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Quartararo tops Brno MotoGP Test | Yamaha 1-2-3

2019 Brno MotoGP Test

Rookie phenomenon Fabio Quartararo went faster than his Czech GP FP2 time to top the timesheets at the one-day Brno Test. The Frenchman’s 1:55.616 was 0.012 ahead of second-fastest Maverick Viñales as he and Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP teammate Valentino Rossi got their hands on an early 2020 YZR-M1 prototype, with Franco Morbidelli making it an Iwata factory 1-2-3 on Monday.

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Fabio Quartararo – 2019 Brno MotoGP Test

One of the key talking points leading up to the Brno Test was Yamaha rolling out a first version of next year’s bike. Rossi was out on a blacked-out YZR-M1 early in the day as he and teammate Viñales got their first taste of what the 2020 bike will be like, and the duo had a new seat unit to test for their 2019 bikes.

Viñales, as usual, showed his hard-working nature, riding until the very end of the session and completing 74 laps in total. His best time of 1‘55.628s was set in the final stages, on lap 68, earning him second place, just 0.012s from first. He worked mainly on improving the 2019 bike‘s performance for the next races and is looking forward to stepping up to the challenge in the Austrian Grand Prix.

Maverick Vinales – P2

“Today I was working on improving the feeling on the bike that I had during the race. Luckily, this morning the grip of the track was very low, so this actually helped us to work pretty hard and we found a way to be better. But the tests are always great for us, so this is nothing new. We will keep trying to stay calm and stay focused in Austria. I tried the prototype for a few laps, but I preferred to concentrate on improving my 2019 bike for Austria. The laps on the 2020 bike were good though, they were good lap times, so we will see at the next test.”

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Maverick Vinales – 2019 Brno MotoGP Test

Rossi also had a very productive day of testing in Brno. He spent time trying the 2020 prototype “black bike”, as well as the standard 2019 YZR-M1. The Doctor completed 63 laps in total and really put his head down on the last stint. His final lap saw him move up to sixth place with a 1‘56.015s and a 0.399s gap to first. His time was 0.512s quicker than the Italian‘s best time set during the Czech GP weekend, giving him a confidence boost that he is working in the right direction.

Valentino Rossi – P6

“It was a good day and a good test, because we worked quite a lot and we found something good. We also tried the prototype of the new bike, but sincerely we don‘t have a lot of changes, it‘s a different engine and a slightly different setting of the chassis. But these are just the first touches, and what we have is already good. After that we worked more with the standard 2019 bike. Some things on the 2020 prototype are good, some things need to be tested again in Misano. This is to be expected because it‘s just a trial run, and we might have something else at the next tests, later on this season.”

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Valentino Rossi – 2019 Brno MotoGP Test

In the Petronas Yamaha SRT box, pacesetter Quartararo tested carbon forks on his M1, the same as the factory team use and was able to make the most of the day’s eight hours of track activity,  and was delighted by his progress and able to be not only fast but consistent, setting himself up for this weekend’s Austrian Grand Prix.

Fabio Quartararo – P1

“Today was really productive for us and we tried many things including some elements for the coming weekend in Austria. As always in testing there was some positives and some negatives, but in the end it was useful to test again. We tried the new carbon forks and the bike felt a little bit lighter with them, we tried some new tyres from Michelin and we were able to use some electronics settings that the team has wanted to test. We need to think about what we’ve tested and have some discussions about the direction that we’ll take with the new parts.”

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Fabio Quartararo – 2019 Brno MotoGP Test

Meanwhile, Morbidelli improved his time last in the session to set the third quickest time of the day and got a solid 78 laps under his belt – the same as Quartararo. The Italian tried a thumb brake which he has already used on some occasions, but his main focus was on settings.

Franco Morbidelli – P3

“We tried some changes with the electronics and other settings, and I think we’ve improved the package, although of course we’re going to have to wait and see how the bike reacts to them next weekend in Austria before we can be certain. I worked with a thumb brake for the first time and the initial feeling was good, but it’s going to take some time to get used to it. All in all, I’m happy and it’s always nice to finish a test in the top three.”

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Franco Morbidelli – 2019 Brno MotoGP Test

Czech GP winner and Championship leader Marc Marquez had three bikes at his disposal for the Brno Test. One was the one he raced with which has no carbon fibre reinforcements, the second had a small carbon fibre insert near the steering head and the third had a smaller carbon fibre insert.

The seven-time Champion also tried a new Honda aero package on one of the RC213Vs, but he did most of his work on his standard bike and as he completed 70 laps, finishing eighth on the timesheets…likely not pushing too hard on test duty.

Marc Marquez – P8

“In the end we did more laps than we had planned. But we had many things to do as HRC brought many things and Michelin had two tyres for us to try as well. We had different things on the bike, some new frames and some aerodynamics – it was all very interesting and some of them could help us in the next race. We’re also thinking about the future further ahead. It was a good test and we were able to understand some more things.”

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Marc Marquez – 2019 Brno MotoGP Test

Cal Crutchlow also had three bikes to play with during the test. Similar to Marquez, one was his standard 2019 bike while another had the reinforced carbon chassis. Another had some “test items” on it and, again similar to Marquez, the British rider did most of his work on his standard 2019 package and ended the day P5.

Cal Crutchlow – P5

“I have my standard race bike that I’ve been using this year, I have one updated chassis and then the other one is some test items on the bike. In the end, I’m doing most of my work on the standard bike that I’ve been racing all year. The feeling is obviously different on all three bikes with the parts we’re testing, but we have to give credit to Honda as they’re working very, very hard to improve our feeling with the bike – my feeling and also the other riders’ feeling. This is the first time I’ve used new chassis and I think there are some positives and negatives to it and I still feel more comfortable with my standard one.”

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Cal Crutchlow – 2019 Brno MotoGP Test

With rain having affected much of the action in Brno over the past few days, teammate Takaaki Nakagami was pleased to be able to carry out some testing in dry, warm conditions today. The Japanese star was focusing on improving his exit speed from corners and also tested a Michelin tyre later in the day.

Takaaki Nakagami – P11

“We’re looking to understand more about the set-up as we have back-to-back races. This weekend we didn’t have many dry sessions, only Friday and the warm-up for the race. So we need to understand today’s conditions as the weather is better, although the temperature is not too high. We’ve tried a little bit of a different set-up and we also did a Michelin tyre test. Our main problem over the weekend was the edge grip and to keep our speed in the second part of the turn, so during the test we worked on those areas.”

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Takaaki Nakagami – 2019 Brno MotoGP Test

At Team Suzuki Ecstar, there was a high-speed crash for rookie Joan Mir with just under 45 minutes of the session remaining that brought out the Red Flag. Mir’s GSX-RR ended over the fence at Turn 1 and as a precaution, the Spaniard was taken to hospital for further checks.

Joan Mir – P7

“The crash was a scary one, but finally it looks like everything is more or less OK. I had some pain and struggled to breathe initially, but then the situation got better and better and I received excellent assistance and support from the medics at the track. It will take a couple of days to recover, I need to take it easy and take my time, but at the moment I feel relieved that everything is OK, and I hope I will be 100% ready to race in Austria in just a few days.”

