Marc Marquez took a back-to-back victory at Brno today in challenging mixed conditions, his third this year and the 58th in his career, extending his championship lead to 14 points over his closest follower.

It was the fifth flag-to-flag race that Marc has perfectly mastered thanks to a mix of tactics, determination, and teamwork (Assen 2014, Misano 2015, Argentina and Sachsenring 2016, Brno 2017). On this occasion the Spaniard found himself struggling soon after the lights went off, having fit a soft rain rear tyre that he wasn’t at ease with on a drying track. He therefore decided to change bikes quite soon and entered the pit on lap two, where his team was ready with his second bike fitted with slick tyres. That allowed him to pull a great gap on his opponents, which he managed until the chequered flag.

To complete the excellent day of the Repsol Honda Team, Dani Pedrosa achieved a strong second place, bringing his career podium tally to 150 (and his MotoGP podium tally to 109, one more than Jorge Lorenzo). Dani switched to his second bike on lap four and re-entered the race in eighth position. He immediately started riding at a very fast pace, fighting his way forward to second and setting the fastest lap of the race along the way.

Marc and Dani were happy to have been able to honour the “Maestro” Angel Nieto, 12+1 World Champion, with their great performance. Nieto passed away on Thursday.

Tomorrow the Repsol Honda Team will remain at Brno for a one-day test before heading to the Red Bull Ring for the next Sunday’s Austrian GP.

Marc Marquez

1st

“This was a very special Sunday because everyone was racing for Angel Nieto, but it was also a very challenging race. On the grid, I took the risk to use the soft rear tyre because I thought it would give me extra grip for five laps before pitting to change bikes, but it didn’t go like that. I soon started to struggle a lot and lost many positions. When I saw that, I decided to immediately get in and take the risk of the slicks. When I re-joined the race, honestly it was still too damp in some parts and I nearly crashed during the first lap out. When you go out for the flag-to-flag, it’s so difficult to get the feeling with the bike again, but I tried to quickly understand the grip. Honestly, today I took some risks but it was one of those days when you just have to do it. After pulling a great gap, I just tried to manage, to ride well, and to finish the race. I’m really very happy with the result. It’s a track I normally struggle at, one I worry about every year, and getting 25 points was very important. Thanks to the team for another great job! We did the correct strategy during the summer break, coming here to test, and we arrived here prepared. We’re improving step by step. The Championship is still very, very tight; we must be able to be fast in every condition.”

Dani Pedrosa

2nd

“This weekend we were competitive in all situations, yesterday in qualifying and today, with this podium. I’m really very happy with the performances and with how I felt on the bike. I’m generally feeling stronger than in the first part of the season. We must improve some details—today it was knowing the right lap to stop on, but we’ll learn from it. Normally, when it’s still a bit wet and you have to switch to slicks you must be super focused and super committed. This is usually a strong point for Marc, as he’s always very good in these conditions; we have to be able to keep the same concentration in the future because these details are very important. Anyway, thanks to the team and to Michelin for the amazing feeling I had on the bike. We lost five points to Marc on top but we recovered some on our other rivals. I think the strategy of the team to come test during the summer break was right, as it was good to have the bike setting, especially at this track. We also improved on some little details of the bike and now I feel more comfortable going into the second part of the season. Now we have to not focus too much on the Championship and just concentrate and perform well at every race.”

MotoGP 2017
Race Round 10   Czech Republic

Results Session

Mixed Conditions
Humidity
70%
Track Temp
24°C
Air Temp
21°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Marquez Marc 93 SPA 25 Repsol Honda Team Honda 44'15.974
2 Pedrosa Dani 26 SPA 20 Repsol Honda Team Honda 12.438
3 Vinales Maverick 25 SPA 16 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 18.135
4 Rossi Valentino 46 ITA 13 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 20.466
5 Crutchlow Cal 35 GBR 11 LCR Honda Honda 20.892
6 Dovizioso Andrea 4 ITA 10 Ducati Team Ducati 23.259
7 Petrucci Danilo 9 ITA 9 Octo Pramac Racing Ducati 24.079
8 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA 8 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 30.559
9 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA 7 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 30.754
10 Folger Jonas 94 GER 6 Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 33.236
11 Rins Alex 42 SPA 5 Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 33.290
12 Zarco Johann 5 FRA 4 Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 34.595
13 Abraham Karel 17 CZE 3 Pull&Bear Aspar Team Ducati 34.697
14 Miller Jack 43 AUS 2 Octo Pramac Racing Ducati 38.062
15 Lorenzo Jorge 99 SPA 1 Ducati Team Ducati 40.100
16 Redding Scott 45 GBR 0 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 44.376
17 Rabat Tito 53 SPA 0 Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 45.454
18 Lowes Sam 22 GBR 0 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 53.976
19 Iannone Andrea 29 ITA 0 Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 1'23.346
20 Barbera Hector 8 SPA 0 Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 1 lap
21 Barbera Hector 8 SPA 0 Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 2 laps
22 Baz Loris 76 FRA 0 Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 7 laps
23 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA 0 Pull&Bear Aspar Team Ducati 10 laps
Location Information

The world’s most famous riders have taken part in GP events in Brno since 1930, where up until 1982 they would race through the villages and western parts of the city on a road track named after the first Czechoslovak President – T.G. Masaryk.  The only venue that has hosted… read more.

Length 5.403 kilometres / 3.357 miles
Width 15 metres
Left corners 6
Right corners 8
Longest straight 0.636 kilometres / 0.395 miles
Constructed 1987
Modified 1996

Automotodrom Brno, Brno, Czech Republic - View in Google Maps

www.automotodrombrno.cz

Records

Pole Position 1m54.596s (169.7 Km km/h) Marc Marquez (Honda, 2016)
Race Lap 1m 56.027s (167.6 km/h) Dani Pedrosa (Honda, 2014)
Race Time 42m 47.800s (166.6 km/h) Dani Pedrosa (Honda, 2014)
2017 Race Winner Marc Marquez (Honda)