Monday, August 26


MOTOGP Rookie Marc Marquez added another five points to his lead in this year's world championship after notching his fifth win of the season, at Brno in the Czech Republic on Sunday.

Going into the race, Marquez had a 21 point lead over Repsol Honda team-mate Dani Pedrosa and as the teams packed up ready to head to Silverstone, he had increased that to 26 points.

Meantime defending champion Jorge Lorenzo is now 44 points behind Marquez, who is beginning to look as if he will match American legend Kenny Roberts in winning the premier class at his first attempt.

Yamaha had tested at Brno weeks earlier and both Lorenzo and Italian team-mate Valentino Rossi were expecting to stem the Honda tide.  They had good pace in practice but both stumbled in qualifying, encountering excessive wheel-spin just when they needed to put in a fast time.

However, it was the satellite Yamaha of Cal Crutchlow that ended up in pole position for the raace, with satellite Honda man Alvaro Bautista alongside with Marquez rounding out the front row.

Pedrosa, Lorenzo and rookie Bradley Smith made up the second row with Rossi back on the third row.

Lorenzo made an incredible start from fifth on the grid to lead into turn one. Although initially able to build a gap of just over a second, he soon had rivals Marquez and Pedrosa close behind.  Lorenzo was able to hold off the attack and continue leading until just seven laps remained.  Marquez’s first pass proved a failure with Lorenzo able to get back round the outside of the attacker and regain the front heading up the hill.  The next attack came in the last corner with just four laps remaining, Marquez squeezing through for the lead.  A lap later Pedrosa was to follow, Lorenzo then tucking in behind the two to secure third on the podium, just 2.2 seconds from winner Marquez.

Rossi’s race was similar to Indianapolis the previous weekend. Holding seventh from the line he was fairly quickly able to pass Bradley Smith for sixth as the first laps passed.  

Rossi then engaged in a three-way dice with 27-year-old Crutchlow and Bautista but that only lasted to the eighth lap when Crutchlow tumbled out of fourth position, promoting Rossi to fifth as he began a race-long battle with Bautista.  The nine-time world champion eventually won that battled, making the crucial pass stick on the last lap, taking fourth position at the line - a disappointing 10 seconds behind Marquez, who flashed over the line three tenths of a second ahead of Pedrosa with Lorenzo another two seconds back.

At the moment, no one can live with the pace of the three Spaniards, not even a MotoGP legend.  

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