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GP Week : Issue 208
MOTOGP >>> nEWs PEDROsA ENDs ThE sTREAK It finally happened. For 10 Grands Prix, over 147 days, Marc Marquez remained undefeated in MotoGP racing. The spanish prodigy travelled to Brno aiming to establish a new record that would stand... well, until he added to it. It didn’t happen. It didn’t even come close to happening. After putting his Honda on pole – itself a controversial act, after some rivals team members suggested he gave a tow to Ducati’s pair of Andreas – Marquez never led an inch of the race. He was beaten away – notably by Dani Pedrosa, who started fifth – and after settling into the race, the world waited for a typically swift, and cruel, response. It never came. After indulging in some entertaining fairing-bashing with Andrea Iannone, what became clear was that Marquez lacked that final little something that had carried him to 10 wins. “Today was one of those sundays in which I neither felt completely comfortable, nor had found the best set-up for the bike,” he explained later. “It wasn’t down to a mistake by me or by the team, it was simply that we didn’t have the same feeling as on other sundays. “In a way it’s taken a weight off my shoulders, as now people won’t be asking me if I can win every race any more.” so, who beat him – Pedrosa, Jorge orenzo or Valentino Rossi? Actually, they all did, in that order. Pedrosa kept Respol Honda’s winning streak active, taking his first win since Malaysia last year. The Yamaha pair efficiently filled the podium. For the first time in a MotoGP race that he has finished, Marquez was off the podium. Iannone took a career-best fifth place from Andrea Dovizioso, but the other Ducati man in the race, Cal Crutchlow, was out of the race within two laps, after experiencing shoulder pain after running into a sand trap on the opening lap. A week earlier, Marquez made it double figures, and four wins in a row in Indianapolis. As usual, he came from behind and after a spirited battled with Lorenzo and Rossi, he sped off to a 1.803s win. Pedrosa was fourth behind the Yamahas, and ahead of Pol espargaro. 18 GPWEEK.com // 18 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: