Repsol Honda rider Marc Marquez made it ten pole positions and ten wins at the Sachsenring after securing a convincing 4.587s win ahead Maverick Vinales and Cal Crutchlow. The 26 year old has now won five of the nine races this season raising his win to start rate in 2019 to a staggering 55%.
Marquez who now leads the championship standings by 58 points heading into the summer break said: “My plan was to do two laps slow and then to push and step by step I opened the gap. I pushed hard for ten laps and then for the next ten laps I tried to save the tyres. After that I could have pushed more but in the end to have a three or four second gap to the next guy is enough.”
Second place finisher Vinales spent the race holding off a resurgent Cal Crutchlow, but never at any stage looked to have an answer for Marquez’s race long pace. Speaking after the race he explained that given Marquez’s pace at the German track he’d met his target by finishing second.
Cal Crutchlow’s podium finish defied all logic given that he was riding with a suspected fractured Tibula and snapped ACL ligament following a Bicycle crash on Wednesday. The LCR Honda rider who’d spent the entire race hounding Vinales looked almost certain to attempt a move on the final lap, but a mistake at turn ten on the penultimate lap saw him drop off the pace slightly preventing a potential pass.
He said: I felt I had a better pace than Maverick, but every time I got a run on him out of turn 11 he was so fast that it would have been a big risk to try and pass him into turn 12. I’m very happy with a podium heading into the summer break.”
Ducati riders locked out the next three places with Danilo Petrucci beating his factory team-mate Andrea Dovizioso and Pramac Ducati rider Jack Miller.