Marc Márquez dominates the Czech MotoGP™ to win from Andrea Dovizioso
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MotoGP™ championship leader Marc Márquez storms to victory after a delayed start at Brno to claim his 50th premier class win, followed by Andrea Dovizioso and Jack Miller.
Following a wet qualifying session, which saw reigning champion and points leader Márquez snatch pole ahead of Ducati's Jack Miller and Red Bull KTM Factory Racing's Johann Zarco, the start of the race was delayed due to a partially wet track. When the action got under way, though, it was Márquez who led the way into turn one.
Ducati's Andrea Dovizioso made his way into second, with Miller holding station in third, but under pressure from Álex Rins on the Suzuki. The Spaniard eventually made his way past the Australian rider to challenge the leading duo of Márquez and Dovizioso.
At halfway distance, the leading pack of four riders was headed by Márquez, who seemed to be controlling the pace ahead of Dovizioso. With six laps remaining, Márquez pulled the pin to pull out a lead of over a second back to the Ducati.
In the closing stages, Miller made a superb move on Rins to snatch third place from the Suzuki rider, as Márquez cruised to his sixth victory of the season from Dovizioso and Miller.
MotoGP™ of the Czech Republic results
- Marc Márquez (ESP) 39m 24.430s
- Andrea Dovizioso (ITA) +2.452s
- Jack Miller (AUS) +3.497s
- Álex Rins (ESP) +4.858s
- Cal Crutchlow (GBR) +6.007s
- Valentino Rossi (ITA) +9.083s
- Fabio Quartararo (FRA) +12.092s
- Danilo Petrucci (ITA) +13.976s
- Takaaki Nakagami (JPN) +15.724s
- Maverick Viñales (ESP) +16.558s
Márquez does it again
The lengthy delay to the start of the Czech Grand Prix did nothing to distract reigning MotoGP™ champion Marc Márquez from his aim of winning his second career Czech race, which the Spanish ace did with relative ease.
Starting from pole, Márquez led a train of four bikes for most of the race, followed by closest championship contender Andrea Dovizioso, Suzuki’s Álex Rins and Jack Miller,until the final stages, when the Honda rider did what he does best and pulled away to win by nearly 2.5 seconds.
Miller takes a welcome podium
Pramac Racing's Jack Miller injected a bit of drama into the race's later stages, as he made a superb pass to claim his second podium finish of the year.
The Australian lost out to Álex Rins early in the race and was demoted to fourth, but after a measured and controlled ride, he managed to size-up Rins and pass the Spanish rider with just two laps remaining.
Márquez looking good for title number six
Returning from the MotoGP™ summer break to a damp Masaryk Circuit, it was business as usual for reigning champion and championship leader Marc Márquez.
By taking his 50th premier class victory and his sixth of the season, Márquez now leads Ducati's Andrea Dovizioso by 63 points. The Italian rider, still with just one victory to his name, heads team-mate Danilo Petrucci, who's third in the standings.
With nine races remaining, it will take something pretty dramatic for Dovizioso to snatch the MotoGP™ title from Márquez's grasp, as the Honda rider looks to claim his sixth championship.
MotoGP™ 2019 standings
- Marc Márquez (ESP) 210 points
- Andrea Dovizioso (ITA) 147
- Danilo Petrucci (ITA) 129
- Álex Rins (ESP) 114
- Maverick Viñales (ESP) 91