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MotoGP German GP

MotoGP German GP: Bagnaia gifted win after Martin crashes from lead

Bagnaia wins and takes championship lead in Germany after blunder from Martin

Francesco Bagnaia, Ducati Team, Marc Marquez, Gresini Racing, Alex Marquez, Gresini Racing

Francesco Bagnaia, Ducati Team, Marc Marquez, Gresini Racing, Alex Marquez, Gresini Racing

Photo by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images

Francesco Bagnaia moved to the top of the MotoGP standings with victory in the German Grand Prix after title rival Jorge Martin crashed out while holding a comfortable lead.

Martin had looked set to take top honours at the Sachsenring from pole position after repassing Bagnaia early on in the race, but an error with just two laps to the finish handed the top spot and the championship lead to reigning champion Bagnaia.

Marc Marquez came through from 13th on the grid to take second position, with brother and Gresini team-mate Alex Marquez completing the podium spots.

At the start of the race, Bagnaia was immediately on the move, jumping from fifth to third into Turn 1 behind polesitter Martin and second-placed Miguel Oliveira.

At the end of the opening lap, Bagnaia sent his Ducati GP24 up the inside of Oliveira at the final turn to claim second, before replicating the same pass on Martin on the following tour to grab the lead.

However, instead of pulling away at the front, Bagnaia chose to save his tyre at this stage, allowing both Martin and a charging Franco Morbidelli to demote him back to third.

It wasn’t until lap 15, the halfway point of the race, that Bagnaia picked up the pace again, repeating his Turn 13-pass on Morbidelli to retake second and set up a duel with Martin.

Martin was 1.1s clear of him at this stage, but Bagnaia quickly set about hunting down the championship leader at the 3.3km Sachsenring circuit.

Francesco Bagnaia, Ducati Team
Jorge Martin, Pramac Racing
Marc Marquez, Gresini Racing, Takaaki Nakagami, Team LCR Honda
Aleix Espargaro, Aprilia Racing Team, Jack Miller, Red Bull KTM Factory Racing, Fabio Quartararo, Yamaha Factory Racing
Fabio Quartararo, Yamaha Factory Racing
Fabio Quartararo, Yamaha Factory Racing
Marco Bezzecchi, VR46 Racing Team
Jack Miller, Red Bull KTM Factory Racing
Jorge Martin, Pramac Racing
Aleix Espargaro, Aprilia Racing Team, Jack Miller, Red Bull KTM Factory Racing, Fabio Quartararo, Yamaha Factory Racing
Francesco Bagnaia, Ducati Team, Marco Bezzecchi, VR46 Racing Team
Fabio Quartararo, Yamaha Factory Racing
Pedro Acosta, Red Bull GASGAS Tech3
Remy Gardner, Yamaha Factory Racing
Jorge Martin, Pramac Racing
Fabio Quartararo, Yamaha Factory Racing
Remy Gardner, Yamaha Factory Racing
Jorge Martin, Pramac Racing
Jack Miller, Red Bull KTM Factory Racing
Keanu Reeves
Enea Bastianini, Ducati Team
Remy Gardner, Yamaha Factory Racing
Fabio Di Giannantonio, VR46 Racing Team
Maverick Vinales, Aprilia Racing Team
Miguel Oliveira, Trackhouse Racing Team
Raul Fernandez, Trackhouse Racing Team
Pedro Acosta, Red Bull GASGAS Tech3
Marc Marquez, Gresini Racing
Fabio Di Giannantonio, VR46 Racing Team
Miguel Oliveira, Trackhouse Racing Team
Pedro Acosta, Red Bull GASGAS Tech3
Marco Bezzecchi, VR46 Racing Team
Keanu Reeves
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Jorge Martin, Pramac Racing
Jorge Martin, Pramac Racing
Jorge Martin, Pramac Racing
Francesco Bagnaia, Ducati Team
Maverick Vinales, Aprilia Racing Team
Franco Morbidelli, Pramac Racing
Jorge Martin, Pramac Racing
Jorge Martin, Pramac Racing
Franco Morbidelli, Pramac Racing
Franco Morbidelli, Pramac Racing
Francesco Bagnaia, Ducati Team
Jorge Martin, Pramac Racing
Jack Miller, Red Bull KTM Factory Racing
Francesco Bagnaia, Ducati Team
Pedro Acosta, Red Bull GASGAS Tech3
Alex Marquez, Gresini Racing
Marc Marquez, Gresini Racing
Jorge Martin, Pramac Racing
Jorge Martin, Pramac Racing
Marc Marquez, Gresini Racing
Pedro Acosta, Red Bull GASGAS Tech3
Jorge Martin, Pramac Racing
Francesco Bagnaia, Ducati Team
Marc Marquez, Gresini Racing, Enea Bastianini, Ducati Team
Jorge Martin, Pramac Racing
Marc Marquez, Gresini Racing
Fabio Di Giannantonio, VR46 Racing Team
Jack Miller, Red Bull KTM Factory Racing
Franco Morbidelli, Pramac Racing
Marc Marquez, Gresini Racing, Franco Morbidelli, Pramac Racing
Enea Bastianini, Ducati Team
Marc Marquez, Gresini Racing
Enea Bastianini, Ducati Team, Franco Morbidelli, Pramac Racing
Marco Bezzecchi, VR46 Racing Team
Jorge Martin, Pramac Racing crash
Jorge Martin, Pramac Racing crash
Francesco Bagnaia, Ducati Team
Francesco Bagnaia, Ducati Team
Francesco Bagnaia, Ducati Team, Marco Bezzecchi, VR46 Racing Team
Jack Miller, Red Bull KTM Factory Racing
Marc Marquez, Gresini Racing
Alex Marquez, Gresini Racing
Alex Marquez, Gresini Racing
Marc Marquez, Gresini Racing
Francesco Bagnaia, Ducati Team
Francesco Bagnaia, Ducati Team
Marc Marquez, Gresini Racing
Francesco Bagnaia, Ducati Team
Marc Marquez, Gresini Racing, Alex Marquez, Gresini Racing
Francesco Bagnaia, Ducati Team
Francesco Bagnaia, Ducati Team
Marc Marquez, Gresini Racing, Alex Marquez, Gresini Racing
Francesco Bagnaia, Ducati Team
Marc Marquez, Gresini Racing, Alex Marquez, Gresini Racing
Marc Marquez, Gresini Racing
Marc Marquez, Gresini Racing, Alex Marquez, Gresini Racing
Alex Marquez, Gresini Racing
Alex Marquez, Gresini Racing
Marc Marquez, Gresini Racing
Francesco Bagnaia, Ducati Team
Francesco Bagnaia, Ducati Team, Marc Marquez, Gresini Racing, Alex Marquez, Gresini Racing
Marc Marquez, Gresini Racing, Alex Marquez, Gresini Racing
Francesco Bagnaia, Ducati Team, Marc Marquez, Gresini Racing, Alex Marquez, Gresini Racing
Marc Marquez, Gresini Racing, Alex Marquez, Gresini Racing
Marc Marquez, Gresini Racing
Marc Marquez, Gresini Racing, Alex Marquez, Gresini Racing
Marc Marquez, Gresini Racing, Alex Marquez, Gresini Racing
Francesco Bagnaia, Ducati Team
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Although Bagnaia was able to bring the gap down to seven tenths, Martin was able to up the pace himself and was running comfortably in the lead when he lost the front of his Pramac GP24 at Turn 1 on the start of lap 29 and crashed out of the race in spectacular fashion.