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Joan Mir – 2019 Brno MotoGP Test

For teammate Alex Rins, work with the new aero package we saw across the weekend was his main focus, but he also had a small evolution on the chassis and swingarm that he tested in Barcelona. The Spaniard finished fourth fastest having completed 69 laps at Brno, with Mir also completing 69 laps – some while using the aero package for the first time – before his crash saw him end the test in seventh.

Alex Rins – P4

“Today was very positive, and I completed a good testing program. I compared the new fairing – with the new aerodynamic package – to the old one, and it helped me to confirm my good feeling with the new fairing. I also tested a new chassis and swingarm, and the difference isn’t as obvious as it is with the fairing, so we need to do a bit more analysis. I’m pleased with the work done, and I’m looking forward to going to Austria.”

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Alex Rins – 2019 Brno MotoGP Test
Davide Brivio – Suzuki Ecstar Team Manager

“Joan crashed at the end of the test, which unfortunately means that the day wasn’t all positive. Up until then we were going well and checking lots of different items. Joan tested the new aero package and we received positive feedback from him, so I think we’ll be using it again in the coming races. We also had the chance to test a chassis which we first tried with Alex during the Catalunya test, and now we need to analyse our findings from that and discover the benefits and possible downsides. We took a lot of information from today and we’re pleased about that. Fingers crossed for Joan.”

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Alex Rins – 2019 Brno MotoGP Test

Danilo Petrucci completed a total of 60 laps, setting a best time of 1’56.345, the Italian concentrating mainly on establishing a good feeling with his Desmosedici GP following yesterday’s difficult race, working on setup as they try to understand why the performance wasn’t quite there at Brno.

Danilo Petrucci – P10

“Today was surely positive because we had all the time we needed to work calmly. I used a medium tyre all day and in the final stages I was quite fast. We did a great job and I’m happy I found a good feeling, something which had been missing throughout the weekend. We had a lot of different things to test, but after yesterday’s problems in the race we decided to change our work schedule and focus on finding good pace again. I improved the bike’s stability a bit and above all the bike’s turn-in in the corners. Hopefully this will also help us in Austria, where I want to get back to being at the front again.”

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Danilo Petrucci – 2019 Brno MotoGP Test

Andrea Dovizioso on the other hand was able to make a detailed back-to-back comparison between the two aerodynamic packages available, as well as trying out some new technical chassis solutions with a new swingarm and a new tyre made available by Michelin. The Italian ended the day with a best time of 1’56.391 after completing a total of 48 laps.

Andrea Dovizioso – P12

“It was important to do this test and I’m happy with the way things went today because we were able to make a detailed comparison between the new fairing and the one used until Brno, which gave us a positive response. We also had some new chassis solutions to try and these proved to be interesting, even though with the drop in the tyres it’s not always easy to make a comparison between different material. Finally, we also tried the new tyre that Michelin brought along and I had a particularly good feeling with that. Now we are going to Austria confident of being able to put in a good performance.”

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Andrea Dovizioso – 2019 Brno MotoGP Test

In the Pramac Racing box, Czech GP podium finisher Jack Miller confirmed he had been trying a new Ducati chassis during the weekend. The Australian was back to the one he used for the first half of the season for most of Monday’s test, with Miller doing back-to-back runs to confirm the new one was the way forward. Moreover, he made progress with the rear shock.

Teammate Francesco Bagnaia was focused on getting more miles under his belt and having found a new setup in FP4 at Brno, the reigning Moto2 World Champion will hope to take more confidence into Austria. Bagnaia ended the test as the fastest Ducati, placing ninth – 0.632 from Quartararo’s time.

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Jack Miller – 2019 Brno MotoGP Test

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Johann Zarco had a short day, finishing 20th and still feeling the positive energy of his front row qualification effort on Saturday, finishing the test early in the afternoon after riding 31 laps to be ready for his upcoming home round.

On the other side of the garage, Pol Espargaro did 49 laps as KTM worked on a little bit of everything: settings, electronics, chassis, aero package and suspension.

Pol Espargaro – P14

“It’s tricky to make a hot lap when you are trying many changes. First of all we analysed the problems we had from the race: why we could not make the top ten and why we suffered when the rear tyre was used. Tests like these are always useful for making conclusions and finding solutions and today was positive for that. We worked on the engine, electronics, the rear shock to look for a smoother delivery and less wheel spin. We are looking forward to the home GP now and all those orange flags. I missed the race last year and that outstanding experience of feeling all that support.”

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Pol Espargaro – 2019 Brno MotoGP Test
Johann Zarco – P20

“I didn’t do so many laps today: we wanted to try things but also keep good energy for Spielberg. We gathered some important information but our base will more or less remain the same for next weekend because it is a totally different track compared to here. I’m still trying to improve my riding style. It is hard work but I am doing the best training possible to achieve this. I love Red Bull Ring and have had some good results there. We’ll see how we can manage the bike. We know it is an important track for the engine and we know our bike is quite fast. Let’s see.”

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Johann Zarco – 2019 Brno MotoGP Test

Miguel Oliveira (15th) and Hafizh Syahrin (19th) managed almost a hundred circulations between them and the Portuguese ended the day less than half a second from the top ten.

Miguel Oliveira – P15

“We have been very, very close to the top and mid-grid for the classification. Today the target wasn’t to do a fast lap, as we just wanted to try the parts that the factory team gave to us related to some things to the frame, some things to the engine, small details, that don’t make a big difference themselves but in the package helped us a lot to improve.”

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Miguel Oliveira – 2019 Brno MotoGP Test
Hafizh Syahrin – P19

“There were not too many parts we tried today; we focused mainly on my riding. Plus, we tried something different with the electronics and we had two tyres from Michelin, which we tested. I probably tried a bit too hard this morning in turn five and came off the track but it was not a huge crash, so in the end everything was fine. We used the test engine, which is different to the one in the race, so overall it was a positive day.”

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Hafizh Syahrin – 2019 Brno MotoGP Test
Mike Leitner – Red Bull KTM Team Manager

“We didn’t want to take many risks at this test so we are happy with the outcome of trying some new items with good potential. We worked on our specs like aerodynamics and also an idea for the chassis as well as the engine. It was a fundamental test that gave us a few positive points for the future. In the coming days we’ll make analysis of what – and when – we can use for our race bike. Conditions were good here today and it was not our target to go for the best lap-time.”

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Red Bull KTM Factory Racing – 2019 Brno MotoGP Test

Aleix Espargaro had a carbon-reinforced chassis to try during the morning hours for Aprilia Racing Team Gresini, and in the afternoon the Spaniard tested a new swingarm for the Noale factory. He did 57 laps, with teammate Andrea Iannone doing 52.

It’s time for a couple of days rest after a busy day at the Czech adrenaline factory, but the riders are back on track for FP1 in Austria on Friday as the action kicks off at the Red Bull Ring.

