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Marquez continues record-breaking run in Czech Republic

Marc Marquez won today’s Czech Republic Grand Prix at Brno to become the first premier-class rider to claim five wins in a rookie season as the Repsol Honda rider’s amazing run of results continues unabated.

 

Starting third on the grid, Marquez was engaged in a three-way dogfight for the lead with teammate Dani Pedrosa and Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jorge Lorenzo, with Marquez setting a new Circuit Record Lap time of 1’56.135 on lap three in his efforts to push to the front of the pack. Marquez managed the race-winning overtake on Lorenzo on lap nineteen and despite late pressure from Pedrosa, crossed the finish line 0.313 seconds ahead of his teammate with Lorenzo taking third a further 1.9 seconds behind. Power Electronics Aspar’s Aleix Espargaro emerged victorious from a battle with NGM Mobile Forward Racing’s Colin Edwards to claim top CRT honours, the Spanish rider finishing in tenth place just one second ahead of the American.

 

Today’s weather conditions were cool and overcast with a peak track temperature of 24°C – ten degrees cooler than in qualifying yesterday. Drops of rain fell during the race, raising the possibility of a flag-to-flag race but ultimately the rain didn’t affect the outcome of the event and the overall race time was the fastest ever recorded at the Brno circuit. The cool conditions resulted in all riders selecting the softer option rear slicks, while three riders also opted for the soft compound front slick with the other twenty-two riders on the hard compound front. Tyre degradation during the race was consistent, with the lap times among the leading pack dropping around half a second from the beginning to the end of the twenty-two lap contest.

 

By virtue of winning his fifth race of the year, Marquez extends his lead in the MotoGP championship to twenty-six points over teammate Pedrosa. Lorenzo keeps third place in the standings and sits forty-four points off the lead.

 

Shinji Aoki – Manager, Bridgestone Motorsport Tyre Development Department

“Brno once again gave us an exciting race and it seems there is no stopping Marc at the moment, so congratulations to him and Repsol Honda on another amazing performance today. Temperatures were slightly cooler today so no riders decided to use the harder rear slick for the race and the cool weather also prompted some riders to choose the soft compound front slick, although the majority raced with the harder front. For the second race in a row we had new Circuit Best Lap and Circuit Record Lap times being set in qualifying and the race so I am very pleased with how our tyres performed this weekend.”

 

Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda – Race Winner

“Today I enjoyed the race a lot, both because of the victory and also the battle with Jorge and Dani. I didn’t expect a victory here, maybe just a podium, as Yamaha are so strong here and Dani won the race last year. I’m so happy to get the twenty-five points and the win and I’m now looking forward to the next race.”

 

Czech Republic MotoGP Top 10 Race Classification

Pos

Rider

Team

Race Time

Gap

Front spec

Rear spec

Tyres

1

Marc MARQUEZ

Repsol Honda Team

42'50.729

 

Hard

Medium

Bridgestone

2

Dani PEDROSA

Repsol Honda Team

42'51.042

0.313

Hard

Medium

Bridgestone

3

Jorge LORENZO

Yamaha Factory Racing

42'53.006

2.277

Hard

Medium

Bridgestone

4

Valentino ROSSI

Yamaha Factory Racing

43'00.830

10.101

Hard

Medium

Bridgestone

5

Alvaro BAUTISTA

GO&FUN Honda Gresini

43'00.907

10.178

Hard

Medium

Bridgestone

6

Stefan BRADL

LCR Honda MotoGP

43'10.536

19.807

Hard

Medium

Bridgestone

7

Andrea DOVIZIOSO

Ducati Team

43'25.744

35.015

Hard

Medium

Bridgestone

8

Nicky HAYDEN

Ducati Team

43'26.083

35.354

Soft

Medium

Bridgestone

9

Andrea IANNONE

Energy TI Pramac Racing

43'41.878

51.149

Hard

Medium

Bridgestone

10

Aleix ESPARGARO

Power Electronics Aspar

43'47.121

56.392

Hard

Soft

Bridgestone

 

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