Repsol Honda riders Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa experienced very different races today in the Czech Republic in front of 138,000 fans.

Starting from second on the grid, Marc held his position behind pole man Jorge Lorenzo from the beginning. Dani – who’s qualifying was affected by his injured left ankle – started from 9th but after being pushed around by Hernandez in the first corner he found himself in 12th. He climbed back up to 10th by the end of the first lap, and then by lap four he was already in 8th as Jorge and Marc set an incredible pace and a gap of over two seconds, with Marc setting the race’s fastest lap (1’56.048).

On lap seven Dani caught and passed Smith and was now in sixth, chasing down Dovizioso and Iannone ahead of him, meanwhile Jorge started to push and open up a small gap over him and Marc, which he controlled to the end. By lap sixteen, Dani was on the back of Dovizioso and pushing hard to overtake. He managed to pass briefly on the penultimate lap before being passed back, and then on the final lap Dani made his move stick and crossed the line to take 5th by just 0.075 seconds.

Marc remains third in the Championship Standings on 159 (52 points behind Lorenzo and Rossi on 211) and Dani is seventh on 91 points.

Marc Marquez

2nd Championship Standing: 3rd - 159 points

"Today Jorge rode a very good race. We knew we were not far off him, but we were not close enough and we tried to stick with him, at least at the beginning of the race. After six or seven laps I began to lose performance and he was able maintain his pace. That's where the difference was made. We achieved the goal we had for today: to try and open a gap to Valentino and the others from the start so I’m happy about that. When we have difficulties, as we did this weekend, we still have to score points. I think that this second position is good."

Dani Pedrosa

5th Championship Standing: 7th - 91 points

"Today I did not make a perfect start, but it was not that bad. However, when I entered the first corner Hernandez went very hard up the inside and I had to pick the bike up. I was able to save it but when I leant back over, coming out of the corner, his teammate caught up and also moved me off my line, so I lost positions and a lot of time. My pace was not as good as this morning and I did not have as good a feeling with the bike due to some problems with the front. It was hard for me to recover but eventually I caught up with Dovizioso and Iannone. The Ducatis are hard to overtake - on the straight they are very fast - but I managed to pass Dovi on the final lap. It's been a difficult weekend, even though today I could work better thanks to the physiotherapist and some medication."

MotoGP 2015
Race Round 11   Czech Republic

Results Session

Dry
Humidity
54%
Track Temp
39°C
Air Temp
26°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Lorenzo Jorge 99 SPA 25 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 42'53.042
2 Marquez Marc 93 SPA 20 Repsol Honda Team Honda +4.462
3 Rossi Valentino 46 ITA 16 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha +10.397
4 Iannone Andrea 29 ITA 13 Ducati Team Ducati +13.071
5 Pedrosa Dani 26 SPA 11 Repsol Honda Team Honda +15.650
6 Dovizioso Andrea 4 ITA 10 Ducati Team Ducati +15.725
7 Smith Bradley 38 GBR 9 Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha +21.821
8 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA 8 Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha +23.240
9 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA 7 Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki +43.784
10 Petrucci Danilo 9 ITA 6 Pramac Racing Ducati +45.261
11 Hernandez Yonny 68 COL 5 Pramac Racing Ducati +49.973
12 Redding Scott 45 GBR 4 EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda +50.174
13 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA 3 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia +54.437
14 Bradl Stefan 6 GER 2 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia +54.624
15 Baz Loris 76 FRA 1 Athina Forward Racing Forward Yamaha +1'00.316
16 Barbera Hector 8 SPA 0 Avintia Racing Ducati +1'01.595
18 Di Meglio Mike 63 FRA 0 Avintia Racing Ducati +1'05.944
19 Miller Jack 43 AUS 0 LCR Honda MotoGP Honda +1'11.407
20 Corti Claudio 71 ITA 0 Athina Forward Racing Forward Yamaha +1'50.033
21 Abraham Karel 17 CZE 0 AB Motoracing Honda +2'02.655
22 Vinales Maverick 25 SPA 0 Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki DNF
23 Crutchlow Cal 35 GBR 0 LCR Honda Honda DNF
24 Laverty Eugene 50 IRE 0 Aspar Team Honda DNF
25 De Angelis Alex 15 RSM 0 E-Motion IodaRacing Team ART DNF
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)