Although hopes of a first top-three podium finish were dashed again, the Mahindra pit was all smiles, after the two riders – circulating in close company until the end – showed speed and reliability, and moved Mahindra tantalisingly close to second in the constructors championship, just three points away.

The first race of the day at the short and tortuous 3.67-km circuit outside Chemnitz took place in dry conditions, and was a typical Moto3 thriller from start to finish. 

Marquez wins
Spain’s Marc Marquez earned his second win of the season with victory at the German MotoGP here yesterday followed by Britain’s Cal Crutchlow and Valentino Rossi.