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.
|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||Yamaha||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||Marc VDS Racing Team||Honda||38.062|
|15||Lorenzo Jorge||99||SPA||1||Ducati Team||Ducati||40.100|
|16||Redding Scott||45||GBR||0||Octo Pramac Racing||Ducati||44.376|
|17||Rabat Tito||53||SPA||0||Marc VDS Racing Team||Honda||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|
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 more… read more.
|Length||5.403 kilometres / 3.357 miles|
|Longest straight||0.636 kilometres / 0.395 miles|
Automotodrom Brno, Brno, Czech Republic - View in Google Maps
|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||41m07.728s (166.6 km/h) Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati, 2018)|
|2018 Race Winner||Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati)|