Sachsenring Moto2: Marquez bags fourth win in five races

Marc VDS rider Alex Marquez scored his fourth win in five Moto2 rounds by dominating the race at the Sachsenring.

Sachsenring Moto2: Marquez bags fourth win in five races

Marquez, who had taken pole on Saturday after fighting through Q1, was sluggish off the line, allowing Luca Marini past and making contact with Iker Lecuona at Turn 1 to drop into fifth place.

Marcel Schrotter and Lecuona then worked their way past Marini at the end of the opening lap, before the local rider ran wide, releasing Lecuona into the lead.

Marquez soon recovered to second, and launched himself down the inside of Lecuona at the first corner on the fifth lap, only to run wide. He then made a move stick at the same corner two laps later.

Lecuona stayed with Marquez and was briefly ahead on the 10th lap, but was swiftly pushed down to second - and then to third place on the main straight as Brad Binder joined their battle.

The factory KTM man had pushed through from 17th on the grid, but his charge ended just short of Marquez, and as he and Lecuona continued to scrap Marquez began to break away.

Marquez was over two seconds in the clear by the time Schrotter caught up to and re-passed both Lecuona and Binder, with the German likewise unable to stop Marquez's lead from growing.

Marquez eased off in the final laps, taking the chequered flag by 1.2 seconds over Binder, who had worked his way back past Schrotter to secure his second consecutive runner-up finish.

Lecuona tried to challenge Schrotter for the final spot on the podium on the last lap, but crashed at the last corner.

This promoted Fabio Di Giannantonio into fourth place, the Speed Up rookie recording by far the best finish of his debut campaign so far.

Tom Luthi took fifth place despite having served a long-lap penalty for taking out Marquez's teammate Xavi Vierge at Turn 1.

The fifth-place finish leaves Luthi eight points behind Marquez, with Assen winner Augusto Fernandez and erstwhile championship leader Lorenzo Baldassarri - who completed the top seven behind Luthi - now 34 and 39 points respectively adrift of the championship leader.

Jorge Navarro (Speed Up) took eighth after overtaking Binder's teammate Jorge Martin, as the Moto3 champion settled for the best finish of his season in ninth and Marini rounded out the top 10.

Jake Dixon (Angel Nieto KTM) was the only rider to crash besides Lecuona and Vierge, as the Briton fell at the very first corner of the race.

Race results:

Cla # Rider Bike Laps Time
1 73 Spain Alex Marquez
Kalex 28
2 41 South Africa Brad Binder
KTM 28 1.208
3 23 Germany Marcel Schrotter
Kalex 28 1.630
4 21 Italy Fabio Di Giannantonio
Speed Up 28 4.116
5 12 Switzerland Thomas Luthi
Kalex 28 5.191
6 40 Spain Augusto Fernandez
Kalex 28 6.332
7 7 Italy Lorenzo Baldassarri
Kalex 28 6.526
8 9 Spain Jorge Navarro
Speed Up 28 8.177
9 88 Spain Jorge Martin
KTM 28 10.538
10 10 Italy Luca Marini
Kalex 28 13.591
11 22 United Kingdom Sam Lowes
Kalex 28 13.656
12 45 Japan Tetsuta Nagashima
Kalex 28 13.836
13 87 Australia Remy Gardner
Kalex 28 13.996
14 33 Italy Enea Bastianini
Kalex 28 15.064
15 5 Italy Andrea Locatelli
Kalex 28 17.234
16 64 Netherlands Bo Bendsneyder
NTS 28 18.077
17 94 Germany Jonas Folger
Kalex 28 18.232
18 11 Italy Nicolo Bulega
Kalex 28 19.852
19 72 Italy Marco Bezzecchi
KTM 28 26.424
20 77 Switzerland Dominique Aegerter
MV 28 30.791
21 24 Italy Simone Corsi
Kalex 28 36.693
22 62 Italy Stefano Manzi
MV 28 37.502
23 4 South Africa Steven Odendaal
NTS 28 37.655
24 3 Germany Lukas Tulovic
KTM 28 38.526
25 16 United States Joe Roberts
KTM 28 48.740
26 18 Andorra Xavi Cardelus
KTM 28 1'15.427
27 Spain Iker Lecuona
KTM 27
97 Spain Xavi Vierge
Kalex 12
96 United Kingdom Jake Dixon
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