Martin Completes Perfect Weekend With Win at the German Grand Prix

June 18, 2023Ray Milton

Jorge Martin has solidified his presence in the MotoGP championship contention with a win in both the Sprint and the German Grand Prix this weekend. Martin edged out current championship leader Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati Lenovo) in a down to the wire finish separating the riders by only 0.064 seconds. As reported by Reuters Martin stated, “After almost two years fighting for it, finally it arrived. It was a tough race, Pecco (Bagnaia) was pushing so hard. This is only a first step hopefully, we are getting there and closer.”

Although Bagnaia finished behind Martin in both the sprint race and Grand Prix. Bagnaia still retains a 16 point lead over Martin in the championship. Martin’s teammate Johan Zarco continues the recent success for the Prima Pramac Ducati side with another double podium for the team. Zarco is now within 17 points of third place sitter in the championship, Marco Bezzecchi (Mooney VR46 Racing). With plenty of racing to come the championship race is seemingly wide open as we cross the season midpoint.

The woes continued for Marc Marquez after he suffered his 5th crash on the weekend at Sachsenring. the final crash occurred in turn 7 during warmups and Marquez opted to forgo participating in the Grand Prix after the crash. In a brief interview with DAZN Marquez stated, “After four or five crashes, especially the one this morning, well, I don’t feel ready to race, to do the race. And I decided ‘calm down’… and in Netherlands even more. I don’t feel ready. I have many bumps in my body, especially in my ankle, a fracture [to my hand], I don’t feel ready.”

Full race results and championship standings are below.

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