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.
|Pos.||No.||Rider||Bike||Time / Diff.|
|15||76||Loris BAZ||Yamaha Forward||+1'00.316|
|18||63||Mike DI MEGLIO||Ducati||+1'05.944|
|20||71||Claudio CORTI||Yamaha Forward||+1'50.033|
|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|