2018 Brno MotoGP Results & Recap

The second half of the 2018 MotoGP Championship began this weekend at Brno with the Czech Republic Grand Prix.

The track celebrated its 49th GP race Sunday, making it the second-oldest circuit that continuously held Grand Prix motorcycle races behind Assen (celebrated its 70th GP last month).

The energy was high for Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez ahead of round nine of 19. The 25-year-old Spaniard had won the last two consecutive races (Sachsenring and Assen), and had also won last year’s Brno race by over 12 seconds ahead of teammate Dani Pedrosa.

2018 Brno MotoGP Results Ducati's Andrea Dovizioso
Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso

But from the start of the week, Marquez didn’t look so, well, Marquez. He only topped Free Practice 4 on Saturday, and qualified third behind Movistar Yamaha MotoGP’s Valentino Rossi – a three-time winner at Brno – and poleman Ducati Team’s Andrea Dovizioso.

Regardless, the four-time MotoGP Champion was a clear favorite. He fought to the very end, but couldn’t claim sixth win in 2018 MotoGP. Rather, he had to settle for third.

2018 Brno MotoGP Results Ducati's Jorge Lorenzo
Ducati’s Jorge Lorenzo

Taking the victory after some historic battling with Rossi and Ducati Team’s Jorge Lorenzo was Dovizioso, the Italian earning his second win of the season (his first arriving in Qatar).

And we mean earned – when the 21-lap race was complete, Dovizioso took the checkered flag by 0.178 of a second ahead teammate Lorenzo, who joins Repsol Honda in 2019. Marquez finished third, 0.368 of a second back.

“It was an incredible win! Before this weekend I was excited because I felt that we could do well, but I never expected such a spectacular victory,” Andrea Dovizioso says.

“I was very quick right from the first session on Friday, yesterday I did an awesome qualifying, today in the race I had a perfect strategy, and so I’m very pleased with everything.

“I managed the race lap by lap, trying to interpret what was happening around me and see how the other guys were riding: I raced well without ever misusing the rear tire and, even though I was having a bit of difficulty in the final stages, in any case I was able to fight off Jorge and Marc, who today were both really on top form.”

2018 Brno MotoGP Results Honda's Marc Marquez
Honda’s Marc Marquez

The podium finishers crossed the line over two seconds ahead of the rest of the grid. Rossi had fought hard in the beginning, but lost some steam halfway through.

The nine-time World Champion finished fourth, 2.902 seconds behind Marquez, and a mere 0.056 ahead of LCR Honda Castrol’s Cal Crutchlow, who won at Brno two years ago.

When 2018 Brno MotoGP began, Rossi, who qualified second behind Dovi, grabbed the holeshot. He was followed into turn one by Dovizioso, Marquez and Lorenzo.

2018 Brno MotoGP Results Yamaha Valentino Rossi
Yamaha’s Valentino Rossi

Dovi immediately took over the lead in turn two, while behind there was a three-way crash between Movistar Yamaha MotoGP’s Maverick Vinales, Red Bull KTM’s Bradley Smith and HRC Honda Team’s Stefan Bradl. All three riders suffered DNFs.

Rossi and Dovizioso began swapping the lead, as Lorenzo and Marquez battled for third.

2018 Brno MotoGP Results Honda Cal Crutchlow
Honda’s Cal Crutchlow

By the half-way point, it was a fight between Dovizioso, Marquez, Rossi, Crutchlow, Lorenzo and future Ducati Team pilot Danilo Petrucci on the Alma Pramac Racing Ducati.

As the lap times dropped, Dovizioso, Marquez and Lorenzo opened a gap, leaving Rossi and Crutchlow behind to clash for fourth.

The final laps of the Czech Republic Grand Prix were intense as Dovizioso, Lorenzo and Marquez did all that was possible to claim the win.

2018 Brno MotoGP Results Ducati's Danilo Petrucci
Ducati’s Danilo Petrucci

But Dovizioso was able to outsmart them all, and take the win ahead of Lorenzo and Marquez, who celebrated his 100th MotoGP race with a podium finish.

