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Marquez wins German GP for ninth straight victory

Monday, July 14, 2014    

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HOHENSTEIN-ERNSTTHAL, Germany (AP) — Marc Marquez won the German Grand Prix at the Sachsenring for the fifth time in as many visits to make it nine victories from as many races in his MotoGP title defence yesterday.

Marquez, at 21, is the youngest rider to win nine consecutive races.

The Spaniard finished comfortably ahead of compatriots Dani Pedrosa and Jorge Lorenzo. Valentino Rossi of Movistar Yamaha MotoGP was fourth.

The start of the race was disrupted by rain, and the podium finishers started from the pit lane after switching from a wet set-up to dry.

Home favourite Stefan Bradl led the early laps but his bike was not set up for the drying conditions and the German rider finished a disappointing 16th.

Marquez, who had claimed pole position, cut through the pack before pulling clear with Repsol Honda teammate Pedrosa, who ultimately finished 1.466 seconds behind. Lorenzo was 10.317 seconds off the winning time.

Marquez stretched his lead in the standings to 225 points, ahead of Pedrosa on 148 and Rossi on 141.

In Moto2, Swiss rider Dominique Aegerter of Technomag carXpert got the better of Finland's Mika Kallio (Marc VDS Racing Team) on the final lap for his first career victory. Italian Simone Corsi of NGM Forward Racing was third.

In Moto3, Australia's Jack Miller won to extend his lead in the standings with 142 points, ahead of 18-year-old Alex Marquez, Marc 's younger brother, on 123.

Brad Binder of South Africa was second, followed by Alexis Masbou of France, with the younger Marquez in fourth.

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