MotoGP Czech Republic Grand Prix 2015 Results: Winner, Standings and Reaction

Gianni Verschueren@ReverschPassFeatured ColumnistAugust 16, 2015

Jorge Lorenzo, of Spain, celebrates after finishing in second place in the Indianapolis Grand Prix at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Sunday, Aug. 9, 2015. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
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Jorge Lorenzo finished off a dominant weekend by winning the 2015 MotoGP Czech Republic Grand Prix in Brno on Sunday, tying Valentino Rossi for the lead in the current standings in the process. 

The Spaniard dominated during qualification and led the race from start to finish, with defending World Champion Marc Marquez pipping Rossi for second. For Lorenzo, it was the fifth win of the season. Here are the full results from Sunday's race, courtesy of MotoGP's official website:

Czech Republic GP: Results
125Jorge LORENZOMovistar Yamaha MotoGP42'53.042
220Marc MARQUEZRepsol Honda Team+4.462
316Valentino ROSSIMovistar Yamaha MotoGP+10.397
413Andrea IANNONEDucati Team+13.071
511Dani PEDROSARepsol Honda Team+15.650
610Andrea DOVIZIOSODucati Team+15.725
79Bradley SMITHMonster Yamaha Tech 3+21.821
88Pol ESPARGAROMonster Yamaha Tech 3+23.240
106Danilo PETRUCCIOcto Pramac Racing+45.261
115Yonny HERNANDEZOcto Pramac Racing+49.973
124Scott REDDINGEG 0,0 Marc VDS+50.174
133Alvaro BAUTISTAAprilia Racing Team Gresini+54.437
142Stefan BRADLAprilia Racing Team Gresini+54.624
151Loris BAZForward Racing+1'00.316
16Hector BARBERAAvintia Racing+1'01.595
17Nicky HAYDENAspar MotoGP Team+1'02.388
18Mike DI MEGLIOAvintia Racing+1'05.944
19Jack MILLERCWM LCR Honda+1'11.407
20Claudio CORTIForward Racing+1'50.033
21Karel ABRAHAMAB Motoracing+2'02.655
Eugene LAVERTYAspar MotoGP TeamDNF
Alex DE ANGELISE-Motion IodaRacing TeamDNF

Before the start of the race, Crash.net MotoGP shared the tyre info for the favourites, revealing Rossi would be running on the hard compound:

CRASH.NET/MotoGP @crash_motogp

Tyre choice: Lorenzo (Pole) medium-medium. Marquez (2nd) medium front-hard rear. Rossi (3rd) hard-hard. http://t.co/it44T9an1n #MotoGP

Expectations were the compound would slow the Italian veteran down early, which was expected to be an issue in Brno as it is known as a track with few options for overtaking.

As if things weren't bad enough, Rossi had a poor start, dropping back to fifth place while Lorenzo and Marquez kept their positions, per MotoGP's official Twitter account. Rossi was forced to battle for position with Andrea Dovizioso, losing valuable times in the opening laps.

Defending world hampion Marquez did well to stick with Lorenzo, who had dominated the race weekend, and Crash.net MotoGP was starting to get a case of deja-vu:

CRASH.NET/MotoGP @crash_motogp

Just as at Indianapolis, Marquez is sticking with Lorenzo #CzechGP #MotoGP race http://t.co/ovMhsBuTbz

Eugene Laverty suffered a crash in the background, and the Irishman should thank his lucky stars none of the other riders made contact when him when he went down in Turn 1.

At the front of race, Lorenzo looked nearly untouchable, and the Spaniard slowly started to build a lead over the pack. Marquez gave it everything he had to stick with his compatriot, but his positioning on the bike appeared to be slightly off and the gap kept growing, per MotoGP's official Twitter account:

MotoGP™🏁 @MotoGP

A #MotoGP masterclass from @lorenzo99, a perfect start and superb consistency lap after lap as he extends his lead to over 1 second #CzechGP

Before long, Lorenzo was the only man consistently ducking under one minute, 57 seconds every lap, pushing his lead to 2.5 seconds. Rossi had jumped into third position but had six seconds worth of empty tarmac ahead of him, and his pace was well below Lorenzo's.

Turn 11 proved itself to be a difficult challenge to handle for the riders, with Cal Crutchlow and Maverick Vinales losing their grip in consecutive laps. Crash.net Moto GP shared this image of Crutchlow sliding:

CRASH.NET/MotoGP @crash_motogp

Cal Crutchlow falls from 10th place in #CzechGP #MotoGP race http://t.co/blNACB0heO

With the top three seemingly decided, the attention of the fans turned to the battle between Dovizioso, Andrea Iannone and Dani Pedrosa. The latter's performance was made all the more memorable by the fact he was suffering from a foot injury, via MotoGP's official Twitter account:

MotoGP™🏁 @MotoGP

Despite an injured foot, @26_DaniPedrosa is rapidly gaining on @AndreaDovizioso in fifth. Pedrosa 0.4s faster last lap. #MotoGP

Iannone eventually did enough to leave his two rivals behind entering the final lap, and the top four finishers all cruised to the finish line. With Marquez staying ahead of Rossi, Lorenzo closed the gap in the standings heading into the British Grand Prix at Silverstone. Here are the latest standings, courtesy of MotoGP's official website:

2015 MotoGP Championship Standings
1Jorge LORENZOYamahaSPA211
2Valentino ROSSIYamahaITA211
3Marc MARQUEZHondaSPA159
4Andrea IANNONEDucatiITA142
5Bradley SMITHYamahaGBR106
6Andrea DOVIZIOSODucatiITA104
10Danilo PETRUCCIDucatiITA63
11Maverick VIÑALESSuzukiSPA62
12Aleix ESPARGAROSuzukiSPA53
13Yonny HERNANDEZDucatiCOL41
14Scott REDDINGHondaGBR37
15Hector BARBERADucatiSPA20
16Alvaro BAUTISTAApriliaSPA16
17Loris BAZYamaha ForwardFRA15
18Jack MILLERHondaAUS12
19Stefan BRADLApriliaGER11
20Michele PIRRODucatiITA8
21Nicky HAYDENHondaUSA8
22Eugene LAVERTYHondaIRL7
23Hiroshi AOYAMAHondaJPN5
24Mike DI MEGLIODucatiFRA2

As reported by Crash.net Moto GP's live blog of the race, Rossi told reporters he didn't think his choice of tyres impacted the result: "I don't think it was the tyres. I chose the best tyres for me in practice, not to go faster in the race. My start was bad. I didn't have the rhythm, Marc and Jorge were faster than me."

Rossi and Lorenzo have dominated the first half of the 2015 season, but the Spaniard has looked the more impressive of the two of late. Rossi remains the finest technician and most experienced rider on the grid, but it's hard to bet against Lorenzo at this stage of the campaign.

The Yamaha's have proven their superiority over the Honda engines, with Sunday's race yet another fine example, so Marquez's bid to win his third consecutive world title appears to be coming to an end. The 22-year-old was nearly unbeatable last year, but in 2015; there's simply no answer for Yamaha.



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