Repsol Honda's Marc Marquez always looked like the winner of the German MotoGP as the reigning world champion produced a faultless display to seal only his second victory of the season at the Sachsenring.

Marquez went into Sunday's ninth round of the championship as a massive favourite after dominating throughout practice and qualifying and gave his supporters no anxious moments as the Honda rider controlled the race, taking the lead from Jorge Lorenzo at the final turn on lap five.

Dani Pedrosa made it a one-two for Honda after resisting a determined challenge by Valentino Rossi, who claimed the last place on the podium to increase his championship lead over team-mate Lorenzo by three more points, with Lorenzo finishing a lonely fourth on the second of the Movistar Yamaha machines.

Ducati's Andrea Iannone was an equally safe fifth ahead of British pair Bradley Smith on the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 and CWM LCR Honda's Cal Crutchlow.

Lorenzo made a breath-taking start from third place on the front row, passing pole man Marquez and Pedrosa around the outside to leave himself perfectly place on the inside line for Turn 2.

It was only a matter of time though before Marquez seized control and once he nosed ahead, the Spaniard cleared off at the front.

A battle raged behind for second place between Lorenzo and Pedrosa, who qualified second fastest on the Repsol Honda, with championship leader Rossi right in contention in fourth.

Rossi, who like Lorenzo opted to use the asymmetric tyre, survived a big moment on lap three as he chased after the Honda of Pedrosa, snatching third on lap five at Turn 12 to put Lorenzo in his sights.

The Italian attempted a pass on his team-mate on lap seven into Turn 12, but Lorenzo regained the position on the inside at the final corner.

Rossi, though, made the same pass stick on the following lap and soon began to drop Lorenzo, although Marquez was extending his advantage at the front and by lap 11 held a cushion of two-and-a-half seconds.

Pedrosa was on the march and shunted Lorenzo back to fourth as he went through on the brakes into the tight Turn 1 and quickly began to apply the pressure on Rossi for second place.

The Honda rider was all over the rear of the Yamaha but didn't manage to find a way past until lap 17, making his move into Turn 12.

Marquez - who opted for the harder front along with Pedrosa - now led by more than four seconds, with Pedrosa opening gap of a few tenths over Rossi, who was clear of Lorenzo in fourth.

Iannone was on his own in fifth and although Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rider Smith began to eat into the Ducati's cushion, the Italian responded in the closing stages to safeguard his position.

The Italian' team-mate, Andrea Dovizioso, suffered his second fall in three races after going down at Turn 6 on lap 15 while holding eighth place.

With Marquez dictating matters from the front, Pedrosa was unable to completely shrug off Rossi and the Yamaha star was right on the rear wheel of the Honda again six laps from the end.

However, Pedrosa got the hurry up and showed excellent pace to rattle off a succession of consistent fast laps in 1m 21.9s to end Rossi's late attack.

The top six places stabilised in the final few laps, with Marquez easing off to win his sixth race from seven pole starts at the Sachsenring by 2.226 seconds from Pedrosa, who finished the race three seconds ahead of Rossi.

Lorenzo took a solid fourth from Iannone, who completed the race as the top Ducati rider, while Smith was a fine sixth in front of Crutchlow.

Pol Espargaro (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) and Danilo Petrucci (Pramac Ducati) were eighth and ninth respectively, while Aleix Espargaro edged a thrilling tussle with his Ecstar Suzuki team-mate Maverick Vinales for tenth.

Yonny Hernandez, who qualified on row two in fifth, finished 12th followed by the Avintia Ducati of Hector Barbera - the leading Open class rider - and Alvaro Bautista on the Gresini Aprilia.

Jack Miller claimed the final point on the CWM LCR Honda, while Nicky Hayden finished ahead of his Aspar Honda team-mate Eugene Laverty in 16th place.

Michael Laverty, having a one-off ride on the Aprilia as a replacement for Marco Melandri, was 20th.

Scott Redding came off on the opening lap at the final turn, while Mike de Meglio and Hiroshi Aoyama - filling in for Karel Abraham on the AB Motoracing Honda - also crashed out.

German MotoGP:1.Marc Marquez2.Dani Pedrosa3.Valentino Rossi4.Jorge Lorenzo5.Andrea Iannone6.Bradley Smith7.Cal Crutchlow8.Pol Espargaro9.Danilo Petrucci10.Aleix Espargaro11.Maverick Vi?ales12.Yonny Hernandez13.Hector Barbera14.Alvaro Bautista15.Jack Miller16.Nicky Hayden17.Eugene Laverty18.Alex De Angelis19.Loris Baz20.Michael Laverty
Claudio Corti
Andrea Dovizioso
Hiroshi Aoyama
Mike Di Meglio
Scott Redding

 

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