Marc Marquez wins MotoGP German Grand Prix

Last updated 09:09 14/07/2014
Marc Marquez
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TOO EASY: Marc Marquez won the German Grand Prix at the Sachsenring to claim his ninth victory in as many races so far this year.

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Marc Marquez won the German Grand Prix at the Sachsenring overnight for the fifth time in as many visits to make it nine victories from as many races in his MotoGP title defence.

Marquez, at age 21, is the youngest rider to win nine consecutive races.

The Spaniard finished comfortably ahead of compatriots Dani Pedrosa and Jorge Lorenzo.

Valentino Rossi of Movistar Yamaha MotoGP was fourth.

The start of the race was disrupted by rain, and the podium finishers started from the pit lane after switching from a wet set-up to dry.

''I was worried about the back of the track initially and in the end my strategy was to copy Dani and Rossi, my main rivals for the championship. I followed them,'' Marquez said.

Home favorite Stefan Bradl led the early laps but his bike was not set up for the drying conditions and the German rider finished a disappointing 16th.

Marquez, who had claimed pole position, cut through the pack before pulling clear with Repsol Honda teammate Pedrosa, who ultimately finished 1.466 seconds behind.

Lorenzo was 10.317 seconds off the winning time.

''The race was nice in the beginning because I overtook several riders and then I had a good battle with Dani. I'm really happy for this victory. Now we can relax a bit,'' said Marquez, referring to the European summer break.

Marquez stretched his lead in the standings to 225 points, ahead of Pedrosa on 148 and Rossi on 141.

''I tried to make it up to Marc but the gap always stayed at 0.5, 0.6,'' Pedrosa said.

''The rhythm was very similar and I wasn't really gaining or losing at all. I'm happy overall though.''

In Moto2, Swiss rider Dominique Aegerter of Technomag carXpert got the better of Finland's Mika Kallio from Marc VDS Racing Team on the final lap for his first career victory.

Italian Simone Corsi of NGM Forward Racing was third. In Moto3, Australia's Jack Miller won to extend his lead in the standings with 142 points, ahead of 18-year-old Alex Marquez, Marc's younger brother, on 123.

Brad Binder of South Africa was second, followed by Alexis Masbou of France, with the younger Marquez in fourth.

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