Marquez clinches fifth win of rookie season

Posted: 26 Aug 2013

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Once again it was ‘rookie’ Marc Marquez who clinched the top spot in this weekend’s MotoGP at Brno – his fourth consecutive win and fifth victory in his debut season in the premier class.

However, the Honda rider had a tough battle on his hands with reigning champion Jorge Lorenzo, who grabbed the holeshot and led for the first 15 laps of the race before Marquez made his first pass. The duo then found themselves swapping and changing positions at the front of the field, before Spaniard Marquez managed to break free of Lorenzo’s charge with six laps remaining.

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Marquez's team-mate Dani Pedrosa was stalking the leading pair – waiting patiently until he saw his chance to pass Lorenzo with five laps to go. His second place finish at Brno means he also maintains his second place in the overall world standing.

With just a week to go to the British MotoGP, all eyes were initially on polesitter Brit Cal Crutchlow this weekend. However, he didn’t get the best start off the line and slipped into fourth place by turn one. As Lorenzo, Marquez and Pedrosa broke away from the rest of the pack, the Yamaha rider had to make up significant ground if he was to get a podium finish. However, a lowside with 15 laps to go forced him into the gravel, and although he managed to restart the race, Crutchlow had to settle for a disappointing 15th place at the chequered flag.

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Race results

1 Marc Marquez (Honda)
2 Dani Pedrosa (Honda)
3 Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha)
4 Valentino Rossi (Yamaha)
5 Alvaro Bautista (Honda)
6 Stefan Bradl (Honda)
7 Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati)
8 Nicky Hayden (Ducati)
9 Andrea Iannone (Ducati)
10 Aleix Espargaro (ART) 

Championship standing after 11 rounds

1 Marc Marquez 213
2 Dani Pedrosa 187
3 Jorge Lorenzo 169
4 Valentino Rossi 143
5 Cal Crutchlow 127
6 Stefan Bradl 103
7 Andrea Dovizioso 96
8 Alvaro Bautista 92
9 Nicky Hayden 80
10 Aleix Espargaro 62

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