Marquez Increases Points Lead At German GP; Rossi & Lorenzo Disappointed

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Marc Marquez began the race from pole position and was considered among the favourites to win. The 2016 German GP was filled with drama as the race began in tricky and wet conditions. All riders began the race on full wet tyres and made their way carefully around the wet track.

Rossi, Dovizioso, Petrucci, and Miller proved that they thrive in wet conditions. All four riders formed the leading pack and were setting fastest laps amongst each other. Unfortunately, the Sachsenring circuit began to form dry lines and the track eventually started drying out.

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This was the moment when riders would have to choose whether or not to change tyres. With a drying track, it was clear that to be safe, riders would choose intermediate tyres, while those who had nothing to lose would opt for slicks.

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The leading pack did not swap bikes early and that would come to haunt them later on. Marquez surprisingly put on the Michelin slick tyres. A gamble that paid off in the end, as the dry lines were adequate in setting fast lap times. Marquez easily found himself in front and won the 2016 German GP by a country mile.

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Valentino Rossi was hugely disappointed as he wasted another opportunity in closing the points gap. Marquez now sits comfortably with 170 points, which is 48 points ahead of Lorenzo and 59 points ahead of Rossi. The point deficit for both Yamaha riders is going to be tough to claw back.

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Story first published: Monday, July 18, 2016, 9:25 [IST]
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