Ahead of race day rain had been predicted, it arrived and played a part in all of the German Grand Prix races at the Sachsenring. Here’s what happened in Moto3 and Moto2.
In Moto3 the riders who tend to go better in the wet soon found their way to the front, with Khairul Idham Pawi treating us to another display as good as his Argentina wet win and needing just four laps to hit the front after qualifying down in 20th.
The Honda Team Asia teenager wasn’t without a wobble along the way in the tricky conditions but his confidence in the wet and huge time advantage saw him the clear winner after seeing off early rivals including team-mate Hiroki Ono.
Andrea Locatelli was the next rider to find the chequered flag, his best race result so far and his first podium finish with Leopard on the KTM.
The final podium spot went to pole man Enea Bastianini after a brave fight through the group and then a break clear on the Gresini Honda secured him a rostrum finish.
Jakub Kornfeil once again performed well in the wet to be the best of the rest for Drive M7 SIC, his best result of the season. He too pulled clear of the battle for fifth as Gresini’s Fabio Di Giananntonio battled on track with John McPhee. The Gresini rider won at the line, but the Briton still posted the best result yet for Peugeot since their return, and his best result of the year.
The next battle down the track involved the title rivals Jorge Navarro and Brad Binder, the Estrella Galicia man won out on track, but Red Bull KTM Ajo rider Binder holds the advantage, dropping just one point of his advantage by being right behind in eighth.
Jules Danilo finished ninth for Ongetta-Rivacold and Assen winner Francesco Bagnaia (Aspar Mahindra) completed the top ten.
The rest of the points paces were filled by Tatsuki Suzuki (CIP) in 12th, Bo Bendsneyder (Red Bull KTM Ajo), who lead a grand prix for the first time, in 13th, Livio Loi (RW Racing) in 14th and Aron Canet (Estrella Galicia) in 15th.
Romano Fenati was the only Sky Racing time rider to finish in a conservative 18th, just fending off wild-card Max Kappler in 19th. Fellow wild-card Tim Georgi secured 21st on his debut.
Danny Webb finished 22nd, but well ahead of the final man on track Fabio Quartararo who had severe bike issues causing him to be lapped by leader Pawi in 23rd.
Moto2 was also a wet affair with only 15 riders finishing and it was reigning champion Johann Zarco who put in a performance worthy of another title as his closest rivals crashed out of contention.
The Ajo Motorsport man did not have it all his own way and race rival Jonas Folger mounted a late challenge for a home win on the final corners.
The Frenchman timed his final surge to the line to perfection to hold off the Dynavolt man who was a clear second after Alex Rins, who had looked to have settled for third, fell late in the race, giving Zarco a 25 point advantage, with Sam Lowes among the riders who fell twice over the course of the race.
The final spot on the podium instead went to an overcome and teary Julian Simon for Speed Up. It was the Spanish riders first rostrum appearance since 2012. The Spaniard also rode with a foot injury and was initially speechless at his achievement.
The experienced Mattia Pasini also flew in the wet claiming fourth for Italtrans. Fifth went to Lorenzo Baldassarri – originally thought not to racing due to injury, but instead powering through the pain while picking up places as others fell.
His team-mate Luca Marini was just one place behind in sixth for Forward, the top rookie.
Hafizh Syahrin once again looked good in the wet on his way to seventh for Petronas Raceline Malaysia, ahead of Jesko Raffin, who secured his best finish to date for SAG Team.
Ninth went to Tech 3 rider Isaac Vinales, while an injured Dominique Aegerter completed the top ten for Interwetten.
Taka Nakagami picked up points despite crashing out of the lead in eleventh for Idemitsu while Remy Gardner was back in the points with Tasca Racing in an impressive twelfth.
The remaining points went to the few remaining finishers – Robin Mulhauser (CarXpert Interwetten) in 13th, Edgar Pons (Paginas Amarillas HP 40) in 14th and Sandro Cortese (Dynavolt Intact GP) who remounted for 15th.
For the full Moto3 result click here.
For the full Moto2 result click here.