grand Prix of his career. He crossed the line just 0.091s in front of Kallio, with Corsi taking third place by 0.152s from Esteve Rabat (Marc VDS Racing Team).

The race result sees Kallio close to within 19 points of Rabat at the head of the standings.

Maverick Viñales (Pons HP 40) was in the podium hunt, but eventually crossed the line just behind Corsi and Rabat in fifth.

Jack Miller won the Moto3™ race at the eni Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland on Sunday, beating Brad Binder and Alexis Masbou to the line at the 3.67km Sachsenring circuit.

An incident packed start to the race saw Alex Rins (Estrella Galicia 0,0) go down early on lap one, with Romano Fenati (SKY Racing Team VR46) also crashing shortly afterwards.

At the front a group of five riders kept out of trouble with Miller (Red Bull KTM Ajo), Binder (Ambrogio Racing) and Masbou (Ongetta-Rivacold) joined in the podium chase by Alex Marquez (Estrella Galicia 0,0) and Danny Kent (Red Bull Husqvarna Ajo).

Miller eventually crossed the finish line 0.180s ahead of Binder, as Miller extended his championship lead to 19 points and Binder earned a first ever podium. Lightweight class veteran Masbou was third for just the second podium of his decade long career.

--From motogp.com

MotoGP Race Results (courtesy Repsol Honda)

1

Marc Marquez

93

ESP

25

Repsol Honda Team

HONDA

41'47.664

2

Dani Pedrosa

26

ESP

20

Repsol Honda Team

HONDA

+1.466

3

Jorge Lorenzo

99

ESP

16

Yamaha Factory Racing

YAMAHA

+10.317

4

Valentino Rossi

46

ITA

13

Yamaha Factory

YAMAHA

+19.194

5

Andrea Iannone

29

ITA

11

Pramac Racing

DUCATI

+23.509

6

Aleix Espargaro

41

ESP

10

NGM Mobile Forward Racing

YAMAHA

+27.809

7

Pol Espargaro

44

ESP

9

Monster Yamaha Tech 3

YAMAHA

+33.253

8

Andrea Dovizioso

4

ITA

8

Ducati Team

DUCATI

+33.868

9

Alvaro Bautista

19

ESP

7

Go & Fun Honda Gresini

HONDA

+34.231

10

Cal Crutchlow

35

GBR

6

Ducati Team

DUCATI

+34.676

11

Scott Redding

45

GBR

5

Go & Fun Honda Gresini

HONDA

+37.744

12

Hiroshi Aoyama

7

JPN

4

Drive M7 Aspar

HONDA

+45.018

13

Karel Abraham

17

CZE

3

Cardion AB Motoracing

HONDA

+45.177

14

Nicky Hayden

69

USA

2

Drive M7 Aspar

HONDA

+46.676

15

Danilo Petrucci

9

ITA

1

IodaRacing Project

IODA-SUTER

+52.769

16

Stefan Bradl

6

GER

LCR Honda MotoGP

HONDA

+53.889

17

Yonny Hernandez

68

COL

Pramac Racing

DUCATI

+54.476

18

Hector Barbera

8

ESP

Avintia Racing MotoGP

FTR-KAWASAKI

+56.215

19

Bradley Smith

38

GBR

Monster Yamaha Tech 3

YAMAHA

+56.293

20

Colin Edwards

5

USA

NGM Mobile Forward Racing

YAMAHA

+1'04.083

21

Broc Parkes

23

AUS

Paul Bird Motorsport

PBM

+1'10.928

22

Mike Di Meglio

63

FRA

Avintia Racing MotoGP

FTR-KAWASAKI

+1'19.975

23

Michael Laverty

70

GBR

Paul Bird Motorsport

ART & PBM

DNF

MotoGP Standings (courtesy Repsol Honda)

Pos.

Rider

Num.

Nation

Points

Team

Constructor

1

Marc Marquez

93

ESP

225

Repsol Honda Team

HONDA

2

Dani Pedrosa

26

ESP

148

Repsol Honda Team

HONDA

3

Valentino Rossi

46

ITA

141

Yamaha Factory

YAMAHA

4

Andrea Dovizioso

4

ITA

99

Ducati Team

DUCATI

5

Jorge Lorenzo

99

ESP

97

Yamaha Factory Racing

YAMAHA

6

Aleix Espargaro

41

ESP

77

NGM Mobile Forward Racing

YAMAHA

7

Pol Espargaro

44

ESP

67

Monster Yamaha Tech 3

YAMAHA

8

Andrea Iannone

29

ITA

62

Pramac Racing

DUCATI

9

Stefan Bradl

6

GER

56

LCR Honda MotoGP

HONDA

10

Alvaro Bautista

19

ESP

50

Go & Fun Honda Gresini

HONDA

11

Bradley Smith

38

GBR

48

Monster Yamaha Tech 3

YAMAHA

12

Scott Redding

45

GBR

33

Go & Fun Honda Gresini

HONDA

13

Nicky Hayden

69

USA

29

Drive M7 Aspar

HONDA

14

Cal Crutchlow

35

GBR

28

Ducati Team

DUCATI

15

Hiroshi Aoyama

7

JPN

28

Drive M7 Aspar

HONDA

16

Yonny Hernandez

68

COL

27

Pramac Racing

DUCATI

17

Karel Abraham

17

CZE

18

Cardion AB Motoracing

HONDA

18

Colin Edwards

5

USA

8

NGM Mobile Forward Racing

YAMAHA

19

Michele Pirro

51

ITA

7

Ducati Team

DUCATI

20

Broc Parkes

23

AUS

6

Paul Bird Motorsport

PBM

21

Danilo Petrucci

9

ITA

4

IodaRacing Project

IODA-SUTER

22

Hector Barbera

8

ESP

2

Avintia Racing MotoGP

FTR-KAWASAKI

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