Marc Marquez scored a momentous podium finish in today’s Czech GP, which saw fellow Honda rider Cal Crutchlow making history as the first British racer to win a premier-class Grand Prix in 35 years (since Barry Sheene won the 500cc race in the 1981 Swedish Grand Prix).
Race day in Brno dawned under a heavy rain that stopped about an hour before the start of the MotoGP race, leaving the track completely soaked and the strong possibility of a flag-to-flag race. With that in mind, Marc and Dani with their teams opted for soft rain tyres, front and rear, a choice that proved less than ideal as the track never dried off enough to recommend a bike swap.
Marc was the only rider on the podium who raced on both the softer rain tyres option, a fact that highlights his talent and race craft. After crossing the line in first at the end of lap one, Marc had to give way to four Ducatis charging from behind, but he managed to control the gap and not loose too much ground. He was also careful to manage his tyre wear by choosing the wetter lines, and after Crutchlow and Valentino Rossi also passed him, he was able to overtake Andrea Iannone and Hector Barbera and take third.
With Jorge Lorenzo out of the points, Marc extended his leadership in the Championship to 53 points over second (now Rossi) and 59 over Lorenzo.
Dani Pedrosa experienced a very difficult race. He didn’t get a good start from ninth on the grid and ended the first lap in 12th. In the first phase of the race, he was able to keep the same pace as his teammate and recovered a few positions, but as the track progressively dried off, he lost speed and just managed to finish in 12th place. He nevertheless maintains fourth position in the Championship.
Tomorrow the Repsol Honda Team will take part in a one-day post-race test.
|1||Crutchlow Cal||35||GBR||25||LCR Honda||Honda||47'44.290|
|2||Rossi Valentino||46||ITA||20||Movistar Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha||7.298|
|3||Marquez Marc||93||SPA||16||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||9.587|
|4||Baz Loris||76||FRA||13||Avintia Racing||Ducati||12.558|
|5||Barbera Hector||8||SPA||11||Avintia Racing||Ducati||13.093|
|6||Laverty Eugene||50||IRE||10||Aspar Team||Ducati||13.812|
|7||Petrucci Danilo||9||ITA||9||Octo Pramac Yakhnich||Ducati||23.414|
|8||Iannone Andrea||29||ITA||8||Ducati Team||Ducati||24.562|
|9||Vinales Maverick||25||SPA||7||Team Suzuki Ecstar||Suzuki||24.581|
|10||Rabat Tito||53||SPA||6||EG 0,0 Marc VDS||Honda||37.131|
|11||Hernandez Yonny||68||COL||5||Aspar Team||Ducati||39.911|
|12||Pedrosa Dani||26||SPA||4||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||41.097|
|13||Espargaro Pol||44||SPA||3||Monster Yamaha Tech 3||Yamaha||43.202|
|14||Bradl Stefan||6||GER||2||Aprilia Racing Team Gresini||Aprilia||45.687|
|15||Redding Scott||45||GBR||1||Octo Pramac Yakhnich||Ducati||1'02.201|
|16||Bautista Alvaro||19||SPA||0||Aprilia Racing Team Gresini||Aprilia||1'18.841|
|17||Lorenzo Jorge||99||SPA||0||Movistar Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha||1 lap|
|18||Dovizioso Andrea||4||ITA||0||Ducati Team||Ducati||7 laps|
|19||Smith Bradley||38||GBR||0||Monster Yamaha Tech 3||Yamaha||8 laps|
|20||Espargaro Aleix||41||SPA||0||Team Suzuki Ecstar||Suzuki||9 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… 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||42m 47.800s (166.6 km/h) Dani Pedrosa (Honda, 2014)|
|2017 Race Winner||Marc Marquez (Honda)|