motogp sachsenring results marc marquez

The German Grand Prix signalled a turnaround in the MotoGP standings, thanks to a second victory of the season for Marc Marquez that gives him the top spot in the general classification. He did so in the absence of Dani Pedrosa and Jorge Lorenzo, injured in practice. The eighth round of the MotoGP World Championship had Marquez claiming pole, the fastest lap of the race and the win, taking over from Pedrosa as series leader. Detailed report coming up shortly. Below are the post race rider quotes, race timings and updated championship standings.

Marc Marquez

“I am very happy with this victory. It was important to have a good race under the circumstances this weekend, without Dani and Jorge on track. I wish them a speedy recovery, because winning is important but without them the triumph isn’t quite the same. Even so, it is a good result, since we have taken the maximum points available and ridden a completely different race to those that we’ve had before. We led the race and maintained the gap to second place. It was good experience, although I perhaps prefer races that are a little more of a battle! We should be happy, and we have also held up well physically at a circuit where there is no time to rest on the bike. We’ll see how it goes in Laguna Seca, which will be a hard GP for me because I’ve never ridden there. We’ll take it step-by-step and remain calm whilst we get up to speed.”

Cal Crutchlow

“I am really happy to be on the podium again because it was a hard race in my physical condition. The two crashes in practice took a lot out of me but I dug deep and it is great to get another podium for the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team. I actually made a really good start but I had to roll off the throttle when Marc came towards me and that cost me a few places. The bike worked really well in the first few laps and I was able to fight my way through and I really enjoyed it. In the second half of the race the bike felt great and I was fast. I came on strong and pulled away from Valentino and I did absolutely everything I could to close down Marc. I couldn’t have done anything more but credit to him because he didn’t make a mistake, he controlled the gap to me very well and he deserved to win. I just kept on pushing and at the end second is another fantastic result. It is my fourth podium and I am not so far back in the Championship, so I can’t really ask for anything more. Now we go to Laguna trying to fight for another podium and hopefully that first win.”

Valentino Rossi

“It’s a good result, to stay on the podium is always a good result but I expected something more and to do a better race. During the weekend we made some choices, yesterday we decided to set up the bike in one way and today after some laps I started to suffer too much. The first ten laps were not so bad but after I started to have problems and it was too difficult to turn the bike, especially on the left I was sliding too much. We have to work to try and make another step to stay with the top guys. Next we will have Laguna, a very special track, and we will try to have better results there. We are five very fast riders and we are closer now because unfortunately Dani and Jorge are injured and we have another race next week. If I want to fight for the Championship I have to go faster and I have to be constantly faster so I have to make another step.”

Alvaro Bautista

“We finished in fifth place which at the end of the day is not a great result but after a great start I just wasn’t able to keep in touch with the riders at the front. We had some traction problems in the second sector, which is where I was losing a lot of time and I could only just hold the gap in the other sectors. I tried to get closer but I couldn’t manage it and fifth place is still a positive result for us after the Dutch race because it’s a step forward. Now I am sure we can make more progress at Laguna with the help of the team, who are doing a great job.”

Bryan Staring

“My confidence is on the floor right now! Four crashes in a weekend is four too many and the one in the race was particularly stupid. I was letting the front three lap me and lost concentration going into turn one and ended up crashing. I am really sorry to the team, who are doing so much to help me.”

Bradley Smith

“I am truly happy with this sixth place. I got a good start and I was really pleased with my pace for most of the race. It is particularly pleasing because this is a track where I expected to struggle more because it has a lot of left-hand corners and you are constantly pushing with the left part of your body. That’s where my injury is but I felt strong for the whole race. I’m also pleased that we managed to reduce the gap to the winner by another seven seconds and I think 25 seconds is not too bad at the moment. There were so many positives but I had a little bit of an issue with rear grip and I think we can still improve our setting to make that better. I still believe I did a really good job and now the next objective is to get closer to Bautista on the satellite Honda. This result has given me a lot of confidence and I am really looking forward to going to Laguna Seca. It is a very difficult track and while I did test there earlier this year on a production bike I am still expecting a tough weekend.”

Andrea Iannone

“It was really hard to not race here. I really wanted to compete because I felt good, but it probably would’ve been a case of causing more damage than gaining satisfaction. Although it’s not easy, sometimes it’s better to say no. Tomorrow I’ll return to Italy and in the coming days we’ll decide whether it will be possible to participate in the Grand Prix at Laguna. I’d really like to because I’ve never raced there, so it would be the first time. Still, I want to evaluate the situation properly, as I can’t take unnecessary risks that could compromise the rest of the championship.”

