2018 Brno MotoGP Results (Czech Grand Prix Recap)

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

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.PointsNum.RiderNationTeamBikeKm/hTime/Gap
1254Andrea DOVIZIOSOITADucati TeamDucati165.541’07.728
22099Jorge LORENZOSPADucati TeamDucati165.5+0.178
31693Marc MARQUEZSPARepsol Honda TeamHonda165.4+0.368
41346Valentino ROSSIITAMovistar Yamaha MotoGPYamaha165.3+2.902
51135Cal CRUTCHLOWGBRLCR Honda CASTROLHonda165.3+2.958
6109Danilo PETRUCCIITAAlma Pramac RacingDucati165.2+3.768
795Johann ZARCOFRAMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha165.1+6.159
8826Dani PEDROSASPARepsol Honda TeamHonda165.0+7.479
9719Alvaro BAUTISTASPAAngel Nieto TeamDucati165.0+7.575
10629Andrea IANNONEITATeam SUZUKI ECSTARSuzuki164.9+8.326
11542Alex RINSSPATeam SUZUKI ECSTARSuzuki164.9+8.653
12443Jack MILLERAUSAlma Pramac RacingDucati164.4+16.549
13321Franco MORBIDELLIITAEG 0,0 Marc VDSHonda164.2+19.603
14255Hafizh SYAHRINMALMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha164.1+21.381
15141Aleix ESPARGAROSPAAprilia Racing Team GresiniAprilia163.9+23.159
1612Thomas LUTHISWIEG 0,0 Marc VDSHonda163.6+27.673
1730Takaaki NAKAGAMIJPNLCR Honda IDEMITSUHonda163.6+28.311
1817Karel ABRAHAMCZEAngel Nieto TeamDucati162.8+41.172
1950Sylvain GUINTOLIFRATeam SUZUKI ECSTARSuzuki162.7+42.411
2010Xavier SIMEONBELReale Avintia RacingDucati162.1+50.941
Not Classified
53Tito RABATSPAReale Avintia RacingDucati164.213 Laps
45Scott REDDINGGBRAprilia Racing Team GresiniAprilia162.116 Laps
38Bradley SMITHGBRRed Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM36.720 Laps
Not Finished 1st Lap
25Maverick VIÑALESSPAMovistar Yamaha MotoGPYamaha0 Lap
6Stefan BRADLGERHRC Honda TeamHonda0 Lap

 

2018 MotoGP Point Standings (after 9 of 19 rounds)

Pos.RiderBikeNationPoints
1Marc MARQUEZHondaSPA181
2Valentino ROSSIYamahaITA132
3Andrea DOVIZIOSODucatiITA113
4Maverick VIÑALESYamahaSPA109
5Jorge LORENZODucatiSPA105
6Johann ZARCOYamahaFRA97
7Danilo PETRUCCIDucatiITA94
8Cal CRUTCHLOWHondaGBR90
9Andrea IANNONESuzukiITA81
10Jack MILLERDucatiAUS61
11Alex RINSSuzukiSPA58
12Dani PEDROSAHondaSPA57
13Alvaro BAUTISTADucatiSPA51
14Pol ESPARGAROKTMSPA32
15Tito RABATDucatiSPA30
16Hafizh SYAHRINYamahaMAL24
17Franco MORBIDELLIHondaITA22
18Aleix ESPARGAROApriliaSPA17
19Bradley SMITHKTMGBR13
20Scott REDDINGApriliaGBR12
21Takaaki NAKAGAMIHondaJPN10
22Mika KALLIOKTMFIN6
23Karel ABRAHAMDucatiCZE4
24Thomas LUTHIHondaSWI
25Stefan BRADLHondaGER
26Xavier SIMEONDucatiBEL
27Sylvain GUINTOLISuzukiFRA