Moto GP: Marquez claims ninth straight win despite pit lane start

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Sickening, isn’t it? Last year, Marc Marquez won a Moto 2 race after starting from last place on the grid. Today at the Saschenring in Germany, he did a near repeat as he won his ninth – yes, ninth – straight Moto GP race from the pits.

The Spaniard was one of a number of riders to switch from a wet setup to a dry bike following the formation lap, forcing him to start from the pit lane.

However, he managed to fight his way up to tenth place by the end of the first lap before rising to the front of the field alongside Honda teammate Dani Pedrosa.

By lap six, Marquez was leading, but he came under pressure from Pedrosa for the remainder of the race. Ultimately though, the defending Moto GP world champion won out to claim his ninth straight win of the year.

This victory keeps Marquez’s hopes of a perfect season alive at the halfway point. The premier motorcycle series now embarks on its summer break, with the next round taking place on August 10 at Indianapolis for the second and final race to be held in the United States this season.

He’s halfway there, and at this rate, it’s difficult to see Marquez being beaten en route to a perfect season. If he does manage it, the feat would undoubtedly go down as one of the greatest in the history of motorsport.

Ricciardo set to see Dale Jr.’s final Texas ride in two weeks (VIDEO)

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We’ve written before about Daniel Ricciardo’s love of Dale Earnhardt and his love of the No. 3, which Ricciardo has selected as his permanent number for the duration of his Formula 1 career. And additionally, Dale Earnhardt Jr. has offered up the opportunity that one day Ricciardo could race a JR Motorsports car in NASCAR Xfinity Series competition, and Ricciardo has said he’d be up for it.

And although Earnhardt Jr. has only used the No. 3 on a handful of occasions in his career in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, Ricciardo knows how much the number means to the NASCAR veteran as he prepares for his final few starts in the Cup Series the tail-end of this year.

After the Mexican Grand Prix next week, Ricciardo is set to stay in North America for the off-week between the Mexican and Brazilian Grands Prix.

In that break, he said he’ll see Earnhardt Jr. in person at the Cup race at Texas Motor Speedway (Sunday, Nov. 5, 2 p.m. ET, NBCSN) to ensure he gets to see him before he retires from full-time competition.

Ricciardo explained his planning during Thursday’s pre-race edition of the NBC Sports Group original digital series Paddock Pass, speaking to NBCSN’s Will Buxton at the United States Grand Prix at Circuit of The Americas in Austin.

“Well I’ll see him for the first time in Dallas. I’m gonna go to the NASCAR race in two weeks time at Texas Motor Speedway,” Ricciardo told NBCSN.

“Yeah, so, I gotta see him race before he hangs up the helmet.

“The Earnhardt family is a huge name in motorsport, not only in America but all over the world. Yeah I wish him well.”

Ricciardo is also optimistic he’ll get the chance to do a helmet swap with Earnhardt Jr. at the event.

“Hopefully I get to see him perform well in Texas. I’m gonna try to do a helmet swap with him. We’ll see how we go.”

Stay tuned for more on this over the coming weeks.