As mere witnesses of Marc’s new record, Maverick Viñales and Carl Crutchlow crossed the finish line in second and third position respectivelyat the nineth calendar race. Behind came the Ducaties of Danilo Petrucci, and Andrea Dovizioso which had been immersed in a civil war for most of the race.
Alex Rins went down again after his accident in Holland. This is the second zero for the Barcelona pilot, who is now 84 points away from the lead.
Marquez, leading from the start
Marquez kept his leading position right from the start sending a very clear message to his adversaries. Hot on his wheels, a group made up of Viñales, who surprisingly had had a great start, Miller and Rins, was taking shape.
Soon after, and still at the beginning of the race, Fabio Quartararo crashed out as he was trying to make up for the time he had lost at the start. A great disappointment for the #20 of Petronas Yamaha, who had started from second and the bearer of great expectations for the 2019 German MotoGP.
After a couple of laps, the Spanish Armada took charge of the race. Marquez was first followed by Viñales and Rins. Remarkably, Crutchlow kept behind them, displaying an exceptional temper and skill. Only four days earlier, the Briton had fractured his tibia in a bicycle accident.
Rins attempts to keep up with Márquez
Rins was pushing his bike to the limit in an attempt to pass Viñales and make up for his lack of points at the Dutch GP. He had to stop Marquez from escaping, as everybody knew he would. On the third lap, however, the inevitable happened at the 2019 German MotoGP.
Marc then pulled away setting a new circuit record: 1:21.415 and escaping with a second over Rins. The latter followed suit, widening the gap with Viñales and Crutchlow to secure the second position.
Civil war in Ducati
Despite Marquez’ escape, things kept heating up in the middle section at the 2019 German MotoGP. With 24 laps still until the chequered flag, a ferocious fight broke out between the Ducaties. Dovi, who had started from the thirteenth position, and Petrux, from the twelfth, were fighting over the sixth place.
At the top, things remained unchanged with the Spanish trio coping the leading places. Marquez, running his own race followed by Rins, over three seconds behind and by Maverick in the third position.
A powerful Crutchlow held on to fourth place ahead of Miller. Meanwhile, Petrux and Dovi, sixth and seventh respectively, continued with their very own battle with 15 laps to go.
Rins falls again
It seemed that the second position was in Rins‘ hands with just 12 laps to go, but then, drama stroke. The pilot from Barcelona crashed out behind Marquez. This is the second consecutive blow for the Suzuki #42 after his fall in Assen.
Despite his physical state, Sunday’s hero, Crutchlow, took advantage of what happened to put pressure on Viñales, who was now second. There were only seven laps to go and Crutchlow’s fight had now become one of the hot points of the race.
With Marquez holding the first position unrivalled, the excitement had moved further back. Dovi and Petrux kept on exchanging blows for the coveted fourth position within a group made up of Miller, Mir and Rossi.
On the final stages at the 2019 German MotoGP, Viñales managed to pass into second position behind Marquez to seal the Spanish 1-2. Marc has been invincible on the German track once again, consolidating, even more, his lead on the standings.
Behind the Spaniards came Crutchlow to complete the podium. One position behind Petrux had won the battle of the red bullets over Dovi. Three positions down a lacklustre Rossi crossed the finish line.
All in all, another great exhibition of strength from Marquez, who leaves his fetish track 58 points ahead of Dovi and 64 ahead of Petrux, second and third in the standings respectively.
Now it is time for a very well-deserved summer break for the MotoGP Championship pilots. The action will resume on the 2nd of August for the Czech Republic MotoGP at the Brno circuit.
Images of ‘2019 German MotoGP’: MotoGP.com, Repsol & Ducati.