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.

Marc Marquez

3rd

“I’m happy with the end result because the most important thing is that today I extended my advantage over second in the overall standings, as I only dropped four points to Valentino [Rossi] while Jorge [Lorenzo] didn’t score points. We proved that we’re competitive both in dry and wet conditions. This year we’re working like ants, making gradual, steady improvements and having a very complete season without changing our mindset. I made a mistake with the tyres choice, but it’s easier to judge things in hindsight. Perhaps the best choice was the hard compound on both the front and rear, but I was expecting a flag-to-flag race since the track normally dries quickly, which wasn’t the case today. When I saw that there was less than 10 laps to go and the track was still wet, I started to manage my tyre wear. I saw that [Cal] Crutchlow and Rossi had a faster pace, so I concentrated on my other rivals and I can say I won the battle with them.”

Dani Pedrosa

12th

“It has been a disappointing day. Actually I didn’t have the right feeling on the wet today while normally I’m quite fast in the rain. Since the change they made in the front rain tyre after Assen I have been struggling a lot to be fast and today my main problem was that the wheel locked when I was braking. That’s meant that I couldn’t use the front brake to stop the bike, I was forced to stop the bike a lot with the engine but obviously I was very slow and I had no chance. We never cease working hard, hopefully we will come out with a solution both for the dry and the wet”.

MotoGP 2016
Race Round 11   Czech Republic

Results Session

Wet
Humidity
100%
Track Temp
18°C
Air Temp
17°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
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 Aspar Team Ducati 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
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)