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Crutchlow charges through to make history

The first British win in 35 years
Sunday, August 21, 2016


Crutchlow says a quick prayer after the flag
Crutchlow says a quick prayer after the flag
After a torrential rain during the Moto2 race at the Automotodrom Brno, it was the turn of the MotoGP machines to head out as the rain was just starting to stop – leaving the prospect of a flag-to-flag hanging over the race.

In the end it wasn’t to be, and it was Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda) who sliced through the field in one of the most spectacular victories in recent years, taking the flag to become the first British winner for 35 years.

He also follows Jack Miller (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS) into the history books as a winner with an independent team in 2016, with wet weather opening the door for many on the grid. zzzz

Crutchlow: “They’re all wimps!"

Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) and Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) completed the podium in a chaotic race, with the 9-time champion making a small gain on title rival Marquez as the two crossed the line in P2 and P3 respectively.

Polesitter Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) had the worst start off the front row as Jorge Lorenzo (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) and Andrea Iannone (Ducati Team) swept past the championship leader, before both Movistar Yamaha riders Lorenzo and teammate Valentino Rossi began to drop through the field. Marquez played it safe to slot into the middle of the top ten as his title challengers suffered, as Iannone, teammate Dovizioso and Scott Redding (Octo Pramac Yakhnich) escaped at the front.

Cal Crutchlow then proved the man on the charge, with a tire combination of a hard front and hard rear coming into its own as the Brit charged from P15 to stunningly catch the front of the race. Dovizioso suffered a tire problem that saw him pull in, as Crutchlow fought to take over at the front on an incredible roll.

Rossi: "At the beginning I was desperate"

The softer tire compounds of the frontrunners soon began to see them suffer, and it was Crutchlow leading the charge ahead of Valentino Rossi as the 9-time world champion suddenly clicked into gear and followed the Brit into the lead. The two, after seeming an almost lost cause after Lap 1 as they circulated well outside the top ten, proved unstoppable in their climb through the field and overcame what had seemed almost impossible to take the 1-2.

Marquez: "I did the wrong strategy"

Marc Marquez then chose his moment to fight back, taking Andrea Iannone and Hector Barbera (Avintia Racing) in the squabble for the podium and protecting his title lead with a steady ride home behind Rossi. Now 53 points clear of Rossi, who took over in P2 in the title fight, Marquez has seen his lead grow through some of the most challenging races of the season - and ridden with a level head to make sure that was the case.

Late chargers as the tire wear proved decisive saw Loris Baz (Avintia Racing) suddenly appear and overtake his teammate Barbera, and Eugene Laverty (PULL&BEAR Aspar) join the fight as he overtook Iannone for P6.

Danilo Petrucci (Octo Pramac Yakhnich) also overtook his compatriot to end the race in P7, with Iannone coming home just ahead of Maverick Vinales (Team Suzuki Ecstar), who crossed the line in P9.

Tito Rabat (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS) kept his head to take his first top ten finish in MotoGP™, ahead of Yonny Hernandez (PULL&BEAR Aspar). Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team) had a tough race to come home in P12, with old rival Jorge Lorenzo suffering the worst in Brno as the title contender made a big error with a bike swap decision.

Lorenzo fell backwards through the field in the early laps like teammate Rossi, and when he got back on the pace to be one of the fastest out there, Lorenzo chose the gamble and came in to switch bikes. It proved the wrong decision on the day, with the ‘Spartan’ losing points to Marquez in the championship, and teammate Rossi.

Next up? Silverstone, as Crutchlow heads back to his home track for the British GP.


Pos. Points Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time/Gap
1 25 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR LCR Honda Honda 149.3 47'44.290
2 20 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 149.0 +7.298
3 16 93 Marc MARQUEZ SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 148.8 +9.587
4 13 76 Loris BAZ FRA Avintia Racing Ducati 148.7 +12.558
5 11 8 Hector BARBERA SPA Avintia Racing Ducati 148.7 +13.093
6 10 50 Eugene LAVERTY IRL Pull & Bear Aspar Team Ducati 148.6 +13.812
7 9 9 Danilo PETRUCCI ITA OCTO Pramac Yakhnich Ducati 148.1 +23.414
8 8 29 Andrea IANNONE ITA Ducati Team Ducati 148.1 +24.562
9 7 25 Maverick VI¥ALES SPA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki 148.1 +24.581
10 6 53 Tito RABAT SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 147.4 +37.131
11 5 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ COL Pull & Bear Aspar Team Ducati 147.3 +39.911
12 4 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 147.2 +41.097
13 3 44 Pol ESPARGARO SPA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 147.1 +43.202
14 2 6 Stefan BRADL GER Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 147.0 +45.687
15 1 45 Scott REDDING GBR OCTO Pramac Yakhnich Ducati 146.2 +1'02.201
16 0 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 145.3 +1'18.841
17 0 99 Jorge LORENZO SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 142.3 1 Lap
DNF 0 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Ducati Team Ducati 135.8 7 Laps
DNF 38 Bradley SMITH GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 140.3 8 Laps
DNF 41 Aleix ESPARGARO SPA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki 148.6 9 Laps

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