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With Lorenzo expected to skip that race too and Pedrosa still a doubt, it remains to be seen whether Marquez, Crutchlow and Rossi can continue to take full advantage...
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Another interesting, one that throws the title race wide open with 37 points covering the top five riders now, we just have one more week before the series resumes at Laguna Seca
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Standings after German GP - 1. Marquez, 2. Pedrosa, 3. Lorenzo, 4. Crutchlow, 5. Rossi, 6. Dovizioso, 7. Bradl, 8. Bautista, 9. Hayden, 10. Espargaro
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Finishing 1.5secs adrift in the end, Crutchlow can still take pleasure from his fourth podium in five races, one that increases his advantage over factory rider Rossi in fourth overall
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Adding to his win in Austin, Marquez jumps from third to first in the standings, putting two points between himself and the sidelined Pedrosa and 11 points ahead of Lorenzo
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Beyond runaway class leader Espargaro, Barbera would secure 'best of the rest' honours in 11th, followed by de Puniet, Edwards, Petrucci and - picking up the final point - Corti
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Despite a spirited late attack by Espargaro, Dovizioso picks up seventh as the top Ducati rider, while Hayden and Pirro round out the top ten on their respective GP13s
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Despite a bright opening few laps, Bradl's wait for a maiden MotoGP podium continues, the German just losing out in fourth place, ahead of a fairly lonely Bautista and Smith.
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Not quite the fairytale back-to-back wins his fans had hoped for, Rossi still picks up a welcome podium finish, albeit some distance behind his satellite Yamaha counterpart
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Cal Crutchlow holds onto second position, the Briton no doubt ruing the poor opening laps that allowed Marquez to get away from him having been quicker in the second-half of the race
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Marc Marquez wins the 2013 German Grand Prix at the Sachsenring, his second win of the season and one that hauls him all the way to the top of the standings
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Heading into the final lap, Marquez just needs to bring it home now... but then, that is all Casey Stoner had to do last year as well
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Crutchlow is visibly pushing to put some pressure on Marquez, but the Spaniard is looking fairly smooth as he moves just two laps shy of his second win of the season
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Is Crutchlow smelling blood? The gap is coming down slowly to 1.6secs now, but there isn't much of this race remaining...
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With 5 laps remaining, Marquez is hitting lapped traffic, reducing his margin slightly to less than two seconds...
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Should things stay as they are, Marquez will move to the top of the MotoGP standings, heading up Repsol Honda team-mate Dani Pedrosa by two points heading to the US
13:28
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Marquez is responding to Crutchlow's charge, the lead stabilised at around two seconds with just ten laps around this short German circuit remaining
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In the CRT reckoning, de Puniet is now second in class, ahead of Barbera, Petrucci, Edwards and Corti, the quintet filling the top fifteen
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Behind him, Rossi is slipping away slightly in third place, while Bradl and Bautista are holding firm in fourth and fifth. Smith is still riding strongly in sixth, ahead of Dovi and Espargaro
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Another quick lap completed and Crutchlow has reduced the gap to 2.1secs now...
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With 13 laps remaining, Crutchlow has taken four tenths out of Marquez now he has clear air in front of him, reducing the lead to 2.4secs
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Crutchlow's move into second place comes just as Marquez sets the fastest lap of the race, moving 2.8secs clear of his new nearest rival
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Crutchlow is through into second position at the expense of Rossi, getting a run down the hill to plant his move into turn twelve
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Crutchlow is putting Rossi under intense pressure for second position, but cannot find a way through. Further back, Dovi is saving some face for Ducati, passing Espargaro for seventh.
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With 19 laps to go, Marquez holds a comfortable lead over Rossi, who is beginning to come under pressure from Crutchlow already
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Rossi is already beginning to gap Bradl, who now has Crutchlow crawling over his rear tyre. He makes his move through the final corners when Bradl ran wide to claim third.
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Rossi makes a lunge for Bradl  for second, the Italian just clinging on despite the German's attempts to undercut him. Meanwhile, Marquez is pulling away with 21 laps remaining.
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Behind Espargaro, Petrucci heads up the best of the rest CRTs, ahead of Corti, de Puniet, Barbera and Edwards
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Behind them, Bautista is running a fairly lonely fifth place, ahead of Bradley Smith, who has disposed of Aleix Espargaro in seventh. Dovizioso heads up the Ducatis of Hayden and Pirro
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After 7 laps, Marquez leads from Bradl, Rossi and Crutchlow, the top four now running fairly close together again
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Marquez wastes no time in wresting the lead from Bradl by nosing ahead through the final bends to move into the lead ahead of the home hero
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Rossi makes a mistake and gets off the footpeg to lose time and slip into the clutches of Crutchlow
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After 5 laps of 30, Bradl continues to lead, ahead of Marquez and Rossi now. Crutchlow is fourth and closing on Rossi and dropping Bautista and Espargaro
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Marquez launches his attack and squeezes through into second position ahead of Rossi into the final corner
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Following his tardy start, Crutchlow is making in-roads up the order, passing Bautista for fourth position
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Bautista and Crutchlow have also shuffled Espargaro down to sixth place, though the Spaniard is comfortably ahead of Smith on the CRT Aspar ART
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Marquez has dispatched of Espargaro for third and is straight onto the tail of Rossi, who is in turn tackling Bradl
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First crash of the race, Yonny Hernandez has suffered a fall from the Paul Bird Motorsport ART
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Stunning start for Espargaro, who is doggedly fending off Marquez and even showing Rossi a wheel into the first corner... Poor start from Crutchlow, who has also slipped behind Bautista
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Bradl ends the first lap in the lead, ahead of Rossi, Espargaro, Marquez, Bautista, Crutchlow, Smith, Hayden, Dovizioso and Corti
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The crowds are up on their feet as Bradl snatches the lead from Rossi before the lap is out
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Lights are out and Rossi leads into the first bend, ahead of Bradl, Espargaro, Marquez and Crutchlow - no drama behind
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As it stands, every rider on the grid will begin on a hard compound front tyre and a medium compound rear tyre, but many remain concerned about tyre wear in the second-half of the race...
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Meanwhile, many riders have taken a tumble this weekend, raising questions about the Bridgestone tyres with Andrea Iannone also joining Pedrosa and Lorenzo on the sidelines.
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A tough weekend for Ducati so far, Nicky Hayden starts in sixth place, ahead of Bradley Smith, Alvaro Bautista and Andrea Dovizioso, while Claudio Corti and Danilo Petrucci are best of the rest CRT.
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Elsewhere, home hope Stefan Bradl is eyeing his maiden MotoGP podium from fourth, while Aleix Espargaro could produce another CRT landmark if capitalises on his fifth place start.
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Indeed, Rossi also stands an excellent chance to get himself back into the title fight, while Crutchlow - who is ahead of Rossi by two points - is also well placed
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Marquez leads Crutchlow and Rossi on the front row, with many eyeing up the legendary Italian for victory following his headline grabbing performance in Holland
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With the top two out of action, victory looks like a battle between Marquez, Assen winner Valentino Rossi and possibly even Cal Crutchlow
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However, should Marc Marquez convert his pole position into race victory, he will bridge the current 23 point gap and assume the lead of the standings
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Choosing to play it safe and rest his injured collarbone in time for the next round in just a week, Pedrosa at least will not lose out to Lorenzo
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Of course, the big news is the absence of both Dani Pedrosa AND Jorge Lorenzo this weekend, the pair injured in accidents during practice
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Good afternoon and welcome to our live commentary for what has already been a dramatic 2013 German Grand Prix

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