Marquez registers fourth successive MotoGP win
Sachsenring, Laguna Seca, Indianapolis and now Brno - the rookie makes it four in a row with a win at the Czech MotoGP
Last week, Marc Marquez equalled Kenny Roberts Sr's record of the most wins in a row, in a rookie season in the MotoGP by stamping his authority all over Indianapolis. Today, in a hotly-contested race at Brno, he went one step further and wrote himself into the history books by becoming the only rookie MotoGP rider to complete four successive victories.
The start was rather dramatic. It looked like Crutchlow had gotten off to a dream start off the line, but it soon turned to horror as one after the other, Lorenzo, Marquez and Pedrosa went past him approaching Turn 1. Lorenzo had an excellent start, firing off into the lead having started the race from the second row. He was so quick, in fact, that by the end of the first lap, he had put as much as a second's distance between himself and the Repsol Hondas chasing him down. That wasn't to last very long, though.
The Spanish trio broke off from the rest of the pack soon enough, much like every other weekend, and Marquez started to chip away at the gap. Tenths after tenths, he managed to pull the world champion's lead to under half a second, ensuring that the three riders at the top were all within sniffing distance of each other.
Way behind these three was a fight between Crutchlow, Bautista and Rossi, again, like Indianapolis. Bautista and Crutchlow kept at it, switching places a number of times before the Briton lost the front-end of his bike on Lap 8 and fell, only to rejoin the race and finish in 17th. Rossi and Bautista battled thereafter, and the Doctor proved to be too good for the Gresini Honda rider, overtaking him on the last lap to finish fourth.
Dani Pedrosa meanwhile, sat behind his young team-mate, as calm as ever, waiting for the moment.
And the moment did arrive - but not before we'd seen some truly thrilling action, following a sprinkling of rain midway through the race, to add to the slip-slidey drama. With only five laps to go, Marquez went on the inside of Lorenzo, but not the one to give up, Lorenzo kept up with the rookie on the outside and regained first place at the next turn. That, as it turned out, was also the last trick Lorenzo had up his sleeve, for on the next lap, Marquez learned from his mistake on the lap before and this time, went past Lorenzo and shut the door on him. Which is exactly when Pedrosa came nibbling at the Yamaha's rear tyre.
Lorenzo had nothing left to give, and Pedrosa coolly maneouvred past #99 with two laps to go. That pretty much sealed it, with Marquez's 0.5sec lead proving to be too much even for last year's Czech MotoGP winner to catch up with. Stefan Bradl rode an untroubled race to secure sixth, with Dovizioso and Hayden's Ducatis following soon after.
Never before has a rookie enjoyed such a fruitful first season in the MotoGP, and with a 26-point lead over his closest championship rival Pedrosa, Marquez should be feeling plenty good about himself. Lorenzo looked dejected as he got off his bike in parc ferme, like a ruler who can sense an impending downfall. He's now trailing the greenhorn by 44 points, and that's one hand off the title as it stands right now. Can he fight his way back into contention next week at Silverstone?
1. Marc Marquez
2. Dani Pedrosa
3. Jorge Lorenzo
4. Valentino Rossi
5. Alvaro Bautista
6. Stefan Bradl
7. Andrea Dovizioso
8. Nicky Hayden
9. Andrea Iannone
10. Aleix Espargaro
11. Colin Edwards
12. Michele Pirro
13. Danilo Petrucci
14. Hiroshi Aoyama
15. Randy De Puniet
16. Yonny Hernandez
17. Cal Crutchlow
18. Michael Laverty
19. Karel Abraham
20. Bryan Staring
21. Martin Bauer
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