Aug 062017
 

BRNO, Czech Republic: Honda’s Marc Marquez led a Spanish podium sweep at the Czech GP on Sunday to extend his MotoGP world championship lead with a second straight win.

Dani Pedrosa was second almost 13 seconds back ahead of Maverick Vinales in third and nine-time world champion Valentino Rossi in fourth.“I could have gone faster but there was no need to do so, I had it won and I’m not taking those risks anymore,” said the three- time world champion who however celebrated by standing on his bike as he rode past the main stand to an ovation.

“These kind of races (mixed weather) can be very challenging and you have to remain focussed,” Marquez said after negotiating his tyre change early.The result leaves the overall standings on a relative razor’s edge as Marquez leads with 154 points ahead of Vinales on 140, Andrea Dovizioso is third on 133, Rossi fourth on 132 and Pedrosa has 123 in fifth.

In his third win of the season the defending champion Marquez was in truly imperious form, starting from pole and dominating, holding his nerve during the tyre change as he temporarily dropped down the field before gradually lap after lap extending his lead.   —AFP

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