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MotoGP World Championship – Grand Prix of Germany03.07.2017

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Morbidelli Mastermind

By chalking up his sixth win of the season in Germany, Franco Morbidelli has taken the lead again in the overall standings as the Moto2 world championship swings into its second half.

The Races

Qualified in pole position, Morbidelli again scored 20 out of 20 when he finished the ninth race of the season organized on the Sachsenring circuit. Leaving Lüthi and Marquez to lead for the first two laps, the Italian took control of the race when he wanted to. From then on, all he had to do was hold off Oliveira who came up hard on his heels a few laps from the finish.

Miguel overtook me in the last before lap but I managed to immediately overtake him again and keep him behind me for the last lap. It was a great win because I was having difficulty with my tyres early on in the race, and the bike was difficult to ride.

Franco Morbidelli

Leader of the pack for two laps, Alex Marquez unfortunately fell, shortly after his teammate overtook him. In MotoGP, Jack Miller and Tito Rabat suffered grip problems with their rear tyres and couldn’t race at the pace they had both shown during the practice test sessions. Miller was able to snatch the point for fifteenth place by overtaking Smith at the end of the race while Rabat had to settle for eighteenth place under the chequered flag. In Moto3, Kornfeil and Pulkkinen finished respectively seventeenth and twenty-second.

The Championship

With now six wins under his belt, Morbidelli has passed the mid-season milestone thirty-seven points ahead of Tom Lüthi, victim of a fall in Germany. Marquez has dropped to fourth place overall, with a fifty-point lag behind his team-mate. Miller also lost a place in the MotoGP standings. The Australian is in twelfth position, three points behind Alvaro Bautista. Rabat remains in seventeenth place, five points behind Iannone. In Moto3, Kornfeil has finished the first half of the championship in twenty-fourth position.

The Background

With Franco Morbidelli’s scheduled change up to MotoGP, Michael Bartholemy had to prepare for the future. That is now done. Before young Joan Mir attracted too much attention, the boss of the Marc VDS team has taken him on. At 19 years of age, the leader of the Moto3 world championship has signed up for two seasons with the Belgian team, in which he will take over from the current leader in the Moto2 category. Joan Mir will team up with Alex Marquez, who thus becomes the spearhead for the Marc VDS team.

We’ll have a rider contending for the title and another whose task will be to learn to learn how to race in Moto2; given what he did last year in Moto3 and what he’s doing today, Joan has everything he needs to become a great rider in the intermediate category. As for Alex, he has demonstrated this year that we did well to trust him at a time when only Emilio Alzamora and I believed in him. I love his approach to the race and I’m convinced that next year he’ll be a serious contender for the title.

Michael Bartholemy
Team Marc VDS

And keep the Marc VDS team leaders of the pack.

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03.07.2017

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