Honda and Marc Marquez grab another victory with a stunning style in a difficult German Grand Prix, Honda’s early pit-stop decision perfectly gifted seventh successive race victory in Germany.
The race got underway on a very damp condition and one rider short as Stefan Bradl was declared unfit due to a concussion sustained in a warm-up fall.
Valentino Rossi was lead the opening turns, pole sitter Marquez was running in fifth place before a trip across the gravel at Turn 8 dropped him to eighth.
Andrea Dovizioso immidiatly takes the leader spot from Rossi, and the dry line emerged during the first half.
Marquez was the first of the championship contenders into the pits, swapping to front and rear slicks. He exited the pits in 14th place, one position ahead of Iannone.
With Marquez showing great pace, and his rivals’ wet tyres all but falling apart, one by one those outside the top-five pitted. However, even though he was given the “box” message, Rossi refused to come in.
The Spaniard raced to the top podium, his seventh at the Sachsenring circuit, by 9.8seconds ahead of Crutchlow while Dovizioso completed the podium.
Scott Redding was fourth across the line ahead of Iannone and Dani Pedrosa. Rossi was a disappointing eighth while his team-mate Jorge Lorenzo scored just a single point in 15th place.