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125cc: Marquez Finishes 7th

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The Czech Republic Grand Prix was a tremendous physical and mental test for Marc Márquez, who after dislocating his left shoulder on Friday in a hard fall, was able to overcome the pain today and finish in a well-deserved and hard-fought seventh place.

With this result, the Repsol rider scores 9 important championship points, which allow him to continue to lead the standings with a 15-point advantage.

With the threat of rain minutes before the start, the race was declared “in the wet”, so the majority of the riders on the grid opted to go out on grooved tyres, including all the riders in the first three rows.

When the red lights went out, Márquez had a good start from fourth place, reaching the end of the straight in second and maintained this position until the end of the first lap.

However, today was not a good day for the injured Márquez to take unnecessary risks, who also had the added problem of excess wear of the right side of his rear tyre. This detail forced him to take a more cautious approach than initially expected and he was overtaken by several riders without being able to counterattack.

The constant skidding of the rear wheel of his bike made him focus on his main objective, which was not to fall, finish the race and score some valuable points.

While a recovered Nico Terol rode alone towards victory, Márquez was unable to fend off the attacks of Rabat, Folger, Kornfeil and Smith, who finally overtook him in the second half of the race. With the right side of his rear tyre completely worn out and his left shoulder in a very bad state, the final seventh place and 9 points scored by Márquez were a good reward for a tough-fought performance.

Thanks to this result, the Repsol rider maintains the lead with a 15-point advantage over Espargaró and the peace of mind of having a week and a half to recover from his injury.

The next World Championship race will be the Indianapolis Grand Prix in two weeks time. It will be the second time this season that the Motorcycling World Championship visits the United States.

Marc Marquez says: “It was a quite tough and very strange race because the conditions at the beginning were not the best. My shoulder was not even at fifty percent of its performance and before the start, there was a lot of confusion over tyre choice because of the rain.”

“However, I was able to finish seventh and we are still leaders, so now we have to focus on Indianapolis and recovering from my shoulder injury. It didn’t hurt because they gave me a painkilling injection but I couldn’t really feel it and lap after lap I thought that the pain would come. I didn’t have any strength and we did what we could because it was a race in which it was very important to score points and very easy to fall. In the end, we achieved our aim and that’s very positive for the championship.”

Pos. Points Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time/Gap
1 25 40 Nicolas TEROL SPA Bancaja Aspar Team Aprilia 140.6 43’49.303
2 20 44 Pol ESPARGARO SPA Tuenti Racing Derbi 139.5 +20.351
3 16 12 Esteve RABAT SPA Blusens-STX Aprilia 139.5 +20.555
4 13 94 Jonas FOLGER GER Ongetta Team Aprilia 139.0 +29.529
5 11 84 Jakub KORNFEIL CZE Racing Team Germany Aprilia 139.0 +29.914
6 10 38 Bradley SMITH GBR Bancaja Aspar Team Aprilia 139.0 +29.986
7 9 93 Marc MARQUEZ SPA Red Bull Ajo Motorsport Derbi 138.9 +31.405
8 8 53 Jasper IWEMA NED CBC Corse Aprilia 138.8 +32.973
9 7 71 Tomoyoshi KOYAMA JPN Racing Team Germany Aprilia 138.4 +41.842
10 6 39 Luis SALOM SPA Stipa-Molenaar Racing GP Aprilia 138.1 +46.128
11 5 26 Adrian MARTIN SPA Aeroport de Castello – Ajo Aprilia 138.1 +46.759
12 4 23 Alberto MONCAYO SPA Andalucia Cajasol Aprilia 138.1 +47.630
13 3 78 Marcel SCHROTTER GER Interwetten Honda 125 Honda 137.9 +50.657
14 2 69 Louis ROSSI FRA CBC Corse Aprilia 137.9 +50.728
15 1 63 Zulfahmi KHAIRUDDIN MAL AirAsia – Sepang Int. Circuit Aprilia 137.7 +55.490
16 11 Sandro CORTESE GER Avant Mitsubishi Ajo Derbi 137.4 +1’00.902
17 35 Randy KRUMMENACHER SWI Stipa-Molenaar Racing GP Aprilia 137.3 +1’02.374
18 95 Alessandro TONUCCI ITA Junior GP Racing Team FMI Aprilia 135.9 +1’30.736
19 14 Johann ZARCO FRA WTR San Marino Team Aprilia 134.9 +1’50.616
20 50 Sturla FAGERHAUG NOR AirAsia – Sepang Int. Circuit Aprilia 134.7 +1’53.811
21 72 Marco RAVAIOLI ITA Lambretta Reparto Corse Lambretta 134.7 +1’54.419
22 55 Isaac VIÑALES SPA Lambretta Reparto Corse Lambretta 134.7 +1’54.710
23 87 Luca MARCONI ITA Ongetta Team Aprilia 134.3 +2’03.252
Not Classified
7 Efren VAZQUEZ SPA Tuenti Racing Derbi 139.4 2 Laps
15 Simone GROTZKYJ ITA Fontana Racing Aprilia 135.1 6 Laps
48 Ladislav CHMELIK CZE Moto FGR Honda 131.3 8 Laps
32 Lorenzo SAVADORI ITA Matteoni CP Racing Aprilia 128.2 9 Laps
92 Luigi MORCIANO ITA Junior GP Racing Team FMI Aprilia 131.9 11 Laps
5 Alexis MASBOU FRA Ongetta Team Aprilia 127.1 18 Laps
Not Starting
99 Danny WEBB GBR Andalucia Cajasol Aprilia 0 Lap

 

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