Bagnaia inherited the top spot as a result of Martin’s error and went on to take the chequered flag with a margin of 3.8s to clinch his fourth successive grand prix win and sixth overall of 2024.

The result completely changes the complexion of the championship, handing Bagnaia a 10-point lead over Martin going into the summer break.

Marquez put in an incredible recovery from the fifth row of the grid to claim second on a track where he has won eight times in the premier class.

Still nursing pain in his rib cage following a highside in practice, Marquez had a coming-together with Morbidelli at Turn 1 for what was then a battle for fourth, but he was able to dispatch the Pramac rider at the final corner on lap 25 before reeling in his younger brother Alex at the penultimate corner on the 29th tour.

Alex Marquez still crossed the line in third to record his first podium of 2024 as well as a double podium for the Gresini team.

Marc Marquez, Gresini Racing

Marc Marquez, Gresini Racing

Photo by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images

Factory Ducati rider Enea Bastianini was able to carve his way from ninth on the grid to take fourth at the finish after coming on top in a close fight with Morbidelli in the final stages of the race.
Fifth, however, was still Morbidelli’s best finish of 2024, having joined Pramac after missing pre-season testing due to an injury.
The Trackhouse team couldn’t replicate the pace it showed in the sprint, with Oliveira quickly dropping from second on the grid and ending up sixth, and Raul Fernandez only finishing 10th on last year's Aprilia.
Tech3 GasGas rider Pedro Acosta was once again the top finisher on the KTM in seventh, two places ahead of factory rider Brad Binder.
VR46's Marco Bezzecchi was the sole remaining runner for VR46 after Fabio di Giannantonio’s early exit due to mechanical troubles, and the Italian took his GP23 to eighth at the flag, ahead of Binder and Fernandez.
Fabio Quartararo was 11th on the top factory Yamaha ahead of Maverick Vinales, who had a difficult race on the Aprilia en route to 12th. KTM rider Jack Miller, GasGas runner Augusto Fernandez and LCR’s Takaaki Nakagami completed the points scorers, the last-named being the top representative on a Honda bike.
Remy Gardner’s return to MotoGP as a substitute for Alex Rins at Yamaha yielded a 20th-place finish.

MotoGP German GP - Race results:

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Cla Rider # Bike Laps Time Interval km/h Retirement Points
1 Italy F. Bagnaia Ducati Team 1 Ducati 30

40'40.063

162.4 25
2 Spain M. Marquez Gresini Racing 93 Ducati 30

+3.804

40'43.867

3.804 162.2 20
3 Spain A. Marquez Gresini Racing 73 Ducati 30

+4.334

40'44.397

0.530 162.1 16
4 Italy E. Bastianini Ducati Team 23 Ducati 30

+5.317

40'45.380

0.983 162.1 13
5 Italy F. Morbidelli Pramac Racing 21 Ducati 30

+5.557

40'45.620

0.240 162.1 11
6 Portugal M. Oliveira Trackhouse Racing Team 88 Aprilia 30

+10.481

40'50.544

4.924 161.7 10
7 Spain P. Acosta Tech 3 31 KTM 30

+14.746

40'54.809

4.265 161.5 9
8 Italy M. Bezzecchi Team VR46 72 Ducati 30

+14.930

40'54.993

0.184 161.4 8
9 South Africa B. Binder Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 33 KTM 30

+15.084

40'55.147

0.154 161.4 7
10 Spain R. Fernández Trackhouse Racing Team 25 Aprilia 30

+16.384

40'56.447

1.300 161.3 6

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