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Honda’s Marquez Scores a Perfect Ten At The Sachsenring
Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team RC213V) stormed home to his tenth consecutive Sachsenring victory, leaving the pack riders trailing in his wake.
Another masterful performance from the 26-year-old Spaniard who leads the 2019 MotoGP World Championship by 58 points going into the summer break. Leading from the first corner to the very last, continuing his sequence of ten wins in a row at the German venue. Since 2010 Marquez has now won a clean sweep of one Sachsenring 125cc victory, two Honda-powered Moto2 successes and seven MotoGP wins with his RC213V; a unique record in the modern era of motorcycle Grand Prix racing. All of these wins having been achieved from pole position.
In addition to boosting his advantage in the Riders World Championship with his fifth race win from the first nine races of 2019, Marquez also increased Honda’s lead in the Constructors World Championship. Marquez is chasing his sixth premier-class riders title in seven seasons, while Honda is looking for its fourth consecutive constructors crown, with the dominant RC213V machine.
Celebrations all around for Honda’s second victory in three races.
It was celebrations all around for both Aston Martin Red Bull Racing and Toro Rosso as Max Verstappen won the German Grand Prix and Daniil Kvyat then made it two Honda-powered cars on the podium this weekend.
Ever-changing conditions meant several pit stops were required, Max switched to medium tyres and recovered from a spin-out before going back to intermediates, Red Bull responded quickly. Having been attacking Valtteri Bottas, another essential pit stop during a Safety Car period meant Max was able to retain his lead. In total Max made five pit stops, keeping a cool head while many other drivers made mistakes, pulling away from the pack and taking a second victory in three races.
Max Verstappen said “To come out on top after a race like that is amazing and for the team to win for the second time this year with Honda is incredible”.
Excellent calls throughout the race from both teams meant we had all four cars running in the top seven in the closing stages, but after the final Safety Car restart with five laps remaining, Alex and Pierre, unfortunately, collided when fighting for sixth place, resulting in Pierre’s retirement.
Tiago Monteiro scored a hugely emotional maiden WTCR – FIA World Touring car Cup victory in front of his home crowd on the streets of Vila Real last Sunday.
The Portuguese ace, who faced a huge battle to return to racing after sustaining serious injuries in an accident in 2017, and made his full-time comeback earlier this year, also made KCMG the first Asian team to win in the WTCR.
Tiago qualified a seasons-best second for the Race Three grid, passed his pole-sitting team-mate, Attila Tassi, when the Hungarian suffered a misfire on lap three, and resisted initial pressure to pull away to a commanding three-second victory.
His win was the sixth of the season for the Honda Civic Type R TCR in the WTCR and followed a 10th-place finish from Race Two's partially-reversed grid.