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Marc Marquez has won the German MotoGP after soaking up a surprise challenge from rookie Jonas Folger.

Folger showed no sign of nerves as he passed the Repsol Hondas of Marquez and Dani Pedrosa to sensationally lead the early stages of the race.

The young German was then the only rider capable of sticking with Marquez when the reigning champion returned to the front, the pair pulling comfortably clear of Pedrosa.

Folger only lost touch with Marquez after running slightly wide in the closing stages. Movistar Yamaha riders Maverick Vinales and Valentino Rossi both worked their way forwards after a poor (wet) qualifying, but couldn't get near the podium places.

Marquez now takes over the world championship lead by 5 points heading into the summer break...

1. Marc Marquez ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 40m 59.525s 2. Jonas Folger GER Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1)* 41m 2.835s 3. Dani Pedrosa ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 41m 11.071s 4. Maverick Vi?ales ESP Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 41m 13.778s 5. Valentino Rossi ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 41m 14.505s 6. Alvaro Bautista ESP Pull&Bear Aspar Team (Desmosedici GP16) 41m 16.059s 7. Aleix Espargaro ESP Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 41m 19.261s 8. Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP17) 41m 19.713s 9. Johann Zarco FRA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1)* 41m 20.663s 10. Cal Crutchlow GBR LCR Honda (RC213V) 41m 23.735s 11. Jorge Lorenzo ESP Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP17) 41m 25.184s 12. Danilo Petrucci ITA Octo Pramac Racing (Desmosedici GP17) 41m 31.065s 13. Pol Espargaro ESP Red Bull KTM Factory Racing (RC16) 41m 31.704s 14. Bradley Smith GBR Red Bull KTM Factory Racing (RC16) 41m 35.978s 15. Jack Miller AUS Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V) 41m 37.296s 16. Mika Kallio FIN Red Bull KTM Factory Racing (RC16) 41m 37.377s 17. Karel Abraham CZE Pull&Bear Aspar Team (Desmosedici GP15) 41m 38.848s 18. Tito Rabat ESP Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V) 41m 40.715s 19. Loris Baz FRA Reale Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP15) 41m 59.375s 20. Scott Redding GBR Octo Pramac Racing (Desmosedici GP16) 42m 1.189s 21. Alex Rins ESP Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)* 42m 1.220s
Andrea Iannone ITA Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) DNF
Sam Lowes GBR Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP)* DNF
Hector Barbera ESP Reale Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP16) DSQ

Blue Name = Rides for Factory Team. Red Name = Rides for Satellite Team.
* Rookie

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Great job by Folger, but half way through the season, anyone else get the feeling that the Tech 3 (2016 factory) bike is better than the 2017 Yamaha factory bike?

Great ride from Folger!

Very subdued from Zarco this time - maybe that fast turn 11 crash rattled his confidence this weekend.

Wondering if that was the race that sealed Sam Lowes' fate with Aprilia.

aaron2112: Ok ok.... i give up..... lorenzo and vinales for 2019 factory yamaha team..... yeeesssss[\blockquote]

Or how about, Lorenzo and Zarco at Yamaha. Marquez and Vinales at Honda.

"I think after 2018 if Zarco is still performing well or even better than this he should have Rossi's seat."

Why not Jorge's Yearb ?

Here's a radical thought.....Michelin bring the same tyres to 4 races in a row allowing riders and their teams to concentrate on real racing.
Who knows, letting the teams have a chance to tune the bikes to the riders and not to the tyres might allow truer results.

JG94...interesting thoughts.

The problem is that the 2 guys that you mention are on Yamahas. There is no guarantee that their results would be comparable to their present ones.
Tyres play a huge part in results at the moment and rider's performances can vary session to session, week to week, by as much as 10 places.

Marc and Dani struggle sometimes. Cal is a race winner and can't put in consistent results on a Works Honda so I doubt that anyone else could.

Me too Yearb, I have had the same thought. The Satellite bikes often have a higher top speed too.

Another thought is how successful would it be with Jorge as number 2 rider. I feel that Lozzer is a better rider than Mav.

Over on GpOne there is an article where the Michelin spokesman is defending their position. It's not their fault that the track conditions change, the temperature varies, and that the riders have different riding styles.

Jorge, Danilo, and a few others probably think differently after this weekend.

Compare the list of the Qualy positions with where they all finished and you wonder why we have Qualifying. There is no relationship.
Good Television I suppose.

Just a thought.

Sad......but Dovi did lead the Championship for 5 minutes.