The first half of the 2015 MotoGP Championship completed Sunday at Sachsenring Circuit. The battling was intense at the beginning of the Germany Grand Prix – round nine of 18 – but by lap five, the eventual winner would be in first.And it wasn’t Movistar MotoGP Yamaha’s Valentino Rossi or Jorge Lorenzo, but rather the only other rider to win this season – Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez. The 22-year-old RC213V pilot would take the lead from Lorenzo on lap five of Sachsenring MotoGP 2015, and lead the remaining the 25 laps to earn his second win of 2015 MotoGP – his other arriving at Circuit of the Americas in Texas.
The Sachsenring MotoGP 2015 win was also the Spaniard’s sixth-consecutive race victory at the Germany circuit across all classes; he won there in the former 125cc class, Moto2, and three-straight years in MotoGP. And all victories were won from the pole.Marquez had struggled after his win in Texas, but redeemed himself two weeks ago with a second at Assen and a win this weekend. It’s worth noting that Marquez’s performances improved once he began using his older chassis. Marquez’s current RC213V is a hybrid of model years – a 2014 chassis, and 2015 engine and electronics.Joining Marquez on the Sachsenring MotoGP podium were his teammate Dani Pedrosa and Rossi, who continues to lead the MotoGP Championship and has finished on the podium at every round, including three wins.“I am very happy with this victory. I’ve been chasing it hard over the last few races. In Assen we began to see the light at the end of the tunnel; after Barcelona which was very hard, I felt good on the bike again thanks to the changes we made,” Marquez says.“We have confirmed that they worked here at this circuit, but I want to be cautious because I am aware that this circuit has always been very good for me and also for the Honda. We have to keep working, because on the laps that I did behind Lorenzo I saw that in some aspects the they were stronger than us. Let’s see if we can continue improving at the Misano test next week.”Pedrosa entered Germany with the best record, having won six rounds across the MotoGP and 125cc classes. He had a great start, and stayed on front the entire race, helping Repsol Honda earn a 1-2 victory.“When the tank emptied at the middle of the race I was comfortable and I went straight past Jorge. Then I went about catching Rossi but he wasn’t easy to pass. On corner exit the Yamaha is strong. Then I made the move and had to push at the end. I had to push a little more than him as he was really trying,” Pedrosa says.Earning his ninth-straight podium was Rossi. The nine-time World Champion increased his Championship points lead to 13 over the rider who finished fourth, two-time MotoGP Champion Lorenzo.“I think that Dani had something in his pocket – I was at the limit with a constant rhythm, but at one point he was able to pull out 2 very fast laps, I tried to battle but he was too quick. Anyway it’s another podium, I gained 3 points on Jorge [Lorenzo] which is important for the championship. We know that we always suffer here against the Hondas, so we’ll wait for a better track for the M1, Rossi says.”Lorenzo took the holeshot, and lead the opening five laps of Sachsenring MotoGP 2015. But Marquez passed him, then he slipped behind Pedrosa and Rossi to finish fourth.Earning fifth at Sachsenring MotoGP 2015 was Ducati Team’s Andrea Iannone, who was followed by British pilots Bradley Smith on the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 YZR-M1 and Cal Crutchlow on the CWM-LCR Honda RC213V.Rounding out the top 10 were Smith’s teammate Pol Espargaro, Octo Pramac Racing Ducati’s Danilo Petrucci, and Team Suzuki Ecstar’s Aleix Espargaro.As for the sole American in MotoGP, Aspar MotoGP’s Nicky Hayden finished 16th at Sachsenring MotoGP 2015.The 2015 MotoGP Championship now breaks for four weeks before heading to Indianapolis Motor Speedway in the states for round 10. Leading the way is Rossi with 179 points, 13 ahead of Lorenzo. Iannone is in fourth with 118, and Marquez moves up to fourth with 114 points.Sachsenring MotoGP 2015 Results:1. Marc Marquez (SPA) Repsol Honda Team 41’01.087 2. Dani Pedrosa (SPA) Repsol Honda Team + 2.226 3. Valentino Rossi (ITA) Movistar Yamaha MotoGP + 5.608 4. Jorge Lorenzo (SPA) Movistar Yamaha MotoGP + 9.928 5. Andrea Iannone (ITA) Ducati Team + 20.785 6. Bradley Smith (GBR) Monster Yamaha Tech3 + 23.215 7. Cal Crutchlow (GBR) CWM LCR Honda + 29.881 8. Pol Espargarò (SPA) Monster Yamaha Tech3 + 34.953 9. Danilo Petrucci (ITA) Octo Pramac Racing + 35.875 10. Aleix Espargarò (SPA) Team Suzuki Ecstar + 37.253 11. Maverick Viñales (SPA) Team Suzuki Ecstar + 37.274 12. Yonny Hernandez (COL) Octo Pramac Racing + 42.081 13. Hector Barbera (SPA) Avintia Racing + 48.611 14. Alvaro Bautista (SPA) Aprilia Racing Team Gresini + 50.687 15. Jack Miller (AUS) CWM LCR Honda + 53.769 16. Nicky Hayden (USA) Aspar MotoGP Team + 58.921 17. Eugene Laverty (IRL) Aspar MotoGP Team + 1’02.738 18. Alex De Angelis (RSM) E-Motion IodaRacing Team + 1’03.122 19. Loris Baz (FRA) Athinà Forward Racing + 1’11.162 20. Michael Laverty (GBR) Aprilia Racing Team Gresini + 1’15.910 21. Claudio Corti (ITA) Athinà Forward Racing N.C. (8 laps) 22. Andrea Dovizioso (ITA) Ducati Team N.C. (16 laps) 23. Hiroshi Aoyama (JPN) AB Motoracing N.C. (26 laps) 24. Mike Di Meglio (FRA) Avintia Racing N.C. (27 laps) 25. Scott Redding (GBR) Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS Not starting
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