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So he's 10 for 10, im thinking we will see more wins lol, also thinking he will hold up the 1 finger and his crew/team will hold up 10 =11 :) lets see if he can pull it out again!!! I've been following MotoGP for many years and have never seen this kind of domination, esp at such a young age

Circuit info
Length: 5.403 m / 3.357 miles
Width: 15m
Left corners: 6
Right corners: 8
Longest straight: 636 m / 0.395 miles
Constructed: 1987
Modified: 1996


Introduction: The world’s most famous riders have taken part in GP events in Brno since 1930, where up until 1982 they would race through the villages and western parts of the city on a road track named after the first Czechoslovak President - T.G. Masaryk. A new circuit was built during the 1980s with the aim of attracting Formula 1 to Czechoslovakia, and in 1987 it played host to the FIM Czech Grand Prix. Popular with both fans and riders, the new circuit is built in a natural bowl which is banked in places to offer spectators an excellent view. Brno constantly changes in elevation as it sweeps across forested hillsides and its fast undulating corners test rider talent and engineering to the limit.

Records:
MotoGP
Fastest Lap 2013 Cal CRUTCHLOW (GBR) Yamaha 1'55.527 168.3 km/h
Circuit Record 2013 Marc MARQUEZ (SPA) Honda 1'56.135 167.4 km/h
Best Pole 2013 Cal CRUTCHLOW (GBR) Yamaha 1'55.527 168.3 km/h
Top Speed 2013 Dani PEDROSA (SPA) Honda 314.8 km/h





Current Points:
1 Marc MARQUEZ Honda SPA 250
2 Dani PEDROSA Honda SPA 161
3 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha ITA 157
4 Jorge LORENZO Yamaha SPA 117
5 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati ITA 108
6 Pol ESPARGARO Yamaha SPA 78
7 Aleix ESPARGARO Forward Yamaha SPA 77
8 Andrea IANNONE Ducati ITA 62
9 Bradley SMITH Yamaha GBR 58
10 Stefan BRADL Honda GER 56
11 Alvaro BAUTISTA Honda SPA 50
12 Scott REDDING Honda GBR 40
13 Cal CRUTCHLOW Ducati GBR 36
14 Hiroshi AOYAMA Honda JPN 34
15 Nicky HAYDEN Honda USA 29
16 Yonny HERNANDEZ Ducati COL 27
17 Karel ABRAHAM Honda CZE 23
18 Colin EDWARDS Forward Yamaha USA 11
19 Michele PIRRO Ducati ITA 7
20 Broc PARKES PBM AUS 7
21 Mike DI MEGLIO Avintia FRA 4
22 Danilo PETRUCCI ART ITA 4
23 Michael LAVERTY PBM GBR 2
24 Hector BARBERA Avintia SPA 2
 

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Quick dash back to Europe for round 11 at Brno
After the return to action from the MotoGP™ mid-season break at Indianapolis the teams and riders head straight back to Europe this week to prepare for the round 11 contest at the bwin Grand Prix České republiky.
The visit to Brno takes the World Championship to one of the most historic venues on the calendar, where racing has been held since the 1930s and the current circuit first held a Grand Prix in 1937.

This time around MotoGP’s current ‘history maker’ Marc Marquez will look to extend his winning run to 11 consecutive victories after another fantastic display at Indy. The only other previous rider to have won the opening ten races of the premier class season is the great Giacomo Agostini, the Italian did so in 1968, 1969 and 1970, so Marquez has the chance to set yet another new record this weekend.All trying to stop him from winning again, at the track where Marquez scored his penultimate victory of 2013, are the likes of Movistar Yamaha MotoGP pair Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo. Currently sitting third and fourth respectively in the standings Rossi and Lorenzo each hope Brno will give them a chance to finally defeat Marquez, after they both joined the Repsol Honda rider on the podium Indianapolis.

On the other side of the Repsol Honda garage Dani Pedrosa did not quite get in hooked up at Indy and finished fourth, to maintain his second place in the standings. Like Marquez Pedrosa tested at Brno in the summer following round nine at Sachsenring and he will be hoping for at least a podium result on Sunday.

Ducati Team pair Andrea Dovizioso and Cal Crutchlow will look for better than the respective seventh and eighth place finishes they got at round ten, whilst Monster Yamaha Tech 3 teammates Pol Espargaro and Bradley Smith will aim to build on their top six finishes in the States. Smith will need treatment on a finger injury this week, having aggravated an old wound in a crash on Saturday.

