Czech Grand Prix
Aug 25

Marquez Not Slowing Down After Historic Win

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Spanish rookie sensation Marc Marquez rode into the record books at the Czech Grand Prix today, the first rider to win five races in his rookie season.

No premier-class rookie has achieved this in the 65 year history of MotoGP.

And he had more bad news for his rivals after his superb win at the classic Brno Circuit, also his fourth straight victory this season.

Marquez has no intention of slowing down for a safe strategy in a bid to become the first rookie since American legend Kenny Roberts to win the title in his maiden season.

Marquez, 20, combines sublime skills with aggressive risk-taking and has the luxury of riding without the pressure of delivering the title this year.

Aug 25

Crashes Plague Brno Outing For Crutchlow, Smith

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Cal Crutchlow and Bradley Smith’s Brno races both ended with frustration after crashes prevented them from getting the desired results.

Confident he could battle for a fifth podium of 2013 after securing pole position for the second time in his MotoGP career, Crutchlow was locked in an exciting battle with Valentino Rossi and Alvaro Bautista in the early laps.

However, the 27-year-old tumbled out of fourth position on lap eight. The Briton rejoined the 22-lap race fighting through from the back of the field to take 17th at the chequered flag.

Aug 25

Marquez Scores Fourth Straight MotoGP Victory

Rookie Marc Marquez edged his Honda teammate Dani Pedrosa to win the Czech MotoGP on Sunday for his fourth straight victory to stretch his lead in the overall standings.

The 20-year-old Spaniard covered 22 laps of the 3.358-mile Brno circuit in 42 minutes, 50.729 seconds to become the youngest rider to claim four consecutive races.

Aug 25

Pedrosa Tops Morning Warm-Up As Rain Looms

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Repsol Honda Team’s Dani Pedrosa, winner in dramatic fashion last year, topped the Warm-Up with his best lap time of 1’56.515, which was just three thousandths of a second faster than championship-leading teammate Marc Marquez. The top five was rounded out by Yamaha Factory Racing duo Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo, plus pole-sitter Cal Crutchlow of Monster Yamaha Tech3.

The talk of the morning was the ever-increasing chance that rain will affect this afternoon’s 22-lap race. Dark skies surrounded the circuit, encouraging riders to practice bike changes in the pit lane in case they are faced with a Flag-to-Flag situation during the Grand Prix; incidentally, the likes of Crutchlow and Marquez are yet to experience such a scenario since making their MotoGP™ debuts.

Aug 24

Rossi Upbeat On Brno Prospects Despite Tough Qualifying Outing

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Valentino Rossi believes he can win his first race in four years at Brno despite a troubled qualifying session that will see him start the Czech Grand Prix from the third row.

Rossi and his factory Yamaha teammate Jorge Lorenzo were overshadowed by British rider Cal Crutchlow who took pole position on the satellite team Tech3 Yamaha.

But Rossi says he is unfazed by braking issues that slowed him to seventh on the grid and he is openly confident that his reputation as a ruthless racer will work in his favour at Brno.

Rossi last won the MotoGP race at Brno in 2009 on a Yamaha.

“This race is open for me because the Brno has a lot of places to overtake and I feel good with my race pace,” said Rossi who is chasing his second win of the season following his DutchTT victory.