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Brno MotoGP: Marquez eases to sixth win of 2019

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Brno MotoGP: Marquez eases to sixth win of 2019
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Honda rider Marc Marquez overcame nearest title rival Andrea Dovizioso to take his sixth MotoGP victory of the season in a delayed Czech Grand Prix at Brno.

Race control took the decision to delay the start of the race due to the arrival of rain in the hour leading up to the 2pm start time, with the whole field having opted for slick tyres.

When the race got underway some 40 minutes after the scheduled start, Marquez made a strong getaway from pole to maintain a slender lead over Ducati rider Dovizioso, who vaulted from fourth on the grid up to second.

Jack Miller's Pramac Ducati and Alex Rins' Suzuki followed the lead pair closely the opening part of the race, with the pair swapping places on lap three.

After 10 of the 20 laps, Marquez was only 0.4 seconds clear of Dovizioso, but over the following laps he upped the pace significantly, stretching a gap of over three seconds.

The Spaniard finally crossed the line with 2.452s in hand over Dovizioso to claim his 50th premier class win and stretch his championship lead to 63 points with nine races remaining.

Rins and Miller could likewise do nothing to close on Dovizioso, but Rins came under increasing pressure from Miller in the fight for third in the closing laps.

After a failed attempt to pass at Turn 1 on the penultimate lap, Miller managed to pass later that lap to secure his first podium finish since April's Austin race.

LCR Honda rider Cal Crutchlow pulled off a bold pass on Valentino Rossi at Turn 3 just shy of half-distance to claim fifth, six places higher than his 11th-place grid slot.

Rossi was the top Yamaha finisher in sixth ahead of Petronas SRT rider Fabio Quartararo and the second factory Ducati of Danilo Petrucci.

Completing the top 10 were Takaaki Nakagami's LCR Honda and the Yamaha of Maverick Vinales, who had sunk as low as 14th at the start.

After both its works riders qualified in the top five in the rain on Saturday, KTM's top finisher was Pol Espargaro down in 11th place.

Espargaro had maintained his grid slot of fifth in the early laps, but was passed by both Rossi and Crutchlow on lap five, starting his descent down the order.

Teammate Johann Zarco made a wretched start from third, slumping to 12th on the opening lap, and by the end of lap four he had fallen out of the points in 16th.

He recovered to 14th in the end, behind the second Pramac Ducati of Francesco Bagnaia and Miguel Oliveira aboard the Tech 3 KTM.

Jorge Lorenzo's injury replacement Stefan Bradl claimed the final point in 15th place.

Joan Mir (Suzuki) and Franco Morbidelli (Petronas) were two early casualties after tangling at Turn 4 on the opening lap, while Hafizh Syahrin crashed out on lap 7.

Race results:

Cla # Rider Bike Laps Time
1 93 Spain Marc Marquez
Honda 20 39'24.430
2 4 Italy Andrea Dovizioso
Ducati 20 39'26.882
3 43 Australia Jack Miller
Ducati 20 39'27.927
4 42 Spain Alex Rins
Suzuki 20 39'29.288
5 35 United Kingdom Cal Crutchlow
Honda 20 39'30.437
6 46 Italy Valentino Rossi
Yamaha 20 39'33.513
7 20 France Fabio Quartararo
Yamaha 20 39'36.522
8 9 Italy Danilo Petrucci
Ducati 20 39'38.406
9 30 Japan Takaaki Nakagami
Honda 20 39'40.154
10 12 Spain Maverick Viñales
Yamaha 20 39'40.988
11 44 Spain Pol Espargaro
KTM 20 39'42.664
12 63 Italy Francesco Bagnaia
Ducati 20 39'44.168
13 88 Portugal Miguel Oliveira
KTM 20 39'46.969
14 5 France Johann Zarco
KTM 20 39'54.889
15 6 Germany Stefan Bradl
Honda 20 39'54.930
16 53 Spain Tito Rabat
Ducati 20 39'55.185
17 29 Italy Andrea Iannone
Aprilia 20 40'01.600
18 41 Spain Aleix Espargaro
Aprilia 20 40'01.773
19 17 Czech Republic Karel Abraham
Ducati 20 40'08.726
20 50 France Sylvain Guintoli
Suzuki 20 40'13.368
55 Malaysia Hafizh Syahrin
KTM 6 11'59.511
21 Italy Franco Morbidelli
Yamaha
36 Spain Joan Mir
Suzuki
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Author Jamie Klein