Rossi beat Crutchlow four fourth, and they were followed by Petrucci and Monster Yamaha Tech3’s Johann Zarco. Rounding out the top 10 were Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa, Angel Nieto Team Ducati’s Alvaro Bautista, and Team Suzuki Ecstar’s Andrea Iannone.

2018 Brno MotoGP Results Yamaha's Johann Zarco
Yamaha’s Johann Zarco

Marquez continues to lead the championship as he chases his fifth MotoGP title with 181 points, 49 ahead of Rossi. Dovizioso is no third in points, 68 behind Marquez.

The riders will have zero time off as they head to Austria’s Red Bull Ring, which is set to go green next Sunday, August 12. Last year it was also a battle between Dovizioso and Marquez, but Dovizioso would ultimately take the win.

2018 Brno MotoGP Results

Pos. Points Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time/Gap
1 25 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Ducati Team Ducati 165.5 41’07.728
2 20 99 Jorge LORENZO SPA Ducati Team Ducati 165.5 +0.178
3 16 93 Marc MARQUEZ SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 165.4 +0.368
4 13 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 165.3 +2.902
5 11 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR LCR Honda CASTROL Honda 165.3 +2.958
6 10 9 Danilo PETRUCCI ITA Alma Pramac Racing Ducati 165.2 +3.768
7 9 5 Johann ZARCO FRA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 165.1 +6.159
8 8 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 165.0 +7.479
9 7 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA Angel Nieto Team Ducati 165.0 +7.575
10 6 29 Andrea IANNONE ITA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki 164.9 +8.326
11 5 42 Alex RINS SPA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki 164.9 +8.653
12 4 43 Jack MILLER AUS Alma Pramac Racing Ducati 164.4 +16.549
13 3 21 Franco MORBIDELLI ITA EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 164.2 +19.603
14 2 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN MAL Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 164.1 +21.381
15 1 41 Aleix ESPARGARO SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 163.9 +23.159
16 12 Thomas LUTHI SWI EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 163.6 +27.673
17 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI JPN LCR Honda IDEMITSU Honda 163.6 +28.311
18 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Angel Nieto Team Ducati 162.8 +41.172
19 50 Sylvain GUINTOLI FRA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki 162.7 +42.411
20 10 Xavier SIMEON BEL Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 162.1 +50.941
Not Classified
53 Tito RABAT SPA Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 164.2 13 Laps
45 Scott REDDING GBR Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 162.1 16 Laps
38 Bradley SMITH GBR Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 36.7 20 Laps
Not Finished 1st Lap
25 Maverick VIÑALES SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 0 Lap
6 Stefan BRADL GER HRC Honda Team Honda 0 Lap

 

2018 MotoGP Point Standings (after 9 of 19 rounds)

Pos. Rider Bike Nation Points
1 Marc MARQUEZ Honda SPA 181
2 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha ITA 132
3 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati ITA 113
4 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha SPA 109
5 Jorge LORENZO Ducati SPA 105
6 Johann ZARCO Yamaha FRA 97
7 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati ITA 94
8 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda GBR 90
9 Andrea IANNONE Suzuki ITA 81
10 Jack MILLER Ducati AUS 61
11 Alex RINS Suzuki SPA 58
12 Dani PEDROSA Honda SPA 57
13 Alvaro BAUTISTA Ducati SPA 51
14 Pol ESPARGARO KTM SPA 32
15 Tito RABAT Ducati SPA 30
16 Hafizh SYAHRIN Yamaha MAL 24
17 Franco MORBIDELLI Honda ITA 22
18 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia SPA 17
19 Bradley SMITH KTM GBR 13
20 Scott REDDING Aprilia GBR 12
21 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Honda JPN 10
22 Mika KALLIO KTM FIN 6
23 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati CZE 4
24 Thomas LUTHI Honda SWI
25 Stefan BRADL Honda GER
26 Xavier SIMEON Ducati BEL
27 Sylvain GUINTOLI Suzuki FRA