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Moto GP 2014 Round 11 Brno***SPOIILER***

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:
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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 Českť 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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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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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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Rossi has crashed in free practice and has apparently hurt his left hand, waiting for news on that.
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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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MM with another pole. VR did make it into Q2 and qualified 7th.
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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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Marquez 'The only solution was to push'

No rider has even won the opening eleven races of a 500cc/MotoGP season and Marc Marquez will begin his latest record quest from pole position at Brno.

After towing Andrea Iannone to pole, the reigning MotoGP champion beat the Pramac rider's time.

Another Ducati rider on the special soft rear tyre, Andrea Dovizioso, then demoted Iannone to third meaning Marquez finished with a pole advantage of 0.129s.

"I'm happy about the pole position today. I had Iannone behind me so the only solution was to push, because I had to set a hot lap,” said Marquez, whose approach was in stark contrast to the anger seen from riders being followed in the Moto2 and Moto3 classes.

Despite the double Ducati front row, Marquez's closest rivals in terms of race pace are team-mate Dani Pedrosa, plus Factory Yamaha riders Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi.

The trio will start fifth, sixth and seventh respectively, all within 0.236s of pole, with final practice leader Rossi also nursing a finger injury.

“As for tomorrow's race, we have pole but the toughest rivals will start from the second row, especially Dani,” confirmed Marquez. “We will see what condition Valentino is in and hopefully he can ride well, because he has also been strong this weekend and I hope Jorge can be in the fight too.

“My race pace is good but also Dani and Valentino. The only question mark is Jorge because in FP3 he was really strong, but in FP4 maybe he tried a different set-up and was not so strong.

“The first thing will be the weather tomorrow and then later we will see [about the win record].

“I'm expecting a tough battle from start to finish for the win. Everything is so close. Eight riders within three tenths.”



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Top Yamaha Smith on the boil at Brno

Bradley Smith celebrated his new Monster Yamaha Tech3 contract by delivering his best MotoGP qualifying since round one in Qatar.

The Englishman finished Brno Qualifying 2 in fourth positon, as the top M1 rider and just 0.145s from pole sitter Marc Marquez.

Just 0.004s separated Smith from Andrea Iannone and a place on the front row.

"I am very pleased with the qualifying result as it gives me the perfect platform for a strong result tomorrow,” said Smith. “It's the first time since the start of the season that we have been back to the level of performance that we had at Qatar and today I was able to score a positive grid position.

“The team did an excellent job and I must thank my technicians and Guy Coulon for their brilliant technical knowledge plus guidance. In all honesty, I was a bit worried as we seemed to struggle yesterday but it's super to be back up to speed and then to top it off by qualifying on the second row.

“Furthermore I am really happy with my decision to use the front medium [tyre] for the Q2 session which was the perfect choice. I am very confident that I will be able to have a good start and then stay at the front with the leading riders, so I am really looking forward to tomorrow's race."

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Yawn. There's the "racing" some of you wanted. 2 boring riders sitting up front just maintaining. This is what MotoGP was like without MM or CS.

Good ride by Pedro, he got ahead and just kept the gap. What's more embarrassing is the broadcasters trying to pretend like this is exciting. They can't even discuss Pedro or Lorenzo's riding because it's just boring....


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Race Results

Dani Pedrosa ends team-mate Marc Marquez's ten race unbeaten run by claiming Brno MotoGP victory over Jorge Lorenzo.

Unable to match Pedrosa and early leader Lorenzo, Marquez instead spent much of the race battling Valentino Rossi for third.

Rossi, riding with a finger injury from free practice, took the final podium place from Marquez with ten laps to go then pulled away from the Honda rider.

Marquez had never previously finished a MotoGP race off the podium, having fallen at Mugello 2013 and been black-flagged at Phillip Island last year.

Colin Edwards has 'retired' at Forward Racing and is replaced by Alex de Angelis.

Leon Camier was making his second MotoGP appearance, in place of the injured Nicky Hayden, with Ducati test rider Michele Pirro competing in his fifth race of the season.



