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MotoGP: Marquez makes it four from four in Brno

Published: 25 August 2013

Updated: 24 November 2014

Marc Marquez battled to victory in Brno with the Spanish rookie scoring his fourth win in as many races for Honda HRC.

It didn't come easy however and after a blistering start from the lights it was Lorenzo on the Yamaha that took up the challenge, charging to the lead from the second row, and by the second lap he had garnered a 1.2 second lead.

Despite some initially quick reactions from Britain's Cal Crutchlow, who had qualified in pole and was looking for his first MotoGP win, the initial gear change from the lights wasn't as slick as he would have liked and by the first turn he had to settle for fourth, with Rossi and Bautista close behind.

With three laps gone, his teammate and compatriot on the Yamaha Tech 3 - bradley Smith - who had also qualified excellently in sixth and was maintaining that position crashed out. It was to be the beginning of an awful day for the French, Yamaha satellite outfit.

With the group of three leaders, Lorenzo, Marquez and Pedrosa breaking away, it was imperative that Crutchlow push on and try to close the gap if he was to challenge for a podium place. WIth fifteen laps to go, an unforced lowside saw Bautista and Rossi shoot past and Cal having to pick his bike up from the gravel; managing to restart from a lowly - and impossible to recover from - twentieth place.

At the front of the race, the procession of the three championship and race leaders continued until lap fifteen when Marquez finally made his move and dived on the inside for the lead. Lorenzo instantly responded upon the next corner however, forcing the Honda rookie to regroup.

This consolidation only lasted four corners however, as a the young Spaniard battled through and crossed the line for the remaining six laps in first place. There was no danger of the volley of overtaking being finished with though and soon, Lorenzo, with his blistering corner speed managed to exchange a couple of moves with Marquez for the lead. Before - once again - Marquez stole back the commanding position and finally managed to break free.

Meanwhile, Marquez's team mate Pedrosa followed patiently, biding his time and letting the two in front battle amongst themselves. With five laps left, he made his move on a slowing Lorenzo and took second place. At the same time, a lowly Cal Crutchlow managed to overtake Laverty on the Paul Bird CRT to cement his seventeenth finish.

With vital championship points up for grabs this leaves the Britain chasing Valentino Rossi for fourth. The top three ahead of them echoing the final result from today's race.

Naturally, Marc Marquez entered the winners' enclosure in jubilant mood, 'I enjoyed that a lot. The battle with Jorge was so nice, I loved it'.

Pedrosa, content with his finish and with some admiration for his fellow Honda rider added, 'I felt like I was the quickest today, but Marc is so late in braking that it's hard to stay with him'.

The last word from the three Spanish riders and podium finishers came from a deflated Lorenzo, 'I'm a little bit disappointed to be honest. I was in the leading position and I tried my best for the win but it wasn't to be.'

 

Pos. Points Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time/Gap
1 25 93 Marc MARQUEZ SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 166.4 42'50.729
2 20 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 166.4 +0.313
3 16 99 Jorge LORENZO SPA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 166.3 +2.277
4 13 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 165.8 +10.101
5 11 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA GO&FUN Honda Gresini Honda 165.8 +10.178
6 10 6 Stefan BRADL GER LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 165.1 +19.807
7 9 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Ducati Team Ducati 164.2 +35.015
8 8 69 Nicky HAYDEN USA Ducati Team Ducati 164.1 +35.354
9 7 29 Andrea IANNONE ITA Energy T.I. Pramac Racing Ducati 163.2 +51.149
10 6 41 Aleix ESPARGARO SPA Power Electronics Aspar ART 162.8 +56.392
11 5 5 Colin EDWARDS USA NGM Mobile Forward Racing FTR Kawasaki 162.8 +57.420
12 4 51 Michele PIRRO ITA Ignite Pramac Racing Ducati 162.3 +1'05.430
13 3 9 Danilo PETRUCCI ITA Came IodaRacing Project Ioda-Suter 161.9 +1'12.364
14 2 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA JPN Avintia Blusens FTR 161.8 +1'13.500
15 1 14 Randy DE PUNIET FRA Power Electronics Aspar ART 161.7 +1'14.128
16 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ COL Paul Bird Motorsport ART 161.7 +1'14.991
17 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 161.3 +1'20.640
18 70 Michael LAVERTY GBR Paul Bird Motorsport PBM 160.5 +1'34.462
19 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Cardion AB Motoracing ART 159.6 +1'49.713
20 67 Bryan STARING AUS GO&FUN Honda Gresini FTR Honda 159.6 +1'50.024
21 45 Martin BAUER AUT Remus Racing Team S&B Suter 152.5 1 Lap
Not Classified
38 Bradley SMITH GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 161.4 20 Laps
52 Lukas PESEK CZE Came IodaRacing Project Ioda-Suter 156.0 20 Laps
71 Claudio CORTI ITA NGM Mobile Forward Racing FTR Kawasaki 152.4 21 Laps
8 Hector BARBERA SPA Avintia Blusens FTR 152.2 21 Laps

 

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