2015 Brno MotoGP Race Result: A Runway Victory To A Dead Heat

Results Below:

Jorge Lorenzo grabbed the holeshot and never let his advantage go to take the win at the Brono circuit Sunday in the Czech Republic. The wire-to-wire win leaves the Spaniard tied in the championship with teammate Valentino Rossi at 211 ponts each, but ahead on the tiebreaker with more two more wins in the 2015 season. 

Marc Marquez placed a distant second in the contest, finishing four second back. He was followed by Rossi who finished a lonely third at another six seconds behind. The three riders on the podium have won all eleven races of the year with Lorenzo taking five victories and Marquez and Rossi winning three each.

Andrea Iannone finished fourth in the mostly uneventful race at the front with Dani Pedrosa overcoming a foot injury to charge through the pack to finish fifth. Andrea Dovizioso, after running as high as third early in the contest, settled for sixth. Bradley Smith (7th) won the teammate battle with Pol Espargaro (8th). Aleix Espargaro (9th) and Danilo Petrucci (10th) completed the top 10. 

At the front, the race was seemingly settled at the start. Lorenzo raced to the front with Marquez hot on his heels. But Rossi, who qualified third, was swamped at the beginning and dropped into sixth, losing the benefit of his strong qualifying session. At the end of the first lap, Rossi was in fifth. He would move into fourth quickly but it wasn't until several laps later that he was able to pass Dovizioso for third.

By then, Marquez and Lorenzo had opened a two-second gap. With 17 laps to go, the front pair expanded their lead to a four-seconds over Rossi. At this point, Lorenzo's punishing pace at the front began to take its toll on Marquez too. With 13 laps remaining, Lorenzo opened at one-second gap on the reigning world champion. Four laps later, that advantage had doubled and would expand further by the race's end.

Result:

Pos. No. Rider Bike Time / Diff.
1 99 Jorge LORENZO Yamaha 42'53.042
2 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 4.462
3 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 10.397
4 29 Andrea IANNONE Ducati 13.071
5 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda 15.65
6 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 15.725
7 38 Bradley SMITH Yamaha 21.821
8 44 Pol ESPARGARO Yamaha 23.24
9 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Suzuki 43.784
10 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 45.261
11 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ Ducati 49.973
12 45 Scott REDDING Honda 50.174
13 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Aprilia 54.437
14 6 Stefan BRADL Aprilia 54.624
15 76 Loris BAZ Yamaha Forward +1'00.316
16 8 Hector BARBERA Ducati +1'01.595
17 69 Nicky HAYDEN Honda +1'02.388
18 63 Mike DI MEGLIO Ducati +1'05.944
19 43 Jack MILLER Honda +1'11.407
20 71 Claudio CORTI Yamaha Forward +1'50.033
21 17 Karel ABRAHAM Honda +2'02.655
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  25 Maverick VIÑALES Suzuki 7 Laps
  35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 8 Laps
  50 Eugene LAVERTY Honda 18 Laps
  15 Alex DE ANGELIS ART 19 Laps

 

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11
2015
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Let me be the first to say: "Most boring race of the year".
Adding insult to injury, we were all hoping for the best one.

Didn't see the first bit, so dunno about the boring comment, but........
Travelling through Italy from Cinque Terre region to Firenze (Florence) via Pisa, I arrived at my hotel in time for the last 4 laps.
Epic!
Dani should be gathering admirers by the boatload (no digs intended) just through his grit and determination. Tough, and smart, racing.
No doubt about the Ducati's speed either, as Dani struggled on tired tyres to get pass Dovi.

And having tipped Jorge to beat Vali home, I was nearly right.
Great result for the championship.

You are correct. Dani saved it from being the most boring race in a long time (first laps were also good). All those injuries of him are a terible shame.

Pedrosa was the man of the day (Iannone did a great job too).
Nio matter how luck push him back, he always come back fighting and deservedly charged back.

it was a race worth watching.

JL again a master with his amazing smooth style. amazing to watch!

ad ai dp did a good race and credits to dp.

to bad for mm not to give it a try early in the race. he must have thought he could sit behind again the whole race.

vr laptimes were slower and did have the speed he should have.

