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GP Week : Issue 125
Marc Marquez made itthreeinarowat the Sachsenring. In the process, the Spanish Repsol Suter rider defeated home hero and title leader Stefan Bradl and his German- made Kalex. He did it so convincingly that not even the fans could begrudge it. The pair battled all race long, together with third- placed Alex de Angelis (JiR Motobi) and Thomas Luthi (Interwetten Suter), at the head of a gang still six-strong at half distance, with Yonny Hernandez (Blusens FTR) at the back. He had fallen away by the finish, but his place was taken by a flying Randy Krummenacher ( Team Switzerland Kalex), who closed right up at the finish to get ahead of Luthi on the penultimate lap, and pull a second clear over the line. Marquez led laps one to 13, Bradl took over for a spell, and Marquez was in front again on the 22nd. “I didn’t want to lead all the way, so I let Stefan past mid-race,” Marquez explained. “But I knew I was faster. This season was so hard at the beginning, but thanks to Suter the bike is now really enjoyable,” he said. Bradl took it on the chin “In the last five laps I realised I was at my limit, but I still feel happy. The support from the fans was fantastic: Germany is coming back into racing.” Scott Redding (Marc VdS Suter) won out in a long battle for seventh with Simone Corsi (Ioda FTR), with Jules Cluzel (NGM Forward Suter) bringing the next three up to the back of them by the finish. He was followed by Michele Pirro (Gresini Moriwaki) and Kenan Sofuoglo (Technomag- CIP Suter). His team-mate Dominique Aegerter got to the head of the next big group on the final lap to claim 12th. Another nasty crash on lap six eliminated front-row qualifier Aleix Espargaro (Pons Kalex) and Max Neukirchner (MZ), lying sixth and seventh. Espargaro slid sideways and down; Neukirchner slammed into the bike, and they fell together, all tangled up with their bikes. Amazingly they escaped serious injury. Smith’s race was spoiled when he ran on at the first corner after the start, then slipped off trying t Marquez took another five points out of Bradl’s lead, with 120 to the German’s 167. Corsi has 84; de Angelis 82, Smith 79 and Luthi 77. Moto2: More and more Marquez MOTOGP GERMANY >> 31