Looking to immediately bounce back from Brickyard DNFs, Stefan Bradl (LCR Honda), Alvaro Bautista (GO&FUN Honda Gresini), Andrea Iannone (Pramac Racing) and Aleix Espargaro (NGM Forward Yamaha) will all have top five aspirations at Brno.

Leon Camier was unlucky not to finish the Indy race on his MotoGP™ debut and he will get another chance in the Czech Republic as he rides in place of Nicky Hayden with Drive M7 Aspar. Meanwhile, Alex de Angelis will make a return to the premier class, as he steps in to replace Colin Edwards at NGM Forward Racing.

Camier and De Angelis are also both included on the list of riders scheduled to remain at Brno for a post Grand Prix day of testing on Monday.
 

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Some Mick Doohan comments on MM93
"Doohan expects Marquez to break his Moto GP record; predicts he can win all 18 GPs this season
Five-time world champion Mick Doohan doesn't just expect his record streak of consecutive Grand Prix victories to fall to Marc Marquez, he's predicting the 21-year-old Spanish rider can win all 18 Moto GP races this season.
The Repsol Honda Team rider powered to his 10th straight win when he beat Yamaha pair Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi at the Indianapolis GP on Sunday, equaling the modern era mark set by Doohan in 1997.
Doohan tells Australian Associated Press on Monday that Marquez is making his rivals "look like amateurs" and "there is no doubt there's every chance he's going to win all 18," GP races this year. "
 

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FP1
1 93 Marc MARQUEZ SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 310.7 1'56.803
2 99 Jorge LORENZO SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 306.9 1'56.840 0.037 / 0.037
3 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 312.5 1'56.855 0.052 / 0.015
4 41 Aleix ESPARGARO SPA NGM Forward Racing Forward Yamaha 302.6 1'57.002 0.199 / 0.147
5 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 308.6 1'57.065 0.262 / 0.063
6 6 Stefan BRADL GER LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 312.0 1'57.084 0.281 / 0.019
7 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Ducati Team Ducati 305.8 1'57.169 0.366 / 0.085
8 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ COL Energy T.I. Pramac Racing Ducati 306.9 1'57.190 0.387 / 0.021
9 44 Pol ESPARGARO SPA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 309.6 1'57.634 0.831 / 0.444
10 38 Bradley SMITH GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 306.8 1'57.816 1.013 / 0.182
11 51 Michele PIRRO ITA Ducati Team Ducati 309.6 1'58.040 1.237 / 0.224
12 29 Andrea IANNONE ITA Pramac Racing Ducati 304.6 1'58.061 1.258 / 0.021
13 45 Scott REDDING GBR GO&FUN Honda Gresini Honda 295.0 1'58.301 1.498 / 0.240
14 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR Ducati Team Ducati 305.8 1'58.340 1.537 / 0.039
15 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA GO&FUN Honda Gresini Honda 309.0 1'58.698 1.895 / 0.358
16 8 Hector BARBERA SPA Avintia Racing Avintia 298.4 1'58.714 1.911 / 0.016
17 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA JPN Drive M7 Aspar Honda 299.0 1'58.895 2.092 / 0.181
18 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Cardion AB Motoracing Honda 298.0 1'59.216 2.413 / 0.321
19 15 Alex DE ANGELIS RSM NGM Forward Racing Forward Yamaha 302.4 1'59.959 3.156 / 0.743
20 63 Mike DI MEGLIO FRA Avintia Racing Avintia 294.5 2'00.240 3.437 / 0.281
21 70 Michael LAVERTY GBR Paul Bird Motorsport PBM 296.2 2'00.345 3.542 / 0.105
22 2 Leon CAMIER GBR Drive M7 Aspar Honda 290.7 2'00.445 3.642 / 0.100
23 9 Danilo PETRUCCI ITA Octo IodaRacing Team ART 293.1 2'00.497 3.694 / 0.052
24 23 Broc PARKES AUS Paul Bird Motorsport PBM 291.0 2'00.752 3.949 / 0.255
 

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With every race that has passed this year, the more I think Marquez can take all 18 races.

Funny thing - I get more and more excited for each next race wondering if it will be the one he doesn't win.
 
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BTW: I am not watching free practice at work right now.
 