Pos Rider Team Lap
1 Quartararo, Fabio Petronas Yamaha SRT 1m55.616
2 Viñales, Maverick Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP 1m55.628
3 Morbidelli, Franco Petronas Yamaha SRT 1m55.755
4 Rins, Alex Team SUZUKI ECSTAR 1m55.837
5 Crutchlow, Cal LCR Honda CASTROL 1m55.9405
6 Rossi, Valentino Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP 1m56.015
7 Mir, Joan Team SUZUKI ECSTAR 1m56.164
8 Marquez, Marc Repsol Honda Team 1m56.237
9 Bagnaia, Francesco Pramac Racing 1m56.248
10 Petrucci, Danilo Ducati Team 1m56.345
11 Nakagami, Takaaki LCR Honda IDEMITSU 1m56.370
12 Dovizioso, Andrea Ducati Team 1m56.391
13 Miller, Jack Pramac Racing 1m56.514
14 Espargaro, Pol Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 1556.681
15 Oliveira, Miguel Red Bull KTM Tech 3 1556.811
16 Espargaro, Aleix Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 1m57.058
17 Rabat, Tito Reale Avintia Racing 1m57.417
18 Abraham, Karel Reale Avintia Racing 1m57.452
19 Syahrin, Hafizh Red Bull KTM Tech 3 1m57.610
20 Zarco, Johann Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 1m57.769
21 Iannone, Andrea Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 1m58.032
NC Guintoli, Sylvain Team SUZUKI ECSTAR /

Source: MCNews.com.au

Marquez takes historic 50th win at Brno | Jack Miller third

2019 MotoGP – Round 10 – Brno

Monster Energy Grand Prix České republiky

It was a historic weekend at the Grand Prix České republiky, with Marc Marquez once again making his mark, taking pole and then the holeshot despite a dramatic downpour which delayed the start. Marquez then went on to claim his 50th premiere win, with Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso runner up, and Australian Jack Miller on the final podium position as the top Independent.

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Marc Marquez and team celebrate – 2019 MotoGP Round 10, Brno

Brno MotoGP Race Report

After a rain shower, a delay and the Quick Start Procedure, it was Marquez who shot off the line first to immediately take the lead, with Dovizioso slicing up into second as Johann Zarco and Miller found themselves struggling a little more with grip.

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Marc Marquez – 2019 MotoGP Round 10, Brno

Initially, it became a four rider fight with Marquez, Dovizioso, Alex Rins and Miller creating a gap over just over a second back to Pol Espargaro, who had Valentino Rossi for close company. As the laps ticked by the leading quartet were line astern as 0.8 covered them, and with limited dry track time throughout the weekend, the riders were wary of not jumping the gun too early.

Meanwhile, Rossi eventually got the better of Espargaro’s KTM, with Cal Crutchlow quickly dispatching the latter to tuck in behind ‘The Doctor’. But by this time, the gap to the leaders was over four seconds. Would Marquez turn the wick up even further? The signs were there and with 10 to go, fourth place Miller had dropped 1.5 off the race leader, with Marquez’ lead over second-placed Dovi creeping up over the half-second mark.

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Valentino Rossi – 2019 MotoGP Round 10, Brno

Then, with nine to go, Marquez was making his move. The gap increased to nearly a second but at Turn 10, the number 93 had a warning shot on the front. It didn’t seem to faze the seven-time Champion though, as from then on, no one could keep the Honda man’s pace.

That meant it boiled down to a race for second and third between Dovi, Rins and Miller with five laps remaining. Would there be a late twist in the tale for P2? Rins closed Dovi down slightly but soon, it was the Suzuki under attack instead. Miller smelt blood and the Australian set his sights onto the back of Rins’ GSX-RR.

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Andrea Dovizioso – 2019 MotoGP Round 10, Brno

With two laps left, he went for it at Turn 1 but the blue machine fought back up the inside. No matter, Miller got the job done a few seconds later at Turn 5 and with Rins clearly struggling with his tyres, the Spaniard gave up the ghost.

Up the road, meanwhile, Marquez was out of sight as he took victory number six of the year. 63 points is now his advantage heading to Austria, over Dovizioso, who returned to the podium for the first time since Mugello just behind him.

Behind Rins’ fourth, Crutchlow wasn’t far off the podium hunt, with the British rider finishing 1.2 off him in P5. Rossi took a pretty lonely sixth place to claim his best result since Le Mans; the nine-time World Champion the leading Yamaha in the Czech Republic as he finished three seconds ahead of rookie Fabio Quartararo.

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Cal Crutchlow – 2019 MotoGP Round 10, Brno

Danilo Petrucci’s run of top six finishes in 2019 came to an end with a P8 in Brno, the Italian ahead of ninth place Takaaki Nakagami. After a bad start, Maverick Viñales recovered from 15th to 10th on a difficult day for one of the riders who looked like a serious contender before the weather shuffled the pack.

Pol Espargaro took 11th ahead of Francesco Bagnaia, with his fellow rookie Miguel Oliveira taking P13 and just ahead of Zarco. Jorge Lorenzo’s replacement, Stefan Bradl, completed the points.

Hafizh Syahrin crashed at Turn 10 on Lap 7 – rider ok, and a crash took down Franco Morbidelli and Joan Mir fter a close encounter with Zarco on Lap 1.

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marc Marquez tops the podium from Andrea Dovizioso and Jack Miller at Brno- 2019 MotoGP Round 10, Brno

That’s it from Brno, and another masterclass from Marquez sees the number 93 enter the record books once more with his 50th premier class win. The riders will be aiming to stop it become number 51 in Austria, with the action kicking off at the Red Bull Ring in under a weeks’ time. But first, a Brno test on Monday!

Marc Marquez – P1

“I was really concentrating from the beginning because there were some wet patches still at Turn 1, but I decided to start and keep my rhythm because the Yamaha riders were behind and they were very fast in Warm Up. I saw Dovi was behind me and I just kept pushing and pushing. Around 10 laps to go is when I had a warning, it’s when I started to push more and when I tried to open the gap! I’m really happy, it was a crazy weekend but the Repsol Honda Team were really focused and precise, and that helps me achieve the victory.”

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Marc Marquez – 2019 MotoGP Round 10, Brno
Andrea Dovizioso – P2

“I’m happy with my second place today and the fact that we were fast all through the weekend, even though unfortunately it wasn’t enough to win the race. I opted for a different rear tyre to Marquez and at the start I pushed hard to stay close to him, but when he began to brake harder I didn’t have any margin to push harder at the front. Pity, but we weren’t that far away from him, so we have to continue to believe in ourselves: I’m still positive because tomorrow there will be an important test day here at Brno, with a lot of new material to try out.”

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Andrea Dovizioso – 2019 MotoGP Round 10, Brno
Jack Miller – P3

“I am very satisfied with this result and I thank the team because this weekend we have done an extraordinary job. When Rins overtook me I stayed calm and this allowed me to manage the tyre and then attack him in the final. The delayed start? Turn 1 would have been very dangerous. It was the right decision and it’s nice to see how much Dorna cares about our safety.”

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Jack Miller – 2019 MotoGP Round 10, Brno

Brno MotoGP Results/Championship Standings

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Times tight at the top on Friday at Brno

2019 MotoGP – Round 10 – Brno

Monster Energy Grand Prix České republiky

With rain forecast for Saturday morning, Friday took on even more importance than normal in terms of Q2 entry; the top ten on the combined timesheets potentially already decided if the weather changes. In terms of times, Maverick Viñales (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) was the first major improver in FP2, soon 0.590 clear of the field in the afternoon, with his fortunes soaring early in the session as bad luck hit the other side of the Yamaha garage.

