Race day turned up plenty of surprises at Brno, some good, some bad, and some, well, just surprising. The three races turned up a tense duel, a full-on fairing-banging barnstormer and, well, a MotoGP race with a surprise podium, and proved that the layout of the Brno circuit is one of the very best in the world.
Press releases from the MotoGP teams after the race on Sunday at Brno:
Tough Battle for Yamaha at Brno
Results and summary of the MotoGP race at Brno:
Casey Stoner has taken an utterly convincing victory in the Brno MotoGP race, ahead of a surprise podium of Andrea Dovizioso and Marco Simoncelli, and extending his lead in the championship by a significant margin over Jorge Lorenzo, who could only manage to finish 4th.
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Results and summary of the Moto2 race at Brno:
Andrea Iannone has taken his second victory of the season in a classic Moto2 barnburner at Brno. The Speed Master rider came out on top of a race-long scrap with Marc Marquez, Stefan Bradl, Alex de Angelis and Thomas Luthi, taking the lead on the last lap and holding off challenges to the line.
Results and summary of the 125cc race at Brno:
Sandro Cortese has taken victory in the first race of the day, passing Johann Zarco on the penultimate lap and then holding off the Frenchman's challenge all the way to the line. Though denied victory, Zarco's 2nd place and a mechanical problem for Nico Terol allowed the Frenchman to close the championship gap to Terol to just 12 points, reigniting the title race.
The weather gods have really got it in for MotoGP this year. The Brno round looked like being warm and dry just a week ago, but that turned out to be hopelessly optimistic. It started raining on Friday night, and only stopped in the middle of the FP3 session for Moto2. That was not before both Casey Stoner and John Hopkins had crashed, however, Stoner coming away unscathed, while Hopkins was far less lucky, breaking one finger and fracturing another, and ruling himself out of the Brno race.
Press releases from the Moto2 and 125cc teams after qualifying on Saturday:
Difficult but successful qualifying session for RW Racing
The result – fifth position with 2.09.125 – doesn't show Luis Salom had a very difficult qualifying session for the Czech GP. The RW Racing GP rider was pretty satisfied with his lap time and his position on the grid. ,,And with the way I made it there: in the flag I got a great slipstream behind Gadea and Cortese. I'm happy enough the result covers up the problems we had.''
Press releases from the MotoGP teams after qualifying at Brno:
Lorenzo Delivers Front Row for Brno Grand Prix