1. Dani Pedrosa ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 42m 47.800s
2. Jorge Lorenzo ESP Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 42m 48.210s
3. Valentino Rossi ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 42m 53.059s
4. Marc Marquez ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 42m 58.254s
5. Andrea Iannone ITA Pramac Racing (Desmosedici) 43m 5.439s
6. Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici) 43m 5.634s
7. Stefan Bradl GER LCR Honda MotoGP (RC213V) 43m 11.619s
8. Aleix Espargaro ESP NGM Forward Racing (Forward Yamaha) 43m 17.421s
9. Bradley Smith GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 43m 18.164s
10. Alvaro Bautista ESP Go&Fun Honda Gresini (RC213V) 43m 25.439s
11. Scott Redding GBR Go&Fun Honda Gresini (RCV1000R)* 43m 43.404s
12. Michele Pirro ITA Ducati Test Rider (Desmosedici) 43m 44.527s
13. Hiroshi Aoyama JPN Drive M7 Aspar (RCV1000R) 43m 44.708s
14. Karel Abraham CZE Cardion AB Motoracing (RCV1000R) 43m 51.935s
15. Leon Camier GBR Drive M7 Aspar (RCV1000R) 43m 52.702s
16. Alex De Angelis RSM NGM Forward Racing (Forward Yamaha) 44m 8.466s
17. Hector Barbera ESP Avintia Racing (Avintia) 44m 12.082s
18. Mike Di Meglio FRA Avintia Racing (Avintia)* 44m 15.236s
19. Broc Parkes AUS Paul Bird Motorsport (PBM-ART)* 44m 26.667s
Danilo Petrucci ITA IodaRacing Project (ART) DNF
Cal Crutchlow GBR Ducati Team (Desmosedici) DNF
Pol Espargaro ESP Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1)* DNF
Michael Laverty GBR Paul Bird Motorsport (PBM-ART) DNF
Yonny Hernandez COL Pramac Racing (Desmosedici) DNF



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Are you kidding me. Lol I will wanted to see Marquez win them all this year.
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Pedrosa victorious, Marquez only fourth in Brno

Marc Marquez's total domination of the 2014 MotoGP season came to an end at Brno in the Czech Republic as team-mate Dani Pedrosa broke the world champion's monopoly of the premier class.

Incredibly, Marquez – who appeared to be struggling with tyre issues – failed to make it onto the podium, with Movistar Yamaha pair Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi finishing second and third respectively.

It was a magnificent performance from Pedrosa, who answered those critics who felt he shouldn't have been rewarded with a new Honda contract in emphatic fashion.

The Honda rider came home with 0.410s to spare over Lorenzo, with Rossi 5.2s down on the winner and Marquez a further five seconds behind in a distant fourth position.

Andrea Iannone came out on top of a Ducati battle with Andrea Dovizioso to take fifth, while Bradley Smith was the top British rider in ninth place on the Monster Yamaha tech 3 M1.

Pramac racer Iannone shot into the lead at the first corner from second place on the grid ahead of Dovizioso, with Pedrosa right in the mix in third.

Pole man Marquez was fourth in the first corners with Lorenzo breathing down his neck. The Yamaha rider barged through into fourth ahead of Marquez at T4, with Rossi taking advantage to bump Marquez back to sixth.

Lorenzo was a rider in a hurry and on lap two he was up to third after making a pass on Pedrosa at the final chicane before a brilliant move saw him take Ducati pair Dovizioso and Iannone on the brakes at T3 to hit the front. Rossi was also making ground, passing Marquez at T5 after the championship leader went slightly wide.

Cal Crutchlow was a faller on lap two and although the British star managed to rejoin the race, he was later forced to retire the Ducati.

Lorenzo was attempting to make a break for it and on lap three he had opened a gap of half a second over Pedrosa, who had got past Dovizioso at T10.

Marquez gained a place with a pass on Rossi for fourth at T3 as the pair looked for a way past Iannone in third place. Lorenzo, meanwhile, had extended his lead to 0.8s but Pedrosa was into a rhythm and quickly began to eat into the Yamaha rider's lead.

Iannone and Marquez went toe to toe on lap five through T3 and T4, with Marquez briefly taking third at T3. Iannone, though, wouldn't go down without a fight and hit straight back as the Honda rider ran wide, with both riders touching at the next corner before Marquez had the final say, making another pass to inherit third before edging away from the Pramac Ducati.

Rossi swiftly followed with a pass on Iannone on the same lap, while at the front Pedrosa was now right with Lorenzo after reeling in the YZR-M1.

He made his move at T3 on lap six and although Lorenzo had a look at T5, Pedrosa held station and from this point on gradually began to drop the early leader, opening a lead of half-a-second.

Marquez was desperately trying to get on terms in third, with Rossi keeping the Honda rider in his sights. Iannone, Dovizioso, Stefan Bradl, Pol Espargaro and Aleix Espargaro were next, with Bradley Smith 10th on the Monster Yamaha Tech 3.

Northern Ireland's Michael Laverty and Pol Espargaro both went down on lap seven, with Yonny Hernandez a retirement on the Pramac Ducati.

