Sunday, 14 July 2013 

Marc Marquez has won the eni Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland, picking up his second MotoGP™ victory and seventh podium finish from eight races. In the absence of both Jorge Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa, the same three riders were on the podium as at the Dutch TT, with Cal Crutchlow and Valentino Rossi second and third. 

The Sachsenring delivered another highly dramatic weekend, not least as numerous riders have suffered crashes. Crutchlow was one of them, heading into the race with injuries to his arms, hands and left leg, but heavy impacts for World Champion Lorenzo and erstwhile championship leader Pedrosa left both on the sidelines; the Yamaha Factory Racing rider bent the titanium plate in his shoulder, while the Repsol Honda Team rider sustained a small fracture, also to the left collarbone. 

With both of his major rivals out of contention, Marquez – starting on his third pole position of the season – knew that a second race win (after Austin, Texas) would allow him to snatch back the advantage in the title race. A poor start saw the 20-year-old rookie drop to fourth place, but he picked off those ahead of him one by one and took the lead from home rider Stefan Bradl at the end of the sixth lap. Once Crutchlow took second, the Spaniard would manage the gap and win by 1.5 seconds. 
CrutchlowĘs own race started from second. Fighting the pain of his injuries after two large accidents on Friday, the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rider dispatched of Alvaro Bautista and Bradl before stealing second from Valentino Rossi in a strong move at Sachsen Kurve on Lap 16. He then looked to threaten for a career-first victory, but Marquez had been looking after his tyres and was able to comfortably control the gap until the end of the 30th and final lap; nevertheless, Crutchlow becomes the first British rider since Barry Sheene in 1982 to collect four podium finishes in one season. 

Having returned to winning ways at Assen, Rossi has now claimed consecutive rostrum placings. From his first front row start since the Portuguese Grand Prix of 2010, the Yamaha Factory Racing rider seized the lead as the red lights went out. He proceeded to battle with local favourite Bradl but was overhauled by eventual winner Marquez on Lap 5. Three laps later, Rossi passed the Bradl to go second, but then fell back to the final podium spot when Crutchlow steamed ahead. 
BradlĘs fourth place for LCR Honda MotoGP may have meant that he has still missed out on the podium, but the German has again equalled his career-best result. GO&FUN Honda GresiniĘs Alvaro Bautista completed the top five from eighth on the grid, while Tech 3Ęs Bradley Smith ended his day sixth - confirming two British riders in the top six of a premier race for the first time in two decades - from the impressive Aleix Espargaro; from fifth on the grid, the Power Electronics Aspar rider rode his CRT-specification bike in as high as third place before feeling the wrath of the prototypes. 
Round 9 of 18, the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix, will be staged at the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca next weekend. This, the second leg of the first double-header this year, will bring the curtain down on the first half of MotoGP™ 2013. Marquez now carries a two-point championship lead over Pedrosa, with Lorenzo 11 behind the leader.

013 MotoGP Sachsenring race results: 
01- Marc Marquez – Repsol Honda Team – Honda RC213V – 30 laps in 41′14.653 
02- Cal Crutchlow – Monster Yamaha Tech 3 – Yamaha YZR M1 – + 1.559 
03- Valentino Rossi – Yamaha Factory Racing – Yamaha YZR M1 – + 9.620 
04- Stefan Bradl – LCR Honda MotoGP – Honda RC213V – + 13.992 
05- Alvaro Bautista – GO&FUN Honda Gresini – Honda RC213V – + 21.775 
06- Bradley Smith – Monster Yamaha Tech 3 – Yamaha YZR M1 – + 25.080 
07- Andrea Dovizioso – Ducati Team – Ducati Desmosedici GP13 – + 30.027 
08- Aleix Espargaro – Power Electronics Aspar – ART GP13 – + 30.324 
09- Nicky Hayden – Ducati Team – Ducati Desmosedici GP13 – + 45.355 
10- Michele Pirro – Ignite Pramac Racing – Ducati Desmosedici GP13 – + 47.142

MotoGP World Standing 2013 

 Pos.   Rider  Bike  Nation  Points
 1  Marc MARQUEZ  Honda  SPA 138
 2  Dani  PEDROSA   Honda  SPA 136
 3  Jorge LORENZO  Yamaha  SPA 127
 4  Cal CRUTCHLOW  Yamaha  GBR 107
 5  Valentino ROSSI  Yamaha  ITA 101
 6  Andrea DOVIZIOSO   Ducati  ITA  74
 7  Stefan BRADL  Honda   GER  64
 8  Alvaro BAUTISTA  Honda  SPA  58
 9  Nicky HAYDEN  Ducati  USA  57
 10  Aleix ESPARGARO  ART  SPA  52


Marquez on pole as Pedrosa joins injury list

Marc Marquez has collected his third MotoGP™ pole position for this weekendĘs eni Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland. As injured title rivals Jorge Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa both couldnĘt take part after crashes, the Repsol Honda Team rider beat Monster Yamaha Tech 3Ęs Cal Crutchlow and Yamaha Factory RacingĘs Valentino Rossi. 

Since practice action commenced on Friday, a number of incidents have been witnessed at the Sachsenring, not least for title-holder Lorenzo and current championship leader Pedrosa who both have injured left collarbones after highside crashes. Lorenzo will miss at least this race, whereas in PedrosaĘs case it remains to be seen as to whether he will be able to re-join the action on Sunday. 