Five-time premier class Brno winner and team-mate Valentino Rossi had to nurse his M1 back to the pits with just over 20 minutes of FP2 to go after a mechanical issue and at that stage, the likes of ‘The Doctor’, Danilo Petrucci (Ducati Team), 2016 Czech GP winner Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda Castrol) and even Quartararo were languishing outside the top 10.

That would all change in the last 10 minutes, however. Soft tyres came out to play and Marquez stuck his Repsol Honda top of the pile, with the likes of Takaaki Nakagami (LCR Honda Idemitsu) and Miller also improving just before the reigning World Champion went quickest. Then, enter Quartararo. The rookie sensation was 18th in FP1, and somehow then suddenly seared around Brno 1.7 seconds quicker to move up from P17 to take over at the top in FP2. ‘El Diablo’ is back in business and very close to fully fit after his arm pump surgery and then shoulder dislocation.

Fabio Quartararo – P1

“I’m close to 100% and not having many problems with my arm. I don’t have any pain at all with it, and felt good in both sessions. We struggled a little bit with the tyres today as we’ve been working with all three compounds, so the plan for tomorrow is to concentrate on one option for the race. It looks like the soft has a big step from the other two, and I think we need to analyse our data to see if we can use it in the race. But first, my goal for tomorrow is to be on the front two rows of the grid as we know that Brno can be a difficult track to overtake on.”

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Fabio Quartararo

The Frenchman heads Marquez by mere hundredths then, ahead of the two Ducatis of Miller and FP1’s fastest man Dovizioso, with earlier FP2 leader Viñales pushed down to fifth overall.

Marc Marquez – P2

“It was important to start well after the summer break and the bike was feeling good today, allowing us to try a mix of tyres, settings and some chassis options. We concentrated on the setup more than the one lap speed until the last run because tomorrow it looks like there is a big chance of rain. Tonight we will look at everything to better understand the positives and negatives to choose our best option for tomorrow. We are happy, happy with how the day went and we will see what tomorrow brings but we are in a good place.”

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Marc Marquez

Jack Miller – P3

“It was a very positive day and it was nice to find the feeling right away after two races on circuits that were not easy for us. We were fast both on the race pace and on the time attack and the tyres also worked very well despite the circuit conditions are not the best.”

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Jack Miller

Andrea Dovizioso – P4

“Here at Brno you need the bike to be pretty strong under braking if you want to go fast, and it seems that the hard front tyre is a bit more stable than the others. It was a bit of a strange session, because the possibility of rain tomorrow forced everyone into trying as many things as possible, both with the tyres and everything else. We have to study the pace of our rivals well: all things considered, mine is good and in line with the quickest guys out on the track. But we know that in the race the rear tyre suffers a big drop and so you can’t really understand certain details well in the practice sessions: in any case I did a pretty good lap with the soft tyre, and I only used one. Let’s hope we can work well in the dry tomorrow, because otherwise we’ll all start the race with some doubts. Today I tried the new fairing, but we weren’t able to make a real comparison because we also had to test a lot of other things, but in any case the overall feeling is good.”

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Andrea Dovizioso

Maverick Viñales – P5

“Honestly, I‘m really happy about today, because we worked hard for the race. So, if it rains tomorrow we have the work done, and I think we did it in a good way. The race pace is really good and I felt quite good with the bike. I set my lap time a little earlier than the rest, which can be a little bit tricky, but I needed to do it so I could concentrate on working on the race. In the last part of the practice we worked on the race distance and it felt good, the bike was working well. The tyre degradation is difficult for everyone, the tyres drop so much, so we need to understand which spec drops the least over 20 laps. It‘s difficult, but we will see what we can do.”

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Maverick Viñales

Rins, another who’d already bothered the top earlier in the session, ends Friday in sixth, with Petronas Yamaha SRT’s Franco Morbidelli jumping up one place from his P8 in FP1 to take P7 in FP2.

Alex Rins – P6

“My feeling is nice. During the summer break I relaxed my mind but trained my body, and I can already feel the benefits of that. Today’s result of 6th is pretty good, and I felt that my rhythm was strong. I tried the new fairing with the new aero design and my initial feeling is that it’s much better, we still need to gather more information, but I can feel the difference on anti-wheelie already. The track is quite bumpy this year, which makes it difficult for everyone, but I feel that my bike copes well with the bumps.”

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Alex Rins

Franco Morbidelli – P7

“Today FP2 was like FP3, thanks to the rain forecast for tomorrow and it was very important to secure the Q2 time today. We managed to get into P7 which I’m very happy with, and of course we have to improve tomorrow as always but so far so good for us. Fabio is fast and all four Yamahas are in the top ten, so it seems like the bike is behaving well here. Of course, we know we’re still struggling a little bit with top speed but all of us have made a strong start to the weekend.”

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Franco Morbidelli

Crutchlow, Rossi and Petrucci also all put in late personal best laps to earn top 10 positions, something that could prove crucial. Crutchlow was eighth overall – a big improvement from the Brit, who managed 15th in the morning – with Rossi recovering from his mechanical issue to place ninth, one better than his FP1 effort. Petrucci climbed three places to complete that potentially crucial top ten.

Cal Crutchlow – P8

“I felt better with the soft tyre obviously and I was able to go faster with that. Normally my style suits the hard rear tyre, but not today. We have no real understanding of why, the lap time was just really slow and I didn’t feel great on the bike anyway even though we tried two different settings. We’ll look forward to tomorrow, hopefully it will rain as we’re already in the top 10, but we need to improve. I don’t feel as good as I felt at Sachsenring, but it’s a different style of circuit. I’m optimistic and hopefully we can be towards that top five podium battle on Sunday, but we’ve got a long way to go after today.”

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Cal Crutchlow

Valentino Rossi – P9

“I had a problem with the engine of the first bike, it was a bit old. We don’t know what happened, but anyway it was broken. The forecast for tomorrow is not fantastic, so it’s important to stay in the top-10. We are ninth, so we can await tomorrow’s weather, and if it’s wet, we are already in Q2. If not, we also need to push tomorrow morning. Anyway, the pace and the lap time are not so bad. It was quite good for the first day.”

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Valentino Rossi

Danilo Petrucci – P10

“It wasn’t very easy to start off with the hard tyre today, because this year there doesn’t seem to be much grip at Brno, and above all there is a lot of tyre wear so in the race you have to manage it well. For the moment I’m not able to be very quick, because I’m struggling a bit to stop the bike, but there’s certainly margin to improve: both Andrea and Jack went quicker than me so now we’ll have to improve. We understand the direction to take so let’s hope the weather will be good tomorrow. I think we’ll use the new fairing again tomorrow, because this morning it helped me and I’m happy with the feeling it gave me.”

