HOHENSTEIN-ERNSTTHAL, Germany – Nearly 600 days since his last MotoGP victory, Marc Marquez earned an emotional triumph Sunday at the Sachsenring.
Starting in the middle of the second row, Marquez didn’t wait long to reach the top of the scoring pylon. He moved around early leader Aleix Espargaro in turn 13 on the opening circuit and would go on to lead the remainder of the race despite occasionally trading the lead with Espargaro in the laps that followed.
Eventually Marquez was able to pull away from Espargaro, who fell into a battle with Red Bull KTM’s Miguel Oliveira for the runner-up position. Oliveira eventually displaced Espargaro for second and set about trying to chase down Marquez.
It was not to be for Oliveira, who was unable to close the gap to Marquez and fell 1.6 seconds short of the checkered flag.
The victory was Marquez’s 57th in MotoGP competition and his eighth-straight at the Sachsenring. It was also his first victory since taking a win in Valencia, Spain, in 2019. He sat out the 2020 season due to injury.
“It is a difficult situation in my career. Today helps a lot and is like extra fuel,” said Marquez. “This victory will be extra motivation for me, for Honda and for all the team. This is the first time that I have ridden with less physical limitation. I want to say thanks to all the people.”
Fabio Quartararo finished third, followed by Brad Binder and Francesco Bagnaia.