Lorenzo was amazing today - as a motorcyclist there is no way to call his riding boring. I was surprised that Marquez couldn't stay with him; I think Rossi made the wrong call on tires. The track was 40C today, vs. 50C previously, and the hard tires were the wrong choice. Lorenzo worked with the medium / medium and Rossi was running hard / hard.

If the track had been hotter, I suspect we would have seen something a little bit more competitive.

Remarkable riding, though.

That's not to say watcing Jorge is boring, but the racing was most definitely boring.
Dani saved the day but fighting for 4. is not the same as the fight for podium places.

All that eager anticipation for an epic triangular duel soon dissolved into the familiar anti-climax of a metronomic procession. It's fairly clear the sophisticated electronics are to blame for this state of affairs, which allow the riders to churn out lap after lap with very little variation in times. A tiny advantage can be remorselessly transformed into a winning gap within a few laps.
The current MotoGP situation certainly provides evidence of the riders' skill and courage, and the expertise of the engineers - but it doesn't produce a very exciting spectacle.
Tinkering with the rules isn't going to help - perhaps somebody (Dorna/the factories/the TV companies?) needs to start thinking about strong remedies for this problem before it's too late.

Short memories eh. This was not a barnstormer by any means, of course. But really, there's always going to be races like this. In every season. In fact, I think the vast majority of all motor races in history have been like this.

For me the only surprise was how blistering Lorenzo's pace was, I did expect Marquez to be able to follow him like Indy but it was just too much. Masterful riding.

Rossi was never on pace this weekend except for a great lap in qualifying, he really needs to stop relying on trying to find something in warmup. I think the only way for him to win a race now is to dominate the weekend like he did at Assen.

Your memories may be rose-tinted. Personally I think MotoGP's processional nature is increasing.
But it isn't only the character of the races which is problematic - it's the extremely limited pool of probable winners and 'podiumers'. Today's result - including the order of the first three finishers - was fairly predictable.
Remind me - when was the last time a bike other than a factory Honda or Yamaha won? And can we see a break in this sequence on the horizon? This isn't a healthy situation for the sport.

The championship is tied at this point in the season so I think things are ok. And what sport do you speak of? Motogp or motorcycle racing because motorcycle racing is just fine with this type of race which illustrates what is needed to have a top weekend. Pole position and a win from the start with the second place rider being the guy who just last year was the supposed "unbeatable legend to be, greatest of all time". Motogp DOES NOT need every manufacturer winning a race every other week. If you want that and super close competitive racing then watch another class of motorcycle racing. It's out there.

The best guys on the best bikes, what do you expect? Ducati and Suzuki just need to build better bikes. It's always been this way by the way. Most of the time the one guy on the best bike just won everything without much competition. The funny part is most people don't care when it's Rossi doing the winning.

Anyway this season has had some great races, some less great. But the championship is tied and even Marquez is still in it. What more could you honestly hope for?

disagree. People don't care when its Rossi doing the winning because all 3 races in which Rossi has won this season have been classics! And of note, have been the only races where a battle has been at the front, for most, if not all of the race. So slandering people as having Rossi bias views in regards to the entertainment value of races, which the majority of people believe actually involves passing for the lead at least once during 20 odd laps, is completely false.

The horrible state of the majority of the racing this season and the disparity of the field is actually being disguised mainly due to the Rossi fans I believe, and the expectation that he may help produce another race, rather than a time-trial. I would say we've actually (rather luckily) had the stars align to produce three good races this season, mainly due to Jorge's special tyres not being available

Qatar-Classic, race of the season
COTA, dull procession at the front
Argentina-not a classic but an enthralling chase down
Jerez, Dull procession
Le mans, dull procession
Mugello, dull procession at the front, a little more interesting down the field
Catalunya, dull procession at the front
Assen, Classic
Germany, dull procession at the front
Indy, mostly dull procession at the front
Brno, dull procession at the front.

