Marquez beats Rossi to Czech MotoGP pole

  • Marquez beats Rossi to Czech MotoGP pole

Marquez beats Rossi to Czech MotoGP pole

An interesting thing has happened today in the Czech Republic at the Grand Prix of MotoGP championship.

Marc Marquez masters yet another flag-to-flag race as he comfortably wins the CzechGP from Dani Pedrosa and Maverick Vinales. An opportunistic Thomas Luthi, win-less since Phillip Island, charged from the third row to power away to an easy victory while championship leader Franco Morbidelli was mugged, beaten up and left back in the pack.

Italy's Andrea Dovizioso on a Ducati is third on 123 points, ahead of compatriot and the sport's legend Valentino Rossi on a Yamaha with 119.

Marquez was leading the first group and didn't enter to change his bike until the 11th lap. Jorge Lorenzo (ESP/Ducati) 0.599, 10.

The 22-lap race was declared wet and all riders started the event on Michelin rain tyres. Later, this turned out to be a genius move.

Starting on a wet track that was quickly drying out, riders were allowed to swap their bikes for ones with tires suitable for dry conditions. Valentino Rossi eventually slipped to the ninth place after he had some problems in the pit stop, where he had stayed more than he wanted.

Marquez was so fast that he gained an advantage of around 20 seconds over the next set of riders. First of all, a special Sunday. But we will not use it because I feel more comfortable with the one I have used so far.

"I think if you manage very well this acceleration, the Yamaha is good on the brakes, so then if you can play with the electronics, the suspension, you have the best drive on the exit of the corner and you can be on the top".

On a wet track, Marquez was brought into the pits early to put on a softer tyre compound, and he was able to make massive gains on the rest of the field. But it was the wrong decision, it was spinning and I lost many positions.

Aprilia Racing's Aleix Espargaro was docked three places during the race for his involvement in a pit-lane incident with Suzuki's Andrea Iannone.

McPhee was another who made incredible progress, making up thirteen places by the flag to finish sixth, a little more than a second ahead of Ramirez and Honda riders Tatsuki Suzuki (Honda), Adam Norrodin and Atiratphuvapat, who shone in the hard conditions.

"Top speed is very important [at the Red Bull Ring] and with this type of fairing you lose a bit".