MotoGP: Dani Pedrosa wins Czech Republic GP to deny Marc Marquez record 11th victory
Last Updated: 21/08/14 2:27pm
Marc Marquez failed in his bid to claim a record 11th straight MotoGP victory as compatriot Dani Pedrosa won Sunday’s Grand Prix in the Czech Republic.
Marquez was bidding to become the first rider to ever win the opening 11 races of a season but, despite starting from pole, finished down in fourth position.
It was the first time he failed to finish on the podium since the Australian Grand Prix last year as Jorge Lorenzo took second and Valeninto Rossi third.
Not for the first time this season Marquez struggled to get away from the line and would gradually drop down to sixth place.
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It was Lorenzo who got himself to the front, but he was passed by Pedrosa on the fifth lap and the lead did not change hands again.
Marquez recovered ground to move up into third, but he was unable to reel in the two leaders and instead found himself coming under pressure from Rossi.
The Italian eased past the championship leader midway through the race and would go on to finish nearly five seconds clear of his rival.
Up ahead, Pedrosa managed the threat of Lorenzo superbly and crossed the line just under half a second ahead of his fellow Spaniard.
Britain’s Bradley Smith finished in ninth spot, some thirty seconds behind the winner.