Marc Marquez has sealed his sixth victory of the season this Sunday at the Brno Circuit for the Czech MotoGP 2019; 10th event of the calendar.
The official Ducati of Andrea Dovizioso and the satellite of Jack Miller had to settle for second and third faced with the overwhelming superiority of the Spaniard. Alex Rins, fourth, has at times caressed the podium during a ruthless fight with the Australian pilot, while Valentino Rossi has closed the Top 5.
The Honda #93 continues to make MotoGP history and to enlarge his track record of successes. His win at the Hungarian race is his victory number 76 and the 50th in MotoGP, matching Mike Halewood as the fourth most successful pilot of all times.
On top of that, he has extended his advantage with Dovi in the standings to 63 points. The exhibition of the Honda #93 is particularly significant at a territory which has been traditionally dominated by the bullets of Borgo Panigale, who had a 1-2 in 2018.
A troubled start on the wet
The rain that fell on the track before the race forced the race director to delay its start by 40 minutes. After that time, and to guarantee the pilot’s safety, it was decided that the race would be shortened to twenty laps. Then, the emotion began.
As soon as the green lights came on, the still treacherous track produced the first casualties. Joan Mir and Franco Morbidelli fell in curve 3.
A little further back, Maverick Viñales was making the same mistakes all over again. A bad start sent him back from ninth to fifteenth place. Dovi and Rins (Suzuki), on the other hand, got closer to the top following a great start.
Immediately, Marquez was leading the race, ahead of his Italian rival and immediate pursuer in the standings and of Miller. These three gladiators, together with Rins, started opening a gap with the rest of the pack.
After a couple of laps, the fantastic four had imposed an unattainable pace for the rest of the pilots on the grid. They were now racing a race of their own. Meanwhile, a few meters behind, a bitter war broke out between Pol Espargaro (KTM) and Valentino Rossi (Yamaha).
Marquez tries to escape
Different battles started succeeding each other when there were still 17 laps left till the end at the MotoGP of the Czech MotoGP 2019. A somehow unenthusiastic Fabio Quartararo, who started tenth, passed Danilo Petruccifor the eighth position.
Back to the head of the race and Márquez was trying to widen up the gap with his pursuers, distancing himself 0.450 seconds from Dovi, who was second, but not quite managing to escape from the Ducati pilot.
A cold-blooded battle erupted then for the first position between Marc, Dovi and Rins, separated by only 4 tenths of a second. What a show! But, what about Viñales at the Czech MotoGP 2019? He was relaxed in the thirteenth position ahead of Aleix Espargaro.
As laps were being completed, Marquez continued to lead, always hunted by his three companions. A true pack of wolves!
With 12 laps left until the chequered flag, there was no truce anywhere up or down the track. Cal Crutchlow slipped forward into fifth place after devouring Pol first, who fell to seventh place, and the Yamaha #46 after, who fell into sixth.
Meanwhile, The Devil of Yamaha Petronas was turning into a saint in his eight positions. What a disappointment! Everyone expected Quartararo to turn Brno into a burning hell for his rivals, but none of that happened.
Márquez has a scare before winning
The moment of truth was approaching. At the head of the race, and with just ten laps to go, things remained unchanged. The Spaniard had Dovi less than 3 tenths of a second behind, followed by Rins and Miller.
The two roosters of the World Championship were going at it head to head, but the Spaniard wanted to go solo and wasn’t in the mood for a tight ending. He managed to scratch a few extra tenths of a second from Dovi.
Marquez was pushing himself to the limit and so his bike gave him a hairy warning. His machine almost threw him on the floor at this crucial moment on the race, but he managed another of his trademark saves. Despite the scare, he wasted no time and was back in full battle mode in a flash.
He started pulling like crazy and opened a gap of 1.2 seconds with Dovi. With seven laps to finish, he had managed to flee with over 2 seconds.
No one could stop him now. Marquez saw the checkered flag 2.4 seconds ahead of Dovi and 3.9 before Miller who stole the third place and the champagne from Rins at the last moment.
Cal Crutchlow and his Honda were fifth ahead of the Yamahas of Rossi and Quartararo and the Ducati of Petrucci. Viñales finished eleventh and Pol Espargaró twelfth.
Images of the Czech MotoGP 2019: Repsol Honda HRC, Yamaha.