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

  • PM imposes nationwide Covid restrictions, curfew over Delta scare

    Prime Minister Hun Sen late on July 28 instructed the municipal and provincial authorities nationwide to strictly enforce Covid-19 measures including curfew for two weeks from July 29 midnight through August 12 to stem the new coronavirus Delta variant. The instruction came shortly after he issued a directive

  • Two luxury hotels latest quarantine options for inbound travellers

    The Inter-Ministerial Committee to Combat Covid-19 has designated two luxury hotels as alternative quarantine options for travellers who wish to enter Cambodia through Phnom Penh International Airport – Sokha Phnom Penh Hotel & Residence and the Courtyard by Marriott Phnom Penh. In a notice detailing guidelines issued

  • Provinces on Thai borders put in lockdown amid Delta fears

    The government has decided to place several border provinces in lockdown for two weeks in a bid to prevent the new coronavirus Delta variant spreading further into community. According a directive signed by Prime Minister Hun Sen late on July 28, the provinces include Koh Kong,

  • Delta spreading in Kingdom

    Cambodia has so far detected more than 200 cases of the highly contagious coronavirus Delta variant, with 109 found on July 31 and August 1. The Ministry of Health has expressed deep concerns that the variant may have already reached communities and be spreading as some of the cases

  • US' Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccines arrive

    The first batch of 455,000 doses of the Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine donated by the US touched down in Phnom Penh on the morning of July 30. They are part of the total 1,060,100 doses the US has pledged to provide to Cambodia through the World Health Organisation-led (

  • China denies Mekong hacking

    As the US and its allies joined hands last week to expose what they allege to be China’s Ministry of State Security’s malicious cyber activities around the world, the attention also turned to Cambodia with the US Department of Justice claiming that four