After celebrating a seventh consecutive victory at the Sachsenring, MotoGP leader Marc Marquez thought his winning streak in German was set to end.
After celebrating a seventh consecutive victory at the Sachsenring, MotoGP leader Marc Marquez thought his winning streak in Germany was going to come to an end.
Marquez struggled during the early laps on Sunday, slipping to as low as 10th, but an inspired tactical move helped the Repsol Honda rider produce a superb comeback to claim a fourth consecutive German Grand Prix.
With 13 laps remaining, Marquez opted for slick tyres during a bike change and it worked wonders as the Spaniard – who crashed during the morning warm-up – finished ahead of Cal Crutchlow and Andrea Dovizioso for his seventh successive triumph at the Sachsenring through three different classes.
"At a certain point today, I thought my run at this circuit was going to come to an end, but in the end we succeeded and earned a very good result, especially considering how Valentino [Rossi] and Jorge [Lorenzo] finished the race," said Marquez, who leads the championship by 48 points, ahead of Lorenzo.
"I'm very happy with how we worked with the team today: they did a great job preparing my bike after my crash in the warm-up, and then in the race our strategy proved to be perfect.
"It was a very difficult race, with it being flag-to-flag and the track conditions so delicate. In the first part of the race, in the wet, I found things a little difficult.
"I had picked the wrong front tyre for my riding style, but I was able to switch to slicks. I was very careful in the opening laps after changing bikes, because the dry line was very narrow and there was still a lot of water on the surface.
"It's always very difficult to decide when to change bikes, and perhaps we made our switch very early - I think I was the second rider to do so - but I decided to take a chance and it went well.
"We end the first half of the season with our homework done and off the back of a good race, but we must not forget to prepare well for the second half of the year."