Marc Marquez Matches 44-Year Record in Germany With Ninth Consecutive Victory
Despite having to start from pit lane, Marc Marquez rallied at the German Grand Prix in Sachsenring to win his ninth race in nine starts in 2014.
The 21-year-old Spaniard began the race with wet tires to cope with the light rains, but by the time the warm-up lap ended, the rain had stopped and he and his Honda team opted to change to his slick-tire bike. The majority of the field made the same tactical decision.
“Early on it looked like Assen, but in the end everyone came in to the pits because we all saw it was dry. I was worried about the back of the track initially and in the end my strategy was to copy Dani and [Valentino] Rossi, my main rivals for the championship," Marquez explained. “The race was nice in the beginning because I overtook several riders and then I had a good battle with Dani. I’m really happy for this victory. Now we can relax a bit.”
Though Marquez had the poll position after qualifying, he was in tenth position early in the first lap. The reigning world champ took the lead on lap siz and never relented, eventually winning by 1.46 seconds ahead of Dani Pedrosa.
Marquez is the first rider to win nine consecutive races since legendary Italian racer Giacomo Agostini in 1970 and extended his world championship lead to 77 points.
German Grand Prix Final Results
1. Marc Marquez (Spain) – Honda – 41:47.664
2. Dani Pedrosa (Spain) – Honda – 41:49.130
3. Jorge Lorenzo (Spain) – Yamaha – 41:57.981