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Marquez wins in Germany to take overall lead
This is all anyone saw of Marquez in Germany
Marc Marquez has won the eni Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland, picking up his second MotoGP victory and seventh podium finish from eight races. In the absence of both Jorge Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa, the same three riders were on the podium as at the Dutch TT, with Cal Crutchlow and Valentino Rossi second and third.

The Sachsenring delivered another highly dramatic weekend, not least as numerous riders have suffered crashes. Crutchlow was one of them, heading into the race with injuries to his arms, hands and left leg, but heavy impacts for World Champion Lorenzo and erstwhile championship leader Pedrosa left both on the sidelines; the Yamaha Factory Racing rider bent the titanium plate in his shoulder, while the Repsol Honda Team rider sustained a small fracture, also to the left collarbone.

With both of his major rivals out of contention, Marquez – starting on his third pole position of the season – knew that a second race win (after Austin, Texas) would allow him to snatch back the advantage in the title race. A poor start saw the 20-year-old rookie drop to fourth place, but he picked off those ahead of him one by one and took the lead from home rider Stefan Bradl at the end of the sixth lap. Once Crutchlow took second, the Spaniard would manage the gap and win by 1.5 seconds.

Crutchlow’s own race started from second. Fighting the pain of his injuries after two large accidents on Friday, the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rider dispatched of Alvaro Bautista and Bradl before stealing second from Valentino Rossi in a strong move at Sachsen Kurve on Lap 16. He then looked to threaten for a career-first victory, but Marquez had been looking after his tires and was able to comfortably control the gap until the end of the 30th and final lap; nevertheless, Crutchlow becomes the first British rider since Barry Sheene in 1982 to collect four podium finishes in one season.

Having returned to winning ways at Assen, Rossi has now claimed consecutive rostrum placings. From his first front row start since the Portuguese Grand Prix of 2010, the Yamaha Factory Racing rider seized the lead as the red lights went out. He proceeded to battle with local favorite Bradl but was overhauled by eventual winner Marquez on Lap 5. Three laps later, Rossi passed the Bradl to go second, but then fell back to the final podium spot when Crutchlow steamed ahead.

Bradl’s fourth place for LCR Honda MotoGP may have meant that he has still missed out on the podium, but the German has again equaled his career-best result. GO&FUN Honda Gresini’s Alvaro Bautista completed the top five from eighth on the grid, while Tech 3’s Bradley Smith ended his day sixth - confirming two British riders in the top six of a premier race for the first time in two decades - from the impressive Aleix Espargaro; from fifth on the grid, the Power Electronics Aspar rider rode his CRT-specification bike in as high as third place before feeling the wrath of the prototypes.

A happy Marquez
Further down the order, the final points went to 13th-placed Colin Edwards (NGM Mobile Forward Racing) and the two riders who a day earlier had passed through to the Q2 shootout from Q1, with Danilo Petrucci and Claudio Corti 14th and 15th for Came IodaRacing Project and NGM Mobile Forward Racing, respectively. Two riders failed to see the end of the race, as there were crashes for both PBM’s Yonny Hernandez and Gresini’s Bryan Staring.

Round 9 of 18, the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix, will be staged at the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca next weekend. This, the second leg of the first double-header this year, will bring the curtain down on the first half of MotoGP 2013. Marquez now carries a two-point championship lead over Pedrosa, with Lorenzo 11 behind the leader.


Pos. Points Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Time/Gap
1 25 93 Marc MARQUEZ SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 41'14.653
2 20 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha +1.559
3 16 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha +9.620
4 13 6 Stefan BRADL GER LCR Honda MotoGP Honda +13.992
5 11 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA GO&FUN Honda Gresini Honda +21.775
6 10 38 Bradley SMITH GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha +25.080
7 9 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Ducati Team Ducati +30.027
8 8 41 Aleix ESPARGARO SPA Power Electronics Aspar ART +30.324
9 7 69 Nicky HAYDEN USA Ducati Team Ducati +45.355
10 6 51 Michele PIRRO ITA Ignite Pramac Racing Ducati +47.142
11 5 8 Hector BARBERA SPA Avintia Blusens FTR +47.824
12 4 14 Randy DE PUNIET FRA Power Electronics Aspar ART +48.523
13 3 5 Colin EDWARDS USA NGM Mobile Forward Racing FTR Kawasaki +54.428
14 2 9 Danilo PETRUCCI ITA Came IodaRacing Project Ioda-Suter +1'00.323
15 1 71 Claudio CORTI ITA NGM Mobile Forward Racing FTR Kawasaki +1'05.530
16 0 70 Michael LAVERTY GBR Paul Bird Motorsport PBM +1'09.153
17 0 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA JPN Avintia Blusens FTR +1'15.601
18 0 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Cardion AB Motoracing ART +1'19.683
19 0 52 Lukas PESEK CZE Came IodaRacing Project Ioda-Suter 1 Lap
DNF 0 67 Bryan STARING AUS GO&FUN Honda Gresini FTR Honda 3 Laps
DNF 0 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ COL Paul Bird Motorsport ART 29 Laps

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