Mar­quez moves to the top

The Star Early Edition - - MOTORING -

HONDA’S Marc Mar­quez ex­tended his reign as ‘King of the Sach­sen­ring’ with an eighth suc­ces­sive win at the Ger­man Grand Prix that sent him back to the top of the MotoGP cham­pi­onship stand­ings on Sun­day.

The Spa­niard, who has also started eight times in a row from pole po­si­tion in Ger­many, was pushed hard by lo­cal hero Jonas Fol­ger who fin­ished a stir­ring sec­ond for the non-works Yamaha Tech3 team.

Fol­ger, a rookie who started fifth, be­came the first Ger­man to stand on the podium in his home grand prix in the MotoGP era with his first top-three fin­ish since grad­u­at­ing from the Moto2 class.

Dani Pe­drosa, Mar­quez’s team mate and com­pa­triot, fin­ished a dis­tant third.

The win was triple cham­pion Mar­quez’s sec­ond of the sea­son and sent him clear at the top with 129 points, five ahead of Yamaha’s Mav­er­ick Vi­nales, who fin­ished fourth and is on 124 af­ter nine races.

Ital­ian An­drea Dovizioso, the pre­vi­ous leader, slipped to third on 123 points af­ter cross­ing the line in eighth place. Com­pa­triot Valentino Rossi, who fin­ished fifth, is fourth over­all on 119 points.

Mar­quez’s run of suc­cess at the Sach­sen­ring, near Chem­nitz, started in 2010 when he was in the 125cc cat­e­gory. He won in Moto2 in 2011 and 2012 be­fore his streak of five vic­to­ries in MotoGP.

South Africa’s Brad Binder (KTM) con­tin­ued his steady im­prove­ment af­ter re­turn­ing from re­cent in­jury by fin­ish­ing sev­enth in the Moto2 race. It was the reign­ing Moto3 cham­pion’s best re­sult since mov­ing to the in­ter­me­di­ate class at the be­gin­ning of the year.

His brother Dar­ryn Binder fin­ished tenth in Sun­day’s Moto3 en­try-level class.

- Reuters and Mo­tor­ing Staff

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