Dani Pedrosa (26) overtook Jorge Lorenzo (99) and then held off a late charge by the Italian to win the Czech Republic Grand Prix. Dani Pedrosa (26) overtook Jorge Lorenzo (99) and then held off a late charge by the Italian to win the Czech Republic Grand Prix. Photo courtesy motogp.com

Pedrosa wins as Marquez streak ends

Written by  on Sunday, 17 August 2014 20:36

In the Brno MotoGP™ race Dani Pedrosa won for the first time since Malaysia last year as he ended the winning streak of Marc Marquez, with Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi second and third, while Marquez came home just off the podium.

From fifth on the grid Pedrosa returned to his best form to blast through the pack and eventually take victory by 0.410s from Lorenzo in front of more than 138,000 fans.

Pedrosa made a lightning start, settling in behind Andrea Iannone (Pramac Racing) and Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) as the Italian pair led in the early stages.

Lorenzo (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) made an early break, reminiscent of his past wins. Pedrosa set consistent laps and overtook Lorenzo on the sixth lap and extended his lead to over a second and a half.

The closing stages saw Lorenzo make a spirited charge, reducing the gap to just 0.410s at the end of the race.

“I didn’t plan the race in the way it went. Jorge was very strong in the first laps so I had to change my plan and push to catch him. I was able to have a good rhythm and manage the gap. We had some problem with grip and corner exit after the first laps. This year it has been a tough road to victory, but today everybody in the team is very happy,” said the race winner.

“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.”

For Lorenzo it was his third successive podium result and he also produced a great ride, having started in sixth on the grid.

Lorenzo commented, “Finally we beat Marquez, though sadly it was Dani who got the win. I felt good in the Warm Up and at the start of the race. After two laps I lost some feeling and Dani caught me and passed me. I tried to be more aggressive and the bike improved at the end of the race. But by then he was too far ahead, maybe with one more lap I could have fought for the victory.”

Rossi got his seventh rostrum result of 2014 in his 245th premier class race as he equaled the all time appearance record in the top class, pulling level with Alex Barros on that front.

Rossi was able to overcome a finger injury sustained in FP4 to beat Marquez (Repsol Honda) for the first time this season and claim another podium. Rossi made a solid start from seventh and began to battle with Marquez from the first lap.

The battle lasted for several laps, with Rossi eventually gaining the advantage on lap 13. The experienced Italian went on to finish five seconds ahead of Marquez, but five seconds behind his Yamaha teammate.

Rossi stated, “I am very happy for this result because it was a tough weekend. I crashed yesterday and injured the finger. In Warm Up we had some pain and a bad setting. We made a good setting for the finger for the race though.

“I was able to have a good race and had a high pace. Sadly I lost a little in the first laps, as I wasn’t sure on the pace. It was a great pleasure to beat Marc for once! He had some problems, sliding a lot. I’m very proud to be on the podium.”

With Marquez finishing fourth it is the first time this year that he did not win the race and this is the first time he has finished a MotoGP™ race off the podium. Marquez is of course still in a commanding position in the standings with a 77-point lead.

Marquez had a close fight with Andrea Iannone (Pramac Racing) in the opening laps – with the two former Moto2™ rivals clashing on two occasions.

Iannone would later get the better of Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) for fifth in the final stages.

The top 10 was completed by Stefan Bradl (LCR Honda MotoGP), Aleix Espargaro (NGM Forward Racing), Bradley Smith (Monster Yamaha Tech3) and Alvaro Bautista (GO&FUN Honda Gresini).

Home rider Karel Abraham (Cardion AB Motoracing) scored points in 14th, with substitute rider Leon Camier (Drive M7 Aspar) scoring his first ever MotoGP point in 15th.

A crash and subsequent retirement saw Cal Crutchlow (Ducati Team) end his race early. Pol Espargaro (Monster Yamaha Tech3) and Michael Laverty (Paul Bird Motorsport) both crashed out, while Danilo Petrucci (IodaRacing Project) and Yonny Hernandez (Energy T.I. Pramac Racing) both retired with technical issues.

Moto2™ World Championship leader Tito Rabat scored a dominant win at the bwin Grand Prix České republiky, with Mika Kallio and Sandro Cortese joining him on the podium.

Starting on pole for the seventh time in 2014 Rabat stormed away from the line, leading from start to finish and opening up a clear gap at the front. The Spaniard crossed the line three seconds ahead of Marc VDS Racing Team colleague Kallio to increase his championship lead to 12 points.

A first Moto2 podium for Cortese (Dynavolt Intact GP) was secured by a two-second gap from Thomas Luthi (Interwetten Paddock Moto2). Dominique Aegerter (Technomag carXpert) crossed the line just behind Luthi in fifth, with Maverick Viñales (Paginas Amarillas HP 40) nearby in sixth.

Another superb Moto3™ race saw Alexis Masbou secure victory after a long battle featuring a huge leading group, with Enea Bastianini and Danny Kent joining him on the podium.

A deserved win for Masbou (Ongetta-Rivacold) in his 133rd Grand Prix race came by just a 0.157s margin from Bastianini (Junior Team Go&FUN Moto3), who rode bravely with a broken heel. The win for experienced Frenchman Masbou makes him the rider to have competed in most Grands Prix before tasting victory.

Kent (Red Bull Husqvarna Ajo) returned to the podium in third, with 15 riders crossing the line tightly packed in a front running group.