Pedrosa was chalking up the laps and had a lead of 1.1s on lap 10, with Lorenzo a second ahead of Marquez who in turn was around one second clear of Rossi.

The expected Marquez charge failed to materialise and he began to fall into the clutches of Rossi, seemingly struggling with tyre issues.

The Italian was right on the rear of Marquez's back wheel and seized his chance on lap 12, taking third at T5 as the Honda star ran wide.

Pedrosa was increasingly looking like the race winner and had the luxury of a 1.7s lead on lap 16, with Lorenzo 2.1s clear of Rossi, who was pulling away from Marquez.

Lorenzo began to make inroads into Pedrosa's lead in the final laps, but the Honda rider always seemed in control and could afford to slacken the pace ever so slightly as he went on to clinch victory by 0.410s.

Rossi was a safe third, with Marquez uncharacteristically subdued in fourth. Iannone had the upper hand in the Ducati battle for fifth over Dovizioso as LCR Honda's Bradl, Aleix Espargaro on the Forward Yamaha, Smith and Alvaro Bautista completed the top 10.

Scott Redding got the better of Michele Pirro for 11th on the Open class Honda, while Leon Camier grabbed a point in 15th on the Drive M7 Aspar.



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Yawn. There's the "racing" some of you wanted. 2 boring riders sitting up front just maintaining. This is what MotoGP was like without MM or CS.

Good ride by Pedro, he got ahead and just kept the gap. What's more embarrassing is the broadcasters trying to pretend like this is exciting. They can't even discuss Pedro or Lorenzo's riding because it's just boring....
Boring, but not because it was Dani or Jorge up front. Just boring, because after 7 laps there was no action up front. Nobody pushed, except Jorge far too late. I'll be interested to hear what Marquez says, you could tell he just didn't have the pace today. He was making time on Lorenzo, and then he just stopped pushing.

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Special feeling' to beat Marquez, says Pedrosa

Dani Pedrosa said it was a 'special feeling' as he became only the second rider other than team-mate Marc Marquez to win a MotoGP race this season at Brno.

The Repsol Honda rider came through to take the lead from Movistar Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo and managed to make a break for it at the front, holding on to win in the Czech Republic even though Lorenzo began to reel him in as the race reached a climax.

Pedrosa's victory put an end to Marquez's 10-race winning streak and he admitted afterwards the victory had extra meaning.

“It was very important to have the first victory of the year. The best moment was when I arrived in pace ferme and saw the faces of the mechanics. That happiness makes the race so special,” said Pedrosa.

“We are here to try to win races and obviously every weekend you put in the best effort you can. Marquez put in a super effort in these first 10 races and it was really difficult to do a thing better than him. Finally when you can achieve what you really work for the feeling is really special.

“When Marc is winning many races and you are at home your family and friends say 'okay the next race is for you, you must remember me when you win',” he added.

“So I had a long queue of celebrations for people and I couldn't remember all of the things I promised to do!”

Pedrosa agreed that MotoGP needed a new winner this season after Marquez's incredible run of wins.

“Sure always you need some different winners, some different emotions. Obviously Marc's fans were very happy every weekend but today some other fans enjoyed the race,” he said.

“I think with Marc in MotoGP, except today he has finished all the time on the podium. I'm just focused on trying to win the race and focus every day on trying to do the best I can.

“I don't really watch so much how the points are because the first goal is to do a good practice, then a good qualifying, then a good race. The points are later. I think you have to focus on yourself.”

Assessing the story of the race, Pedrosa said it was important to find a way past Ducati pair Andrea Dovizioso and Andrea Iannone to prevent Lorenzo opening too much of a lead at the front.

“Jorge immediately started opening a gap at the beginning and I could see that it was really important to quickly pass the Ducatis,” he said.

“When I got in front of them I could pull back Jorge, which was key. I kept my rhythm and the bike was working well at that stage.

“One in the lead I could set a high pace and open a gap which I managed to the end. I'm really pleased because we worked well this weekend,” Pedrosa added.

“Both Yamahas didn't really show in practice what they were able to do with the race, so it was a surprise.”

The Honda star, who recently penned a new deal that will keep him with the manufacturer until at least the end of 2016, began to experience some front-end chatter issues at the end of the race, but Pedrosa still had enough in hand to close out the win.

“At the end of the race I was struggling a little bit with the braking. I'd a lot of chatter at the front so I couldn't really go like I was going before,” he said.

“But I could count the laps and the gap to the end. In the last lap it was quite close because Jorge did an improvement from his previous laps.”

