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Slick Marquez reigns in the Czech Republic


By Robert Jones

Reigning champion Marc Marquez stretched his lead in the MotoGP standings to 14 points with victory in Brno in the Czech Republic.

Repsol Honda rider Marquez started the day five points ahead of Movistar Yamaha's Maverick Vinales, who made a dash for third after being hindered by a late pit stop.

Dani Pedrosa came in second to complete an all-Spanish top three.

The race had started in wet conditions but Marquez took an early gamble, first among the field to switch to slick tyres, and it paid handsome rewards.

Marquez has now won his last two races after victory in Germany and will be looking to complete a hat-trick when battle reconvenes in Austria at the Red Bull Ring this weekend.

MotoGP: 1 Marc Marquez (Spa) Honda 44mins 15.974secs, 2 Dani Pedrosa (Spa) Honda 44:28.412, 3 Maverick Vinales (Spa) Yamaha 44:34.109, 4 Valentino Rossi (Ita) Yamaha 44:36.440, 5 Cal Crutchlow (Gbr) Honda 44:36.866, 6 Andrea Dovizioso (Ita) Ducati 44:39.233, 7 Danilo Petrucci (Ita) Ducati 44:40.053, 8 Aleix Espargaro (Spa) Aprilia 44:46.533, 9 Pol Espargaro (Spa) KTM 44:46.728, 10 Jonas Folger (Ger) Yamaha 44:49.210

Leading World Championship Standings:

Rider: 1 Marc Marquez (Spa) Honda 154pts, 2 Maverick Vinales (Spa) Yamaha 140, 3 Andrea Dovizioso (Ita) Ducati 133, 4 Valentino Rossi (Ita) Yamaha 132, 5 Dani Pedrosa (Spa) Honda 123, 6 Johann Zarco (Fra) Yamaha 88, 7 Jonas Folger (Ger) Yamaha 77, 8 Cal Crutchlow (Gbr) Honda 75, 8 Danilo Petrucci (Ita) Ducati 75, 10 Jorge Lorenzo (Spa) Ducati 66

Manufacturer: 1 Yamaha 200pts, 2 Honda 191, 3 Ducati 162, 4 Aprilia 42, 5 Suzuki 40, 6 KTM 23

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