Marquez & Pedrosa score superb German GP 1-2 for Honda

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Marquez & Pedrosa score superb German GP 1-2 for Honda

Honda MotoGP riders Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team RC213V) and Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team RC213V) stamped their authority on the ninth round of the 18-race 2015 MotoGP season at the Sachsenring this afternoon.

The Spanish pair took dominant first- and second-place finishes at this twisting, undulating racetrack, reaffirming their return to form after a challenging start to the season during which both men suffered three no-scores each, Marquez through tumbles, Pedrosa through surgery.

Marquez’s first win since his runaway success in April’s Grand Prix of the Americas moves him to within 65 points of series leader Valentino Rossi (Yamaha). Some people have already written off the 2013 and 2014 MotoGP champ as a candidate for the 2015 title, but the 22-year-old insists that with nine races remaining anything is possible. Meanwhile Pedrosa’s best result of the year moves him to seventh overall.

With track conditions warmer than during the past few days both Marquez and Pedrosa chose harder front tyres, allowing Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha) to lead the first few laps. Once in the groove, Marquez took the lead at Turn 13 on lap five and quickly showed his devastating speed. By lap 18 of 40 he was 4.5 seconds ahead of Pedrosa, and eventually crossed the finish line 2.2 second in front of his team-mate. It was his sixth successive win at the German track and his 47th career success across all classes.

Pedrosa fought and won a thrilling duel with former champion Rossi for the runner-up spot, showing superior pace in the final few laps to beat the Italian by more than three seconds. The result was further confirmation that his decision to under surgery to correct a troublesome arm-pump problem was correct.

The three leaders left Lorenzo some way behind in fourth, while Cal Crutchlow (CWM LCR Honda RC213V) fought long and hard in a thrilling mid-pack skirmish to come home seventh

Several of Honda’s Open-spec RC213V-RS riders had impressive rides but only one came away with a World Championship point. Rookie Jack Miller (CWM LCR Honda RC213V-RS) crossed the line in 15th place to record his fourth score in his first MotoGP campaign, just behind the factory Aprilia of the experienced Alvaro Bautista. Nicky Hayden (Aspar Team Honda RC213V-RS) and Eugene Laverty (Aspar Team Honda RC213V-RS) finished immediately behind Miller in 16th and 17th, narrowly missing out on world title points which are harder than ever to come by this year.

Hiroshi Aoyama (AB Motoracing Honda RC213V-RS) – substituting for the injured Karel Abraham – slid off in the first few laps, while the luckless Scott Redding (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS Honda RC213V) had another poor day, tumbling out of the race at Turn 13 on the first lap.


MotoGP now embarks on its midseason break, reconvening in the USA for round ten at Indianapolis on 9th August.

Honda MotoGP rider quotes

Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Team: race winner

“I am very happy with this victory. I’ve been chasing it hard over the last few races. In Assen we began to see the light at the end of the tunnel. After Barcelona, which was very hard, I felt good on the bike again thanks to the changes we made. We have confirmed that they worked here at this circuit, but I want to be cautious because I am aware that this circuit has always been very good for me and also for the Honda. We have to keep working, because on the laps I did behind Lorenzo I saw that in some aspects they were stronger than us. Let’s see if we can continue improving at the Misano test next week.”

Dani Pedrosa, Repsol Honda Team: 2nd

“I’m so happy – above all with how we finished the race as I rode very strongly. I was under a lot of pressure from Valentino and, although it had been a while since I had last fought with him and he is very difficult to beat, I gave my all and was able to finish ahead of him. I rode much better at the end and it is the first race this season in which I kept up a good pace until the finish. It’s true that here the bike had less of a handicap than at other tracks, due to the type of circuit it is, but at next week’s test we have to work hard, because both Jorge and Valentino were much closer today than in other years here. We’ll see if we can find something for the second half of the season to make us more competitive.”

Cal Crutchlow, CWM LCR: 7th

“Today’s race was not the best but I’m happy to get some points before the summer break. I made a mistake before the race, I chose the wrong tyre when I should’ve chosen the same as Dani and Marc. That would’ve gained us some seconds and places. During the race we had some problems with the rear tyre -it spun on the rim, so we had some vibration, plus some pain in the arm and elbow and elbow I hurt in the crash here. So now we need to go and improve in the break.”

Jack Miller, CWM LCR: 15th

“I had a really good start for race for the first 20 laps, then I had a big problem with spin down the hill. I had a big moment, the bike went sideways and got a big tank-slapper, so when I went for the brakes at the bottom of hill I had no brakes, which let Hector [Barbera] and Alvaro [Bautista] back through. It was really hard to sit behind them because I could roll through corners faster but when they got on the gas they could make the break. I pushed really hard, had a few moments, then though I’d better relax and get the last point.”

Nicky Hayden, Aspar Team: 16th

“After warm-up we expected a better race. I got a good start, but got pushed out at Turn One. After one lap I was only in front of one guy. I had a good feeling the first few laps, so I was picking off one guy a lap, and moved up to 17th. I got in front of Barbera and was chasing the group in front, but then I picked up a lot of spin, like we lost some weight off the rear, so I lost forward grip and Barbera came by and pulled away. From then on it was a bit of a lonely race. It’s unfortunate because the team made some improvements over the weekend.”

