It was 581 days since his last victory, but Repsol Honda's Marc Marquez overcame the odds yesterday by winning the German MotoGP round at Sachsenring, Germany. It was indeed an emotional victory for the five-time MotoGP world champion after suffering an injury last year where many have stated it to be a career-ending experience.
The Repsol Honda rider proved his doubters wrong and went on to win his first-ever race since Valencia 2019. It was also a difficult start to the 2021 season for the Spaniard, but this time around at a track where he has been dominating over the past 10 years showcased his raw true talents in the MotoGP premier class.
Miguel Oliveira (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) almost gave Marquez a run for his money, but a drop in tyre grip with three laps remaining concluded with the Portuguese finishing the race in second place. The Catalunya GP race winner also showed that the KTM RC16 is no longer a machine that can win races, but also a contender against the other top manufacturers.
Fabio Quartararo (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) settled for the final podium start after a tough race battling against the likes of Aprilia's Aleix Espargaro and Ducati's Johann Zarco as well as Jack Miller. With Zarco finishing the race in P8, Quartararo further extends his lead in the 2021 championship title chase with a total of 131 points (22 points ahead of Zarco & 31 points ahead of Miller).
The Repsol Honda boys and girls will have a short time to celebrate as the MotoGP grid will be heading to Assen, Netherlands, at the end of the week. After that, a short one-month summer break before racing commences again in Austria, the home of KTM.