Fabio Quartararo’s rivals were looking to catch up with the reigning world champion at the German GP, but the Frenchman came out like a rocket and took first place at the first corner to take the demanding race to the end warmth at the Sachsenring. Not even the cold that dragged them with it weakened the current champion and World Cup benchmark, even more leaders on the way to Assen after completing a new manual feat on the track and the crown of Marc Márquez, the great dominator and major absentees of the weekend, won the Deutsche Bahn.
El Diablo clinched his third win of the year, second in a row and first of his career, spinning counter-clockwise almost five seconds ahead of second-placed Johann Zarco, who is already the benchmark Ducati in the championship. The case of Pecco Bagnaia, author of poles, in the fourth round he dismissed the mainstay of the brand Borgo Panigale from the fight for the title. Aleix Espargaró, who made another stinging mistake by overbraking with two laps to go, gave Jack Miller the podium and some valuable points in his fight to stay within Quartararo’s reach ahead of the summer break.
The drivers took refuge in the garage in the scorching heat at the Sachsenring and avoided the starting grid to the last breath. On an already physically demanding course, the one with the most laps (30) in the world championship, the ambient temperature of 36 degrees and the temperature of 52 degrees on the asphalt made the test a first-class endurance test. 16 of the 23 riders on the grid completed a race that ended Honda’s reign at the German Ring since 2010: only Stefan Badl’s bike finished outside the points, after Pol Espargaró, Álex Marquez and Takaaki Nakagami.
Quartararo’s overwhelming dominance was forged in the early stages, with the Frenchman opting for the center rear tire to gain grip early in the test. Tenacious, already 34 points ahead of Espargaró in the table, the cheerful 23-year-old lad met Bagnaia’s challenge with solvency in the second round as the Italian attempted to regain lost first place. Pecco’s crash cleared the scene for the leader and Zarco ripped the stickers off Aleix on the turn 11 descent at over 200km/h. From there the race dragged on, enlivened by the garage fight between the Granollers driver and Maverick Viñales, who left after his Aprilia’s rear shock absorber broke.
Despite setting a long lap for his qualifying penalty, Miller livened up the race and managed a brilliant comeback from eighth to third place. Amidst much market rumor, Joan Mir crashed very early leaving Suzuki with no points or rider after Álex Mir retired through injury on Saturday. Luca Marini improved from less to more to finish fifth and Jorge Martín, who returned to the track after surgery, was happy with a competitive sixth place.
Guevara and García, a blessed problem for Aspar in Moto3
Izan Guevara chained his fifth straight podium and with his start-to-finish victory at the Sachsenring he closed the gap in the Moto3 World Championship, which is being led by his teammate in the Aspar GasGas, Sergio García Dols, the third-placed German event a lead of seven points. Second was Italian Dennis Foggia (Honda) after a nice duel with the championship leader, which was decided in the last corner. “It’s a nice problem, what I ask is camaraderie in the team and that the riders respect each other, unfortunately only one can win,” he said DAZN Jorge Martínez Aspar, boss of the two riders best positioned to clinch the title at the end of the season.
In Moto2, Augusto Fernández was issued and left alone. There was a KTM one-two with rookie Pedro Acosta in second and Sam Lowes completing the podium on a bad day for Championship leader Celestino Vietti, who crashed with eight laps to go trying to come back from twelfth. Fernández climbs to third place in the championship, 12 points adrift of the Italian.