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Danilo Petrucci

Joan Mir (Team Suzuki Ecstar) was the man to just miss out as he ends the day in 11th, just ahead of Takaaki Nakagami (LCR Honda Idemitsu). The Japanese rider is close to being back to fully fit on the bike and put in a solid showing despite a crash in FP2, rider ok. Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini) also crashed, rider ok.

Miguel Oliveira (Red Bull KTM Tech 3), meanwhile, impressed once again. The Portuguese rookie was fourth in FP1 and ends Day 1 in 13th overall, as well as being top KTM. Another impressive FP1 performer was Suzuki test rider Sylvain Guintoli (Team Suzuki Ecstar), who ended the first session in fifth. He was P17 overall.

Finally, another headline from Day 1 was some of the updates on show ahead of the post-race test on Monday. Marquez tried two chassis at Sachsenring and – despite liking the new one – opted to race the old one. But the carbon reinforced chassis could be used for the first time in race trim at Brno. Meanwhile at Ducati, Dovizioso and Petrucci sported updated aerodynamic fairings, and Alex Rins had a new aero fairing on his Suzuki on Friday, too. Jack Miller said he had some updates but didn’t specify what, and the Aussie says he’s expecting new aero in Austria…

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Alex Rins’ Suzuki sported a new aero package

The likes of Pol Espargaro (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) will be casting nervous eyes to the skies on Saturday, with the Spaniard down in P22 after Day 1 and looking for much more. Will it stay dry or is it a trip to Q1 for those who missed out? The top ten after FP3 will go through to Q2, and that final chance to move up the timesheets.

MotoGP Day One Combined Times

Pos Rider Times
1 F.Quartararo 1m55.802
2 M.Marquez 1m55.825
3 J.Miller 1m56.071
4 A.Dovizioso 1m56.071
5 M.Viñales 1m56.084
6 A.Rins 1m56.225
7 F.Morbidelli 1m56.419
8 C.Crutchlow 1m56.443
9 V.Rossi 1m56.527
10 D.Petrucci 1m56.593
11 J.Mir 1m56.620
12 T.Nakagami 1m56.662
13 M.Oliveira 1m56.732
14 S.Bradl 1m56.876
15 A.Espargaro 1m56.958
16 T.Rabat 1m57.057
17 S.Guintoli 1m57.098
18 A.Iannone 1m57.256
19 H.Syahrin 1m57.484
20 J.Zarco 1m57.496
21 K.Abraham 1m57.562
22 P.Espargaro 1m57.792
23 F.Bagnaia 1m57.893


Fabio Di Giannantonio (Beta Tools Speed Up) was quickest on Day 1 at the Monster Energy Grand Prix České republiky, although the number 21 only 0.035 ahead of Nicolo Bulega (Sky Racing Team VR46) by the end of play. The two rookies impressed to take to the top at the track that saw ‘Diggia’ take his first Grand Prix win in Moto3™ last season, with another impressive performance completing the top three but this from veteran Tetsuta Nagashima (ONEXOX TKKR SAG Team). The Japanese rider was fastest in FP1 and ended the day within 0.063 of the top.

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Fabio Di Giannantonio

The sky looked fairly threatening as the day went on, but nevertheless the vast majority improved their laptimes, not least Marcel Schrötter (Dynavolt Intact GP), as the German moved up from P22 to lead for the majority of the session before ultimately ending the day in fourth overall. It was by the tiniest of margins, however, with Augusto Fernandez (Flexbox HP 40) just 0.001 in arrears as he completed the top five.

Brno 2017 winner Tom Lüthi (Dynavolt Intact GP) ended Friday in sixth, just 0.016 further back, with the man marginally ahead of him in the Championship, Alex Marquez (EG 0,0 Marc VDS), this time marginally behind him. After a tougher morning session, the number 73 took seventh, 0.061 off…and just 0.010 ahead of Jorge Navarro (Beta Tools Speed Up). The trend continued for Sam Lowes (Federal Oil Gresini Moto2) as the Brit ended Friday in ninth by just 0.005.

Luca Marini (Sky Racing Team VR46) completes the top ten and beat Red Bull KTM Ajo’s Brad Binder to the honour, with new Tasca Racing Scuderia Moto2 rider Mattia Pasini down in P12 with his FP1 time. The Italian suffered a sizeable crash in FP2. Enea Bastianini (Italtrans Racing Team) was 13th, with Lorenzo Baldassarri (Flexbox HP 40) completing the fastest 14 and the provisional graduates to Q2. Remy Gardner (ONEXOX TKKR SAG Team) was the first to lose out and the Australian will be keen to see the rain hold off in that all-important FP3 session on Saturday morning.

Steven Odendaal (NTS RW Racing GP) crashed twice in FP2, and in other news, Dimas Ekky Pratama (Idemitsu Honda Team Asia) will sit out the rest of the weekend as he continues to recover from his crash at Assen.

Khairul Idham Pawi will also miss the remainder of the weekend. The Malaysian made his return to the intermediate class on Friday in Brno after several months on the sidelines, but will ultimately not ride in the Czech GP. Jonas Folger will step into the Petronas Sprinta Racing squad as his replacement once again.

Moto2 Day One Combined Times

Pos Rider Times
1 F.Di Giannantonio 2m01.695
2 N.Bulega 2m01.730
3 T.Nagashima 2m01.758
4 M.Schrotter 2m01.885
5 A.Fernandez 2m01.886
6 T.Luthi 2m1.902
7 A.Marquez 2m01.963
8 J.Navarro 2m01.973
9 S.Lowes 2m01.978
10 L.Marini 2m02.102
11 B.Binder 2m02.113
12 M.Pasini 2m02.257
13 E.Bastianini 2m02.262
14 L.Baldassarri 2m02.293
15 R.Gardner 2m02.370
16 A.Locatelli 2m02.535
17 B.Bendsneyder 2m02.535
18 X.Vierge 2m02.546
19 J.Dixon 2m02.724
20 I.Lecuona 2m02.731
21 S.Chantra 2m02.797
22 J.Martin 2m02.834
23 D.Aegerter 2m02.849
24 M.Bezzecchi 2m02.899
25 J.Roberts 2m03.115
26 S.Manzi 2m03.224
27 L.Tulovic 2m03.414
28 S.Odendaal 2m03.451
29 P.Oettl 2m04.333
30 K.Pawi 2m04.497
31 D.Ekky Pratama 2m05.500
32 X.Cardelus 2m05.591


Gabriel Rodrigo (Kömmerling Gresini Moto3) went fastest on Friday in the Monster Energy Grand Prix České republiky, with the Argentine rider two tenths clear by the end of a cloudy first day of action at the classic track. That was, however, before a crash in the last few seconds of FP2 as he highsided out, breaking his collarbone and pelvis and ruling himself out of the remainder of the weekend. Tony Arbolino (VNE Snipers) and Tatsuki Suzuki (SIC58 Squadra Corse) completed the top three, with 16 riders ending the day within a second on the combined timesheets.

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Gabriel Rodrigo

Jaume Masia (Bester Capital Dubai) topped FP1 ahead of Rodrigo, but it was game on on Friday afternoon to get into the provisional Q2 graduation zone as bad weather seems to be on the horizon for Saturday and FP3. In the end though some of the fastest in FP1 remained threats on the combined timesheets, with Masia retaining fifth overall, slotting in behind a top three chased by Celestino Vietti (Sky Racing Team VR46). The ever-impressive Italian rookie gained over twenty places from his FP1 slot.

