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

Stuart Newman@@StuNewmanSportFeatured ColumnistAugust 17, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - AUGUST 09:  Dani Pedrosa of Spain and Repsol Honda Team
 rounds the bend during the  MotoGp Red Bull U.S. Indianapolis Grand Prix - Qualifying at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on August 9, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Getty Images/Getty Images)
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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
1Dani PEDROSASPARepsol Honda Team42'47.800
2Jorge LORENZOSPAMovistar Yamaha MotoGP+0.410
3Valentino ROSSIITAMovistar Yamaha MotoGP+5.259
4Marc MARQUEZSPARepsol Honda Team+10.454
5Andrea IANNONEITAPramac Racing+17.639
6Andrea DOVIZIOSOITADucati Team+17.834
7Stefan BRADLGERLCR Honda MotoGP+23.819
8Aleix ESPARGAROSPANGM Forward Racing+29.621
9Bradley SMITHGBRMonster Yamaha Tech 3+30.364
10Alvaro BAUTISTASPAGO&FUN Honda Gresini+37.639
11Scott REDDINGGBRGO&FUN Honda Gresini+55.604
12Michele PIRROITADucati Team+56.727
13Hiroshi AOYAMAJPNDrive M7 Aspar+56.908
14Karel ABRAHAMCZECardion AB Motoracing+1'04.135
15Leon CAMIERGBRDrive M7 Aspar+1'04.902
16Alex DE ANGELISRSMNGM Forward Racing+1'20.666
17Hector BARBERASPAAvintia Racing+1'24.282
18Mike DI MEGLIOFRAAvintia Racing+1'27.436
19Broc PARKESAUSPaul Bird Motorsport+1'38.867

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.

BRNO, CZECH REPUBLIC - AUGUST 15: Marc Marquez of Spain and Repsol Honda Team
 heads down a straight during the MotoGp of Czech Republic - Free Practice at Brno Circuit on August 15, 2014 in Brno, Czech Republic. (Photo by Mirco Lazzari gp/Getty Images)
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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.

BRNO, CZECH REPUBLIC - AUGUST 15: Jorge Lorenzo of Spain and Movistar Yamaha MotoGP

 rounds the bend during the MotoGp of Czech Republic - Free Practice at Brno Circuit on August 15, 2014 in Brno, Czech Republic. (Photo by Mirco Lazzari gp/Getty Images)
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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
1Marc MARQUEZ263
2Dani PEDROSA186
3Valentino ROSSI173
4Jorge LORENZO137
5Andrea DOVIZIOSO118
8Andrea IANNONE73
9Stefan BRADL65
10Bradley SMITH65
11Alvaro BAUTISTA56
12Scott REDDING45
13Hiroshi AOYAMA37
15Nicky HAYDEN29
17Karel ABRAHAM25
18Colin EDWARDS11
19Michele PIRRO11
20Broc PARKES7
22Danilo PETRUCCI4
23Michael LAVERTY2
24Hector BARBERA2
25Leon CAMIER1

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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