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Marquez’s lifeguard

"The drivers are more motivated to win than Márquez"

“Luckily the next one is Sachsenring. Let’s see if we do better there”, commented Marc Márquez before leaving the Mugello paddock last Sunday, where he suffered his third crash of the season in the race, as many as he has run on Sunday this year. And it is that the Repsol Honda has its talisman stage on the German track, the only one in which he has won whenever he has raced in MotoGP since he landed in the premier class in 2013. And to that he adds another three victories, two in Moto2 (2012 and 2011) and one in 125cc (2010).

The only times that the eight-time champion has not won in Germany was in 2020 and 2022, the only times he did not run. The first of them was absent due to being on leave due to a fractured humerus suffered in the first appointment of the year. And the second, for being still convalescing from the fourth operation that she had to undergo for the aforementioned injury, which in this case was to correct the deviation of the humerus, which had it twisted by 33%. Even so, in that delicate state, the ilerdense was able to win in 2021 on the twisty German track, the first of his three victories since he was so seriously injured after the pandemic. One of the reasons for his success there is that he turns to the left, the way he likes it.

With that track record on that track, and despite the infamous Honda he’s riding at the moment, because not even the Kalex chassis has improved it all it needs, anyone dares not count on the greatest of the Márquez for victory this weekend. week. It is true that The driver to beat has to be Francesco Bagnaia, who has just had the perfect weekend at the Italian GP (pole position, sprint victory and victory in the feature race), but I’m sure even he favors Marc when he I asked him about it this Thursday afternoon at the press conference with which the German GP will start.

Pecco’s boss, Davide Tardozzi, made some interesting statements to AS before leaving Italy in which, in his view, Marc was not doing Honda any favors by taking it to second place on the grid, because it was hiding the ills of his motorcycle and because to do it he was forced to look for wheels, something that he understands that he can do by regulation, but that he believes that a champion like him should not do. The debate is open and it will still give a lot to talk about, sure…

Beyond what Márquez does, It will be necessary to see if at the Sachsenring he can stand up to the Ducatis, which are the motorcycles of the moment, and if Jorge Martín will be able to continue climbing positions in the general. The man from Prima Pramac is already third, just three points behind third, Marco Bezzecchi, who is 21 points behind his friend Bagnaia, with which he Martinator he is 24 off the lead.

The one who will be able to run at home, and it is something he did not expect, is Jonas Folger, again as a substitute for a Pol Espargaró who the doctors continue to ask for a little more time for his comeback. The one who is also low, as in the races in Italy, is Mir, still with problems in one hand after his fall on Friday in Mugello. And Rins, who was seriously injured in the Mugello sprint, with a fractured tibia and fibula, so he is not expected to be in action until the August appointments.

the other categories

In the other categories there will be a chance of a Spanish victory again, because it already happened last Sunday in Mugello and several of our team look very engaged. Daniel Holgado has just won two consecutive races and leads Moto3 with a 35-point advantage over Jaume Masiá and 41 over Iván Ortolá. And as for Moto2, Pedro Acosta achieved victory with solvency in Italy, but the leader, Tony Arbolino, was second, displaying once again this season an extraordinary regularity that keeps him the leader, with 20 rental points over the Shark of Mazarrón.

The Italian is a tough enemy, the same one who will also want to cut points Alonso López, with the permission of the Commissioners and if they leave him alone, not like in Mugello, where they attacked him, and Arón Canet, who took pole position last Saturday , but then he couldn’t give his best because he had a badly touched hand.

And MotoE will once again share the track with combustion motorcycles, because Sachsenring, the scene where they premiered in 2019, when it was still the World Cup, is the third date on the calendar and in each of them two races were held. Those at Mugello were won by Mantovani and Granado, with Torres retaining his provisional lead after finishing ninth and fifth. the fox from Openbank Aspar has only two points ahead of Ferrari, who made the podium in the two races last Saturday.

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