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FP2 Results: in the rain i believe? but good on Iannone nonetheless!
1 29 Andrea IANNONE ITA Pramac Racing Ducati 302.1 2'03.179
2 8 Hector BARBERA SPA Avintia Racing Avintia 288.5 2'04.462 1.283 / 1.283
3 93 Marc MARQUEZ SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 292.4 2'07.846 4.667 / 3.384
4 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 297.6 2'07.848 4.669 / 0.002
5 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 305.6 2'08.827 5.648 / 0.979
6 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR Ducati Team Ducati 304.3 2'08.981 5.802 / 0.154
7 99 Jorge LORENZO SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 290.0 2'09.114 5.935 / 0.133
8 44 Pol ESPARGARO SPA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 306.9 2'09.412 6.233 / 0.298
9 38 Bradley SMITH GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 299.9 2'09.722 6.543 / 0.310
10 6 Stefan BRADL GER LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 304.4 2'09.747 6.568 / 0.025
11 45 Scott REDDING GBR GO&FUN Honda Gresini Honda 292.4 2'09.869 6.690 / 0.122
12 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Ducati Team Ducati 304.3 2'10.174 6.995 / 0.305
13 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ COL Energy T.I. Pramac Racing Ducati 297.5 2'10.217 7.038 / 0.043
14 9 Danilo PETRUCCI ITA Octo IodaRacing Team ART 290.7 2'10.264 7.085 / 0.047
15 41 Aleix ESPARGARO SPA NGM Forward Racing Forward Yamaha 294.1 2'10.556 7.377 / 0.292
16 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Cardion AB Motoracing Honda 284.5 2'10.668 7.489 / 0.112
17 51 Michele PIRRO ITA Ducati Team Ducati 293.6 2'10.828 7.649 / 0.160
18 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA GO&FUN Honda Gresini Honda 286.7 2'11.004 7.825 / 0.176
19 7 Hiroshi AOYAMA JPN Drive M7 Aspar Honda 290.4 2'11.019 7.840 / 0.015
20 70 Michael LAVERTY GBR Paul Bird Motorsport PBM 282.3 2'11.337 8.158 / 0.318
21 23 Broc PARKES AUS Paul Bird Motorsport PBM 285.5 2'11.741 8.562 / 0.404
63 Mike DI MEGLIO FRA Avintia Racing Avintia 290.7 2'12.270 9.091 / 0.529
2 Leon CAMIER GBR Drive M7 Aspar Honda 282.7 2'12.934 9.755 / 0.664
15 Alex DE ANGELIS RSM NGM Forward Racing Forward Yamaha 300.0 2'15.514 12.335 / 2.580
 

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Agostini tells Gazzetta: ‘If Marquez equals me, he deserves it’

In an interview with Gazzetta dello Sport the 15-time World Champion Giacomo Agostini has spoken of the chances of Marc Marquez to equal his record of winning the opening 10 races of a premier class season, which the Italian legend achieved in 1968, 1969 and 1970.

Marquez could match that achievement this weekend at Indianapolis and Agostini told Gazzetta, “Marquez is a guy who uses his head and he has always been strong at Indy. If he wins on Sunday and equals my record he deserves it. Everything he’s won he’s deserved to win.”

On the chances of Marquez to remain undefeated throughout 2014, Agostini says, “I think he is capable of winning every race. It would be an incredible record, not just for him but also for the manufacturer, because if the bike doesn’t get you to the finish line the rest is pointless.”
 

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Pramac Ducati’s Andrea Iannone took advantage of an early dry track to set the fastest time in today’s second MotoGP free practice session at Brno before the heavens opened, soaking the Czech Republic track.

Iannone’s 2’03.179 was set on his second lap of the session and he had Avintia Kawasaki’s Hector Barbera in second place but a full 1.3s behind.

Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez was the fastest of the riders in full wet conditions on a 2’07.846 but he had only a 0.002s advantage over team-mate Dani Pedrosa with Valetino Rossi next along on a 2’08.827.

Cal Crutchlow was sixth with Jorge Lorenzo seventh and Pol Espargaro eighth. Bradley Smith and Stefan Bradl rounded out the top ten with Scott Redding 11th.

Michael Laverty set the 20th quickest time but a wet session was the last thing that Leon Camier needed. He is still adapting to the production Honda and needs as much dry track time as possible.

