Marc Marquez has retaken the lead of the MotoGP World Championship after successfully taking full advantage of Dani Pedrosa
and Jorge Lorenzo's absence to win the German Grand Prix.
The second win of his burgeoning MotoGP career, pole sitter Marquez came into the race with a prime opportunity to leapfrog his main rivals following their withdrawal over the course of the weekend through injury.
Though Marquez gave himself some hard work in the opening stages as he slipped from first to fourth, he quickly worked his way back up the order, taking the lead from Stefan Bradl on lap six and moving away from the competition.
Marquez might have faced more competition from Cal Crutchlow had the Briton gotten a better start, but while the Crutchlow would launch a late attempt to put pressure on the young Spaniard, the Repsol Honda man was never anything less than in control.
Bridging the previous 23 point gap to Pedrosa to move ahead by two points, though Marquez admits his feelings of victory in Germany have been conditioned by his main rivals' absence, he is surprised to be leading overall.
“If I'm honest I didn't expect to lead the championship after eight races. The circumstances are a little bit special so it was important to take points for the championship and it is my second victory in MotoGP.
“In Austin I felt a little bit different, because here without Dani and Jorge on the track. We hope for a great recovery for them. Even so I did a completely different race until now, because this time I led the race and tried to manage the gap to Rossi and then Cal.
“It was a great experience but I prefer races with more riders there in front. Even so I learned quite a lot. Now we go to Laguna, which will be difficult because I've never raced there, so we need to keep quiet [concentrate].”
Marquez previously led the standings after rounds two and three.