Alex Marquez matched his older brother by taking a convincing win in the Moto2 race in Germany. The Marc VDS rider has now won four of the last five races to lead the championship standings by eight points ahead of former leader Thomas Luthi.
Having crashed out of the Assen race seven days earlier, Marquez made amends in the best possible way to take the series lead and further stake his claim for a MotoGP ride in 2020.
He said: “I’m really happy. I still can’t believe we won it! The weekend started in a difficult way. Saturday morning in particular was tough to manage but in qualifying we did a great job and made a big step forward. Today in the race I didn’t have a lot of rhythm but I knew by making a good, patient race without many mistakes we would have an opportunity to be in the top five or even on the podium. In the end we won with a gap! It was unbelievable when I saw my lead on the straight. Now I want to enjoy this. We’re leading the championship again and I’m going to enjoy the holidays before coming back even stronger.”
KTM’s Brad Binder continued to turnaround his season by backing up his Assen second place with another runner-up spot in Germany. The South African remains the clear KTM front runner in a season that has seen the Austrian manufacturer off the pace of their Kalex chassis rivals.
Binder said: “I made a great start, as I managed to move forward and hunt down the leading group. I could see that I had a competitive pace, so I tried to pass my rivals and go out on my own. But with 10 laps to go I began to suffer and everything became much harder. Despite that, I was still able to attack in the last laps. I’m happy to be able to fight for the podium at two races in a row. We’ve taken a big leap forward and we can be there with a strong second half of the season.”
German favourite Marcel Schrotter backed up his front row start to secure his third podium of the year, a result that moves him up to sixth in the championship standings as the season reaches its half way point.
Brits Sam Lowes and Jake Dixon both had testing weekend. Lowes narrowly missed out on a top ten finish in 11th, while Jake Dixon crashed out on the opening lap.