Rain is also forecast for tomorrow morning at Brno, so the times from this morning could set the agenda for qualifying tomorrow, which would mean Redding and Crutchlow would have to go through qualifying two for a place in the final timed session.
 

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Q1 starting now, VR has left the medical trailer. Preliminary word is that his left hand is not broken, but it is bandaged, so maybe he suffered a laceration. In any case, he'll have to get ready quick if he's gonna ride Q2.
 

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bwin GRAND PRIX ČESKÉ REPUBLIKY

MotoGP Qualifying Nr. 2 Classification 2014

Pos. Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time Gap 1st/Prev.
1 93 Marc MARQUEZ SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 307.9 1'55.585
2 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Ducati Team Ducati 308.3 1'55.714 0.129 / 0.129
3 29 Andrea IANNONE ITA Pramac Racing Ducati 309.7 1'55.726 0.141 / 0.012
4 38 Bradley SMITH GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 307.1 1'55.730 0.145 / 0.004
5 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 310.3 1'55.812 0.227 / 0.082
6 99 Jorge LORENZO SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 307.7 1'55.815 0.230 / 0.003
7 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 306.5 1'55.821 0.236 / 0.006
8 6 Stefan BRADL GER LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 310.7 1'55.871 0.286 / 0.050
9 44 Pol ESPARGARO SPA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 307.3 1'55.899 0.314 / 0.028
10 41 Aleix ESPARGARO SPA NGM Forward Racing Forward Yamaha 299.0 1'56.090 0.505 / 0.191
11 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR Ducati Team Ducati 307.6 1'56.129 0.544 / 0.039
12 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ COL Energy T.I. Pramac Racing Ducati 303.8 1'56.622 1.037 / 0.493
 

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Marquez denies Ducati tow a tactic

MotoGP champion Marc Marquez has denied trying to help the Ducati riders get ahead of his main rivals in qualifying.

Unbeaten in all ten races this season and denied pole just twice, Marquez towed the Factory Ducati of Andrea Dovizioso to second on the grid last weekend at Indianapolis.

Pramac's Andrea Iannone then shadowed the Repsol Honda rider to briefly take pole at Brno on Saturday, on his way to third behind Marquez and Dovizioso.

Valentino Rossi believes it is more than just a coincidence and that the 'smart' Marquez is using the Ducatis to his advantage.

Marquez admitted he would have backed off if Dani Pedrosa, Jorge Lorenzo or Rossi were following him, but the Repsol Honda rider rejected the suggestion it is a deliberate tactic.

“No [it is not on purpose], but the problem is that it is impossible to care about everybody and in the end you need to do your qualifying,” Marquez said. “You just try to control the main opponents - Dani, Jorge and Valentino.

“The rest, of course this is motorcycling. It has always been like that and always will. Everybody likes to find a slipstream and the best slipstream is from the fastest riders. So for me it is normal.

“Sometimes in Moto3 or Moto2 it happens too much, but in MotoGP there are not too many riders and it is normal that people want to follow you. Then it is your decision if you close the gas or not.

"Of course if Dani, Valentino or Jorge were behind me I would close [the throttle]. But if it is another rider for me it doesn't matter.”

Speaking specifically about the Iannone tow, Marquez added: “I made a mistake and ran wide at the last corner, then I heard Iannone's bike and I thought 'f**k, he will get the pole!'

“So I pushed one more lap because I knew that he had gone faster than me. Because at the beginning of the lap I couldn't hear his engine, but at that the end of the lap he was there [closer].”

Pedrosa, Lorenzo and Rossi will start fifth, sixth and seventh on the grid - but were all within 0.236s of pole.
 

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Iannone 'I’ll buy Marquez dinner!'

Andrea Iannone joked that he will buy Marc Marquez dinner in return for helping him claim a front row start for Sunday's Czech Republic MotoGP.

Iannone shadowed the reigning world champion during his crucial final run in Saturday's Qualifying 2.

The tow initially put Iannone on pole position, with the Pramac rider eventually nudged to third by Marquez and the Factory Ducati of Andrea Dovizioso.

“I'm very happy for my front row. The second time this year. Today Marc helped me a lot. I think I'll pay for dinner for Marc!” he joked.

“But I pushed hard for this lap. Yesterday I didn't have a good feeling with my bike and Dovi was much faster than me. I worked really hard with my team to improve my performance and I was not so bad today. I think tomorrow I have the possibility of a good race.

