Marc Marquez Withdraws from German MotoGP 2023 After 5 Crashes

Marc Marquez
(source : AFP/Karim Jaafar)

Marc Marquez's luck seems to be far from turning around. The Repsol Honda rider has decided to withdraw from the German MotoGP 2023 at the Sachsenring Circuit on Sunday (June 18, 2023).

Marquez suffered a fall during the warm-up session that took place a few hours earlier. This marked his fifth crash at the German MotoGP 2023.

The eight-time world champion sustained a fractured finger bone due to the latest accident. Although he passed the medical tests and was cleared to race, Marquez made the decision to withdraw.

With this choice, Marquez has now failed to complete the last five main races of MotoGP 2023. He becomes the third Honda rider to be absent at Sachsenring, following Joan Mir (Repsol Honda) and Alex Rins (LCR Honda). Marquez's participation in the upcoming race in the Netherlands, next week, now remains uncertain.

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Prior to his withdrawal, Marquez had participated in the MotoGP Germany sprint race, finishing in 11th position.

It was Pramac Ducati rider Jorge Martin who emerged victorious in the race. Ducati Lenovo's Francesco Bagnaia and KTM's Jack Miller accompanied him on the podium.

Jorge Martin's Unchallenged Sprint Race Triumph

Jorge Martin
(source :AFP/Paul Crock)

Miller made a strong start, taking the lead at Turn 1 after starting the race from the third position. However, Bagnaia quickly overtook him.

The two teammates engaged in a fierce duel before Martin suddenly surged ahead. The Spanish rider gradually built a gap over his rivals, at one point reaching a 1.5-second lead over the closest competitor, Bagnaia.

As the race neared its end, Martin's advantage became even more significant. He held a 2.2-second lead with three laps remaining.

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Meanwhile, there were no significant changes in the other positions. However, Sachsenring's reigning king, Marc Marquez, was at risk of relinquishing his throne in the main race the following Sunday. He struggled once again and was thrown out of the top 10.

Results of the MotoGP Germany 2023 Sprint Race

Position - Rider - Nationality - Team (Motorcycle) - Time/Gap

Jorge Martin SPA Pramac Ducati (GP23) 20m 21.871s

Francesco Bagnaia ITA Ducati Lenovo (GP23) +2.468s

Jack Miller AUS Red Bull KTM (RC16) +3.287s

Luca Marini ITA Mooney VR46 Ducati (GP22) +5.487s

Johann Zarco FRA Pramac Ducati (GP23) +5.538s

Brad Binder RSA Red Bull KTM (RC16) +6.289s

Marco Bezzecchi ITA Mooney VR46 Ducati (GP22) +6.956s

Alex Marquez SPA Gresini Ducati (GP22) +9.261s

Aleix Espargaro SPA Aprilia Racing (RS-GP23) +9.691s

Enea Bastianini ITA Ducati Lenovo (GP23) +9.715s

Marc Marquez SPA Repsol Honda (RC213V) +10.828s

Fabio Di Giannantonio ITA Gresini Ducati (GP22) +10.905s

Fabio Quartararo FRA Monster Yamaha (YZR-M1) +11.366s

Augusto Fernandez SPA Tech3 GASGAS (RC16)* +12.593s

Franco Morbidelli ITA Monster Yamaha (YZR-M1) +12.905s

Miguel Oliveira POR RNF Aprilia (RS-GP22) +13.837s

Takaaki Nakagami JPN LCR Honda (RC213V) +14.505s

Raul Fernandez SPA RNF Aprilia (RS-GP22) +28.959s


Maverick Viñales SPA Aprilia Racing (RS-GP23)

Jonas Folger GER Tech3 GASGAS (RC16)

Marc Marquez's recurring crashes at the German MotoGP 2023 have undoubtedly taken a toll on his performance and raised concerns about his future in the sport. Fans and experts eagerly await his recovery and hope to see the return of the formidable champion on the track soon.

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