MotoGP Grand Prix of Czech Republic 2014 Results: Winner, Standings and Reaction

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MotoGP Grand Prix of Czech Republic 2014 Results: Winner, Standings and Reaction
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The king of MotoGP has finally been dethroned. Marc Marquez’s streak of 10 grand prix victories in a row came to an end at the Grand Prix of Czech Republic on Sunday, as Dani Pedrosa claimed the title with an excellent ride. 

Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi finished second and third, respectively, with Marquez crossing the line in fourth on an off day for the Spaniard—as MotoGP revealed:

Here’s how they finished on an eventful day of racing in Brno:

2014 Grand Prix of Czech Republic Results
Position Rider Nationality Team Time/Gap
1 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team 42'47.800
2 Jorge LORENZO SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP +0.410
3 Valentino ROSSI ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP +5.259
4 Marc MARQUEZ SPA Repsol Honda Team +10.454
5 Andrea IANNONE ITA Pramac Racing +17.639
6 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Ducati Team +17.834
7 Stefan BRADL GER LCR Honda MotoGP +23.819
8 Aleix ESPARGARO SPA NGM Forward Racing +29.621
9 Bradley SMITH GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 +30.364
10 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA GO&FUN Honda Gresini +37.639
11 Scott REDDING GBR GO&FUN Honda Gresini +55.604
12 Michele PIRRO ITA Ducati Team +56.727
13 Hiroshi AOYAMA JPN Drive M7 Aspar +56.908
14 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Cardion AB Motoracing +1'04.135
15 Leon CAMIER GBR Drive M7 Aspar +1'04.902
16 Alex DE ANGELIS RSM NGM Forward Racing +1'20.666
17 Hector BARBERA SPA Avintia Racing +1'24.282
18 Mike DI MEGLIO FRA Avintia Racing +1'27.436
19 Broc PARKES AUS Paul Bird Motorsport +1'38.867

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Though Marquez was starting at pole position in the Czech Republic, a shaky start saw his chances of performing his usual wire-to-wire victory blown out of the water.

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The Spanish sensation found himself in sixth after the first few turns with the Ducatis starting brightly and Lorenzo setting the early pace.

The two-time world champion simply flew around the course in the early stages, setting a new circuit record in the process—per MotoGP:

While Marquez managed to creep up to third place, that’s as good as it got for the 21-year-old, who finished over 10 seconds behind Pedrosa.

Patience was the name of the game for Pedrosa in Brno, and while Lorenzo was looking good at the front, the 28-year-old always looked in a good position to strike.

And that’s exactly what he did on Lap 5 of 22, going inside him on the corner to lead the pack.

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It was a lead that Pedrosa never surrendered after that, and while Lorenzo kept within touching distance of his countryman, there was little he could do as the Honda man put himself top of the podium.

While Marquez’s dominance of MotoGP is now over, the Honda team’s certainly isn’t, as they revealed via Twitter:

That dominance is echoed in the general classification standings, too, as victory for Pedrosa saw him keep his place in second behind Marquez, as we see below:

2014 MotoGP General Classification Standings
Position Rider Points
1 Marc MARQUEZ 263
2 Dani PEDROSA 186
3 Valentino ROSSI 173
4 Jorge LORENZO 137
5 Andrea DOVIZIOSO 118
6 Aleix ESPARGARO 85
7 Pol ESPARGARO 78
8 Andrea IANNONE 73
9 Stefan BRADL 65
10 Bradley SMITH 65
11 Alvaro BAUTISTA 56
12 Scott REDDING 45
13 Hiroshi AOYAMA 37
14 Cal CRUTCHLOW 36
15 Nicky HAYDEN 29
16 Yonny HERNANDEZ 27
17 Karel ABRAHAM 25
18 Colin EDWARDS 11
19 Michele PIRRO 11
20 Broc PARKES 7
21 Mike DI MEGLIO 4
22 Danilo PETRUCCI 4
23 Michael LAVERTY 2
24 Hector BARBERA 2
25 Leon CAMIER 1

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How exactly Marquez will recover from not being on the podium will be on everyone’s lips as the British Grand Prix comes around in a fortnight, but you can guarantee that he’ll be more determined than ever to take his grand prix crown back.

Pedrosa’s victory showed that Marquez is indeed mortal, but with hunger and desire to be a champion once again, Silverstone may well be in trouble next time around.

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