AFP7 July 2024 | 13:18

Bagnaia capitalises on late Martin crash to win German MotoGP

Martin appeared to have the race wrapped up but made a mistake and fell at turn one on the penultimate lap to hand the win to the double world champion.

Bagnaia capitalises on late Martin crash to win German MotoGP

Ducati Lenovo Team's Italian rider Francesco Bagnaia (L) races during the German Motorcycle Grand Prix at the Sachsenring racetrack in Hohenstein-Ernstthal, eastern Germany, on 7 July 2024. Picture: Radek Mica / AFP

SACHSENRING, Germany - Francesco Bagnaia capitalised on Jorge Martin's late crash to win the German MotoGP on Sunday and take control of the world championship.

Martin appeared to have the race wrapped up but made a mistake and fell at turn one on the penultimate lap to hand the win to the double world champion.

Marc Marquez, who will be Bagnaia's teammate next season on the factory Ducati, took second, with Alex Marquez, his younger brother, completing the podium.

Martin's dramatic departure from the Sachsenring stage gifted not only the race victory to Bagnaia but also the riders' standings.

Bagnaia heads into MotoGP's summer break 10 points clear of Martin.