MotoGP German GP race : Marquez gambles on rubber, Rossi falters.

admin@throttle|Updated: August 12, 2016 21:10

Repsol Hondas Marc Marquez wins the German GP and extends his championship lead as both of his championship rivals faltered in the changing track conditions. Joined by LCR Honda’s Cal Crutchlow and Ducatis Andrea Dovizioso. Valentino Rossi got a great launch off the line and led the way into turn 1, shadowed by Hector Barbera , Andrea Dovizioso and Pramacs Danilo Petrucci. Dovi and Petrucci overtook Rossi in quick succession as Danilo Petrucci led the race for ten laps before crashing out and burning his Desmosedici down. Dovi inherited the lead, eking away crucial tenths from second placed Rossi. By the end of lap 8, he was shadowed by Satellite heroes Jack Miller and Hector Barbera.


Rossi’s wrongly timed pit stop and a lack of feeling caused him to drop right out of contention, finishing 8 th in a race where he could’ve easily been on the podium. Luck, strategy and skill helped Marc clinch his seventh successive race win at the German Race venue and extend Honda’s dominance at the tight and twisty circuit. Marquez struggled initially with the wet tires and also had an off-road excursion which made bystanders think that his race is over. But things changed dramatically. A drying racing line meant riders had to switch bikes to continue, and Marquez timed his pitstop to absolute perfection. The icing on the cake was the selection of tires for the rest of the race – Slick tires and carbon brakes versus the opposition who switched on to intermediates. The pace was evident as Marquez started to lap 5-6 seconds faster than anyone else in the race and by the time the frontrunners pitted, Marc built a 21 second lead which was cut short to 9 seconds by a certain Cal Crutchlow.


Pramacs Scott Redding’s weekend ended up with a heartbreak as he got passed by the podium finishers in the penultimate lap of the race. The Brit was comfortable in second place but his Intermediates- clad Desmosedici GP15 couldn’t stand a chance against the slick laden Honda RC213V and the GP16.
Jorge Lorenzo ultimately finished the weekend with a point, finishing almost a minute behind the race winner in fifteenth place. This victory pulls Marquez 48 points clear off Jorge Lorenzo and 59 points clear off Valentino Rossi. With 225 points up for grabs, the title might be won by anyone among the top three
of the standings.