For the first 16 laps of today's German GP, it's quite likely Marc Marquez would've thought... 'Sixth place from here wouldn't be so bad, hmm?'.For six years straight, Marquez has dominated at the Sachsenring. Each year he has come here for a race in those six years, he has taken pole position every single time, and gone on to win every single time. Yesterday, Marquez secured pole. At a venue where the last non-Honda win came in 2009, it seemed highly unlikely that streak would be ended today. Jorge Lorenzo, Marquez's biggest threat this year, was having the worst race weekend in recent memory, crashing over and over again, and Valentino Rossi was struggling as well. The path to a seventh successive win at the Sachsenring seemed clear.And then it rained.It rained and rained and rained some more. Marquez took a heavy tumble in the morning warm-up session, and when the race began, it soon became clear that MM93 would struggle to get a spot on the podium, forget win the race outright.'At a certain point today, I thought my run at this circuit was going to come to an end', said Marc at the end of the race.And rightly so. On Lap 11, Marquez was trailing eight riders\: Jack Miller, Cal Crutchlow and Scott Redding were ahead of him. The race had started off in wet conditions, and the rain-loving Independent team riders were out in full force, making the most of the opportunity. Danilo Petrucci was on fire, leading the race for six laps, and then his bike was on fire when he rejoined the race after crashing out. Miller, after his shock win in the Netherlands, was seemingly delighted with similar conditions here as well.There was no rain during the race, though. Slowly, a dry line formed around the track, and it became clear that the super-soft wet weather tyres wouldn't last long on a surface with little moisture. Changing bikes would be a gamble, for the rain could return at any point. But Marquez had nothing to lose\: he was running in ninth on Lap 17 when he became the second rider to pit, switching to the bike with slick tyres front and back.This was also when Andrea Dovizioso's and Rossi's mechanics asked them to come into the pits and hop onto their intermediate bikes. They ignored the message, and kept going till Lap 23, the left shoulder of their tyres shot to bits. In those six laps, Marquez had clawed his way up from 14th place to sixth, lapping more than seven seconds quicker than any other rider on track. So when the lead group finally pitted, Marquez went straight to P2. Jack Miller rolled the dice and chose to stay out for longer, but Marquez passed him like he was standing still.The tyre call had made all the difference. And as much as it was a strategic masterstroke by Marquez's crew, in the world of MotoGP, it is the rider who takes the call. You have to give credit to Marquez for his quick thinking and superb understanding of the conditions.'It's always very difficult to decide when to change bikes, and perhaps we made our switch very early - I think I was the second rider to do so - but I decided to take a chance and it went well', said the man who heads into the mid-season break with a clear advantage in the championship.Lorenzo's weekend went from bad to worse, as he finished 15th to pick up a single point, and Rossi could only salvage eighth, behind Dani Pedrosa and Jack Miller. Cal Crutchlow took his first podium finish in like, forever, and Andrea Dovizioso pushed Scott Redding off the final podium place.48 points in arrears, is Lorenzo, and The Doctor is 59 points away from Marquez. One thing is clear at half-time\: Marquez has regained his touch, and it's the Yamaha men who will now have to figure out a way to get back in this. The nearly-month-long break should give them enough time to redo their plans.Red Bull Ring, Austria, in August. See you then.