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.