Martin falls in Germany, Bagnaia wins and takes the lead

Martin falls in Germany, Bagnaia wins and takes the lead
Martin falls in Germany, Bagnaia wins and takes the lead

Power changes hands in MotoGP: Italian Francesco Bagnaia won the MotoGP German Grand Prix on Sunday and took the championship lead from Spaniard Jorge Martin.

On the short Sachsenring track (only 3.7 km), contested in an anti-clockwise direction, victory seemed certain for “Martinator”: starting from pole position, the Ducati-Pramac rider had a lead of more than half a second over his pursuer Bagnaia a few moments from the finish… before falling on the penultimate lap of the race.

If this fall gave the official Ducati rider a 4e consecutive GP victory, it has above all allowed him to regain the lead in the general standings for the first time since March. Bagnaia now has a 10-point lead over Martin.

” This has not been easyrecognized the winner of the day. I tried to keep the pressure on him (Martin), In the last laps, I saw that he was making mistakes and when I saw his fall, I was able to slow down to conserve my front tire which was deteriorating…”

Phenomenal Marc Marquez

The reigning double world champion finished ahead of the Marquez brothers, teammates at Ducati-Gresini – superstar Marc, second, ahead of Alex, third at the end of this ninth meeting (out of 20) of the season.

“Being with my brother on the podium, what an incredible feeling!”savored Marc Marquez upon arrival, accompanied for the first time in his career by his younger brother (who arrived in the elite in 2020) on the podium.

From a distant 13e In place, the six-time MotoGP world champion once again put on a show on the track, notably by elbowing a surprising Franco Morbidelli (Ducati-Pramac) to win 4th place.e place, before taking the upper hand over the Italian, then Alex Marquez. In Germany, “MM.93” equals his best performance of the season.

Holder of the record for victories at the Sachsenring (8 successes in the MotoGP category), the Spaniard – who has regained his health within his new Ducati-Gresini team which he joined at the start of 2024 – had a chance this weekend to improve his record.

But the 31-year-old Catalan had a complicated start to the weekend, with problems with his machine and falls. On Friday, he fell heavily after going over his handlebars during qualifying, breaking his left index finger and suffering a big bruise to his rib cage. However, he finished 6the of the sprint race on Saturday afternoon.

Summer break

Considered one of the greatest hopes of MotoGP since Marquez, the young Spaniard Pedro Acosta – who is still chasing his first victory in the elite in his first season – had one last chance this weekend to beat one of his illustrious compatriot’s records by becoming the youngest to win in the premier class. It was a miss for the rider of the French GasGas-Tech3 team who crossed the finish line 7e.

The German GP was the last MotoGP round before the summer break. The paddock will return to the circuits on the weekend of August 4 for the British GP, at the legendary Silverstone circuit.

The rankings

> The German GP: 1. Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati), 2. Marc Marquez (Ducati) at 3”804, 3. Alex Marquez (Ducati) at 4”334, 4. Enea Bastianini (Ducati) at 5”317, 5. Franco Morbidelli (Ducati) at 5”557… 11. Fabio Quartarao (Yamaha) at 17”235… 17. Johann Zarco (Honda LCR) at 25”952…
> The general classification: 1 Francesco Bagnaia 222 pts, 2 Jorge Martin 212 pts, 3 Marc Marquez 166 pts, 4 Enea Bastianini 155 pts, 5 Maverick Vinales 125 pts…

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