Marc Marquez stretched his remarkable MotoGP winning streak at the Sachsenring in Germany to five races, and eight in all classes, with a flawless victory.

The reigning champion was pushed by premier classic rookie and home favourite Jonas Folger throughout, but Marquez had plenty left in reserve at the finish and set his personal best lap to put daylight between himself and the Monster Tech 3 Yamaha rider, winning by more than three seconds.

It was Marquez's eighth victory in succession at the Sachsenring, with his stunning run of success stretching back to 2010, when he won the 125cc race.

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Behind the Repsol Honda rider and Folger, Dani Pedrosa finished third after a lonely race, crossing the line almost three seconds ahead of Maverick Vinales on the Movistar Yamaha, who worked his way through the field after starting from 11th place.

His team-mate, Valentino Rossi, finished fifth while Alvaro Bautista completed the top six on the Aspar Ducati.

Marquez has now taken over the lead of the championship by five points from Vinales heading into the summer break, with Andrea Dovizioso in third - only a point behind Vinales and four ahead of Rossi. Dovizioso finished eighth in the race on the factory Ducati behind Aleix Espargaro, who was a superb seventh on the Gresini Aprilia.

Marquez, who started from pole - his eighth in a row at the Sachsenring - took the lead from Pedrosa with Jorge Lorenzo next on the Ducati, closely followed by Folger, Danilo Petrucci and Rossi.

Folger, who had qualified on the second row, was beginning to apply the pressure and made a pass on Lorenzo for third on lap three. The premier class newcomer then set a new lap record in 1m 21.422s as he closed in on Marquez and Pedrosa.

Folger quickly snatched second with a move on Pedrosa and began to set his sights on Marquez. Behind the trio, who were already making a break at the front, Lorenzo was holding off Rossi, who was coming under pressure from Cal Crutchlow on the LCR Honda.

Folger was now vying for the lead with Marquez and to huge cheers from his home fans, he took the lead on lap six at the penultimate corner.

Rossi gained a place as he slipped past Lorenzo for fifth and set off in pursuit of Pramac Ducati's Petrucci, with Dovizioso now looking menacing on the GP17 as he also found a way past team-mate Lorenzo.

On lap eight, Dovizioso grabbed fourth from Rossi, but the Doctor wasted no time in hitting back as he regained the position at the final corner. Rossi then moved into fourth with a pass on the brakes at T1 on Petrucci on lap 10.

At the front, Folger made a mistake on the brakes at the first corner on lap 11, allowing Marquez through as Pedrosa held a safe third, 3.2 seconds ahead of Rossi.

Vinales, a faller at Assen, was now beginning to make his presence felt as he made steady progress after starting from the fourth row for the second race in a row.

He quickly gained two places, making a pass on Aleix Espargaro at the last corner on lap 14 before slipping underneath Petrucci on the brakes into T1 at the start of lap 15 to go sixth. The factory Yamaha rider rapidly reeled in Dovizioso and took fifth at the final corner at the end of the 19th lap.

Vinales then picked off team-mate Rossi at the penultimate corner on the next lap to take fourth, where he remained until the end of the race.

At the front, there was little to separate Marquez and Folger, with the gap between them never more than a few tenths. However, Folger again ran wide at T1 on the brakes on lap 20, allowing the Honda rider to open a cushion of half a second.

Folger, though, soon slashed the deficit once more, with Pedrosa isolated in third, six seconds behind the leading pair.

It seemed as though Marquez would have his work cut out in the closing stages of the race, but the Honda rider found more on the final laps and began to drop Folger, opening a lead of 0.4s on lap 27 and then increasing his advantage on the final three laps to close out victory comfortably in the end.

Pedrosa never looked under threat as he completed the top three ahead of Vinales and Rossi, with Bautista and Aleix Espargaro the top seven.

Dovizioso dropped back to eighth, while Johann Zarco broke into the top ten on the Monster Tech 3 Yamaha after a poor qualifying, finishing ninth ahead of British rider Crutchlow, who went backwards on the LCR Honda.

Lorenzo and Petrucci, who had been prominent early in the race, finished 11th and 12th respectively, with Pol Espargaro taking 13th on the Red Bull KTM. His team-mate, Bradley Smith, and Aussie Jack Miller on the Marc VDS Honda sealed the final points as they completed the top 15.

Scott Redding was 20th on the Pramac Ducati behind Loris Baz (Avintia Ducati).

Hector Barbera was disqualified after failing to undertake a ride through penalty for jumping the start of the race, while Sam Lowes was a faller at T7 on lap 13 on the Gresini Aprilia. Suzuki's Andrea Iannone also suffered a spill, going down heavily at T12.

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1. Marc Marquez 2. Jonas Folger 3. Dani Pedrosa 4. Maverick Vi?ales 5. Valentino Rossi 6. Alvaro Bautista 7. Aleix Espargaro 8. Andrea Dovizioso 9. Johann Zarco 10. Cal Crutchlow 11. Jorge Lorenzo 12. Danilo Petrucci 13. Pol Espargaro 14. Bradley Smith 15. Jack Miller 16. Mika Kallio 17. Karel Abraham 18. Tito Rabat 19. Loris Baz 20. Scott Redding 21. Alex Rins
Andrea Iannone
Sam Lowes
Hector Barbera

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It is a pity that they didn't give Lowes the same support that they gave his team mate.

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Marquez is amazing. He rode a flawless race. That Honda still has some issues compared to the others, but his talent to find a way to make it work that tiny bit better is incredible.

8 poles in a row and 8 victories in a row at this track. Hard to fathom...

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Not what Lowes needed, although I think Aprilia should honour their two year contract, if their ballsey enough to say it they'll probably do it.

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