MarquezĘs lap of 1Ę21.311 was within three tenths of a second of Casey StonerĘs best ever lap of the Sachsenring – which had been achieved in the era of qualifying tyres in 2008 – as he stormed to his third pole, after Texas and Le Mans. Crutchlow will start inside the top two for the third race in succession, despite two heavy falls on Friday which have left the Englishman in pain, while the front row start for Rossi is his first in 988 days; his last had been at the Portuguese Grand Prix of 2010. 

Row 2 is headed up by LCR Honda MotoGPĘs Stefan Bradl at his home event, whereas a top five result came thanks to a stunning effort from Aleix Espargaro on the Power Electronics Aspar CRT machine. Ducati Team will line up sixth and ninth, far better than Nicky Hayden and Andrea Dovizioso had expected, whereas Tech 3Ęs Bradley Smith and GO&FUN Honda GresiniĘs Alvaro Bautista will fill slots seven and eight. Pedrosa was classified 12th, but was unable to take part in qualifying.

Qualifying Nr. 2 Classification 2013 Sachsenring, 
Saturday, July 13, 2013 
Pos. Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time Gap 1st/Prev. 
1 93 Marc MARQUEZ SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 291.1 1'21.311
2 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 288.0 1'21.434 0.123 / 0.123 
3 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 288.7 1'21.493 0.182 / 0.059 
4 6 Stefan BRADL GER LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 290.4 1'21.862 0.551 / 0.369 
5 41 Aleix ESPARGARO SPA Power Electronics Aspar ART 278.0 1'21.887 0.576 / 0.025 
6 69 Nicky HAYDEN USA Ducati Team Ducati 286.8 1'22.157 0.846 / 0.270 
7 38 Bradley SMITH GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 286.7 1'22.297 0.986 / 0.140 
8 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA GO&FUN Honda Gresini Honda 290.7 1'22.484 1.173 / 0.187 
9 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Ducati Team Ducati 287.4 1'22.561 1.250 / 0.077 
10 71 Claudio CORTI ITA NGM Mobile Forward Racing FTR Kawasaki 275.7 1'23.059 1.748 / 0.498

Friday, 12 July 2013 

Bradl fastest at home as Lorenzo misses Sachsenring due to new crash

MotoGP World Standing 2013 

 Pos.   Rider  Bike  Nation  Points
 1  Dani PEDROSA  Honda  SPA 136
 2  Jorge LORENZO   Yamaha  SPA 127
 3  Marc MARQUEZ  Honda  SPA 113
 4  Cal CRUTCHLOW  Yamaha  GBR  87
 5  Valentino ROSSI  Yamaha  ITA  85
 6  Andrea DOVIZIOSO   Ducati  ITA  65
 7  Stefan BRADL  Honda   GER  51
 8  Nicky HAYDEN  Ducati  USA  50
 9  Alvaro BAUTISTA  Honda  SPA  47
 10  Aleix ESPARGARO  ART  SPA  44


An eventful first day of track action has come to a close at the Sachsenring, with local favourite Stefan Bradl topping the timesheets for LCR Honda MotoGP. Yamaha Factory RacingĘs Jorge Lorenzo suffered another heavy accident, landing on his injured shoulder, as various crashes broke up the action throughout the day. 

BradlĘs Friday-topping lap time came in the form of 1Ę22.030, with Lorenzo ending the day second overall from Repsol Honda TeamĘs Dani Pedrosa and their respective teammates Valentino Rossi and Marc Marquez. Completing the top eight were  Nicky Hayden - who experienced a late crash at Turn 3 which followed a pair of earlier off-track moments - Aleix Espargaro, the leading CRT runner and Dovizioso. 

The most significant happening of the day came just oven ten minutes into the afternoon session. Having broken his left collarbone at Assen only 15 days earlier, Lorenzo lost control exiting Turn 10 and landed heavily on his already damaged shoulder. The session was briefly stopped as the stricken Yamaha was lying in the middle of Turn 11, while the champion was checked over. Only three and a half minutes after the restart, Crutchlow suffered his second crash of the day – and both had come at the rapid Turn 11. 
The Englishman was also transported to the Medical Centre, where suspected left arm injuries were attended to. In the morning, Ducati TeamĘs Andrea Dovizioso and Energy T.I. Pramac RacingĘs Andrea Iannone had gone down at the same corner.

Sachsenring MotoGP Free Practice Nr. 2 Classification 6 
1 6 Stefan BRADL GER LCR Honda MotoGP HONDA 1'22.030 15 23 291.5 
2 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team HONDA 1'22.239 25 25 0.209 0.209 290.7 
3 93 Marc MARQUEZ SPA Repsol Honda Team HONDA 1'22.251 19 23 0.221 0.012 289.8 
4 99 Jorge LORENZO SPA Yamaha Factory Racing YAMAHA 1'22.252 3 3 0.222 0.001 288.3 
5 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Yamaha Factory Racing YAMAHA 1'22.395 14 24 0.365 0.143 288.0 
6 69 Nicky HAYDEN USA Ducati Team DUCATI 1'22.572 19 19 0.542 0.177 286.8 
7 41 Aleix ESPARGARO SPA Power Electronics Aspar ART 1'22.763 17 20 0.733 0.191 276.1 
8 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Ducati Team DUCATI 1'22.850 21 22 0.820 0.087 287.2 
9 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA GO&FUN Honda Gresini HONDA 1'22.976 19 23 0.946 0.126 289.0 
10 29 Andrea IANNONE ITA Energy T.I. Pramac Racing DUCATI 1'23.008 21 22 0.978 0.032 286.0