Marquez goes into summer break with perfect record

Marquez goes into summer break with perfect record
Sunday, 13 July 2014

At the eni Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland Marc Marquez made it nine wins from nine races, despite starting from pitlane, along with Repsol Honda teammate Dani Pedrosa who finished second.

Rain just moments before the race start had riders switching to their wet bikes. However, the downpour was brief and 14 riders, including Marquez and Pedrosa, opted to switch to their dry bikes at the end of the final Warm Up lap and start from pitlane.

Stefan Bradl (LCR Honda) switched to slick tyres on the grid and had an early lead but both Repsol Honda riders quickly caught up. Marquez and Pedrosa passed the German and had their own battle throughout the race. Championship leader Marquez set several fastest laps with Pedrosa responding each time.

Marquez was able to maintain his advantage and win by almost one and a half seconds after Pedrosa made a mistake. Nonetheless Pedrosa was able to claim his seventh podium of the season, and mark Repsol Honda’s third 1-2 result.

“It looked like Assen but in the end everyone came in the pits because we all saw it was dry. I was worried about the back of the track initially and in the end my strategy was to copy Dani and (Valentino) Rossi, my main rivals for the championship. I followed them. The race was nice in the beginning because I overtook several riders and then I had a good battle with Dani. I’m really happy for this victory. Now we can relax a bit!” commented Marquez.

Second placed Pedrosa added, “I think it was really tough in turn 1 with slicks. We did a good job in the pits. I tried to make it up to Marc but the gap always stayed at 0.5, 0.6. The rhythm was very similar and I wasn’t really gaining or losing at all. I’m happy overall though.”

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