Marc Marquez, a rookie in name only, took a closely fought victory over Dani Pedrosa (second) Jorge Lorenzo (third) at the Brno circuit Sunday. Marquez, who sets a new MotoGP rookie record every time out, became the first rookie to win four races in a row and five overall. And he's done it with seven races remaining.
Valentino Rossi won a battle at the end with Alvaro Bautista to take fourth. Stefan Bradl finished a lonely nine seconds behind Bautista to take sixth. The Ducati pair of Andrea Dovizioso (seventh) and Nicky Hayden (eighth) raced close but avoided any incidents to finish three-tenths apart. Andrea Iannone, who has been battling injuries, managed eight with the top CRT prize going to Aleix Espargaro again.
Marquez spent much of the race following Jorge Lorenzo before making made his move to the front late in the contest. Lorenzo briefly fought back for the lead but could not keep Marquez in check. With two laps to go, Pedrosa also passed Lorenzo and began closing the gap to Marquez. But it was too little too late. With the win, Marquez now sits 26 points ahead of Repsol teammate Pedrosa -- or a full race -- as the championship heads to Silverstone. Pole sitter Cal Crutchlow crashed and remounted but finished out of the points.
|Pos.||No.||Rider||Bike||Time / Diff.|
|11||5||Colin EDWARDS||FTR Kawasaki||57.42|
|15||14||Randy DE PUNIET||ART||+1'14.128|
|20||67||Bryan STARING||FTR Honda||+1'50.024|
|21||45||Martin BAUER||S&B Suter||1 Lap|
|38||Bradley SMITH||Yamaha||20 Laps|
|52||Lukas PESEK||Ioda-Suter||20 Laps|
|71||Claudio CORTI||FTR Kawasaki||21 Laps|
|8||Hector BARBERA||FTR||21 Laps|