Jorge Lorenzo wins the Czech MotoGP at Brno

Jorge Lorenzo

Movistar Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo emerged victorious from the 'Battle of Brno' after an imperious ride at the bwin Grand Prix Ceske Republiky. The Spaniard was untouchable during the race as he went on to take the win by 4.462s from Repsol Honda's Marc Marquez, with his teammate Valentino Rossi in third. Lorenzo now sits on top of the MotoGP World Championship standings, level on points with Rossi, after taking his 5th win of the season.

Conditions were almost perfect for the MotoGP race at the 5.2km Automotodrom Brno, with the sun shining and track temperatures approaching 42ËšC. Over 138,000 fans had packed into the grandstands at the iconic track to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first GP at Brno, and the scene was set perfectly for a showdown between the top three riders in the championship standings. Adding to the intrigue was the fact that all three riders had gone for different tire choices. Lorenzo on a medium front and rear, Rossi on a hard front and rear, and Marquez with a medium front and hard rear.

Any hopes of a dramatic three-way battle between Lorenzo, Marquez and Rossi were dashed almost immediately, as Rossi got bogged down at the start. The Italian, starting from 3rd on the grid, had worked hard during practice and qualifying to ensure that he didn't let Marquez and Lorenzo disappear at the start of the race as in Indianapolis. It was all to be for nothing though, as he found himself down in fifth at the first corner.

Lorenzo and Marquez immediately opened a gap at the front, which had increased to 1.5 seconds at the end of the first lap. Rossi found himself held up behind Andrea Dovizioso, and by the time he got past on the second lap, the gap to his rivals was already over two seconds.

[adinserter name="GOOGLE AD"]Marquez was matching the pace of Lorenzo and they were both lapping almost 0.5s a lap quicker than Rossi and after six laps the gap was up to 4 seconds. Lorenzo even started to pull away from Marquez, opening up a half of a second gap over his compatriot by lap 9. This had increased to two seconds by lap 12, with Lorenzo once again managing the gap perfectly as no one had an answer to his electric pace. The two-time MotoGP World Champion went on to take his 38th MotoGP victory by the comfortable margin of 4 .4 seconds from Marquez. Rossi eventually crossed the line 10.397s behind Lorenzo to finish third, continuing his run of having finished on the podium at every race this season.

Ducati Team's Andrea Iannone (+13.071s) finished in fourth as he was involved in an excellent battle towards the end of the race with his teammate Andrea Dovizioso and Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda). Pedrosa, who was nursing a bruised left foot after his highside in FP2, gritted his teeth to work his way up through the field from 9th on the grid. With 6 laps remaining, he caught Iannone and Dovizioso who were involved in a scrap for 4th at the time.

After Iannone and Dovizioso almost touched, Iannone made a slight break to take fourth, and left his teammate to deal with Pedrosa. Cue an awesome scrap over the last few laps as each rider overtook each other a number of times. Pedrosa (+15.650s) made a move up the inside of turn 11 on the final lap and held on to cross the line in fifth, less than a tenth of a second ahead of Dovizioso (+15.725s).

Monster Yamaha Tech 3's Bradley Smith once again enjoyed a great start from 5th on the grid and found himself up into third at the very first corner. Smith could not quite match the pace of the leaders though, and gradually started falling back through the pack. The British rider fought valiantly and eventually crossed the line as the leading Satellite rider in 7th. His teammate Pol Espargaro was in eighth, ahead of his brother Aleix on the Team Suzuki Ecstar in ninth, with Octo Pramac Racing's Danilo Petrucci completing the top ten.

Marquez finished 2nd
Marquez finished 2nd

Petrucci's teammate Yonny Hernandez followed him across the line in 11th, ahead of Scott Redding (EG 0,0 Marc VDS Racing) and the two Factory Aprilia Racing Team Gresini RS-GP's of Stefan Bradl (13th) and Alvaro Bautista (14th).

Forward Racing's Loris Baz pulled off the perfect result for his team on their return after being forced to miss the Indianapolis GP due to financial issues. The Frenchman crossed the line in 15th to take the Open class victory by less than a second from Avintia Racing's Hector Barbera in 16th. Nicky Hayden (Aspar MotoGP Team) was next across the line in 17th as the leading Open class Honda.

There were crashes for Eugene Laverty (Aspar MotoGP Team), Cal Crutchlow (CWM LCR Honda) and Maverick Vinales (Team Suzuki Ecstar) while Alex De Angelis (E-Motion IodaRacing Team) was forced to retire.

Lorenzo's win sees him replace his teammate Rossi at the top of the MotoGP World championship standings. Although both are level on 211 points, Lorenzo has the advantage as he has won five races compared to Rossi's three. Marc Marquez (159pts) remains in third, 52 points behind the two Movistar Yamaha teammates.

Results

Pos. Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Behind
1 99 Jorge LORENZO SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha +0.000s
2 93 Marc MARQUEZ SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda +4.462
3 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha +10.397
4 29 Andrea IANNONE ITA Ducati Team Ducati +13.071
5 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda +15.650
6 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Ducati Team Ducati +15.725
7 38 Bradley SMITH GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha +21.821
8 44 Pol ESPARGARO SPA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha +23.240
9 41 Aleix ESPARGARO SPA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki +43.784
10 9 Danilo PETRUCCI ITA Octo Pramac Racing Ducati +45.261
11 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ COL Octo Pramac Racing Ducati +49.973
12 45 Scott REDDING GBR EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda +50.174
13 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia +54.437
14 6 Stefan BRADL GER Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia +54.624
15 76 Loris BAZ FRA Forward Racing Yamaha Forward +1'00.316
16 8 Hector BARBERA SPA Avintia Racing Ducati +1'01.595
17 69 Nicky HAYDEN USA Aspar MotoGP Team Honda +1'02.388
18 63 Mike DI MEGLIO FRA Avintia Racing Ducati +1'05.944
19 43 Jack MILLER AUS CWM LCR Honda Honda +1'11.407
20 71 Claudio CORTI ITA Forward Racing Yamaha Forward +1'50.033
21 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE AB Motoracing Honda +2'02.655
DNF 25 Maverick VIÂ¥ALES SPA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki 7 Laps
DNF 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR CWM LCR Honda Honda 8 Laps
DNF 50 Eugene LAVERTY IRL Aspar MotoGP Team Honda 18 Laps
DNF 15 Alex DE ANGELIS RSM E-Motion IodaRacing Team ART 19 Laps

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