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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 MarquezESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V)40m 59.525s2.Jonas FolgerGER Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1)*41m 2.835s3.Dani PedrosaESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V)41m 11.071s4.Maverick Vi?alesESP Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1)41m 13.778s5.Valentino RossiITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1)41m 14.505s6.Alvaro BautistaESP Pull&Bear Aspar Team (Desmosedici GP16)41m 16.059s7.Aleix EspargaroESP Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP)41m 19.261s8.Andrea DoviziosoITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP17)41m 19.713s9.Johann ZarcoFRA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1)*41m 20.663s10.Cal CrutchlowGBR LCR Honda (RC213V)41m 23.735s11.Jorge LorenzoESP Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP17)41m 25.184s12.Danilo PetrucciITA Octo Pramac Racing (Desmosedici GP17)41m 31.065s13.Pol EspargaroESP Red Bull KTM Factory Racing (RC16)41m 31.704s14.Bradley SmithGBR Red Bull KTM Factory Racing (RC16)41m 35.978s15.Jack MillerAUS Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V)41m 37.296s16.Mika KallioFIN Red Bull KTM Factory Racing (RC16)41m 37.377s17.Karel AbrahamCZE Pull&Bear Aspar Team (Desmosedici GP15)41m 38.848s18.Tito RabatESP Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V)41m 40.715s19.Loris BazFRA Reale Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP15)41m 59.375s20.Scott ReddingGBR Octo Pramac Racing (Desmosedici GP16)42m 1.189s21.Alex RinsESP Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)*42m 1.220s
Andrea IannoneITA Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)DNF
Sam LowesGBR Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP)*DNF
Hector BarberaESP Reale Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP16)DSQ

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

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By Peter McLaren

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