2018 Czech Republic MotoGP Sunday Results

Michael Scott | August 5, 2018

2018 Czech Republic MotoGP Sunday Results

The weather was marginally less hot on race Sunday than the preceding two days. The action at the 2018 Czech Republic GP had not cooled down at all – as a day of centuries yielded the closest top three finish since 20016, the second Ducati one-two of the season, the second win of the year for Andrea Dovizioso, and a few more points added to Marc Marquez’s growing championship lead.

2018 Czech Republic MotoGP Sunday Results

Lorenzo, Dovizioso, Marquez, Czech MotoGP 2018 podium. (Gold & Goose photo)

The 21-lapper at the sweeping 5.403-km circuit outside the Czech Republic’s second city had been close throughout, but slightly austere, with limited overtaking, as riders preserved their strength and tyres for the final struggle.

Marquez (Repsol Honda), in his hundredth MotoGP start, was up for the fight. So too was Dovi, in his hundredth Ducati start.

When it came, it was explosive.

Dovi had led almost throughout, ceding the position to Valentino Rossi’s Movistar Yamaha for three laps before half distance.

But with the top three riders putting in their best laps on the last, he had to fight his hardest to hold on to it, as first Marquez and then his team-mate Lorenzo attacked.

Marquez might not have given it full strength, thinking also of his championship position; but his pass on Lorenzo, while quickly repulsed, had given his fellow-Spaniard a little too much to do, He got alongside his team-mate, but over the line Dovi was ahead by less than two tenths; Marquez a similar distance behind.

Rossi, lacking sustained pace all weekend, had dropped to fifth behind independent LCR-Castrol Honda team rider Cal Crutchlow, but on the last lap the old master reversed the positions to reclaim fourth by five hundredths of a second, so he lost only three points to Marquez, who now leads the championship by 49 points.

Alma Pramac Ducati’s Danilo Petrucci was less than a second behind and still just 3.768 seconds from the leader, in sixth,

Seventh-placed Johann Zarco (Monster Yamaha) had lost touch by then; while two seconds away both Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda) and Alvaro Bautista (Angel Nieto Ducati) got the better of the factory Suzukis, with Andrea Iannone tenth and Alex Rins 11th.

Second factory Yamaha rider Maverick Vinales was the most prominent of five non-finishers, eliminated in a three-bike first-lap crash along with wild card Stefan Bradl (Honda) and Bradley Smith (KTM).

Marquez now has 181 points to Rossi’s 132; then Dovizioso (113). Vinales (109) and Lorenzo (105).

2018 Czech Republic MotoGP Sunday Results

MONSTER ENERGY GRAND PRIX ČESKÉ REPUBLIKY
MotoGP Race Classification 2018
Brno, Sunday, August 05, 2018

1 25 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Ducati Team Ducati 165.5 41’07.728
2 20 99 Jorge LORENZO SPA Ducati Team Ducati 165.5 +0.178
3 16 93 Marc MARQUEZ SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 165.4 +0.368
4 13 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 165.3 +2.902
5 11 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR LCR Honda CASTROL Honda 165.3 +2.958
6 10 9 Danilo PETRUCCI ITA Alma Pramac Racing Ducati 165.2 +3.768
7 9 5 Johann ZARCO FRA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 165.1 +6.159
8 8 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 165.0 +7.479
9 7 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA Angel Nieto Team Ducati 165.0 +7.575
10 6 29 Andrea IANNONE ITA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki 164.9 +8.326
11 5 42 Alex RINS SPA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki 164.9 +8.653
12 4 43 Jack MILLER AUS Alma Pramac Racing Ducati 164.4 +16.549
13 3 21 Franco MORBIDELLI ITA EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 164.2 +19.603
14 2 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN MAL Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 164.1 +21.381
15 1 41 Aleix ESPARGARO SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 163.9 +23.159
16 12 Thomas LUTHI SWI EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 163.6 +27.673
17 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI JPN LCR Honda IDEMITSU Honda 163.6 +28.311
18 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Angel Nieto Team Ducati 162.8 +41.172
19 50 Sylvain GUINTOLI FRA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki 162.7 +42.411
20 10 Xavier SIMEON BEL Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 162.1 +50.941
Not Classified
53 Tito RABAT SPA Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 164.2 13 Laps
45 Scott REDDING GBR Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 162.1 16 Laps
38 Bradley SMITH GBR Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 36.7 20 Laps
Not Finished 1st Lap
25 Maverick VIÑALES SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 0 Lap
6 Stefan BRADL GER HRC Honda Team Honda 0 Lap

 

Michael Scott | MotoGP Editor Scott has been covering MotoGP since long before it was MotoGP. Remember two-strokes? Scott does. He’s also a best-selling author of biographies on the lives of legendary racers such as Wayne Rainey and Barry Sheene.

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