Ducati's woes started interestingly enough when they had their extra fuel taken away-and the fuel computers seemed to really rule the roost here at Brno. The disparity in the field is actually worse than ever, and again Rossi and his fans are probably hiding this more than anything.
Perhaps Ducati and Suzuki have built brilliant bikes, which may thrive under a different set of regulations-and more importantly with rubber made for them, whereby, heaven forbid a race strategy other than flat out from the word go -whilst the bike manages a great deal for the rider, may apply, whereby a rider actually has to manage tyre wear, manage horsepower, whereby a greater pool of competitors have the chance to apply their strategy to their strengths rather than conform under a system that restricts choice etc etc One of the biggest problems is tires, I simply don't believe that a sole tyre supplier is the way for this series, and Michelin probably won't change much either.

And Jorge is an amazing rider, but his post-race antics when he wins are embarrassing, awkward and generally underwhelming to watch.

I did not mean this season, I meant in general. I thought that was pretty clear.

Also I disagree with your assesments, Le Mans, Mugello and Indy were anything but dull. I could question your fondness for motorcycle racing if you didn't enjoy those races but that's a pretty low blow.

Of course people have a Rossi bias, the majority of people are a fan of his. And fans do that. Of course a race is more exciting when the guy you root for does well. I don't blame them for that, but denying it serves no purpose.

Seriously lets be honest Rossi's were no better. The reason we love them is because we love Rossi. Case in point I once showed an ex. Rossi highlights and the thing that stuck out to her was the post race antics. To paraphrase 'So do all racers set up mini dioramas they can jump off their bikes and act out plays in after they win?'. It seemed incredibly stupid to her and I'm sure if you showed someone that knew nothing about road racing these celebrations they would be equally confused as to what these elaborate 'plays' have to do with racing.

The 7 dwarfs thing: http://tinyurl.com/qawabss
The bowling thing: http://tinyurl.com/qjxzqpv
The signing thing: http://tinyurl.com/nsfkbqm
Prison break: http://tinyurl.com/qg8gf5r

It took me a while but once I took off those yellow tinted glasses, NONE of them were sincere and spontaneous. They were well thought out elaborate celebrations in all their gaudy glory.

JL's fault is to believe that to be liked he needed to emulate those lame celebrations. Without that fan base the racing public see the lame celebrations for being just that LAME (performed by either Rossi or JL).

Potatoes, I say Potato's. Perspective and opinion is a everyone's right.
I'm all for keeping it positive, but the results and the lack of spectacle we are seeing in the championship are depressing for someone who enjoys seeing good close racing-even Moto2 is getting a tad bit tedius.
I just think its being talked up for more than its currently worth-Ducati are still reeling, Suzuki are nowhere, and the satellites may as well be in another category, and at the front we are watching slot car style processions. In my book, they are lucky Rossi has not yet retired-for I'm sure without him-the numbers would be down considerably all around. Which is a great shame-the sport should be able to provide a better spectacle and needs to look at it more seriously-If I want to watch a time-trial I'll check out the Isle of Man. I just think there is too much restriction-for restrictions sake

Your ex-girlfriend's astute comments make her sound like a keeper - but maybe her perceptive vision is the reason she's an ex. Few of us can stand up to much scrutiny.
Anyway, back to business - of course she's right, that juvenile play-acting was labored and embarrassing. I can't remember #27 doing much of it - maybe he was in too much of a hurry to get back to Adriana's beautiful smile - and she was sufficiently impressed by his riding skills.

Naw, he was rushing back to Gabarinni to try to sort the bike. Casey was the antithesis of a PR celebrator. For Rossi and fans it was a natural excursion. Jorge? Tedious. The near drowning in the lake was a harbinger. He just isn't with natural ease socially. Like Stoner. That's ok, they are racing motorcycles. We have plenty of entertainers in our world. Aliens? 3 and a half. I give Jorge the same graces I afforded Casey, which is plenty. This isn't a popularity contest and unlike their sponsors I don't feel they owe it to me.

a satellite prototype won a race was in 2006, Portugal, Elias. Just 1 year short of a full decade, sad. He beat Rossi to the line by .002.

When they switched to 800's in 2007 the electronics arms race became more important than the engine or the chassis. I miss the 990's, and the two strokes that came before them. The races always had fights for positions, bikes went sideways into and out of corners, tires spun and smoked, and every single race was a spectacle. The riders right wrist controlled virtually everything and skill determined things not electronics. Often a rider on a lesser bike could outperform everyone and podium, or win. Elias was sliding completely sideways, both tires sliding, with the bike veering from one side of the track to the other on the brakes into turn 1. Electronics have changed everything.

