Brno - Marc Marquez's hopes of setting a record 11 straight MotoGP wins
ended on Sunday as Honda teammate Dani Pedrosa of Spain won the Czech
Republic MotoGP in Brno.
Pedrosa, who also won at Brno in 2012,
finished the 22 laps on the dry 5.4km circuit in
42min 47.800sec, ahead of Yamaha duo Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi,
with Marquez finishing fourth.
Marquez, the reigning champion who
won at Brno last year, was looking to become the first premier class
rider ever to win the 11 opening races of a season.
Giacomo Agostini won the opening 10 races of the premier class season
in 1968, 1969 and 1970 at a time when he dominated the sport.
However, no one has ever won the first 11 - in part because Agostini's perfect season in 1968 comprised only 10 events.
who failed to make it to the podium for the first time since Australia
last year, now tops the championship with 263 points, 77 ahead of
Pedrosa and 90 ahead of Rossi.
"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," said Marquez.
"We took 13 points which are important for the World Championship and we have a big advantage."
matters is who wins the title not who wins the most races," said
Marquez, adding he had failed to find "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."
As often this season, Marquez got off to a poor start from pole position, dropping to sixth place.
soon settled down at the front, followed by Pedrosa who overtook him on
the sixth lap to nurse his lead with Lorenzo never really getting close
enough to fight back.
"I didn't plan the race in this way but
fortunately Jorge... opened a gap immediately so I had to change my plan
and then push to the limit," said Pedrosa.
"I kept my rhythm
until the end but in the end I struggled with my rear grip and was not
able to go out strong in the corners," added the 28-year-old who
finished 0.410sec ahead of Lorenzo.
"Finally we beat Marc, but unfortunately it wasn't me, it was Dani this time," said Lorenzo.
"After two laps I started feeling not as well as in the first laps and Dani cut me and passed me... and went away."
"The bike wasn't so bad at the end of the race so I tried, pushed to the limit to cut him, but it was too late," added Lorenzo.
moved up to third after a few laps but instead of narrowing the gap on
the two leaders, he found himself under heavy pressure from Rossi.
off a heavy crash in Saturday's practice in which he injured the little
finger on his left hand, Rossi, who has won five premier class races in
Brno, breezed past Marquez midway through the race.
more than five seconds ahead of the championship leader for his 190th
podium finish in all classes of motorcycling Grand Prix.
"I was able to do a good race, I'm happy, I had a good pace and it's another podium," Rossi beamed.
"It was a great pleasure to beat Marc one time."Czech Republic Grand Prix results on Sunday, the 11th round of the 2014 motorcycling world championship:
1. Dani Pedrosa (ESP/Honda) 42min 47.800sec, 2. Jorge Lorenzo (ESP/Yamaha) at 0.410, 3. Valentino Rossi (ITA/Yamaha) 5.259, 4. Marc Marquez (ESP/Honda) 10.454, 5. Andrea Iannone (ITA/Ducati) 17.639, 6. Andrea Dovizioso (Ita/Ducati) 17.834, 7. Stefan Bradl (GER/LCR Honda) 23.819, 8. Aleix Espargaro (ESP/Forward Yamaha) 29.621, 9. Bradley Smith (GBR/Yamaha) 30.364, 10. Alvaro Bautista (ESP/Honda) 37.639
World Championship standings (after 11 of 18 rounds):
1. Marc Marquez (ESP) 263 pts, 2. Dani Pedrosa (ESP) 186, 3. Valentino Rossi (ITA) 173, 4. Jorge Lorenzo (ESP) 137, 5. Andrea Dovizioso (ITA) 118, 6. Aleix Espargaro (ESP) 85, 7. Pol Espargaro (ESP) 78, 8. Andrea Iannone (ITA) 73, 10. Stefan Bradl (GER) and Bradley Smith (GBR) 65