Honda´s Marc Márquez has taken a stunning and unexpected victory at the German GP this Sunday. The Spaniard dominated the eighth round of the MotoGP calendar to add his eleventh consecutive triumph at the Sachsenring Circuit and incidentally breaking the win drought that began after the Valencia GP of 2019.
Miguel Oliveira finished behind the Catalan hero in second. The Portuguese from KTM battled for glory throughout the race but was unable to catch up with the Spaniard in the final laps, finishing 1.6 seconds behind. It was nonetheless a great race for the Oliveira who has taken his third straight podium after Italy & Catalonia.
A very solid Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha) completed the podium and stretched his lead of the standings whereas runner-up Johann Zarco (Pramac Racing) finished in eighth place and fell back 22 points behind “El Diablo”.
The other KTM of Brad Binder was next in fourth and the Ducatis of Pecco Bagnaia and Jack Miller closed the top six in a bad weekend for the Borgo Panigale machines.
The other great protagonist of the day was Oliveira and his Austrian machine. The Portuguese has taken his third consecutive podium, consolidating the rebirth of the orange team. The new chassis and fuel, together with the remarkable quality of the Portuguese pilot himself have worked the miracle.
Marc gets the holeshot and takes the lead
Poleman Johann Zarco lost the lead to Aleix Espargaró and Marc Márquez before the end of the first lap at the German GP, the latter having jumped from fifth to second. Meanwhile, Fabio Quartararo fell from second to fourth.
Márquez had a lightning start going from fifth place to third after devouring Aleix at the thirteenth corner. By the end of the first lap, Marc was already in first ahead of Aleix and Zarco, with Miller and Quartararo closing the top five.
The two Spanish pilots came head to head and exchanged the lead several times during the second lap. Johann Zarco was chasing behind in third. Meanwhile, Oliveira had overtaken the leader of the standings to complete the first five places.
The rain triggers a white flag
With 22 laps to go, a light rain started to fall and the white flag was raised. Drivers had a chance to go to pits and change their bikes, but none of them did. Aware that his time could have come, Marc took extra risks to increase his lead to 1.693 seconds. Behind the eight-times-champion were now Miller and Oliveira, who had passed Aleix Espargaró, now fourth.
Oliveira then took second after passing Miller in a sensational move. Setting a ruthless pace, the Portuguese had just one thing in his mind, to prevent Marc from escaping, who was already ahead of him by 1,886 seconds.
Fast lap after fast lap Oliveira’s pursuit was impressive but he could never get close enough to the Spaniard to pose a threat. Nobody could stop Marquez on his way to victory a year and a half after his injury. Oliveira crossed the finish line shortly after the Spaniard followed by Quartararo, who had passed Miller shortly before. The Diablo extended his lead after his compatriot Zarco finished eight place.
Images of German GP: Repsol-Honda Team.