The factories never liked an anomaly (rider) being able to upset the natural order of things by over riding a machine to a win or passing a factory rider who is in championship contention. Each factory has their own test tracks with sprinklers and potholes to test traction control, wheelie control, anti-spin, and whatever nannies they want. Electronics, and superior coding, is a competitive advantage and puts more control into the factory's hands. Today's race compared to one in 2000 - 2006 is night and day.

@BrickTop:

There's two things people forget about Estoril 2006 (best race in my home track that I've ever seen, whatever class of motorsports, in all these years):

1) - It was the last time when a team with private focus scored a podium in the premier class - Kenny Roberts Jr with the KR211V (using non-works Honda v5 990cc engine).
That was actually a pretty darn good bike - the following year's KR212V 800cc was poo in comparison. They were getting so close... one more year with the 990s and I'm not sure the story would have been as it became the year after.
The KR team, with that stubborn and irreverent aproach compared to the rest, is really missed.

2) - Elias victory was an anomaly. He was a very good rider at that time but never looked to be as good as the guys at the top in the championship.
The tyres that Elias used on his semi-works RCV211v, for his luck, had been rejected by Pedrosa's team (HRC/Repsol, Honda works team) - that turned out to be a blessing in disguise.

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I agree with every bit you wrote, and I suspect many in here do too.

I believe there's an aura with the Grand Prix 500cc 2-strokes that will never, ever, be replaced. While they did became a bit stale in development, what made them more entertaining to watch was the fact that you knew those guys were riding savage and unforgiving machines which would NOT allow excesses or errors (not like these do). In this case "oldies are goldies".

The 990cc 4-strokes MotoGP era, which substituted the GP 500cc 2-strokes, introduced a variety of shapes and an amazing cacophony of sounds, all mixed with 'smokin-n-slidin', that certainly brought interesting times (best period since the early 1990s untill this day). And that still prevailed even when the electronics found a way in.
From the start of 2007 on, we may as well say "R.I.P." to that.

The analogy may look unfitting but, with the electronics, it's like watching the lion tamer inside the cage in the circus, but knowing that he now uses a freaking taser-gun in one hand, just in case the big cats get too excited.
It would be still very risky and a spectacle, but it wouldn't be really the striking show it was before, would it?

Some excited fellas (or tech-nerds) call it "rose tinted glasses" syndrome and will lead you either to vintage-racing or the period's video-recordings.
The thing is, if you were really watching it back then, you know what you saw. *shrugs*
There is no 60º leaning on corners with scaletrix-like grip tyres, from race start to finish, or NASA-like electronics, that can ever change that.

@ Bricktop
I don't have overwhelming nostalgia for the 500s - I welcomed the 990s. People should go take a look at those old races to see what has been lost.
It was still something to watch in the first years of the 800s Stoner wringing the neck of the Ducati as it squirreled out of the corners, and Pedrosa, Rossi, Capirossi and others would be doing something similar. When a rider had cleared off at the front, there was still the spectacle of a brave and skilled artist taming a vicious beast.
Nowadays we can watch Lorenzo riding on rails.

Well... Dovi coming into the pit was kinda furious about something. Lot of pointing fingers at the fuel tank.
I guess... One of those days when the bike realized the fuel was too low and suddenly decided to play defensive...
Looked like it, GP15 had terrible acceleration on those last few corners. Dovi was quite impressive at fending off Dani boy for most of the race, and that horsepower of desmosidici enticing.

Probably the typical gas woes of ducati... If so... What a shame..

What a dull race - fell far short of expectations for an epic battle, saved only by a few good scraps down the order. Unfortunately it seems every race where JL prevails is like this; not one to bother re-watching, imo.

Dull, boring race which fell far, far below expectations, another first corner whitewash reminiscent of the horrible 800cc era. I feel the fuel computers really decided this one with the big horsepower hill affecting a few quite badly and in particularly rossis case unpredictably? His demeanor post race reminded me of his Ducati days. Definitely a good Way to get them changing channels and leaving the track early, races like this.