Championship contenders Lorenzo Dalla Porta (Leopard Racing) and Aron Canet (Sterilgarda Max Racing Team) were next up, with the two rivals taking P6 and P7 respectively…split by just 0.030 as they prepare for another crucial battle on Sunday. Dalla Porta was also involved in an incident with Vietti at Turn 3 in FP2, both riders ok.

Niccolo Antonelli (SIC58 Squadra Corse), currently third in the Championship, was eighth quickest on Friday, with the Italian ending the day just under a tenth and a half off Canet. He headed up an incredibly close squabble, with compatriot Romano Fenati (VNE Snipers) 0.003 back, Marcos Ramirez (Leopard Racing) another 0.008 off and John McPhee (Petronas Yamaha SRT) within only 0.014 of Spaniard Ramirez ahead of him. The Scot’s best lap was from FP1.

That was also true of the man just behind him, rookie Ai Ogura (Honda Team Asia), and the man behind him, Andrea Migno (Bester Capital Dubai), in P13. Home hero Filip Salač (Redox PrüstelGP) took P14 and is the last man currently in the provisional graduation zone for Q2, with Kaito Toba (Honda Team Asia) the first to lose out.

Crashers on Day 1 included Can Öncü (Red Bull KTM Ajo), Kazuki Masaki (BOE Skull Rider Mugen Race), Darryn Binder (CIP – Green Power), Albert Arenas (Sama Qatar Angel Nieto Team), Sergio Garcia (Estrella Galicia 0,0) and Alonso Lopez (Estrella Galicia 0,0).

Moto3 Day One Combined Times

Pos Rider Times
1 G.Rodrigo 2m08.125
2 T.Arbolino 2m08.325
3 T.Suzuki 2m08.433
4 C.Vietti 2m08.519
5 J.Masia 2m08.615
6 L.Dalla Porta 2m08.699
7 A.Canet 2m08.729
8 N.Antonelli 2m08.871
9 R.Fenati 2m08.874
10 M.Ramirez 2m08.882
11 J.Mcphee 2m08.896
12 A.Ogura 2m8.932
13 A.Migno 2m08.964
14 F.Salac 2m09.013
15 K.Toba 2m09.076
16 R.Fernandez 2m09.100
17 A.Arenas 2m11.215
18 J.Kornfeil 2m09.726
19 D.Binder 2m09.982
20 D.Foggia 2m09.226
21 A.Lopez 2m09.410
22 A.Sasaki 2m09.446
23 C.Oncu 2m09.528
24 S.Garcia 2m09.744
25 K.Masaki 2m09.787
26 M.Yurchenko 2m09.808
27 Y.Kunii 2m09.903
28 T.Booth-Amos 2m09.918
29 R.Rossi 2m10.290
30 D.Oncu 2m10.314
31 S.Nepa 2m10.581

Source: MCNews.com.au

Brno MotoGP Statistics Smorgasbord

2019 MotoGP – Round 10 – Brno

Monster Energy Grand Prix České republiky

The 2019 Czech Grand Prix will be the 50th to be held at Brno and below are some facts  and statistics related to the previous GP events at the circuit.

The only venue that has hosted more Grand Prix events than Brno is Assen in The Netherlands, which has hosted the Dutch TT in each of the 71 years of the motorcycling World Championship.

The first Czechoslovakian Grand Prix was held at Brno in 1965. The 500cc race, held over thirteen laps of the original 13.94 km long road circuit, was won by Mike Hailwood on an MV Agusta in a time of 1 hour 11 min 23.2 sec.

In 1975, the circuit was shortened to 10.92 km to improve safety. The last premier class race held on the road circuit at Brno was in 1977 and was won by Johnny Cecotto on a Yamaha.

The circuit was subsequently considered too dangerous for the large capacity machines. The smaller capacity machines continued to compete in Grand Prix races on the Brno road circuit until 1982, before it was removed from the calendar for safety concerns.

The current circuit was first used for Grand Prix racing in 1987 and hosted the Czechoslovakian GP until 1991. Brno did not appear on the calendar in 1992, but the event was back on the calendar in 1993 as the Grand Prix of the Czech Republic and has taken place every year since.

This will be the 32nd time that the current circuit has hosted a Grand Prix event, during which time the circuit has remained virtually unchanged. Minor modifications were made to the circuit in 1996 which extended the length from 5.394 km to the current
5.403 km.

Valentino Rossi took his first ever victory at Brno in 1996
Valentino Rossi took his first ever victory at Brno in 1996

A total of 162 Grand Prix races for solo motorcycles have been held at Brno since 1965 as follows: MotoGP – 17, 500cc – 25, 350cc – 17, Moto2 – 9, 250cc – 40, Moto3 – 7, 125cc – 38, 80cc – 3, 50cc – 6.

Since the first Grand Prix race in the premier class in Brno, Honda is the most successful manufacturer with 18 wins, eight in the MotoGP class, the last of which came with Marc Marquez back in 2017.

Marc Marquez – Brno 2017

Yamaha have had 12 wins in the premier class including six in the MotoGP class since 2002 with Max Biaggi (1), Valentino Rossi (3) and Jorge Lorenzo (2). Ducati have taken three MotoGP wins at Brno: with Loris Capirossi in 2006, Casey Stoner in 2007 and Andrea Dovizioso last year. Dovizioso crossed the line ahead of his teammate Jorge Lorenzo, making it the sixth Ducati 1-2 in the premier class. 

Casey Stoner sprays the champagne at Brno in 2007
Casey Stoner sprays the champagne at Brno in 2007

The last win for Suzuki at Brno was in the 500cc class in 1989, with Kevin Schwantz. Suzuki have had two podium finishes in the MotoGP class: second with John Hopkins in 2007 and third with Loris Capirossi in 2008.

The best result for an Aprilia rider at Brno in MotoGP is an eighth-place finish with Aleix Espargaro in 2017. In 2017, Pol Espargaro was the only KTM rider across the line in Brno, in ninth place, which is the best result for the Austrian manufacturer at this track in the premier class.

The best result for a Czech rider in the MotoGP class at Brno is ninth for Karel Abraham in 2012 riding a Ducati. There have only been two podium finishes for Czech riders at the current Brno circuit across all classes: Lukas Pesek was third in the 125cc class back in 2007 on a Derbi, and Jakub Kornfeil was third in Moto3 last year on a KTM.

Max Biaggi (4 x 250cc, 2 x 500cc, 1 x MotoGP) and Valentino Rossi (1x 125cc, 1 x 250cc, 1 x 500cc, 4 x MotoGP) are the most successful riders at the current Brno circuit, each with seven wins.

The nine Moto2 races that have taken place at Brno have been won by nine different riders: Toni Elias (2010), Andrea Iannone (2011), Marc Marquez (2012), Mika Kallio (2013), Tito Rabat (2014), Johann Zarco (2015), Jonas Folger (2016), Tom Lüthi (2017) and Miguel Oliveira (2018).

