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Published: Thu, August 10, 2017
Research | By Jennifer Evans

Thousands descend on Brno for Czech GP motorcycle race

Thousands descend on Brno for Czech GP motorcycle race

Following 0.018 of second behind was Sunday's 2017 Brno MotoGP victor, Repsol Honda's Marc Marquez, who completed 67 laps. However, permanent changes have been made to the circuit since Luis Salom was killed whilst racing in the Moto2 Catalan Grand Prix previous year.

Jorge Lorenzo took fourth, while his Ducati team-mate Andrea Dovizioso was only 11th. Before getting overtaken by Marquez though, Rossi and Dovizioso finally entered the pits to swap bikes.

Indeed, it was Rossi who made for the most exciting viewing late in the race, with Marquez, Pedrosa and Vinales nearly in a procession on their way to the finish line. Thanks to that, Marquez lost his lead immediately after the race start and dropped out of the top ten in no time.

Marquez's Honda team-mate Dani Pedrosa was seventh, beating Jonas Folger by 0.035s. Then, Valentino Rossi took over the leadership in the race on the fourth lap, while Lorenzo had disappeared from the first 10 in the contest. The track conditions were good and the grip increased more and more over the day but we did not go for a time attack, preferring to concentrate on the setup of our bike.

Repsol Honda teammates Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa spent the day prepping for the Austrian GP, working on the electronics and trying different settings. We have to be on the podium, this has to be the norm if we want to win the championship title. Pole man Marquez, the only rider to choose the soft compound option rear tyre which he paired with a medium front, led into the first corner, but was passed by Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati Team).

Aprilia Racing's Aleix Espargaro was docked three places during the race for his involvement in a pit-lane incident with Suzuki's Andrea Iannone.

Full points awarded - and a six lap sprint. Brno is one of the most attractive and hard circuits on the world championship calendar, but it's always a fascinating place.

Alone at the front, it was near-perfection from Luthi, who simply disappeared into the distance to cross the line nearly five seconds clear: a stunning 25 point haul sending shockwaves through the title fight.

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