Marc Marquez says he was taken by surprise by the pace of MotoGP rookie Jonas Folger as he claimed an incredible fifth premier class win in a row at the Sachsenring.

Marquez, who was celebrating his eighth successive victory in all classes at the German circuit, believed his Repsol Honda team-mate Dani Pedrosa would prove the biggest obstacle to his prospects of victory on Sunday.

However, Folger - urged own by his home fans - took the lead in the early stages and was never far behind Marquez when the reigning world champion moved to the front on lap 11 when the Monster Tech 3 Yamaha rider ran wide at T1.

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Marquez, though, said he 'gave it all he had' on the last five laps as he finally managing to pull a gap, winning in the end by 3.3 seconds.

"Honestly, it was a very difficult race and I knew before the weekend that this was a circuit I must attack and my target was 25 points. Before the race everything was more or less under control, I chose the right tyres and everything was more or less clear," he said.

"On my mind, I thought my team-mate would be the main rider, but then we started the race I was there and trying to concentrate and save the tyres, but then Jonas overtook me.

"In the beginning it was already a great surprise and I said OK, one more rider that can be between me and the others, but then after the laps it started to be like, 'What are you doing here?' Always very close, never drop, and I was pushing a little bit more and more, but he was there and I saw on the pit board +0.1, +0.2, but then I started to realise he will be there until the end," Marquez added.

"On the last five laps I gave everything because it was not a good idea to arrive on the last lap, last corner, with a German rider in a German circuit! So I was pushing myself and I'm very, very happy."

Marquez has now moved to the top of the championship by five points from Maverick Vinales heading into the summer break - a scenario he thought highly unlikely only three races ago.

"Three races ago I was 37 points behind but honestly, before Assen I received one WhatsApp from someone who is working with me and is my friend and he say, 'Don't worry Marc, you will be leading the championship in the summer time'.

"I said OK, what did you drink, because we were very far, but in the end we must trust, we must believe in our job; we need to keep pushing like we did and I'm happy for this victory. Something special that I promised to myself, the first victory after he had an accident was for him, for all his family, because he was a very good friend."

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Nakasone: I don't understand why Folger, Zarco, Lorenzo et al could achieve 2nd place in their home races but not at other tracks. Their employers need to give them the ultimatum to treat every race as though it is a home race.[\blockquote]

That's pretty demanding on Folger and Zarco considering neither has ever raced a motogp bike at any of the circuits.

Have you been at the sauce?

I don't understand why Folger, Zarco, Lorenzo et al could achieve 2nd place in their home races but not at other tracks. Their employers need to give them the ultimatum to treat every race as though it is a home race.

Marquez as Python says is very difficult to dislike. Undoubtedly the fastest rider for many years and I have to include VR and CS in that statement. Just amazing.

python: Being a Rossi fan, I try very hard to dislike Marquez, but I just can't. Besides his obvious great talent, I really like his approach to racing.[\blockquote]

Very fair and honest saying , and very true what you say. He is great talent great racer so it would be unfair to dislike him because he sometimes is stronger than your favourite rider.

Being a Rossi fan, I try very hard to dislike Marquez, but I just can't. Besides his obvious great talent, I really like his approach to racing.

Nakasone: I don't understand why Folger, Zarco, Lorenzo et al could achieve 2nd place in their home races but not at other tracks. Their employers need to give them the ultimatum to treat every race as though it is a home race.[\blockquote]

I often wonder why Rossi can't win at Mugello anymore considering he's the most experienced rider on the best bike.

Zarco and Folger are racing these tracks for the first time in the GP class and are making some riders look silly.

we are talking about * 69 here, good thing mm93

Herve got it right this year for sure. This is his best duo since Crutchlow & Dovi.