Previously in MotoGP

Previously… in MotoGP
299 – In Germany, Valentino Rossi finished in eighth place, scoring points for the 299th time since he stepped up to the premier class of Grand Prix racing in 2000.
124 – The win for Marc Marquez at the German GP was the 124th time he has been on the podium in his Grand Prix career. Only five riders have been on the podium on more occasions in Grand Prix racing.
60 – Lorenzo Dalla Porta’s win at the Sachsenring is the 60th for Honda in the Moto3 class since its introduction in 2012, equalling KTM as the most successful manufacturer in the category.
50 – At the Sachsenring, Marc Marquez set the fastest lap of the race for the 50th time since he stepped up to the premier class in 2013. Only two riders have set more fastest laps in the class: Valentino Rossi (75) and Giacomo Agostini (69).
31 – Since the opening Grand Prix in Qatar, 31 different riders have stood on the podium across all GP classes, one less than last year. Only Marc Marquez, with eight podium finishes, has finished on the podium more than five times in the opening eight Grands Prix of the season.
16 – With Marc Marquez’s win at the Sachsenring, Honda has won for the 10th successive time at the track, 16th overall as in Mugello.

MotoGP Facts and Stats

At the Sachsenring, Marc Marquez won his fifth race out of the opening nine races of the season.

In the MotoGP  era since 2002, every rider who won at least five of the opening nine races went on to win the title: Valentino Rossi (8 – 2002, 5 – 2004 and 7 – 2005), Casey Stoner (5 – 2007), Jorge Lorenzo (6 – 2010 and 5 – 2012) and Marc Marquez (9 – 2014 and 5 – 2018).

Since the Catalan GP last year, Marc Marquez has only failed to score points three times: Australia and Valencia in 2018, and Austin this season. In the last 18 races he has finished, he has always been on the podium and finished third only once, in Brno.

Maverick Viñales finished second at the Sachsenring, which is his 19th podium finish in the premier class, equalling John Kocinski and Marco Lucchinelli on the list of riders with most podium finishes in the class.

His Dutch TT win and German GP podium make this Maverick Viñales fifth back-to-back podium finish since he stepped up to the MotoGP class in 2015. At the Czech GP, he will be aiming to stand on the podium three times in a row for the first time in the class.

Following the Dutch TT, Yamaha have scored 153 points in the Constructor’s World Championship classification, which is the lowest points accumulated after the opening nine races by Yamaha since 2006 when the Japanese manufacturer had 147 points
after the British GP.

With Marc Marquez and Maverick Viñales, this is the second successive Spanish 1-2 and the third with both riders along, with Austin last year and the Dutch TT this year. It’s the the 49th overall in the premier class of Grand Prix racing.

In Germany, Cal Crutchlow finished third, which is his first podium finish since he was also third in the opening race in Qatar this year. This is Crutchlow’s 18th premier class podium finish, equalling Christian Sarron.

Danilo Petrucci crossed the line in fourth place as the highest placed Ducati rider. This is the first time Ducati riders failed to stand on the podium in the two successive races since Assen and Germany last year.

Jack Miller crossed the line in sixth place in Germany and is now leading the Independent Team rider classification, three points ahead of Fabio Quartararo and Cal Crutchlow who both have 67 points.

Valentino Rossi crossed the line in eighth place at the German GP, which is the first time he scored points since he crossed the line in fifth place at the French GP. In addition, at the Sachsenring, Valentino Rossi scored points for the 299th time in the premier class. In Brno, he will be aiming to become the first rider to reach the milestone 300 premier class
races in the points.

Valentino Rossi on his way to victory at Brno in 2005
Valentino Rossi on his way to victory at Brno in 2005

At the Czech GP, it will be the 24th successive year that Valentino Rossi will have started a Grand Prix race at Brno. It will be just the second circuit, along with Jerez, he will have raced at in every year of his Grand Prix career. The other three circuits that have appeared on the Grand Prix schedule every year whilst Rossi has been racing (Mugello, Catalunya and Assen) were all circuits at which he didn’t start following his injury sustained in practice at the Italian GP back in 2010.

Valentino Rossi – Brno 2017

In Germany, Pol Espargaro crossed the line in 12th place, scoring his 56th point this season so far. This is already the highest points accumulated by a KTM rider in one season since Austrian manufacturer stepped up to the MotoGP class in 2017.

Only two riders have now scored points in all nine of the MotoGP races in 2019: Danilo Petrucci and Pol Espargaro. The last time Pol Espargaro failed to score any points was in Malaysia last year when he retired from the race. At the German GP, Fabio Quartararo crashed out for the first time in a premier class race, but he is still leading the fight for the Rookie of the Year with 67 points ahead Joan Mir (39 points), who scored his third successive top 10 finish, Miguel Oliveira (15) and Francesco Bagnaia (11).

The only two of the four rookies in the MotoGP class this year to have previously won at Brno any of the smaller classes are Miguel Oliveira, who won last year in the Moto2 class, and Joan Mir, who won in the Moto3 class in 2017 on his way to clinching the title.

However, fellow rookie Francesco Bagnaia has stood on the podium at Brno, finishing third last year in Moto2.

Winning streak at the same circuit

The win for Marc Marquez in Germany was the seventh successive time he has stood on the top step of the podium in the premier class at the Sachsenring, equalling Valentino Rossi at Mugello. Only one rider has won more than seven successive races at the
same track in the premier class:

Successive wins Rider Track
9 Giacomo Agostini Imatra (1965 – 1973)
8 Giacomo Agostini Spa-Francorchamps (1966 – 1973)
7 Marc Marquez Sachsenring (2013 – 2019)
7 Valentino Rossi Mugello (2002 – 2008)
6 Marc Marquez Circuit of the Americas (2013 – 2018)
6 Casey Stoner Phillip Island (2007 – 2012)
6 Mick Doohan Mugello (1993 – 1998)
6 Giacomo Agostini Sachsenring (1967 – 1972)
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Sachsenring Round 9 – MotoGP 2019

In addition to Marquez’ seventh successive win in the MotoGP class at the Sachsenring, it was his 10th successive victory in Germany including his Moto2 win at the track in both 2011 and 2012 and his 125cc win in 2010. Giacomo Agostini holds the record in Finland with 13th successive wins at Imatra: 8 x 500cc (1966 – 1973) and 5 x 350cc (1969 – 1973).

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Marc Marquez – Sachsenring Round 9 – MotoGP 2019

Marc Marquez closes in on Mike Hailwood Marc Marquez’ win at the Sachsenring was the 75th of his Grand Prix career, just one less GP win than nine-time World Champion Mike Hailwood (76) as shown in the table below of riders with most GP wins. There are just three riders in the history of Grand Prix racing who have taken more wins than Hailwood.

