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GP Week : Issue 206
mOTOGp – RaCE maRC vIII IXWild weather and an even wilder two-stage start could not stop marc Marquez from keeping his perfect record intact in Germany. The Honda rider completed a clean sweep of the first half of the 2014 season after a crazy race that saw him 10th at the first corner after starting from the pitlane. A rain shower before the start of the race saw 14 of the 23 riders start the formation lap on wet tyres. But all of those riders filed into the pitlane at the end of that lap, leaving stefan Bradl in a default pole position, three rows ahead of whoever else was left. The German led away on the first lap and built a gap over the remaining Open Class opposition while, typically, Marquez somehow found a way to emerge from what resembled a B-Grade Club Race start to lead the chasers. It only took Marquez 12 minutes to claim his lead, and he led Dani Pedrosa home by a bit over a second. “It was like a Motocross start, everybody very tight, with the elbows out,” smiled Marquez after the race. “It was nice, but a little bit dangerous too because I think for everybody when we pushed for the brakes, the carbon brakes did not stop the bike. That was maybe the most dangerous, at the first corner. It also maybe looked a little bit strange on TV but it was nice from there on.” After giving back a couple of spots at the first corner after he was forced over the pitlane exit line at the start, a revitalised jorge lorenzo was third, 9s clear of his Yamaha teammate Valentino Rossi. The Italian was about 3s clear of the best of the Ducatis, his countryman Andrea Iannone again impressing and sending the Ducati management into the summer break wondering, no doubt, why a bloke on the satellite Pramac bike continues to out-pace their highly- touted men in red. After his bike fitted with slicks on the grid, Bradl found the mismatch with his wet suspension set-up too much to cope with and, by the end of the 30 laps, had dropped from the lead to 16th place. MOTOGP >>> nEWs 20 GPWEEK.com // 20 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: