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Marc Marquez keeps perfect record intact with German win

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Defending Moto GP World Champion Marc Marquez continued his stunning form with a ninth consecutive race win of the season at the Sachsenring in Germany on Sunday, despite starting from the pit-lane.

Marquez finished two seconds clear of Honda team-mate Dani Pedrosa, with Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo coming home third, 10-seconds further adrift, to give Spain a clean sweep of the podium.

Records

The 21-year old Honda rider has not only left the challenge of his rivals in a pile of rubber this season, he is also smashing every record along the way, with another in site.

Victory in the Indianapolis Grand Prix in three weeks time, a race he won last year, will see the Spanish superstar draw level with Giacomo Agostini as the only rider to win the first ten races of the season, a feat the legendary Italian achieved in 1970.

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Giacomo Agostini is widely regarded as the greatest Motorcycle racer of all time with 15-world titles, eight of them coming in the premier class with an incredible 122 wins in 186 starts, as opposed to Valentino Rossi's 106 wins and 9 world championships.

Marquez at just 21-years of age has already stood on top of the podium on 15 occasions in just 27 starts in the Premier class, with a further 26 wins to his name at 125cc and Moto 2, a phenomenal record for such a young man.

Pit-lane start

The race began in bizarre fashion with Stefan Bradl and a handful of back-markers, the only riders starting from the grid. The rest decided to head to the pits and change their tyres into slicks, after an earlier shower forced the hand of most of the teams to put on wet tyres.

Bradl led the way in what looked a strange site with the rest of the pack chasing after starting the race from the pitlane, however normal service for the Honda duo resumed as they reeled in Bradl within the first six laps, tearing through the filed in a display that resembles the current dominance of Mercedes in Formula 1.

Pedrosa tried everything to keep pace with Marquez, but it seems like the World Champion has that little bit extra he can turn to when required.

Ride on board with Marquez

Yamaha no answer

Yamaha duo, Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi had no answer to the power of the Honda's, finishing a distant third and fourth respectively.

During Saturday's qualifying, Marquez smashed the circuit record on his way to a seventh pole of the season, despite a major accident during practice.

Marquez has a maximum 225 points from the first nine races. Team-mate Dani Pedros lies second in the Championship on 148, followed by Valentino Rossi on 141.

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Marc Marquez
MotoGP
Dani Pedrosa
Valentino Rossi
Jorge Lorenzo

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