On his approach to Monday's test, Pedrosa joked: “Start late and finish early! Basically just try a few things. Not big things but a few small things and I'm hoping we can find something important for the future.”



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Marc Marquez explains first defeat of 2014

MotoGP champion Marc Marquez always said he wouldn't be surprised to finally lose a race. But even at his most cautious the Spaniard had predicted settling for a podium under such circumstances.

Instead he crossed the Brno finish line ten-seconds from victorious Repsol Honda team-mate Dani Pedrosa and over five-seconds from Valentino Rossi and the final rostrum place.

Marquez, who began the race on pole and targeting an all-time record of eleven straight wins at the start of a season, explained:

"Today was one of those Sundays in which I neither felt completely comfortable, nor had found the best set-up 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.

“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.

“It was also important that we were able to focus on staying in fourth, even though it was tough not to be fighting for the win; we took 13 points that are important for the World Championship and we have a big advantage.

“What matters is who wins the title - not who wins the most races”

Despite the loss Marquez's title lead stands at 77 points over Pedrosa, the equivalent of over three race wins.



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Lorenzo: One more lap would have made difference

Brno MotoGP runner-up Jorge Lorenzo feels he may have been able to challenge Dani Pedrosa for victory with the benefit of 'one more lap'.

Lorenzo led the race until lap six when Pedrosa made a pass at T3 and began to slowly edge away.

However, the Movistar Yamaha rider started to eat into Pedrosa's 1.8 seconds in the final part of the race, with only 0.4s between them at the finish.

And Lorenzo believes the outcome may have proved different if he had taken more risks to try and stay with Pedrosa in the middle of the 22-lap race.

“I needed to take more risks and ride better to stay with him, because at the end of the race with less fuel - and even with the soft front tyre - I was really competitive and riding well,” he said.

“Just one more lap and maybe I'd have had the chance to win, but it was not the case. Dani was really inspired today and when Dani is inspired he is really difficult to follow.

“It's a good result and the good thing is that finally Marc didn't win! You can also see how much things can change in just one week,” said Lorenzo.

“From Marc being almost unbeatable and Dani so-so [at Indianapolis] here it is the opposite. It shows that when you feel great with your bike and you keep working, your moment will arrive.”

Lorenzo was in red-hot form in morning warm-up and felt confident of his prospects for the race, although the materialisation of some braking issues prevented him from being able to maintain his scorching pace.

“After warm-up I was really happy with some set-up changes that we made. I expected a lot from this race. The problem is that from sixth position it was not easy to make a good start,” he said.

“The first moment with the clutch was good but then Dani went to the right and I had to close the throttle. I lost some speed and had to really focus to overtake the riders ahead very quickly. That was key to opening the one-second gap at the beginning of the race.

“I felt really good at the beginning. Good traction and the braking was okay,” added Lorenzo. “Unfortunately after two or three laps I couldn't ride the same. I started to have some problems in the braking so I wasn't able to keep at 1m 56.0. Dani improved his pace while I was getting worse.

“So he was catching me and when he passed me I maybe needed to be a little bit more aggressive and ride a little bit better,” he added.

“I didn't ride very well at that stage. So Dani opened a gap in the middle of the race and this was the key.”

It was the first time this season that Lorenzo had finished ahead of runaway championship leader Marquez and the Yamaha star conceded that although it was satisfying to finally beat his Honda rival, the championship is virtually over.

“To be honest probably the championship is over and Marc is going to be the champion unless something really, really strange happens to him,” he said.

“So we are going to try to mainly improve the bike and be competitive in the remaining races. Obviously when we are not going to give up and we are going to try to finish on the podium and win races.

“Our objective this year is to try to improve the bike to try to win next year's championship,” he added.

“The bike is getting better and better and also my physical condition and should suit the next tracks so we are really optimistic.”

Along with Smith, Lorenzo was the only other rider who opted for the soft front tyre, explaining that the selection was a better fit for his high cornering speed.

“I have a different riding style to the other riders. I am not so aggressive on the braking. So sometimes, it is not usual, the soft tyre gives me more cornering speed,” he said.

“Normally I use more or less the same as the other riders but not here. Maybe the asphalt was worse than in other years, more bumpy. I was really surprised at the hard-won was not absorbing the bumps.

“Maybe our setting was not so good for the bumps and my riding style. With the low temperature as well we decided to go with the soft one,” Lorenzo added.

“Maybe if we had more time the hard one would have given us some advantage because for braking it is not the best, but for cornering it was more stable.”



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