Alex Marquez (Estrella Galicia 0,0) just missed the podium in fourth having led on several laps, while his teammate Alex Rins finished ninth, having remarkably celebrated a lap early, thinking he had won the race.

A fifth placed finish for Jack Miller (Red Bull KTM Ajo) was enough to increase his championship advantage to 23 points.

--From motogp.com

MotoGP Race Results (courtesy Repsol Honda)

Pos.

Rider

Num.

Nation

Points

Team

Constructor

Time/Gap

1

Dani Pedrosa

26

ESP

25

Repsol Honda Team

HONDA

42'47.800

2

Jorge Lorenzo

99

ESP

20

Movistar Yamaha MotoGP

YAMAHA

+0.410

3

Valentino Rossi

46

ITA

16

Movistar Yamaha MotoGP

YAMAHA

+5.259

4

Marc Marquez

93

ESP

13

Repsol Honda Team

HONDA

+10.454

5

Andrea Iannone

29

ITA

11

Pramac Racing

DUCATI

+17.639

6

Andrea Dovizioso

4

ITA

10

Ducati Team

DUCATI

+17.834

7

Stefan Bradl

6

GER

9

LCR Honda MotoGP

HONDA

+23.819

8

Aleix Espargaro

41

ESP

8

NGM Mobile Forward Racing

YAMAHA

+29.621

9

Bradley Smith

38

GBR

7

Monster Yamaha Tech 3

YAMAHA

+30.364

10

Alvaro Bautista

19

ESP

6

Go & Fun Honda Gresini

HONDA

+37.639

11

Scott Redding

45

GBR

5

Go & Fun Honda Gresini

HONDA

+55.604

12

Michele Pirro

51

ITA

4

Ducati Team

DUCATI

+56.727

13

Hiroshi Aoyama

7

JPN

3

Drive M7 Aspar

HONDA

+56.908

14

Karel Abraham

17

CZE

2

Cardion AB Motoracing

HONDA

+1'04.135

15

Leon Camier

2

GBR

1

Drive M7 Aspar

HONDA

+1'04.902

16

Alex De Angelis

15

RSM

NGM Mobile Forward Racing

YAMAHA

+1'20.666

17

Hector Barbera

8

ESP

Avintia Racing MotoGP

FTR-KAWASAKI

+1'24.282

18

Mike Di Meglio

63

FRA

Avintia Racing MotoGP

FTR-KAWASAKI

+1'27.436

19

Broc Parkes

23

AUS

Paul Bird Motorsport

PBM

+1'38.867

20

Danilo Petrucci

9

ITA

IodaRacing Project

IODA-SUTER

DNF

21

Cal Crutchlow

35

GBR

Ducati Team

DUCATI

DNF

22

Pol Espargaro

44

ESP

Monster Yamaha Tech 3

YAMAHA

DNF

23

Michael Laverty

70

GBR

Paul Bird Motorsport

ART & PBM

DNF

24

Yonny Hernandez

68

COL

Pramac Racing

DUCATI

DNF

MotoGP Standings (courtesy Repsol Honda)

Pos.

Rider

Num.

Nation

Points

Team

Constructor

1

Marc Marquez

93

ESP

263

Repsol Honda Team

HONDA

2

Dani Pedrosa

26

ESP

186

Repsol Honda Team

HONDA

3

Valentino Rossi

46

ITA

173

Movistar Yamaha MotoGP

YAMAHA

4

Jorge Lorenzo

99

ESP

137

Movistar Yamaha MotoGP

YAMAHA

5

Andrea Dovizioso

4

ITA

118

Ducati Team

DUCATI

6

Aleix Espargaro

41

ESP

85

NGM Mobile Forward Racing

YAMAHA

7

Pol Espargaro

44

ESP

78

Monster Yamaha Tech 3

YAMAHA

8

Andrea Iannone

29

ITA

73

Pramac Racing

DUCATI

9

Stefan Bradl

6

GER

65

LCR Honda MotoGP

HONDA

10

Bradley Smith

38

GBR

65

Monster Yamaha Tech 3

YAMAHA

11

Alvaro Bautista

19

ESP

56

Go & Fun Honda Gresini

HONDA

12

Scott Redding

45

GBR

45

Go & Fun Honda Gresini

HONDA

13

Hiroshi Aoyama

7

JPN

37

Drive M7 Aspar

HONDA

14

Cal Crutchlow

35

GBR

36

Ducati Team

DUCATI

15

Nicky Hayden

69

USA

29

Drive M7 Aspar

HONDA

16

Yonny Hernandez

68

COL

27

Pramac Racing

DUCATI

17

Karel Abraham

17

CZE

25

Cardion AB Motoracing

HONDA

18

Colin Edwards

5

USA

11

NGM Mobile Forward Racing

YAMAHA

19

Michele Pirro

51

ITA

11

Ducati Team

DUCATI

20

Broc Parkes

23

AUS

7

Paul Bird Motorsport

PBM

21

Mike Di Meglio

63

FRA

4

Avintia Racing MotoGP

FTR-KAWASAKI

22

Danilo Petrucci

9

ITA

4

IodaRacing Project

IODA-SUTER

23

Michael Laverty

70

GBR

2

Paul Bird Motorsport

ART & PBM

24

Hector Barbera

8

ESP

2

Avintia Racing MotoGP

FTR-KAWASAKI

25

Leon Camier

2

GBR

1

Drive M7 Aspar

HONDA

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