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Spain's Honda rider Marc Marquez celebrates with a track marshal after winning the German Grand Prix on Sunday. - EPA
SACHSENRING (AFP): There is no stopping Spaniard Marc Marquez who won his ninth consecutive race of the season at the German Motorcycle Grand Prix on Sunday.
The Honda rider dominated the race to finish ahead of team-mate and compatriot Dani Pedrosa with Jorge Lorenzo on a Yamaha in third.
The win gives Marquez a perfect total of 225 points with Pedrosa taking sole possession of second, a massive 77 points back. Italian Valentino Rossi, who finished fourth, is in third overall, another seven points back.
With the victory, Marquez also becomes the youngest rider to win nine races in a row, breaking the 1984 record held previously by the late Englishman Mike Hailwood.
The race, which was threatened by rain caused a farcical start to the proceedings, as a group of some 14 riders got caught trying to change tyres at the last minute and had to wait in the pit-lane until the bikes already on the grid in dry tyres had gone past.
"It was tough and when I saw (Stefan) Bradl changing tyres at the beginning I thought that was the right choice because there was only one corner that was completely wet so I went in," said the defending champion Marquez, who was one of the riders to get caught out.
"It is marvellous this run I am on, scarcely believable. Everyone went in (to change tyres) and my main rivals are Dani (Pedrosa) and Valentino (Rossi) so when I saw them go in, I followed but it worked out ok." continued Marquez
The race began with only nine riders in their allocated qualifying positions as the guessing game to judge the right tyres caused chaos and a mad dash to change to the drying conditions.
Bradl, the 2011 Moto2 world champion, took advantage to lead for the opening stages before Marquez glided past the German with 24 laps to go.
It then came down to a straight battle between Marquez and Pedrosa with Lorenzo well back in third and Rossi also cut adrift back in fourth place.
Pedrosa applied what pressure he could on his team-mate but Marquez rode with supreme confidence and continued to set the fastest laps of the race as he accelerated further and further into the distance.
"We were comfortable in front, myself and Marc, and we held them off easily," said Pedrosa.
"He had about half a second on me and I couldn't catch him but I had a good race, I'm happy and my team did a really good job," added Pedrosa.
There are nine races to go in the 2014 season with the next round set for Indianapolis on August 10.
Earlier, Swiss rider Dominique Aegerter rode his Suter to victory in the Moto2 category with Finland's Mika Kallio a close second on a Kalex and teammate Simone Corsi of Italy claiming third spot.
Championship leader Esteve Rabat took fourth spot on his Kalex as Kallio, who came into the weekend just 26 points behind the Spaniard, made up ground in the overall standings.
It was the first career win for the 23-year-old Aegerter who finished second earlier in the campaign in Spain and third in the United States.
Finally, Jack Miller of Australia on a KTM won the Moto3 race at the Hohenstein-Ernstthal circuit.
Miller, who started from pole position, took the chequered flag ahead of South African Brad Binder on a Mahindra and Frenchman Alexis Masbou on a Honda.
It was a fourth win of the year for the Australian who moved further clear of Italian team-mate Romano Fenati in the Moto3 overall standings.
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