Marc Marquez led from lights to flag finishing ahead of Andrea Dovizioso and Jack Miller to take his 50th MotoGP win at the Czech Republic!
The start was delayed by 40 minutes, thanks to rain in the first sector. When they got underway, Marquez led from pole and didn’t look back. At some points, Marquez was on the limit with the Spaniard nearly losing the front, with 9 laps to go.
Andrea Dovizioso managed to bring home 2nd place for Ducati, while Jack Miller bought home his 3rd career podium in the Pramac. It seemed that in the first half of the race, Dovizioso could keep up with Marquez. However, the Italian’s medium tyres were completely worn up once he crossed the line.
There wasn’t much on track battles as one would have expected but it seemed that Alex Rins was going to challenge Andrea Dovizioso for 2nd. Instead, he used up his soft rear tyre and was passed by Miller, with 2 laps to go. Rins would go on to finish 4th.
Cal Crutchlow managed to bring home a solid 5th, ahead of the Yamaha’s of Valentino Rossi and Fabio Quartararo. The other Petronas Yamaha of Franko Morbidelli crashed on lap 1, after a tangle with Johann Zarco. Joan Mir could do nothing to avoid Morbidelli and as a result, both retired on lap 1.
The other factory Yamaha of Maverick Vinales was looking so promising in practice and warm up. However, another horrendous first lap from Vinales saw him drop down to 15th and could only rescue a P10.
Elsewhere, KTM struggled in the dry with Pol Espargaro finishing down in 11th while Johann Zarco plummeted all the way down to 15th!
Article by Ollie Cassidy