Mar­quez wins in Germany to claim over­all lead

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Reigning world Mo­toGP cham­pion Marc Mar­quez stormed to his eighth con­sec­u­tive Ger­man Grand Prix win yesterday to snatch the over­all cham­pi­onship lead.

The Spa­niard held off a spir­ited chal­lenge from home favourite Jonas Fol­ger to claim his sec­ond win of the sea­son af­ter start­ing from pole po­si­tion. Ger­man rookie Fol­ger pro­duced a stun­ning ride for Yamaha’s satel­lite team to claim his maiden podium fin­ish, as Mar­quez’s Honda team-mate Dani Pe­drosa came home in third.

Du­cati rider An­drea Dovizioso went into the race at the top of the standings, but fin­ished down in eighth place to slip to third over­all.

Mar­quez, who was fourth go­ing into the day, now leads the cham­pi­onship by five points from Mav­er­ick Vi­nales, with Dovizioso a point fur­ther back in third.

“It was a re­ally fast race. The rhythm was in­cred­i­ble. I was rid­ing re­ally good but I saw Jonas over­took me,” Mar­quez said. “Lead­ing the cham­pi­onship is some­thing I couldn’t be­lieve. We are do­ing a re­ally good cham­pi­onship.”

Nine-time world cham­pion Valentino Rossi showed good form to back up his first win of the sea­son last time out in Assen by fin­ish­ing fifth be­hind Vi­nales, but the Ital­ian still dropped to fourth over­all.

Fol­ger thrilled the home crowd in the open­ing stages by pass­ing Pe­drosa and Mar­quez to take a shock lead on his Yamaha Tech3 af­ter qual­i­fy­ing in third.

He main­tained the lead for a few laps be­fore Mar­quez re­took con­trol. The 24-year-old was made to work hard by Fol­ger, but pulled away in the last two laps to win by 3.310 sec­onds.

“I don’t know what to say. I never ex­pected this. I was re­ally strong and could fol­low Marc,” said Fol­ger.

“I burned the tyre. I couldn’t match him at the end. I thought I could beat him but two laps at the end the tyre was gone. I’m so happy.”

Mar­quez, hav­ing taken his eighth straight Sach­sen­ring pole on Satur­day, has now won eight races in a row at the cir­cuit across the three classes. With the sea­son at its halfway stage, the five-time world cham­pion is poised to claim his fourth Mo­toGP crown in just five years.

But this is one of the tight­est ti­tle races in his­tory, with just 10 points sep­a­rat­ing leader Mar­quez from fourth-placed Rossi.

Yamaha’s Rossi did well to make up four places hav­ing started from ninth on the grid, al­though he couldn’t find a way past his team­mate Vi­nales.

Du­cati, who went five years with­out a podium fin­ish in Germany un­til Dovizioso came third last sea­son, strug­gled again and Dovizioso had to dig deep to hold off last year’s Moto2 cham­pion Jo­hann Zarco for eighth. —AFP

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