Michele Pirro

“It wasn’t so bad. Regarding the pace, I think it was the most consistent day I’ve had over the weekend. I was close to Hayden for the whole race, and considering that he started from the second row, it means that was the pace I could safely maintain. With a better start, I could’ve climbed a few places, but we still have a lot of work to do. I’m not entirely satisfied, but considering how it all started, I can’t complain. Now I’ll focus on testing at Misano, where I’ll return to being a test rider.”

Dani Pedrosa

“This morning I had my check up in the medical centre and I felt okay, my shoulder was painful but otherwise I felt fine. The doctors declared me fit to take part in warm up. Then shortly before the session I began to feel dizzy again and my blood pressure dropped. The doctors came to see me in my truck and we decided I shouldn’t take part in the session. I returned to my motorhome to rest and still felt dizzy and sick. The doctors arrived at my motorhome and informed me that they did not consider I was okay to race and would therefore declare me unfit.”

MotoGP Sachsenring Results

  • 1. Marc Marquez (SPA) Repsol Honda Team- 41’14.653
  • 2. Cal Crutchlow (GBR) Monster Yamaha Tech3- + 1.559
  • 3. Valentino Rossi (ITA) Yamaha Factory Racing- + 9.620
  • 4. Stefan Bradl (GER) LCR Honda MotoGP- + 13.992
  • 5. Alvaro Bautista (SPA) Go&Fun Honda Gresini- + 21.775
  • 6. Bradley Smith (GBR) Monster Yamaha Tech3- + 25.080
  • 7. Andrea Dovizioso (ITA) Ducati Team- + 30.027
  • 8. Aleix Espargaro (SPA) Power Electronics Aspar- + 30.324
  • 9. Nicky Hayden (USA) Ducati Team- + 45.355
  • 10. Michele Pirro (ITA) Ignite Pramac Racing- + 47.142
  • 11. Hector Barbera (SPA) Avintia Blusens- + 47.824
  • 12. Randy De Puniet (FRA) Power Electronics Aspar- + 48.523
  • 13. Colin Edwards (USA) NGM Mobile Forward Racing- + 54.428
  • 14. Danilo Petrucci (ITA) Came Iodaracing Project- + 1’00.323
  • 15. Claudio Corti (ITA) NGM Mobile Forward Racing- + 1’05.530
  • 16. Michael Laverty (GBR) Paul Bird Motorsport- + 1’09.153
  • 17. Hiroshi Aoyama (JPN) Avintia Blusens- + 1’15.601
  • 18. Karel Abraham (CZE) Cardion AB Motoracing- + 1’19.683
  • 19. Lukas Pesek (CZE) Came IodaRacing Project – Rtd. After 1 lap
  • 20. Bryan Staring (AUS) Go&Fun Honda Gresini -Not classified (3 laps)
  • 21. Yonny Hernandez (COL) Paul Bird Motorsport -Not classified (29 laps)

 MotoGP Championship standings standings post Sachsenring

  • 1. Marc Marquez (SPA) Repsol Honda Team 138
  • 2. Dani Pedrosa (SPA) Repsol Honda Team 136
  • 3. 99Jorge Lorenzo (SPA) Yamaha Factory Racing 127
  • 4. Cal Crutchlow (GBR) Monster Yamaha Tech3 107
  • 5. 46Valentino Rossi (ITA) Yamaha Factory Racing 101
  • 6. Andrea Dovizioso (ITA) Ducati Team 74
  • 7. Stefan Bradl (GER) LCR Honda MotoGP 64
  • 8. Alvaro Bautista (SPA) Go&Fun Honda Gresini 58
  • 9. Nicky Hayden (USA) Ducati Team 57
  • 10. Aleix Espargaro (SPA) Power Electronics Aspar 52
  • 11. Bradley Smith (GBR) Monster Yamaha Tech3 51
  • 12. Michele Pirro (ITA) Ignite Pramac Racing 36
  • 13. Andrea Iannone (ITA) Pramac Racing Team 24
  • 14. Randy De Puniet (FRA) Power Electronics Aspar 19
  • 15. Hector Barbera (SPA) Avintia Blusens 18
  • 16. Danilo Petrucci (ITA) Came Iodaracing Project 15
  • 17. Colin Edwards (USA) NGM Mobile Forward Racing 13
  • 18. Ben Spies (USA) Pramac Racing Team 9
  • 19. Yonny Hernandez (COL) Paul Bird Motorsport 6
  • 20. Claudio Corti (ITA) NGM Mobile Forward Racing 5
  • 21. Karel Abraham (CZE) Cardion AB Motoracing 3
  • 22. Michael Laverty (GBR) Paul Bird Motorsport 3
  • 23. Bryan Staring (AUS) Go&Fun Honda Gresini 2
  • 24. Hiroshi Aoyama (JPN) Avintia Blusens 1
  • 25. Javier Del Amor (SPA) Avintia Blusens 1