Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Marquez upbeat in Germany after Assen win



Marquez upbeat in Germany after Assen win

Content image - Phnom Penh Post

Marquez upbeat in Germany after Assen win

Championship leader Marc Marquez said he will use his victory in last week’s epic Assen race as motivation going into Sunday’s German Moto GP at Sachsenring.

The Repsol Honda rider finished atop the podium in the Netherlands after an incredible race that saw the first 15 riders cross the line just 16.043sec apart.

It was the closest top-15 finish of all time, and a timely boost for Spaniard Marquez.

The track at Sachsenring is the shortest on the calendar at 3.67km (2.28 miles), but it is also tight and twisty, so could also throw up a close finish.

What is sure is that Marquez and Honda teammate Dani Pedrosa have dominated the German track, a road-based circuit in-and-around the city of Chemnitz, Eastern Germany. They have won a staggering 14 times between them and stood together on the podium three times, in 2014, 2015 and 2017.

Marquez has taken eight consecutive wins across three classes at the German circuit where 10 of its 13 corners are left-handed, each success remarkably coming after starting from pole position.

After kicking off in the 125cc category in 2010, the Spaniard went on to win twice in Moto2 (2011, 2012) and then five times in MotoGP (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017).

Pedrosa’s last MotoGP victory here came in 2012, having also won in 2007, 2010 and 2011.

“The victory we scored at Assen was important because it was a race where it was incredibly easy to make a mistake, but instead we were able to increase our advantage in the championship,” Marquez said.

“Now we go to a very different circuit where we’re normally very strong, but every year is different.”

‘A good battle’

Marquez added: “Weather could play an important role, as we’ve seen in the past: if it’s rainy or mixed, everything will change very quickly and you must be ready.

Marquez (pictured, AFP) has amassed 140 points from the first eight GPs of the season, with 10 more to be raced after this weekend’s outing.

In second and third places are the Yamaha duo of Valentino Rossi and Maverick Vinales (99 and 93pts respectively). Frenchman Johann Zarco of the Yamaha Tech3 team is fourth (81), just ahead of Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso and Honda’s Cal Crutchlow (both 79).

Italian Rossi, who was fifth in Assen and is yet to win a single GP this season, has nine podiums at Sachsenring, including four victories.

However, Rossi finished nearly 15 seconds behind Marquez at the track last season, something he wants to remedy.

“Last year’s German GP was not a very positive weekend for us, so it will be very important to understand our potential this weekend,” he said.

“Assen was an incredible race, so I really want to get back on track again. I don’t know if we can repeat a race like that at the Sachsenring, but we’ll try to do everything to be at the front with the top riders.”

Rossi added: “The race at the Sachsenring is the last race before the short summer break, so we want to do our best to make it a good battle on Sunday, to end the first half of the season in a good way.”

MOST VIEWED

  • Phnom Penh placed in two-week lockdown

    The government has decided to place Phnom Penh in lockdown for two weeks, effective April 14 midnight through April 28, as Cambodia continues to grapple with the ongoing community outbreak of Covid-19, which has seen no sign of subsiding. According to a directive signed by Prime Minister

  • Cambodia on the verge of national tragedy, WHO warns

    The World Health Organisation (WHO) in Cambodia warned that the country had reached another critical point amid a sudden, huge surge in community transmission cases and deaths. “We stand on the brink of a national tragedy because of Covid-19. Despite our best efforts, we are

  • Vaccination open to foreigners in Cambodia

    The Ministry of Health on April 8 issued an announcement on Covid-19 vaccination for foreigners residing and working in Cambodia, directing the Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training and local authorities to register them. Health minister Mam Bun Heng, who is also head of the inter-ministerial

  • Culture ministry: Take Tuol Sleng photos down, or else

    The Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts has told Irish photographer Matt Loughrey to take down the photos of Khmer Rouge victims at Tuol Sleng Genocidal Museum which he allegedly colourised and altered to show them smiling. The ministry said Loughrey's work is unacceptable, affecting

  • Cambodia gears up for muted New Year festival

    The recent curfew and restrictions imposed in the capital and other Covid-19 hotspots were intended to break the chain of transmission, Ministry of Health spokeswoman Or Vandine said as municipal and provincial authorities issued new directives banning certain activities during the upcoming Khmer New Year

  • Covid-19 vaccination now obligatory

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on April 11 issued a sub-decree making Covid-19 vaccination compulsory for individuals unless they have a medical certificate proving they have pre-existing health conditions that prevent them from doing so. «This applies to all members of the armed forces and civil servants