Marquez Too Strong for Folger in Germany

Marc Marquez leads Jonas Folger (Photo Credit: Michelin)

Marc Marquez saw off the brave challenge of home favourite Jonas Folger to take an eight consecutive German Grand Prix victory from pole position at the Sachsenring. The reigning champion maintained his undefeated record in the premier class despite Folger’s race-long challenge and will now take the championship lead into the summer break.

Although he had gone fastest of all in morning warm-up, Folger didn’t seem a threat to the factory Honda riders on paper but after scrapping his way past the Ducatis of Danilo Petrucci and Jorge Lorenzo early on, the local hero had established himself in a three-man breakaway with Marquez and Dani Pedrosa. The pace at the front was blistering, with the leaders regularly lapping in the 1:21s and the pace ultimately proved too tough for Dani, who gradually fell back into a distant third.

Not content with simply following the world champion, Folger triggered an eruption in the grandstands by outbraking Marquez into turn twelve on lap six. Unfortunately for the Tech 3 rider, an error at turn one would allow Marc back through five laps later but to his immense credit, the rookie kept pace with the no.93 until his rear tyre finally began to cry enough with two laps to go.

Marquez was left clear to claim his second win of the year from Folger and Pedrosa while the three other championship contenders were embroiled in a battle over fourth. Valentino Rossi had made the quickest progress from a relatively lowly grid slot, climbing to fourth by lap ten, but the Italian eventually fell back into the clutches of team-mate Maverick Vinales who edged him out ten laps from home.

Pre-race championship leader Andrea Dovizioso was also swapping places with the factory Yamahas throughout but fell victim to the fast-finishing Alvaro Bautista and Aleix Espargaro, relegating him to eighth, while Johann Zarco made impressive progress from nineteenth on the grid, beating Cal Crutchlow and Lorenzo to ninth. Despite his front row start, Petrucci tumbled all the way to twelfth after his decision to run a soft rear tyre backfired.


2017 GoPro Grand Prix Motorrad Deutschland – Result

193. Marc MarquezHondaRepsol Honda Team40:59.52525
294. Jonas FolgerYamahaMonster Yamaha Tech 3+3.31020
326. Dani PedrosaHondaRepsol Honda Team+11.54616
425. Maverick VinalesYamahaMovistar Yamaha MotoGP+14.25313
546. Valentino RossiYamahaMovistar Yamaha MotoGP+14.98011
619. Alvaro BautistaDucatiPull&Bear Aspar Team+16.53410
741. Aleix EspargaroApriliaAprilia Racing Team Gresini+19.7369
84. Andrea DoviziosoDucatiDucati Team+20.1888
95. Johann ZarcoYamahaMonster Yamaha Tech 3+21.1387
1035. Cal CrutchlowHondaLCR Honda+24.2106
1199. Jorge LorenzoDucatiDucati Team+25.6595
129. Danilo PetrucciDucatiOCTO Pramac Racing+31.5404
1344. Pol EspargaroKTMRed Bull KTM Factory Racing+32.1793
1438. Bradley SmithKTMRed Bull KTM Factory Racing+36.4532
1543. Jack MillerHondaEG 0,0 Marc VDS+37.7711
1636. Mika KallioKTMRed Bull KTM Factory Racing+37.852
1717. Karel AbrahamDucatiPull&Bear Aspar Team+39.323
1853. Tito RabatHondaEG 0,0 Marc VDS+41.190
1976. Loris BazDucatiReale Avintia Racing+59.850
2045. Scott ReddingDucatiOCTO Pramac Racing+1:01.664
2142. Alex RinsSuzukiTeam Suzuki ECSTAR+1:01.695
NC29. Andrea IannoneSuzukiTeam Suzuki ECSTAR+6 Laps
NC22. Sam LowesApriliaAprilia Racing Team Gresini+18 Laps
NC8. Hector BarberaDucatiReale Avintia Racing+30 Laps