If there was any doubt before the MotoGP race at Brno this weekend that Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez would be a legitimate contender for the championship, the young rookie swiftly dispelled those qualms with a resounding victory on Sunday. After settling in behind fast starter Jorge Lorenzo, who managed to pull an amazing holeshot from the middle of the second row to lead the race, Marquez fended off the advances of teammate Dani Pedrosa before making his move on Lorenzo with seven laps remaining. Lorenzo immediately fought back and regained the position, gamely holding off Marquez until the Honda rider was able to finally make a pass stick four laps from the finish. With his rear tire shagged from the effort of holding off the Repsol Hondas, Lorenzo then was overtaken by Pedrosa on the next lap. Pedrosa was closing the gap to Marquez in the final laps, but came up 0.313 seconds short at the finish.
Valentino Rossi came out on top of a battle with Alvaro Bautista to take fourth, with LCR Honda’s Stefan Bradl coming home a lonely fifth some nine seconds back. Andrea Dovisioso came out on top of the battle of the factory Ducatis over teammate Nicky Hayden this time, while Aleix Espargaro just managed to take 10th over the ever-improving NGM Mobile Forward Racing FTR-framed Kawasaki of Colin Edwards. Pole-sitter Cal Crutchlow crashed out of fourth place on the opening laps, but remounted to finish an eventual 17th place.
Repsol Honda's Marc Marquez...
Repsol Honda's Marc Marquez took his third consecutive victory at Brno to extend his points lead to 26 points.
“I didn’t expect that victory, I expect to struggle,” said Marquez, “especially because here in Brno Dani won last year, he’s always fast here. And also Jorge is very fast here and (the Yamaha team) did the test, so I didn’t expect the victory. In the beginning Jorge push so hard that it was quite difficult for me to follow him, but then I kept (calm) and when I start to feel good I start to push. During the race I enjoyed a lot the battle with Jorge. I think this race is very, very important, but now we enjoy today, and tomorrow we will start thinking about Silverstone.”
Dani Pedrosa tried to catch...
Dani Pedrosa tried to catch his fleeing Repsol Honda teammate but came up 0.313 seconds short at the finish.
Pedrosa was happy to get second place, but knows he has to get a better start to put himself in contention for the win. “I’m happy in general because today we did a good race and I attacked full at the beginning. I just didn’t make a good start today. I lost my chance in the first lap; then when I was in the race in third, I tried to overtake Marc in the beginning but he was very late braking and I just couldn’t get him. So I settled down for most of the race, and then when I wanted to attack again, I see I wasn’t really strong out of the corners and I was losing touch with the two guys in front. I just make a last push so I get back to the rhythm, but Marc was pulling away in front. And then I try to overtake Jorge but it took me again too long. So when I did, Marc was already gone and I tried to pick up in the last few laps but I missed one. I think today we had a good chance, we just couldn’t make it unfortunately.”
Jorge Lorenzo made an incredible...
Jorge Lorenzo made an incredible start to lead the majority of the race, but eventually fell to third in the closing laps.
Lorenzo was obviously disappointed to finish third, but as usual was looking at the positives in order to regroup for the upcoming Silverstone round next weekend. “On one hand, I’m disappointed because I do my best. Like in Indy, I do everything OK, the start, the first lap, the constant pace. But then you push the maximum every corner and you do not win, you end up disappointed. But also for the other part, I feel proud of myself because I’m doing everything the best I can. To be honest, we need something more, no? Maybe in Silverstone, it sounds difficult, but maybe it can happen. I need two-tenths more; I don’t know in which area. Maybe the new gearbox, improving the braking, gaining speed on the straight which is difficult this year, but we need one or two tenths more. Silverstone unfortunately we’ll have the same bike as here.”
MotoGP Brno race results:
1. Marc Marquez (SPA) Honda
2. Dani Pedrosa (SPA) Honda
3. Jorge Lorenzo (SPA) Yamaha
4. Valentino Rossi (ITA) Yamaha
5. Alvaro Bautista (SPA) Honda
6. Stefan Bradl (GER) Honda
7. Andrea Dovisioso (ITA) Ducati
8. Nicky Hayden (USA) Ducati
9. Andrea Iannone (ITA) Ducati
10. Aleix Espargaro (SPA) ART/Aprilia
11. Colin Edwards (USA) FTR/Kawasaki
12. Michele Pirro (ITA) Ducati
13. Danilo Petrucci (ITA) Ioda/BMW
14. Hiroshi Aoyama (JPN) FTR/Kawasaki
15. Randy De Puniet (FRA) ART/Aprilia
16. Yonny Hernandez (COL) ART/Aprilia
17. Cal Crutchlow (GBR) Yamaha
18. Michael Laverty (IRL) ART/Aprilia
19. Karel Abraham (CZE) ART/Aprilia
20. Bryan Staring (AUS) FTR/Honda
21. Martin Bauer (AUT) Suter/BMW
DNF Bradley Smith (GBR) Yamaha
DNF Lukas Pesek (CZE) Ioda/BMW
DNF Claudio Corti (ITA) FTR/Kawasaki
DNF Hector Barbera (SPA) FTR/Kawasaki