Yamaha are clearly the team to beat this season in MotoGP as both their riders have been in great form with thirteen podium finishes out of eight races.
Marquez unstoppable at the Sachsenring
Spain’s MotoGP Marc Marquez has won the German Grand Prix for a sixth consecutive time at the Sachsenring.
Compatriot Dani Pedrosa finished second to complete a Honda one-two.
Italy’s Valentino Rossi was third for Yamaha. The result extends his lead over Spanish team mate Jorge Lorenzo, who was fourth.
With Marquez on his own the battle for second provided most of the excitement in the race.
Rossi went wheel-to-wheel with Lorenzo and passed him after seven laps. Pedrosa then overtook Lorenzo and then Rossi, regaining his second place grid position with 14 of the 30 laps remaining.
Overall Rossi leads the World Championship with 179 points to Lorenzo’s 166 after nine of 18 races. Ducati’s Iannone sits in third followed by Marquez in fourth.
Moto2 and Moto3 riders were also in action this weekend with France’s Johann Zarco and Britain’s Danny Kent both looking to extend their advantage at Sachsenring. Having triumphed in Assen and Barcelona, Zarco was bidding for a third consecutive win here. The 24-year-old started from pole but was that enough to keep the chasing pack at bay?
A first for Simeon
Belgian rider Xavier Simeon has won the German Moto2 Grand Prix at the Sachsenring circuit on Sunday. It is the first win of his career in 86 starts.
The Kalex rider finished just ahead of world championship leader Johann Zarco of France who had led for most of the race.
Spain’s Alex Rins ended the race in third.
A crash on the final corner on the final lap saw Italy’s Franco Morbidelli and reigning world champion Tito Rabat forced out of the race with the finish line in sight.
Meanwhile in Moto3, Honda rider Danny Kent stretched his lead in the world championship standings by finishing first at the Sachsenring circuit.
The 21-year-old Briton claimed his fifth win of the season ahead of his Spanish teammate Efren Vazquez over seven seconds behind. Enea Bastianini of Italy finished in third.
Kent now leads the race for the 2015 Moto3 riders’ title.
Back to 2006
The Sachsenring has played host to some amazing battles over the years. Let’s go back in time to 2006 with Valentino Rossi holding off fellow countryman Marco Melandri in a dramatic finish.
The Sachsenring has a reputation for being a short, tight track with passing very difficult. A good position on the grid is of utmost importance.
Valentino Rossi, starting in tenth, had struggled in practice.
The Camel Yamaha rider had the odds stacked against him closing the gap on series leader Nicky Hayden.
The front three was made up of Dani Pedrosa, Kenny Roberts Jr and Nicky Hayden.
Rossi further back made his way forward from the moment the race began and soon was hot on the heels of the leading group.
By lap 13 of 30 he was in the lead and finished the race first ahead of compatriot Marco Melandri, an incredible performance and comeback after a poor practice session.
And finally on this week’s edition, the Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour took place in Madrid with Tom Pagès shining for the third consecutive time in the Spanish capital.
Speed is back on July 19 for a special show where we will be looking back at the first half of the motorsport season.