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Márquez extends championship lead with win at Sachsenring

Márquez extends championship lead with win at Sachsenring

Amid warm and sunny conditions at the eni Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland at the Sachsenring it was Team CatalunyaCaixa Repsol’s Marc Márquez who took victory in the Moto2™ race ahead of Mika Kallio and Alex de Angelis.

At the start it was Márquez who took the holeshot followed by Marc VDS Racing Team’s Mika Kallio and Blusens Avintia’s Julián Simón. Kallio’s teammate Scott Redding crashed out in the first set of bends as he made contact with Mapfre Aspar Team’s Toni Elías. In the early laps, as Márquez and Kallio pulled out a small gap from the followers, an entertaining tussle ensured behind for third with Speed Master’s Andrea Iannone, Tech 3 Racing team duo Bradley Smith and Xavier Siméon, as well as Simón.

With 26 laps remaining, Iannone had caught up to the front two and made his move on Kallio to hunt down Márquez. Further down the group, Simón had dropped off, with Technomag-CIP’s Dominique Aegerter and NGM Mobile Forward Racing’s Alex de Angelis charging up the filed. Pons 40 HP Tuenti’s Pol Espargaró had in the meantime worked his way up to eighth place after starting in 17th.

Two laps later, Elías crashed out of the race, while Iannone continued to heap ever more pressure on Márquez. A lap later Espargaró did tremendously well to save a near crash, though he did drop back some positions. To add to the excitement, with 21 laps to go Iannone made his pass on Márquez, with the Spaniard taking him back almost immediately. On the same lap, JiR Moto2’s Brazilian youngster Eric Granado crashed out after running off into the gravel.

Following this there was drama at the front as Iannone crashed out pushing too hard into turn one, though was able to re-join the race in 26th. With 15 laps remaining De Angelis made a move on Kallio at turn 12, but the Finn got the better drive out of the corner and re-took second. Espargaró made a near identical move on Corsi into fifth, before the duo took Smith, who was pushed down to sixth. A few laps later De Angelis had another go and made it stick that time, as Espargaró started to hunt down the front three. GP Team Switzerland’s Randy Krummenacher crashed out of the race on the same lap, yet was unhurt in the incident.

Interwetten-Paddock’s Tom Lüthi, who did not have a good start, managed to pass Smith into sixth, as he began to pick up some pace. Meanwhile Espargaró’s teammate Axel Pons’ miserable weekend continued as he pulled into the pits with a problem. NGM’s Yuki Takahashi also suffered an issue, whilst QMMF Racing Team’s Elena Rosell had to head into the pits with a problem. Thai Honda PTT Gresini Moto2’s Ratthapark Wilairot and S/Master Speed Up’s Alessandro Andreozzi also crashed out of the race.

The race had settled down in the latter stages, however it was Kallio who provided a last gasp of excitement two laps before the end as he passed De Angelis into turn one to take second place. De Angelis tried to retake him in the final corner yet ran wide, giving the Finn the better drive out of the bend.

Ultimately it was Márquez who took the chequered flag for his fourth win this year, with Kallio and De Angelis both taking their first podium of the season. Márquez now leads the championship by 43 points ahead of Espargaró, who finished fourth. They were followed by Lüthi, Corsi, Smith, Siméon, Italtrans Racing Team’s Claudio Corti and Dominique Aegerter.


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