Marc Marquez was simply unable to match the pace of the leading riders as the race began, battling with Hector Barbera for fifth. He was clearly struggling, running off at Turn 8 and lucky to stay upright. On lap 17 he entered the pits for slicks. It proved a masterstroke as his lap times were immediately four seconds faster than those on wets leading the race, his pace only getting faster. With six laps to go he took the lead and never looked back, going on to take a seventh straight victory at the Sachsenring. His lead at the top of the championship continues to grow, seemingly unable to put a foot wrong.
‰ÛÏAt a certain point today, I thought my run at this circuit was going to come to an end, but in the end we succeeded and earned a very good result, especially considering how Valentino [Rossi] and Jorge [Lorenzo] finished the race," Marquez shared.
"I‰Ûªm very happy with how we worked with the team today: they did a great job preparing my bike after my crash in the warm-up, and then in the race our strategy proved to be perfect. It was a very difficult race, with it being flag-to-flag and the track conditions so delicate. In the first part of the race, in the wet, I found things a little difficult. I had picked the wrong front tyre for my riding style, but I was able to switch to slicks.
"I was very careful in the opening laps after changing bikes, because the dry line was very narrow and there was still a lot of water on the surface. It‰Ûªs always very difficult to decide when to change bikes, and perhaps we made our switch very early‰ÛÓI think I was the second rider to do so‰ÛÓbut I decided to take a chance and it went well. We end the first half of the season with our homework done and off the back of a good race, but we must not forget to prepare well for the second half of the year," the Spaniard concluded.