Pos Rider Wins MGP/500 350 M2/250 125 80/50
1 Giacomo Agostini 122 68 54 / / /
2 Valentino Rossi 115 89 / 14 12 /
3 Angel Nieto 90 / / / 62 28
4 Mike Hailwood 76 37 16 21 2 /
5 Marc Marquez 75 49 / 16 10 /
6 Jorge Lorenzo 68 47 / 17 4 /
7= Mick Doohan 54 54 / / / /
7= Dani Pedrosa 54 31 / 15 8 /
9 Phil Read 52 11 4 27 10 /
10= Jim Redman 45 2 21 18 4 /
10= Casey Stoner 45 38 / 5 2 /
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Marquez took the win from Vinales and Crutchlow – Sachsenring Round 9 – MotoGP 2019

In addition, this was the 85th podium finish in the premier class for Marc Marquez, three less than Giacomo Agostini, who is in fifth place in the list of riders with the most podium finishes in the class.

Great start to the season for Marc Marquez

At the Sachsenring, Marc Marquez qualified on pole position for the 85th time in his Grand Prix career and the 57th time in the premier class, one less than the record held by Mick Doohan (58).

This was Marc Marquez’s 34th win in the premier class after qualifying on pole position. 45 of his 49 wins in the class came after qualifying within the top three. Marc Marquez’ win at the Sachsenring is the sixth time that he had won at any circuit in the MotoGP class after qualifying on pole position, leading across the line on every lap and setting the fastest lap of the race along with Jerez (2014), Austin (2014, 2016, 2018) and Termas de Rio Hondo (2019).

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Marc Marquez

At the Sachsenring, Marc Marquez set the fastest lap of the race for the 50th time since he stepped up to the premier class in 2013. Only two riders have set more fastest laps in the class, Valentino Rossi (75) and Giacomo Agostini (69).

Marc Marquez has won at least five GPs per season over the past ten years, across three different categories: 125cc, Moto2 and MotoGP, beating his own record set over the last two years. Previously, Mike Hailwood was the only rider to have achieved at least five victories per season over seven years, across at least three classes, between 1961 and 1967.

In addition, Marc Marquez has won at least five GPs per season (in any class of GP racing) over the past ten years, equalling the record set by Giacomo Agostini between 1966 and 1975 in 350cc and 500cc.

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Marc Marquez

Considering only the premier class, Marc Marquez has won at least five GPs per season over the past seven years, beating the record set by Valentino Rossi (2001-2006) and Giacomo Agostini (1967-1972), who each won at least five races over six consecutive

Following the German GP, Marc Marquez has 185 points, which is the second-highest points accumulated after the opening nine races by Marquez in the MotoGP class. 2014 was the highest, when he had won the nine opening races and accumulated 225

With his brother Alex winning in Moto2, this was the fifth time both of them won on the same day, along with France and Catalunya earlier this year and Catalunya and Assen back in 2014 when both were on their way to winning their respective titles in
Moto3 and MotoGP.

Andrea Dovizioso closes in on Mick Doohan Andrea Dovizioso crossed the line in fifth place at the Sachsenring and scored his 2279th point since he stepped up to the MotoGP class in 2008. At the Czech GP, he will be aiming to move above Mick Doohan, who is in fourth place in the list of riders with most points scored in the premier class.

Pos Rider 500/MotoGP
1 Valentino Rossi 5211
2 Dani Pedrosa 2970
3 Jorge Lorenzo 2890
4 Mick Doohan 2298
5 Andrea Dovizioso              2279
6 Alex Barros 2079
7 Marc Marquez 2040
8 Loris Capirossi                 1840
9 Casey Stoner 1815
10 Nicky Hayden 1698
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Valentino Rossi celebrated his 100th GP victory at Assen way back in 2009

Mid-Season Report

There have been five different winners in the opening nine MotoGP races of the year, which is the third time there have been five different winners at this stage of the season since the introduction of the class in 2002, along with 2006 and 2017.

In addition, there have been nine different riders who have stood on the podium in the opening nine MotoGP races of the season, two less than the entire 2018 season. The record at this stage of the season in the MotoGP class since its introduction in 2002 is 12 back in 2007.

Two different riders have led the Championship classification in the opening nine MotoGP  races of 2018: Andrea Dovizioso and Marc Márquez.

Ten different riders have qualified within the top three in MotoGP during the opening nine races of 2019. Three of them have qualified on pole position, three less than at this stage of the 2018 season.

Eight different riders have led at least one lap across the line since the opening MotoGP race in Qatar, one less than last year at this stage of the season. Marc Marquez leads the way with 142 laps, followed by Andrea Dovizioso (23) and Danilo Petrucci (14).

Eight different riders have led at least one of the 44 free practice sessions (FP3 in Austin was cancelled due to weather conditions) or one of the nine Q2 sessions. Marc Marquez leads the way with 24 sessions on top followed by Fabio Quartararo (13), Maverick Viñales (7), Danilo Petrucci (5), Valentino Rossi (1), Francesco Bagnaia (1), Alex Rins (1) and Andrea Dovizioso (1). All 22 riders competing full-time in MotoGP class have scored points since the opening race in Qatar.

On this day…

July 30th
At the 1972 Finnish GP, Jarno Saarinen won his home GP in 250cc, his fourth victory of the season, to clinch his only title in GP racing.
July 31st
At the 1982 British GP, Angel Nieto took his 50th win in the 125cc class (his 77th overall).
At the 1971 Finnish GP, Giacomo Agostini took his sixth 350cc win to clinch his 10th title in GP racing, becoming the rider with most titles.
August 1st
At the 1981 British GP, Anton Mang won the 350cc race to take the first of his two titles in the class.
August 2nd
In Imatra back in 1976, Pat Hennen won the 500cc race to be- come the first American to win in the premier class.
At the 2005 German GP, Valentino Rossi won the MotoGP race after it was interrupted following a crash for John Hopkins and then restarted for 25 laps. Rossi (now 115 wins) equalled Mike Hailwood with 76 GP wins, only Agostini (122 GP wins) and An- gel Nieto (90) had more wins at that time. 14 years later, at the 2019 German GP, Marc Márquez took his 75th GP win.
At the 1987 British GP, Jorge “Aspar” Martinez took his sixth win in the opening seven races of the season to clinch his second successive 80cc title.
At the 1983 British GP held at Silverstone, Angel Nieto won the 125cc race to clinch the 125cc title (his 12th) while Carlos La-vado took his first 250cc title by taking fourth.
At the same GP in Imatra, Johnny Cecotto took the first of his three  wins  in  the  500cc  class,  while  Barry  Sheene  finished sixth to clinch his second successive title in the class.
August 3rd
At the 1986 British GP, Ian McConnachie won the 80cc race, be- coming the first British rider to win at Silverstone in GP racing.
August 4th
At the 1953 French GP, Pierre Monneret finished second in the 350cc race, becoming the first French rider to stand on the podium in GP racing (solo classes).
Takazumi Katayama won the 350cc race held in Imatra back in 1977 to become the first Japanese rider to clinch a title in GP racing.
At the 1996 Austrian GP, Valentino Rossi finished third in the 125cc class behind Ivan Goi (who became the youngest winner in the class at that time) and Dirk Raudies, which was the first of Rossi’s 234 podium finishes in Grand Prix racing so far.
At the 1993 British GP, Jean-Philippe Ruggia won the 250cc race held at Donington Park, which was the first of his three wins in Grand Prix racing.

Source: MCNews.com.au