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Marc Marquez has won the Czech Republic Grand Prix after yet another impressive performance by the 20-year-old.
Marquez won the race ahead of his teammate, Dani Pedrosa and Yamaha rider, Jorge Lorenzo, after an intense battle throughout the race. The win means that Marquez now has a championship lead of 26 points going into the British Grand Prix next weekend.
It was a bad day for the Tech 3 team, with both of their riders crashing during the race. Cal Crutchlow crashed when he was in fourth place but did manage to get his bike going again. The pole-sitter eventually finished in 17th place. His teammate, Bradley Smith, could not get his bike going again though and retired from the race.
Valentino Rossi battled through to fourth place after yet another disappointing qualifying yesterday. The Yamaha rider battled with arch rival Alvaro Bautista throughout the race and was able to come out on top.
It was Lorenzo who made the best start to the race, going from fifth to first before the first corner. The two Repsol riders, Marquez and Pedrosa, slotted in behind Lorenzo after Crutchlow made another poor start. Lorenzo initially started to pull away and had a one second lead at the end of lap two.
The next couple of laps saw four riders crash out of the grand prix. Hector Barbera and Claudio Corti collided, causing them both to crash, whilst Lukas Pesek also crashed due to cold tyres.
Ahead of all of this, Crutchlow and Bautista were battling for fourth place, with the pair taking it in turns to hold the position. This battle didn’t last for long unfortunately, with Crutchlow crashing at the bottom of the hill.
The top three were now in a league of their own at the front and could not be separated. There was cause for concern for all of the riders on lap 13, when the white flag was shown by the marshals. This normally means that it is beginning to rain. Luckily however it was a false alarm and no rain fell.
Three laps later and Marquez made his first move for the lead of the race. Lorenzo was having none of it though and muscled his way back past the Honda. Marquez fought back on the same lap and re-took the lead at the bottom of the hill. Marquez held the lead for a couple of laps before Lorenzo made a great move down the inside of the final corner.
Lorenzo’s extra speed through the corners was clearly visible compared to the Hondas. It still wasn’t enough to keep Marquez behind him though, with the 20-year-old re-taking the lead on the same lap.
Marquez then pulled the plug and went for it, gapping Lorenzo every sector. Lorenzo was now under pressure from Pedrosa and was soon unable to keep up with the Honda’s pace. Pedrosa made his move on the penultimate lap and set his sights on catching his teammate.
He was unable to do so though, and the amazing talent that is Marc Marquez took the chequered flag for the fifth time this season. This kid really is beginning to look unstoppable.
Czech Republic Grand Prix Results