MotoGP Repsol Honda rider Dani Pedrosa ended team-mate Marc Marquez’s hopes of becoming the first rider in history to win the opening eleven races of a season by taking victory in the Czech Grand Prix at Brno on Sunday.
Pedrosa passed Marquez – who started on pole – on lap one after vaulting forward from 5th on the grid, before making a critical and decisive pass on Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo for the lead of the race. Behind them Marquez triumphed in a ruthless no-quarter spared duel with Pramac’s Andrea Iannone, then proceeded to get the better of Valentino Rossi to take 3rd place. However, Marquez struggled for pace after the halfway stage of the grand prix and was re-passed by Rossi with ten laps to go. It makes the race the first time in his top-flight career that Marquez has failed to finish in the top three, while for Pedrosa the win was his first since Sepang in Malaysia in 2013.
Iannone secured 5th after a race-long tussle with namesake and future team-mate Andrea Dovizoso, and there was a starring performance from Leon Camier who brought his M7 Aspar bike home in 15th for a point in place of the injured Nicky Hayden.
There were crashes for Pol Espargaro – running 8th for Tech 3 Yamaha at the time – and Michael Laverty, while Cal Crutchlow survived a lap one accident only to retire soon after with crash damage. Yonny Hernandez’s solid weekend ended with mechanical failure early on and Danilo Petrucci suffering the same fate just two laps from home.
CLASSIFICATION – Race – MotoGP – Brno – 17th August 2014