Marc Marquez claimed his fourth consecutive victory, and the fifth of his rookie MotoGP season in a thrilling round at the Czech circuit at Brno.
The 20-year old Repsol Honda rookie is having a phenomenal season and is redefining the sport with his superb talent, having already broken more records than can be counted, including 'King' Kenny Roberts' record of most wins in a rookie season.
He also becomes the first rider to win four races in a row since Valentino Rossi in 2008, and he leads the championship by 26 points, over Dani Pedrosa and 44 points over reigning World champion Jorge Lorenzo.
Once again it was a three-rider race, dominated by the Spaniards, even if there had previously been high hopes for Cal Crutchlow, Valentino Rossi and Alvaro Bautista to be able to join the fray and break the dominance.
Crutchlow, who took the pole position with a record breaking lap crashed out less than halfway through the race while riding in fourth. He managed to rejoin in 20th and climb to 17th with his damaged Yamaha M1.
Valentino Rossi and Alvaro Bautista (2nd on the starting grid) battled for fourth with the Italian out dragging the Gresini rider by 0.071s to the finish line.
Lorenzo took off like a scalded cat at the start and built up over a one second margin in the first lap, but Marquez and Pedrosa reeled him back as the three rode together, separated by a little more than three tenths of a second.
On lap 8 Marquez was right on Lorenzo’s six when he made his move on the inside of turn 3, but the Yamaha rider immediately retaliated just one corner later to retake the lead, but it would not last long.
Heading for the steep hill and at the chicane, Marquez dived up the inside again and this time closed the door on Lorenzo.
However Lorenzo’s problems weren’t over, as he tried to chase down Marquez but also fend off the unwanted attentions of Dani Pedrosa.
The Yamaha rider managed to retake the head of the race just a lap and half later, only to have Marquez sweep back through at turn 4, which would become the winning pass.
The lightning start, the sheer speed and the battle with Marquez, had taken all the wind out of Lorenzo’s M1, and with just two laps to go Pedrosa passed him.
The veteran Repsol Honda rider, still in pain from his recently fractured collarbone, would even attempt to chase down his cocky team mate, but it was too late, as Marquez rode across the finish line to extend his lead in the standings.
Stefan Bradl rode home to a lonely sixth.
Ducati duo Andrea Dovizioso and Nicky Hayden were once again involved in their own private battle only this time there was no final-corner clash, like in Indianapolis as the Italian finished ahead of the soon-to-be ex Ducati rider to take seventh.
A very bruised and battered Andrea Iannone – he crashed twice this weekend rode to 9th while Aleix Espargaro was once again the top CRT rider as he closed out the top ten.
2013 MotoGP Brno Race Results:
- 01- Marc Marquez – Repsol Honda Team – Honda RC213V – 22 laps in 42’50.729
- 02- Dani Pedrosa – Repsol Honda Team – Honda RC213V – + 0.313
- 03- Jorge Lorenzo – Yamaha Factory Racing – Yamaha YZR M1 – + 2.277
- 04- Valentino Rossi – Yamaha Factory Racing – Yamaha YZR M1 – + 10.101
- 05- Alvaro Bautista – GO&FUN Honda Gresini – Honda RC213V – + 10.178
- 06- Stefan Bradl – LCR Honda MotoGP – Honda RC213V – + 19.807
- 07- Andrea Dovizioso – Ducati Team – Ducati Desmosedici GP13 – + 35.015
- 08- Nicky Hayden – Ducati Team – Ducati Desmosedici GP13 – + 35.354
- 09- Andrea Iannone – Energy T.I. Pramac Racing – Ducati Desmosedici GP13 – + 51.149
- 10- Aleix Espargaro – Power Electronics Aspar – ART GP13 – + 56.392
- 11- Colin Edwards – NGM Mobile Forward Racing – FTR Kawasaki – + 57.420
- 12- Michele Pirro – Ignite Pramac Racing – Ducati Desmosedici GP13 – + 1’05.430
- 13- Danilo Petrucci – CAME Iodaracing Project – Ioda Suter BMW – + 1’12.364
- 14- Hiroshi Aoyama – Avintia Blusens – BQR FTR – + 1’13.500
- 15- Randy De Puniet – Power Electronics Aspar – ART GP13 – + 1’14.128
- 16- Yonny Hernandez – Paul Bird Motorsport – ART GP13 – + 1’14.991
- 17- Cal Crutchlow – Monster Yamaha Tech 3 – Yamaha YZR M1 – + 1’20.640
- 18- Michael Laverty – Paul Bird Motorsport – PBM 01 – + 1’34.462
- 19- Karel Abraham – Cardion AB Motoracing – ART GP13 – + 1’49.713
- 20- Bryan Staring – GO&FUN Honda Gresini – FTR Honda MGP13 – + 1’50.024
- 21- Martin Bauer – Remus Racing Team – S&B Suter BMW – 1 lap