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Marquez seals first win since injury comeback

Six-time MotoGP champion Marc Marquez held off KTM’s Miguel Oliveira to complete a thrilling comeback win at the German Grand Prix yesterday, taking the checkered flag for the first time since a career-threatening right-arm injury last year.

Despite being unbeaten at the Sachsenring in his previous 10 appearances, Repsol Honda rider Marquez said on Saturday he could not think about extending that run after crashing out of the previous three rounds this season. But with the circuit’s quirky layout featuring 10 left corners and only three right, Marquez appeared to suffer less with his right arm and shoulder as he quickly moved from his fifth place on the grid to take the lead on the opening lap and then completed his fairytale comeback victory, 581 days after he last took the checkered flag at the Valencia GP in 2019. The victory brings a sense of relief for Marquez, who fractured his right humerus in the 2020 season-opening Spanish GP in Jerez last July. He did not race again all year, making his comeback only at Portuguese GP in April, the third race of the 2021 season. Portugal’s Oliveira secured his third-straight podium of the season, ahead of Yamaha’s Fabio Quartararo of France, who moved 22 points clear in the championship race.


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