Eugene Laverty, Aspar Team: 17th

“The start of the race was tough because I didn’t have any grip on the rear. As soon as I opened the throttle the bike started to slide and I had a few scares. Suddenly halfway through the race the tyres hooked up and I was able to lap faster than I had on new rubber. I guess we need to work more on the bike to make it more balanced. The fact we set our fastest lap at the end of the race shows that the potential is there but we need to exploit it better. The new swingarm gave us more grip but we have to adapt to it and find a balance. It has been a tough weekend but we’ll come back after the summer break ready to work hard and improve.”

Hiroshi Aoyama, AB Motoracing: DNF

“I had quite good start today and I was in the group of Open class riders. The bike was nervous again, so I was losing a lot in the first part of the track and was catching the others in the second part. Unfortunately I couldn’t do the whole race. I´m not happy about not finishing, but I hope I helped the team to change a direction little bit. The team should work more with electronic set-up to make the bike calmer. As usual, I wish Karel all the best.”

Scott Redding, Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS: DNF

“I am very disappointed. I had good pace for the race and I was recovering some places after an average start when I crashed at the final corner. As soon as I released the front brake the front unloaded. I tried my best to save it but there was nothing I could do. I am annoyed and frustrated because I am confident I could have fought for the top ten or higher based on my times from earlier in the weekend. All I can do now is train hard in the summer break and look to bounce back at Indianapolis.”

Event results – Round 9
1 Marc Marquez 41’01.087 ESP HONDA Repsol Honda Team
2 Dani Pedrosa 2.226 ESP HONDA Repsol Honda Team
3 Valentino Rossi 5.608 ITA YAMAHA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP
4 Jorge Lorenzo 9.928 ESP YAMAHA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP
5 Andrea Iannone 20.785 ITA DUCATI Ducati Team
6 Bradley Smith 23.215 GBR YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
7 Cal Crutchlow 29.881 GBR HONDA CWM LCR Honda
8 Pol Espargaro 34.953 ESP YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
9 Danilo Petrucci 35.875 ITA DUCATI Pramac Racing
10 Aleix Espargaro 37.253 ESP SUZUKI Team Suzuki MotoGP
11 Maverick Vinales 37.274 ESP SUZUKI Team Suzuki MotoGP
12 Yonny Hernandez 42.081 COL DUCATI Pramac Racing
13 Hector Barbera 48.611 ESP AVINTIA Avintia Racing
14 Alvaro Bautista 50.687 ESP APRILIA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini
15 Jack Miller 53.769 AUS HONDA CWM LCR Honda
16 Nicky Hayden 58.921 USA HONDA Drive M7 Aspar
17 Eugene Laverty 1’02.738 HONDA Drive M7 Aspar
18 Alex de Angelis 1’03.122 ART Octo IodaRacing Team
19 Loris Baz 1’11.162 FORWARD YAMAHA Forward Racing
20 Michael Laverty 1’15.910 APRILIA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini
21 Claudio Corti DNF ITA FORWARD YAMAHA Forward Racing
22 Andrea Dovizioso DNF ITA DUCATI Ducati Team
23 Hiroshi Aoyama DNF JPN HONDA Repsol Honda Team
24 Mike De Meglio DNF FRA AVINTIA Avintia Racing
25 Scott Redding DNF GBR HONDA Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS
Championship standings
1 Valentino Rossi 179 pts ITA YAMAHA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP
2 Jorge Lorenzo 166 pts ESP YAMAHA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP
3 Andrea Iannone 118 pts ITA DUCATI Ducati Team
4 Marc Marquez 114 pts ESP HONDA Repsol Honda Team
5 Andrea Dovizioso 87 pts ITA DUCATI Ducati Team
6 Bradley Smith 87 pts GBR YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
7 Dani Pedrosa 67 pts ESP HONDA Repsol Honda Team
8 Cal Crutchlow 66 pts GBR HONDA CWM LCR Honda
9 Pol Espargaro 64 pts ESP YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
10 Maverick Vinales 57 pts ESP SUZUKI Team Suzuki MotoGP
11 Danilo Petrucci 51 pts ITA DUCATI Pramac Racing
12 Aleix Espargaro 44 pts ESP SUZUKI Team Suzuki MotoGP
13 Yonny Hernandez 32 pts COL DUCATI Pramac Racing
14 Scott Redding 30 pts GBR HONDA Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS
15 Hector Barbera 19 pts ESP AVINTIA Avintia Racing
16 Loris Baz 14 pts FORWARD YAMAHA Forward Racing
17 Alvaro Bautista 13 pts ESP APRILIA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini
18 Jack Miller 12 pts AUS HONDA CWM LCR Honda
19 Stefan Bradl 9 pts GER FORWARD YAMAHA Forward Racing
20 Michele Pirro 8 pts ITA DUCATI Ducati Team
21 Nicky Hayden 8 pts USA HONDA Drive M7 Aspar
22 Eugene Laverty 7 pts HONDA Drive M7 Aspar
23 Hiroshi Aoyama 5 pts JPN HONDA Repsol Honda Team
24 Mike De Meglio 2 pts FRA AVINTIA Avintia Racing
25 Alex de Angelis 1 pts ART Octo IodaRacing Team
26 Karel Abraham 0 pts CZE HONDA AB Motoracing
27 Michael Laverty 0 pts APRILIA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini
28 Marco Melandri 0 pts APRILIA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini
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