Full Recap and Results Below:
The German MotoGP race at the Sachsenring began in farcical fashion after a heavy downpour at the conclusion of the Moto2 race made the start of the main race a complete lottery. Stefan Bradl, Hiroshi Aoyama and Karel Abraham were the only riders to start on slicks, as in unprecedented scenes two thirds of the field had to start the race from pit lane as they scrambled to swap bikes after the warm up lap. From there the race outcome was altogether more predictable as Marc Marquez went on to claim his ninth consecutive victory and his fifth consecutive win at the German track.
After a rowdy, elbow banging start from the pit lane it was Marquez and Pedrosa who scythed their way past the slower riders with greatest efficiency, they eventually hauled in Stefan Bradl who had managed to build a decent lead, but struggled for grip as his bike setup was something of a compromise between wet and dry. Marquez pulled the pin with ten laps remaining and managed to build and control a comfortable gap to Pedrosa over the closing stages and extend his already ominous Championship lead. Jorge Lorenzo took a lonely third place 10 seconds behind Pedrosa and a further 10 seconds ahead of his team mate Valentino Rossi.
Andrea Iannone did a solid job to take an encouraging fifth position while Aleix and Pol Espargaro crossed the line in sixth and seventh places respectively. Andrea Dovizioso held off a hard charging Alvaro Bautista while Cal Crutchlow had to settle for 10th after running ahead of his team mate Dovizioso in the closing stages of the race. The Briton is yet to finish ahead of Dovizioso this season and will be keen to recharge and regroup over the summer break ahead.
To cap off a very challenging weekend Bradley Smith suffered his fifth crash in total on lap three, however he was able to rejoin the race and finish in 19th position.
|6||10||41||Aleix ESPARGARO||Forward Yamaha||27.809|
|20||5||Colin EDWARDS||Forward Yamaha||+1'04.083|
|22||63||Mike DI MEGLIO||Avintia||+1'19.975|
|70||Michael LAVERTY||PBM||13 Laps|