How Marquez mastered MotoGP's flag-to-flag races

How Marquez mastered MotoGP's flag-to-flag races

How Marquez mastered MotoGP's flag-to-flag races

Practice sessions got underway on Friday morning and the 22-lap race is scheduled for Sunday at 1400 CET on a circuit situated in the hilly woods around Brno.

One month on since the Sachsenring race, the Ducati Team has now arrived at Brno in the Czech Republic for the tenth round of the 2017 season.

Jorge Lorenzo took fourth, while his Ducati team-mate Andrea Dovizioso was only 11th.

On a wet track, Marquez was brought into the pits early to put on a softer tyre compound, and he was able to make massive gains on the rest of the field.

Indeed, it was Rossi who made for the most exciting viewing late in the race, with Marquez, Pedrosa and Vinales nearly in a procession on their way to the finish line. Dani Pedrosa (ESP/Honda) at 0.171sec, 3. Then, Valentino Rossi took over the leadership in the race on the fourth lap, while Lorenzo had disappeared from the first 10 in the contest.

Maverick Vinales is hoping to extend his championship lead at the Catalan Grand Prix this weekend, but Yamaha teammate Valentino Rossi admits the quick turnaround from the Italian Grand Prix could hamper his chances.

"It was good to go testing at Brno during the summer break because it allowed us to work on the bike and stay focused on the job", said Marquez, who finished third at Brno previous year behind victor Cal Crutchlow and Rossi.

A rain-interrupted Moto2 GP presented riders with a frantic six-lap sprint to the flag.

"We have to be focused on the second half of the season as it is going to be crucial if we want to fight for the championship title".

That quickly cost him the first position at the start of the race after Jorge Lorenzo made a fantastic breakthrough in the 5th curve.

Among all those victories, the two most striking were last Sunday's Brno race and the one we witnessed past year at the Sachsenring.

At Brno, Moto3 championship leader Joan Mir continued his demoralising rout of his main rival Romano Fenati, a cleverly strategised late surge landing him his sixth victory from 10 races this year.

The race at Brno began in the wet, but with the track drying up as early as on the warm-up lap.

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