With a third consecutive win, Marc Márquez increases his lead in the MotoGP World Championship to 14 points over his nearest rival. This is the fourth victory for the Cervera rider in a flag to flag race, after those achieved in the GPs in Holland in 2014, San Marino in 2015 and Germany in 2016.
The race at Brno was declared wet but dried fast, and Marc was the first to change bikes after the second lap. This is also the second one-two for the Repsol Honda team this season, after Jerez, and the fifth race that both riders have shared a podium (Austin, Spain, Catalonia, Germany and Czech Republic).
Marc Márquez: “This was a very special Sunday because everyone was racing for Angel Nieto, but it was also a very challenging race. On the grid, I took the risk to use the soft rear tyre because I thought it would give me extra grip for five laps before pitting to change bikes, but it didn’t go like that. I soon started to struggle a lot and lost many positions. When I saw that, I decided to immediately get in and take the risk of the slicks.
When I re-joined the race, honestly it was still too damp in some parts and I nearly crashed during the first lap out. When you go out for the flag-to-flag, it’s so difficult to get the feeling with the bike again, but I tried to quickly understand the grip. Honestly, today I took some risks but it was one of those days when you just have to do it. After pulling a great gap, I just tried to manage, to ride well, and to finish the race.
I’m really very happy with the result. It’s a track I normally struggle at, one I worry about every year, and getting 25 points was very important. Thanks to the team for another great job! We did the correct strategy during the summer break, coming here to test, and we arrived here prepared. We’re improving step by step. The Championship is still very, very tight; we must be able to be fast in every condition.”