|Marquez leads Dovizioso from start to finish|
Repsol Honda ace Marc Marquez beat his nearest title rival Andrea Dovizioso to take his sixth MotoGP victory of the season in a delayed Czech Grand Prix at Brno.
Saturday’s dreary conditions were initially nowhere to be seen as race day at the Czech GP began. But a brief rain shower half an hour before the start of the MotoGP race left the track with wet patches and led to a delayed start and a reduced race distance of 20 laps.
After securing pole by 2.524 seconds in thrilling style on Saturday, MotoGP World Championship leader Marc Marquez shot forward to lead the shortened race as the lights went out. With the likes of Dovizioso, Rins and Miller behind, Marquez settled into a consistent pace and steadily opened up a half second lead over his rivals by lap ten. Even with a moment at Turn 10, Marquez’s lead continued to grow as the race went on.
With an advantage of over two seconds, Marquez crossed the line to claim victory in Brno and his sixth win of 2019. He becomes just the fourth rider in Grand Prix history to take 50 wins in the premier class and equals Mike Hailwood’s 76 wins across all classes. Fourth on the all time winner list, Marquez heads to round 11 in Austria with 210 points – 63 points clear of second placed Dovizioso.
The Spaniard finally crossed the line with 2.452s in hand over Dovizioso to claim his 50th premier class win and stretch his championship lead to 63 points with nine races remaining.
Dovizioso led home fellow Ducati man Jack Miller (Pramac Racing), the Australian beating Team Suzuki Ecstar’s Alex Rins in the latter stages to earn his second rostrum of the year.
Rossi was the top Yamaha finisher in sixth ahead of Petronas SRT rider Fabio Quartararo and the second factory Ducati of Danilo Petrucci.
Completing the top 10 were Takaaki Nakagami's LCR Honda and the sister works Yamaha of Maverick Vinales, who was forced to recover from a dismal start which left in 15th in the early laps.
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“I was really concentrated from the beginning as there were still some wet patches, especially at Turn 1. I knew I needed to keep my rhythm as the Yamaha riders were starting from behind and they were strong in Warm Up. Then I saw that Dovi was behind me so I had to keep pushing and pushing. I had a little warning on lap 10 because that is when I started to push more to try and open the gap. Delaying the race was the best decision that could have been made because the track was in a mixed condition and it could have been quite dangerous. A crazy weekend with the weather but the whole Repsol Honda Team were perfect and helped me a lot to achieve victory!”
|1||Marquez Marc||93||SPA||210||Repsol Honda Team||Honda|
|2||Dovizioso Andrea||4||ITA||147||Mission Winnow Ducati||Ducati|
|3||Petrucci Danilo||9||ITA||129||Mission Winnow Ducati||Ducati|
|4||Rins Alex||42||SPA||114||Team Suzuki Ecstar||Suzuki|
|5||Vinales Maverick||12||SPA||91||Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha|
|6||Rossi Valentino||46||ITA||90||Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha|
|7||Miller Jack||43||AUS||86||Pramac Racing||Ducati|
|8||Crutchlow Cal||35||GBR||78||LCR Honda||Honda|
|9||Quartararo Fabio||20||FRA||76||Petronas Yamaha SRT||Yamaha|
|10||Espargaro Pol||44||SPA||61||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM|
|11||Nakagami Takaaki||30||JPN||57||LCR Honda||Honda|
|12||Morbidelli Franco||21||ITA||52||Petronas Yamaha SRT||Yamaha|
|13||Mir Joan||36||SPA||39||Team Suzuki Ecstar||Suzuki|
|14||Espargaro Aleix||41||SPA||31||Aprilia Racing Team Gresini||Aprilia|
|15||Iannone Andrea||29||ITA||21||Aprilia Racing Team Gresini||Aprilia|
|16||Lorenzo Jorge||99||SPA||19||Repsol Honda Team||Honda|
|17||Oliveira Miguel||88||POR||18||Red Bull KTM Tech 3||KTM|
|18||Zarco Johann||5||FRA||18||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM|
|19||Bagnaia Francesco||63||ITA||15||Pramac Racing||Ducati|
|20||Rabat Tito||53||SPA||14||Reale Avintia Racing||Ducati|
|21||Bradl Stefan||6||GER||13||Repsol Honda Team||Honda|
|22||Pirro Michele||51||ITA||9||Mission Winnow Ducati||Ducati|
|23||Guintoli Sylvain||50||FRA||3||Team Suzuki Ecstar||Suzuki|
|24||Abraham Karel||17||CZE||3||Reale Avintia Racing||Ducati|
|25||Syahrin Hafizh||55||MAL||3||Red Bull KTM Tech 3||KTM|