“For me these at this track the braking points are very difficult. It is very difficult for me to stop the bike.

“My lap was good but Marc was more fast because in the braking points he is very strong. I tried to do my best [behind] Marc but for me it is impossible to have the pole position.”

Iannone will join Dovizioso in the Factory Ducati team next season.
 

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Surprised’ Dovizioso stronger than at Indy

For the second MotoGP race in succession Andrea Dovizioso has qualified his Ducati second on the grid.

But unlike at Indianapolis, where he was also helped by a Marc Marquez tow in qualifying, the Italian is confident he can maintain the pace at Brno.

Dovizioso played a starring role in the early victory battle last Sunday, but dropped to seventh as tyre wear killed his performance.

The Ducati riders compete under the Open class rules, bringing benefits in many areas, but ruling out use of the hard rear tyre, which at Indy was the better option.

However at Brno Dovizioso is happy to race the medium compound, having again exploited the extra grip from the soft in qualifying.

“From Free Practice 1 we've been fast,” he declared. “Our pace with the medium rear tyre is really good in every session. I'm a little bit surprised. I didn't expect to be this competitive at this track, but our bike has improved a little bit.

“In the qualifying I did a really good lap time with the soft tyre but I'm happy about the pace for the race. Our target at the moment is to reduce the gap to fastest riders. I think we have the possibility to do that tomorrow.

“The drop was too big at Indy but I think we are in a better situation here. We would like to stay at the front but we have to consider our gap at the end of the race. At Indy it was 20 seconds, we have to try to reduce that gap.”

Asked if he would actually refer to have the same tyre options as the Factory class Honda and Yamaha riders, Dovizioso replied:

“I don't know. Here the medium tyre here works really good and I was really fast with that tyre. And having the soft tyre for qualifying is not bad. Maybe now it is still better to use these tyres. I can't be sure because we can't try the hard tyre.”

This time it was future team-mate Andrea Iannone who made the most of a tow from eventual pole sitter Marquez to claim third on the grid.

Dovizioso's present team-mate Cal Crutchlow, on pole for Tech 3 Yamaha last season, will start from eleventh. The Englishman was only 0.544s slower than Marquez.

“I'm happy enough with today. I know the position is not the best but the lap time was respectable for where we've been all weekend. So to be half-a-second off pole position is not too bad!

“In qualifying I had a problem with my first tyre and that made me have no confidence for half-a-lap with the second one. Despite this I gained 1.5 seconds in one lap and maybe could have gone a bit faster, but in any case I'm confident enough for the race now.”
 

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Valentino Rossi talks finger injury

Valentino Rossi will defy pain from a finger injury during Sunday's Czech Republic MotoGP at Brno.

The seven time MotoGP champion damaged his hand in final practice, when he lost the front of his Movistar Yamaha under braking for a fast uphill chicane.

Alvaro Bautista fell in the same place just moments later, his bouncing Gresini Honda fortunately missing the #46.

“I was pushing a lot and my pace was fast but unfortunately when entering turn eleven I was a little bit too wide,” Rossi explained. “I was braking hard, trying to enter the corner anyway but I lost the front and damaged my little finger.”

Rossi punched the gravel trap in frustration - with his other hand - upon realising he was injured, but was fortunately declared fit for qualifying after medical checks found no fractures.

The Italian, who led FP4 despite the accident, returned to qualify seventh on the grid - setting his best lap of the weekend, just 0.236s behind Marc Marquez and pole position.

“It's very important for tomorrow that there is no fracture. It seems like there won't be any problem,” said Rossi. “My finger is not broken; it's just a little bit damaged. I think and hope that it won't give me a lot of problems for the race.”

Team director Massimo Meregalli stated: "Unfortunately Vale crashed in free practice otherwise I'm sure he would be further in front. He really put in a lot of effort as he had a big, deep abrasion on his hand. It's a shame that we lost the second row for almost nothing."

Rossi starts round eleven just four points behind Marquez's Repsol Honda team-mate Dani Pedrosa in the battle for second in the world championship. Pedrosa will start fifth on Sunday, with Rossi's team-mate Jorge Lorenzo sixth.

Commenting on race tyre choice, Rossi added: “Using the soft front tyre for tomorrow is not an option for me. I think using the hard tyre on the front is better.”
 
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