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Title: Marquez wins 8 times in a row at the Sachsenring as Folger finishes second and Pedrosa third

Author: Myanna Wedes

Marc Marquez is a force to be reckoned with at the Sachsenring circuit where he won on Sunday for the eighth time in a row over multiple classes of two-wheel motorcycle racing. Marquez has incredible confidence at the German circuit and when he gets in to a rhythm the Spanish ant is unstoppable. The Repsol Honda rider now heads in to the summer break leading the World Championship which is impressive considering three races ago he was at least thirty points away from the leader. It is incredible in 2017 how dynamic this World Championship has become with chops and changes every race weekend. Marquez knows that the title is very open and that a small mistake can have massive ramifications so the goal is to stay ahead and upright no matter what weather conditions or tyre issues arise. He also dedicated his win to the late and great Nicky Hayden. “I wish to dedicate this win to Nicky (Hayden) and his family. I had promised this to myself after his incident because we had some very good moments together and he was a friend.” Marquez never lost his composure even when German rider Jonas Folger was nibbling at the rear of his bike. This is where the experience of Marquez comes in to play and really works to his advantage. This victory becomes another one for the history books and the Marquez legacy being written.

Ride of the day goes to Jonas Folger who did everything he could to stay with Marquez even when the tyres were burned out. No one thought at the start of the race that Folger would be a contender for a podium position let alone a chance at winning the race. The key differences between Folger and Marquez were that Folger lacks experience when it comes to race winning manoeuvres in MotoGP against Marquez and knowing when to make the leap of faith charge for the win. Folger admitted that he did make a mistake and overcooked his tyres, which caused the bike to lose some stability and force him to settle for second. The Tech3 rider put his second position on the line for first and Herve Poncharal along with the rest of the pit crew were nervous upon every dive at Marquez. It was an impressive display of talent by Folger in front of his home crowd. He is slowly maturing in to a rider that thinks before he does and this is a very important quality in such a tough classification of motorcycle racing. “I fought with Marc for the victory and we had a great performance. I especially showed that I can get on the podium, which is a super feeling and a big boost for my confidence.”

It was a lonely race for Dani Pedrosa who finished third and was happy to take the points as he enters the title race with Marquez, Valentino Rossi, Andrea Dovizioso and Maverick Vinales. Pedrosa did start strong and then after a number of laps had the rear tyre drop off which did not allow him to stay with Folger and Marquez. The Spanish rider wants to be more consistent as he knows that this can win races and also bag podium finishes with very important points. There is literally no room to make an error in the World Championship this year because if you do, the chances of getting left behind are very high. We have seen Dovizioso go from first to third in one race. Dani has a clear structure for the summer break:“I feel positive, we have two days to test during the summer, and we’ll work on the areas we know we must improve, especially to make the tyres work well no matter the conditions in order to be more consistent in the second part of the Championship.”

In terms of the other title contenders, the race did not go to plan for Andrea Dovizioso or Danilo Petrucci who struggled with their tyres whilst Vinales and Rossi improved in their performance after a disastrous qualifying session on Saturday. It appears the Ducati riders suffered quite significantly with Petrucci, Dovi and Jorge Lorenzo all complaining about similar issues. Petrucci: “I am sorry about how things went today. If I have to be honest I had strange feelings already from the warm up lap. During the race I struggled to keep the bike running because every left turn seemed to be over the limit.” Dovi on the other hand feels good though the choice of tyre at the Sachsenring let him down completely. “It’s a pity about my final position. We chose the soft rear tyre option for the race but we didn’t have much data because we didn’t do many laps in the dry, and unfortunately the risk didn’t pay off.” His teammate Lorenzo started off with a bang and then ended up going backwards just like Petrucci did. Lorenzo: “I can’t be satisfied with today’s result, neither with the final position nor with the gap to the winner, but after the warm-up, which went really bad, I was very worried about the race. Instead I managed to do four or five laps at a good pace in the early stages and I was racing at a decent pace until the performance dropped off on the left side of the rear tyre.”

On the other hand, Vinales and Rossi fought back to take fourth and fifth in the race. Vinales worked hard to recover World Championship points and aimed to catch Dani Pedrosa which was his target after challenging Rossi, Dovi and Crutchlow in the later stages of the race. Vinales: “I’m really confident about the championship. Starting from eleventh and in the end arriving in P4 losing a lot of time overtaking riders, I was still quite close to Dani, so that means we really did a good job during the whole race.” Vinales has gone from sour to happy in one race! Alternatively, it was a hard race for Rossi who is still not 100% fit and doing everything he can to stay in the title race. He is a master! “I think I will relax for two weeks now and, after two weeks of staying with my friends and recharging my batteries, I will start to train because we have arrive in Brno ready, at a 100% fitness level.”

In the sport of two-wheel motorcycle racing and in particular the MotoGP Championship, anything can happen from one weekend to the next. The second half of the season is where certain riders will reach new heights and others crumble under the pressure. Not only are the fans enjoying themselves with high octane action, the riders themselves are battling hard and with smiles afterwards which is nice to see. The parc ferme at the German circuit was one of the happiest we have seen in a long time. The respect for one another is clear and the desire to win even more clearer!

Credit: Tech3 Yamaha Racing

Credit: Repsol Honda MotoGP Team

About The Author

Myanna Wedes

Myanna has an incredible grasp and knowledge of the sport in detail and continues to secure lead stories every week. She is in constant contact with team and rider media management. She is an admitted lawyer with two degrees and is currently writing a biography on Alan Jones MBE 1980 F1 World Champion. She is a fond lover of two wheel motorsport, predominantly MotoGP, Moto2 and Moto3.