Marquez Takes Charge Of Championship With German GP Win

Marc Marquez now has a commanding 43 point lead in the Moto2 World Championship after an ultimately comfortable victory at the Sachsenring. The Spaniard ran at the front with Mika Kallio, Alex De Angelis and Andrea Iannone but when the latter crashed out, any genuine hope of a fight for the lead was taken away.

The polesitter made it safely through the opening sequence of corners in the lead with Kallio edging ahead of Julian Simon to take second. Bradley Smith leapt from the third row up to fourth but compatriot Scott Redding saw his race end at the Omega corner following contact with Toni Elias.

Iannone had started tenth but an aggressive opening lap brought him up to fifth. The Speed Master rider then pulled a series of overtaking moves to join Marquez at the front, first following Bradley Smith past Simon before overtaking the Tech 3 rider for third on lap three. At the final corner of lap four, Iannone dived past Kallio and resumed his battle with Marquez from a week ago.

Iannone's patience lasted until the eighth lap as he followed Marquez through the waterfall corner before outbraking him into turn 12. The championship leader used his superior straight-line speed to motor past on the start/finish straight but two laps later, his race came to an abrupt end with a front end washout at turn one.

Marquez still had Kallio in close company with Alex De Angelis storming through from eighth on the grid to join the leading group. Smith was unable to keep up and soon surrendered fourth to the recovering Pol Espargaro, with fellow title contender Thomas Luthi also finding a way past the Briton.

De Angelis fought his way past Kallio at half distance but no matter how hard he tried, the Forward Racing man couldn't mount a challenge to Marquez who eased away in the final five laps to win by just over two seconds. Instead, De Angelis was forced on the defensive and Kallio would snatch second with a well-judged move into turn one three laps from the finish.

Espargaro and Luthi finished a tenth of a second apart in fourth and fifth but lost further ground to Marquez in the championship battle. Sixth would go to Simone Corsi after he also found a way past Smith, demoting the Briton to seventh with Tech 3 teammate Xavier Simeon next along in eighth. Claudio Corti took ninth ahead of Dominique Aegerter but Gino Rea couldn't join them in the points after going backwards from his lofty grid position.

The Londoner eventually tumbled to 18th and saw a furious Iannone fly past him late on, although the Italian ran out of laps to nick the final point, which eventually went to Julian Simon after a decline similar to Rea's.