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Dani Pedrosa brings an end to Marquez's domination

By Robert Jones

Marc Marquez's 10-race winning streak in MotoGP is finally over after his team-mate Dani Pedrosa triumphed in Brno yesterday. Marquez, who had won every race this season, dropped all the way down to fourth, the first time he has missed out on the podium in a MotoGP race.

The two Repsol Hondas were split by the Movistar Yamahas of Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi in second and third.

Pedrosa had started fifth on the grid but showed his best form as he eventually took the victory by 0.410 seconds from Lorenzo, who had been sixth on the grid.

Rossi's podium finish marked his 245th premier class race, equalling the all-time appearance record of Alex Barros.

He had faced a tough battle from Marquez to third in the middle stages of the race but for once Marquez came off second best.

Marquez can console himself on a disappointing result in the knowledge that he remains 77 points clear in the standings.

“I didn't plan the race in this way but fortunately Jorge opened a gap immediately so I had to change my plan and then push to the limit,” said Pedrosa.

“I kept my rhythm until the end but I struggled with my rear grip and was not able to go out strong in the corners.”

Lorenzo said: “Finally we beat Marc, but unfortunately it wasn't me, it was Dani this time.

“After two laps I started feeling not as well as in the first laps and Dani cut me and passed me... and went away.”

“The bike wasn't so bad at the end of the race so I tried, pushed to the limit to cut him, but it was too late.”

Shrugging off a heavy crash in Saturday's practice, in which he injured the little finger on his left hand, Rossi, who has won five premier class races in Brno, breezed past Marquez midway through the race.

He finished more than five seconds ahead of the championship leader, for his 190th podium finish.

“It was a great pleasure to beat Marc one time,” said Rossi.

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