Felice Monteleone – FMPhotoSport MotoGP News
Brno (Czech Republic), 17th August 2014
Repsol Honda Team rider rides masterfully for victory at the Czech Republic Grand Prix. Marquez’s winning streak ends as he finishes fourth.
Dani Pedrosa was the star of the Czech Republic Grand Prix on race day, winning the eleventh round of the year. Starting from fifth position, he gradually made his way up through the field on the opening laps, in a performance that prevented Marc Marquez from continuing his winning streak. The reigning MotoGP World Champion finished fourth at Brno.
The race saw its most exciting moments on the opening laps. A bad start for Marquez led to him completing the first lap in sixth. In the early going there was overtaking amongst the riders, but meanwhile Jorge Lorenzo and Pedrosa managed to gain ground and quickly overtake initial leaders Andrea Iannone and Andrea Dovizioso. Marquez found it more difficult to get past Valentino Rossi.
On Lap 6 Pedrosa had gone into the lead and he set about escaping for his 26th win in MotoGP. Behind him, Lorenzo remained second. Although Marquez was able to move into third, as the laps went by Rossi proved to be too strong for him and relegated the MotoGP World Championship leader to fourth. Without the good feeling of previous races, Marquez nevertheless claimed a further 13 points for his tally ‒which rises to 263. He leads the series by 77 points from Pedrosa, who lies in second overall.
The next round on the calendar will be the British Grand Prix, held in two weeks’ time at Silverstone.
26 – Dani Pedrosa | 1st | 42:47.800
“I am very happy to have won this race! This year it has been a tough road to victory, but today everybody in the team is very happy. Seeing their smiling faces makes me happy as well, because you always try to get the best results but don’t always manage to do so. This year we have an amazing rival in Marc, who has had great performances at every round so far. Maybe today wasn’t his best day, but I think that we also worked very well this weekend; bringing home the win for the team feels fantastic”.
93 – Marc Marquez | 4th | at 10.454 sec
“Today was one of those Sundays in which I neither felt completely comfortable, nor had found the best setup for the bike. It wasn’t down to a mistake by me or by the team, it was simply that we didn’t have the same feeling as on other Sundays. In a way it’s taken a weight off my shoulders, as now people won’t be asking me if I can win every race anymore. It was also important that we were able to focus on staying in fourth, even though it was tough not to be fighting for the win; we took 13 points that are important for the World Championship and we have a big advantage. What matters is who wins the title -not who wins the most races”.
Movistar Yamaha MotoGP’s Jorge Lorenzo fought hard today to take second for the Grand Prix of the Czech Republic with teammate Valentino Rossi finishing in third for the second consecutive Yamaha double podium finish.
Lorenzo started in his traditional style, pushing hard at the start of the race. The Spaniard had a good start from sixth on the grid and soon passed Bradley Smith and Marc Marquez before plunging down the hill, with teammate Rossi following close behind. What followed next was a flurry of overtaking maneuvers between the top six riders, Lorenzo managing to overtake Dani Pedrosa to start the second lap in third place.
Lorenzo kept riding aggressively, overtaking the two Ducati’s of Andrea Iannone and Andrea Dovizioso in corner three on the second lap to lead the race and simultaneously brake the circuit record with a 1’56.066 lap. Pedrosa managed to close the gap and, though Lorenzo put up a fight, he was unable to hold off his rival. Lorenzo kept his head down and the pressure on. The last lap saw him inch closer but he came short by just 0.410 of a second at the line.
Teammate Rossi repeated his achievement from Indianapolis last weekend. The nine-time World Champion started his 245th Grand Prix with a bang as he launched his Yamaha from seventh on the grid along the outside of the race track to close right up with the riders starting from the second row of the grid. The Italian soon overtook Bradley Smith and had his eyes on Marc Marquez. He overtook his rival in turn four when the young Spaniard was forced to sit up. Marquez regained a place from Rossi, but was unable to pull away, the two staying close as they passed Andrea Dovizioso and Andrea Iannone.
The Doctor closed back in on lap 12 and made a pass stick on 13. It was now Rossi’s turn to take off, creating a distance between himself and the young Spaniard too big for the championship leader to bridge, giving Rossi his seventh podium finish of the season in third.
Lorenzo’s second place keeps him in fourth position in the world standings with 137 points, 36 points behind teammate Rossi with 173 points who stays third with a 13 points gap to his closest rival.
Movistar Yamaha MotoGP now head to Silverstone in the UK for the The British Grand Prix in two weeks time.
99 – Jorge Lorenzo | 2nd | at 0.410 sec
“Finally we beat Marc, but unfortunately it was not me who got the victory this time. I had a chance to get the win because I was feeling good during the warm up and also on the first laps of the race. The only problem was that the feeling of the bike changed after a few laps and Dani caught me. I need to be more aggressive, because he managed to get away. The bike was not so bad at the end of race but I was on the limit to catch him. If there would have been one more lap I would have been able to try and beat him, but it was too late. I wanted to try and fight for the win, but Dani rode a really good race. It was a good opportunity for us to win because Marc was not fit enough, but we didn’t plan the race perfectly so we have to learn from this experience in the future. I’m very happy with Yamaha’s work and how they have improved the bike these last few races. I think it will also be a big improvement for other tracks. I also feel very strong physically so if it goes well we can fight for the victory.”
46 – Valentino Rossi | 3rd | at 5.259 sec
“I’m very happy about this result, because it was a difficult weekend. Yesterday I crashed and injured my finger. This morning it was very bad when checking the setting also with pain making it difficult to ride. This afternoon I visited the Clinica Mobile for my finger to prepare it for the race. With Silvano (Galbusera) and the whole team we were able to set up the bike and we were able to have a good race. I’m happy. We had a good pace and got another podium. Unfortunately I lost a bit of time on the first laps because I wasn’t sure, but after I found the rhythm and then it was a great pleasure to beat Marc. He was sliding and had a problem so he wasn’t fast enough. Of course we tried to arrive more in front but the third place was not so bad in Brno because Dani and Jorge rode a very strong race.”
Felice Monteleone – FMPhotoSport MotoGP News
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