Spanish Repsol Honda rider Marc Marquez won the Czech MotoGP yesterday for his fourth successive win and extended his lead at the top of the overall standings.
Marquez won a thrilling race ahead of compatriots teammate Dani Pedrosa and Yamaha rival and defending world champion Jorge Lorenzo as the Spanish trio dominated proceedings.
Marquez finished the 22-lap 118.866km race in 42 minutes and 50.729 seconds, 0.313 seconds ahead of Pedrosa and 2.277 seconds ahead of Lorenzo.
The 20-year-old leads the championships on 213 points after 11 of 18 races, ahead of Pedrosa with 187 points and Lorenzo with 169.
“I enjoyed the victory, but also the battle with Jorge and also Dani was there,” Marquez said. “So I’m very, very happy. Jorge and Yamaha were so strong here [and] Dani won last year. I didn’t expect a victory, I expected to finish on the podium.”
In his first MotoGP season, Marquez has scored the fifth victory and the fourth in a row, beating a 35-year-old record set by American Kenny Roberts, who won three straight premier-class races as a rookie in 1978.
Starting fifth, Lorenzo sneaked into the lead before the first turn and widened the gap on the Honda duo to 1.4 seconds by the end of the second lap.
Marquez and Pedrosa worked patiently to narrow his lead.
Marquez then struck three times in lap 16 and got ahead of Lorenzo, but the latter managed to take the lead back two laps later.
However, Marquez fought back immediately and then widened the lead on Lorenzo, who also gave up to constant pressure from Pedrosa two laps before the end.