Dovizioso triumphs over Lorenzo, Marquez in Brno

Daniel Herrero

Monday 6th August, 2018 - 12:27am

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Andrea Dovizioso pic: Ducati Motor Twitter

Andrea Dovizioso has come out on top of a Czech MotoGP which went down to a three-way fight between the two factory Ducatis and championship leader Marc Marquez.

Dovizioso led for the vast majority of the 21 laps but that statistic belies the nature of the race, which was cagey for the first half and became a real battle between the aforementioned trio in the latter stages.

While Jorge Lorenzo set the fastest lap on the final lap, he could only split his current and future team-mates on the podium at the Automotodrom Brno.

Valentino Rossi got the holeshot from the middle of the front row but was passed by Dovizioso at the end of Lap 1, while Marquez ran third and Lorenzo fourth.

The latter two went at each other for several laps and Marquez twice reclaimed the place with a criss-cross at Turn 5/Turn 6.

During that time, Rossi passed Dovizioso for the lead at Turn 5 on Lap 8.

However, the complexion of the race changed at the halfway mark when Dovizioso overtook Rossi at Turn 1 and Marquez also moved ahead of the #46 Movistar Yamaha two corners later.

Cal Crutchlow, who had been lurking with Danilo Petrucci (Pramac Ducati) a little further back, had taken fourth from Lorenzo by that time and the manoeuvres at the front helped him to catch Rossi.

The Brit snuck by ‘The Doctor’ at Turn 12 on Lap 12, and Rossi lost the back of the top three before succumbing to Lorenzo on Lap 13.

Even then, the race appeared to be in something of a holding pattern as the front-runners continued to lap notably slower than the predicted Sunday afternoon pace.

Lorenzo caught back up to Crutchlow and rode his Ducati through a big hole left by the LCR Honda rider at Turn 14 with five laps remaining.

He stalked Marquez for a couple more before nearly pulling off a remarkable double-move on Lap 18 when he passed the Repsol Honda through Turn 13 and carried the momentum past Dovizioso at Turn 14.

The latter part of the move, Lorenzo could not pull off, so he tried again at Turn 4 in each of the next two laps.

On both occasions, Dovizioso made a superior exit and kept top spot, and it was second position which would be in dispute on the final lap.

Marquez passed #99 at Turn 3 but Lorenzo put his Ducati back down the inside at Turn 5, nearly taking down the front wheel of the #93 Honda.

Just ahead, Dovizioso grabbed a hard-earned first win since Round 1 in Qatar.

Rossi passed Crutchlow at the very last corner to nab fourth, while Petrucci finished within a second of them in sixth.

Rounding out the top 10 were Johann Zarco (Tech3 Yamaha), Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda), Alvaro Bautista (Nieto Ducati), and Andrea Iannone (Suzuki Ecstar).

Jack Miller (Pramac Ducati) finished 12th from 17th on the grid, making up those five positions in the first six laps.

He moved net zero positions on Lap 9 when Bautista got past but former team-mate Tito Rabat’s Avintia Ducati suffered an apparent mechanical failure just in front.

There was a fast three-bike spill on the opening lap which accounted for Maverick Viñales (Movistar Yamaha) and HRC Honda wildcard Stefan Bradl.

Bradley Smith rode his Red Bull KTM away from the scene but retired soon after anyway, while his team-mate Pol Espargaro didn’t take the start after breaking his left collarbone in a warm up crash.

Scott Redding was the race’s other retirement when he and his Gresini Aprilia went down on Lap 6.

Marquez’s championship lead over Rossi is out to 49 points, a point short of two full races, ahead of Round 11 in Austria next weekend (August 10-12).

Race results: Czech MotoGP

Pos Num Rider Nat Team Bike Time/Gap
1 04 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Ducati Team Ducati 41:07.728
2 99 Jorge LORENZO ESP Ducati Team Ducati +0.178
3 93 Marc MARQUEZ ESP Repsol Honda Team Honda +0.368
4 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha +2.902
5 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR LCR Honda CASTROL Honda +2.958
6 9 Danilo PETRUCCI ITA Alma Pramac Racing Ducati +3.768
7 5 Johann ZARCO FRA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha +6.159
8 26 Dani PEDROSA ESP Repsol Honda Team Honda +7.479
9 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA ESP Angel Nieto Team Ducati +7.575
10 29 Andrea IANNONE ITA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki +8.326
11 42 Alex RINS ESP Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki +8.653
12 43 Jack MILLER AUS Alma Pramac Racing Ducati +16.549
13 21 Franco MORBIDELLI ITA EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda +19.603
14 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN MAL Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha +21.381
15 41 Aleix ESPARGARO ESP Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia +23.159
16 12 Thomas LUTHI SUI EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda +27.673
17 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI JPN LCR Honda IDEMITSU Honda +28.311
18 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Angel Nieto Team Ducati +41.172
19 50 Sylvain GUINTOLI FRA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki +42.411
20 10 Xavier SIMEON BEL Reale Avintia Racing Ducati +50.941
DNF 53 Tito RABAT ESP Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 13 Laps
DNF 45 Scott REDDING GBR Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 16 Laps
DNF 38 Bradley SMITH GBR Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 20 Laps
DNF 25 Maverick VIÑALES ESP Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha
DNF 6 Stefan BRADL GER HRC Honda Team Honda

Championship points

Pos Rider Nat Pts
1 Marc MARQUEZ ESP 181
2 Valentino ROSSI ITA 132
3 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA 113
4 Maverick VIÑALES ESP 109
5 Jorge LORENZO ESP 105
6 Johann ZARCO FRA 97
7 Danilo PETRUCCI ITA 94
8 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR 90
9 Andrea IANNONE ITA 81
10 Jack MILLER AUS 61
11 Alex RINS ESP 58
12 Dani PEDROSA ESP 57
13 Alvaro BAUTISTA ESP 51
14 Pol ESPARGARO ESP 32
15 Tito RABAT ESP 30
16 Hafizh SYAHRIN MAL 24
17 Franco MORBIDELLI ITA 22
18 Aleix ESPARGARO ESP 17
19 Bradley SMITH GBR 13
20 Scott REDDING GBR 12
21 Takaaki NAKAGAMI JPN 10
22 Mika KALLIO FIN 6
23 Karel ABRAHAM CZE 4
24 Thomas LUTHI SUI
25 Stefan BRADL GER
26 Xavier SIMEON BEL
27 Sylvain GUINTOLI FRA

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