With the race beginning on a damp track but the sun shining, it seemed only a matter of time before the field would have to switch to dry tyres, all 23 riders opting to go with wets for the start.
Marc Marquez took a third dominant victory at MotoGP Brno, timing his pitstop to perfection to outfox his championship rivals.
Poleman Marquez was alone in the top eight in opting to run a soft wet rear tyre, and he lost the lead to the Ducati’s Jorge Lorenzo at Turn 5 on the opening lap before quickly dropping down the order. The factory Honda man had sunk to the bottom of the top 10 when he pitted at the end of the second lap for his dry-shod bike, a decision which proved to be a masterstroke.
Several other riders came in the following lap, but none of the leading group, with Lorenzo leading Valentino Rossi, Andrea Dovizioso and a fast-starting Johann Zarco out front. Lorenzo finally came in at the end of lap four after losing the lead to Rossi, but dropped well down the order as his second bike hadn’t been fired up when he arrived at the Ducati pit.
That left Rossi, Dovizioso and Zarco out front, but they were losing anywhere from eight to 10 seconds a lap to Marquez, who was already setting a scintillating pace on slicks. Rossi and Dovizioso finally bailed for their dry-shod bikes on lap five, with Zarco staying out an extra lap and being passed for the lead by the much faster Marquez.
Riders' World Championship
1. Marc Marquez SPA Repsol Honda (RC213V) 154 points
2. Maverick Viñales SPA Movistar Yamaha (YZR-M1) 140 points (-14)
3. Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP17) 133 points (-21)
4. Valentino Rossi ITA Movistar Yamaha (YZR-M1) 132 points (-22)
5. Dani Pedrosa SPA Repsol Honda (RC213V) 123 points (-31)
6. Johann Zarco FRA Monster Yamaha Tech3 (YZR-M1)* 88 points (-66)
7. Jonas Folger GER Monster Yamaha Tech3 (YZR-M1)* 77 points (-77)
8. Danilo Petrucci ITA Octo Pramac (Desmosedici GP17) 75 points (-79)
9. Cal Crutchlow GBR LCR Honda (RC213V) 75 points (-79)
10. Jorge Lorenzo SPA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP17) 66 points (-88)
11. Alvaro Bautista SPA Pull&Bear Aspar (Desmosedici GP16) 44 points (-110)
12. Jack Miller AUS EG 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V) 43 points (-111)
13. Aleix Espargaro SPA Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 40 points (-114)
14. Scott Redding GBR Octo Pramac (Desmosedici GP16) 33 points (-121)
15. Loris Baz FRA Reale Avintia (Desmosedici GP15) 31 points (-123)
16. Andrea Iannone ITA Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 28 points (-126)
17. Karel Abraham CZE Pull&Bear Aspar (Desmosedici GP15) 23 points (-131)
18. Tito Rabat SPA EG 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V) 23 points (-131)
19. Pol Espargaro SPA Red Bull KTM Factory (RC16) 21 points (-133)
20. Hector Barbera SPA Reale Avintia (Desmosedici GP16) 21 points (-133)
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