Defending champion Marc Marquez is hoping to finish the last half of the 2017 MotoGP season strong and claim a third riders' championship title.

The Spaniard was superb around the Sachsenring on Sunday, grabbing all 25 points on offer in his second win of the season.

The victory takes him to the top of a tight title race, where just 26 points separate five riders.

"In Assen it was another target, to try to finish on the podium, and maybe in Assen to take more risks we were able to fight for the victory, but there was too much risk," the 25-year-old told crash.net.

"Here the target was to try and win; we know that we will arrive in Brno, we have a test there, so we will try to stay again on the podium.

"We know that in Austria maybe we will struggle more, but the championship is very long and also there can be rain conditions, but we are also very fast this year and we are feeling good and this is important.

"The most important for me is that in all conditions, we are always there and the level never drops a lot, so this is the most important and it is nice to go into the holidays leading the championship: it is only five points, but it is better to be five points in front than five behind."