Márquez fights back to win after bizarre start
13 July 2014 – Marc Márquez claimed victory in Sunday's German Grand Prix at the Sachsenring to extend his 100 per cent record for the season, but he was forced to fight back through the field after a peculiar start.
With a shower making its way across the track shortly before the 30-lap encounter, all riders had expected to start on Bridgestone's wet tyres.
The track surface dried quickly, however, prompting Stefan Bradl – and a handful of tail-end qualifiers – to switch back to slicks before the formation lap began, at the end of which the rest of the pack pitted to change bikes.
This saw Bradl line up at the front of a sparse grid, with a sizeable gap back to 16th-placed Hiroshi Aoyama, while 14 of the 23-strong group battled for position at the end of the pit lane and waited for the green light to switch on and set them free.
Bradl's spell in the lead was to be short-lived, however, with Márquez and Repsol Honda team-mate Dani Pedrosa, 10th and 11th after the first lap, picking off bikes and eating into the LCR rider's advantage.
Márquez made a move on the inside of Turn 13 at the end of Lap 5, with Pedrosa following him through.
Yamaha duo Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi, who enjoyed their own battle, slipped past a few laps later.
There were no further changes to the lead positions as the race progressed, with Márquez comfortably taking a ninth victory from as many events and extending his championship lead over Pedrosa in the process.
Behind the top four, Andrea Iannone finished as the top Ducati rider, with Forward's Aleix Espargaró sixth.
The latter's brother, Pol, completed late passes on factory Ducati team-mates Cal Crutchlow and Andrea Dovizioso to place his Tech 3 machine seventh, while Gresini's Álvaro Bautista completed the top 10.
Bradl's demise continued as the laps ticked down, the German ultimately classifying a lowly 16th.
Tech 3 rider Bradley Smith suffered his fifth fall of the weekend en route to 19th, while fellow Briton Michael Laverty, one of the slick-starters, lost control of his Paul Bird machine at Turn 3 with 12 laps remaining.
MotoGP now enters a summer break and will reconvene at Indianapolis from August 8-10