Marc Marquez claimed his second win of the 2015 MotoGP season at the Sachsenring in Germany on Sunday to reignite his hopes of a third world championship.
The two-time champion dropped to second place behind Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo in the opening stages of the race after starting from pole position, but recovering the lead on lap four.
From there, Marquez didn’t look back, leading the rest of the race en route to his sixth successive German Grand Prix victory from pole position.
After a troublesome start to his 2015 season, Marquez has now cut the gap to standings leader Valentino Rossi to 65 points with nine rounds remaining.
The Spaniard felt delighted to have scored his first win in seven races – his longest drought in MotoGP – after topping every single session across the course of the weekend.
“From the beginning I felt good and when I had the gap I just tried to manage it,” Marquez said. “I’m happy because this weekend we’ve been always first and it has been a long time since I had that.
“It’s a good result to go on holidays with, but I want to keep getting better.”
Marquez was followed across the line by Honda teammate Dani Pedrosa, marking the Spaniard’s best result of the season so far. Rossi completed the podium for Yamaha in third.
Despite leading early on, Lorenzo faded as the race wore on to eventually finish in fourth ahead of Andrea Iannone and Bradley Smith. American rider Nicky Hayden finished just outside of the points in 16th place.
MotoGP now takes a one month break before the Indianapolis Grand Prix, which will be the final American round of the 2015 season.