I also find it interesting that Lin Jarvis prefers one side of the garage to the other in most shots

Not really. Boring is boring, doesn't matter if it's Marquez, Lorenzo, Pedrosa, or Rossi for the win. When the race is decided after a couple of laps, it's boring. Yes, only Lorenzo fans were whipped up on this one. I fell back asleep (7am race here) during this one for a while, woke up, nothing had changed.

I've been to rounds like this in person. That's when it really stinks. Take time off work, spend a small fortune to go in person for the 3-4 days, flights, hire car, hotel, food and drink, race tickets, parking pass. Then snooze fest. Sitting in traffic to get back to the airport to check the car in, check your luggage in, go through security, you sit there and think "next year I'll just watch it on the teli".

Many of us had hoped 2016 would return some off the former competitiveness and glory. Sadly the factories will have laptop jockeys working around the clock and not much will change with the control ecu and software. I hope I am wrong.

Brno 2015 - on the sofa watching TV - by lap 5, I was doing my emails, occasionally glancing at the screen. Total tedium.
Electronics are killing MotoGP. Stoner saw this coming.

There is only minor changes in electronics since he quit so what he saw in the future was already there.
This season has been the best for years and especially a lot better than when stoner dominated. The race were boring but there will be others.

Only minor changes? Nonsense. Are the factories sending you memos of their latest developments?
Obviously you missed the MM article about the $170K sensor in the seamless Honda gearbox. There's a constant electronics arms race going on - fuel management, power delivery, braking, traction control. . .

As in F1 the spend enormous amounts of money for very minor gains (Although F1 is way worse). They spend more now than i 2012 but is is just more of the same.
Electronics has reached a more mature state and while development go up, gains go down, and changes that change the state of the races even more so.
Yes it changes all the time, but for the riders the changes HAS been very minor in the years since he quit. The nature of the racing has not changed a bit due to the computers since stoner quit. The improvements we have seen recently with exiting races has to do with who is fighting in the top. New developments has contributed little or none since Stoner quit. Jorge has proven that we can have just as boring races now as we had when he, stoner and pedrosa dominated the podium. While Dovi, Rossi and Marquez has proved that despite all the electronics we can still have exciting races with plenty of excitement.
As I remember it one of stoners major objections were not spendings in arms race but rather the bikes becoming refined SBK bikes. Simple production bikes where everyting is regulated.
What was it that Stoner saw coming you said?

i also find it interesting that Nakamoto prefers one side of the garage to the other most of the time.

I didn't like this race! Dull! I didn't liked "white glow" era and i certainly don't like "win from pole position" races, I want to see overtakes, plenty of them!

A rider probably must gain at least 1/5 second over his rival in order to complete an overtake maneuver on a single bend. In an era where a 1/5 second is a fairly significant lap time differential, it's going to become increasingly difficult to overtake. Electronics are scrubbing out riders' mistakes and miscalculations and diminishing the potential opportunities.
How long before we're watching android riders or riderless bikes?

Like Marqez winning 10 straight last year wasn't?

Such moaning about Lorenzo putting the smack down on the favorites.

I thought it was an awesome race and I didn't take my eyes off the screen for a minute - well, while the race was on-screen, our idiots here in Australia throw two or three 3-minute ad breaks in, with Darryl Beattie's dulcet tones to segue us into and back out of the ad breaks. I suppose it makes for a nice change of pace from Nick Harris's histrionics.

But David has asked us to refrain from dumping on our commentators, so I'll leave that there.

Where was I? Yes... terrific race, once Dani had got his eye in. I'm glad the tv director made an effort to include Dani, it sure would have been a snooze-fest without that.

on free to air TV, and without an internet connection capable of streaming, I finally gave up and got Foxtel this year. The rest of it is a pile of ad-filled rubbish but being able to watch every session of MGP (as well as most of SBK and some WRC, Speedway or whatever else I notice is on) is well and truly worth the coin. Not that expensive these days. If you live in a metro area with decent internet available get the video pass from Dorna.

yes, but Dorna will not live stream WSBK to OZ.....WSBK races are available for viewing 7 days after !!