MotoGP: Round #11 Repsol Honda Race Report - Brno

Marc Marquez race action shot

Repsol Honda Press Release:

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 race action shot

Marc Marquez #93:

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 race action shot

Dani Pedrosa #26:

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."

Round 11 Ceske republiky Grand Prix - Results Session:

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     Estrella Galicia 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

17     HAYDEN Nicky     69     USA     0     Aspar MotoGP Team     Honda     +1'02.388

18     DI MEGLIO Mike     63     FRA     0     Avintia Racing     Ducati     +1'05.944

19     MILLER Jack     43     AUS     0     CWM LCR Honda     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     CWM LCR Honda     Honda     DNF

24     LAVERTY Eugene     50     IRE     0     Aspar MotoGP Team     Honda     DNF

25     DE ANGELIS Alex 15     RSM     0     Athina Forward Racing     Forward Yamaha     DNF

Rider Standings:

1     LORENZO Jorge     99     SPA     211     Movistar Yamaha MotoGP     Yamaha

2     ROSSI Valentino 46     ITA     211     Movistar Yamaha MotoGP     Yamaha

3     MARQUEZ Marc     93     SPA     159     Repsol Honda Team     Honda

4     IANNONE Andrea     29     ITA     142     Ducati Team     Ducati

5     SMITH Bradley     38     GBR     106     Monster Yamaha Tech 3     Yamaha

6     DOVIZIOSO Andrea 4     ITA     104     Ducati Team     Ducati

7     PEDROSA Dani     26     SPA     91     Repsol Honda Team     Honda

8     ESPARGARO Pol     44     SPA     81     Monster Yamaha Tech 3     Yamaha

9     CRUTCHLOW Cal     35     GBR     74     CWM LCR Honda     Honda

10     PETRUCCI Danilo 9     ITA     63     Pramac Racing     Ducati

11     VINALES Maverick 25     SPA     62     Team Suzuki Ecstar     Suzuki

12     ESPARGARO Aleix 41     SPA     53     Team Suzuki Ecstar     Suzuki

13     HERNANDEZ Yonny 68     COL     41     Pramac Racing     Ducati

14     REDDING Scott     45     GBR     37     Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS     Honda

15     BARBERA Hector     8     SPA     20     Avintia Racing     Ducati

16     BAUTISTA Alvaro 19     SPA     16     Aprilia Racing Team Gresini     Aprilia

17     BAZ Loris     76     FRA     15     Athina Forward Racing     Forward Yamaha

18     MILLER Jack     43     AUS     12     CWM LCR Honda     Honda

19     BRADL Stefan     6     GER     11     Aprilia Racing Team Gresini     Aprilia

20     PIRRO Michele     51     ITA     8     Ducati Team     Ducati

21     HAYDEN Nicky     69     USA     8     Aspar MotoGP Team     Honda

22     LAVERTY Eugene     50     IRE     7     Aspar MotoGP Team     Honda

23     AOYAMA Hiroshi     7     JPN     5     AB Motoracing     Honda

24     DI MEGLIO Mike     63     FRA     2     Avintia Racing     Ducati

25     DE ANGELIS Alex 15     RSM     1     Athina Forward Racing     Forward Yamaha

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