Lorenzo wins Czech MotoGP to go joint top

Spaniard edges out defending champion Marquez and now sits top of the standings with Yamaha teammate Rossi.

    Lorenzo wins Czech MotoGP to go joint top
    Lorenzo leads defending champion Marquez by 52 points [EPA]

    Jorge Lorenzo has won the Czech Grand Prix for his fifth triumph of the season, tightening the MotoGP championship fight with his Yamaha teammate Valentino Rossi.

    The Spaniard, with the Movistar Yamaha team, covered 22 laps of the 5.403km Brno circuit in 42 minutes, 53.042 seconds for his 38th overall MotoGP victory.

    Standings (top 10)
    1.  Jorge Lorenzo - 211 
    2.  Valentino Rossi - 211 
    3.  Marc Marquez - 159 
    4.  Andrea Iannone - 142 
    5.  Bradley Smith - 106 
    6.  Andrea Dovizioso - 104 
    7.  Dani Pedrosa - 91  
    8.  Pol Espargaro - 81  
    9.  Cal Crutchlow - 74  
    10. Danilo Petrucci - 63 

    Lorenzo and Rossi sit joint top of the standings with 211 points and seven races to go.

    Defending champion Marc Marquez is 52 points behind the duo.

    "Luckily, I had a little bit more pace than Marc and I could win this very important victory... because now I'm leading the championship with Valentino," said Lorenzo, the 2010 and 2012 MotoGP champion.

    "For Marc, it's now more difficult to recover."

    Marquez, who won the last two championships, finished second, 4.462 seconds behind.

    Starting third on the grid, Rossi dropped to fifth after the start before quickly rallying to third. Andrea Iannone on a Ducati was fourth followed by Dani Pedrosa, the Honda Repsol teammate of Marquez.

    It was the 11th podium in as many races this season for Rossi, the former nine-time champion in all categories.

    "Unfortunately, my start was bad and I lost some time in the first laps," Rossi said. "I tried to push but I was not fast and strong enough."

    The next race is the British Grand Prix on August 30.

    Race result (top 10):

    1. Jorge Lorenzo (Spain) Yamaha - 42:53.042
    2. Marc Marquez (Spain) Honda - 42:57.504
    3. Valentino Rossi (Italy) Yamaha - 43:03.439
    4. Andrea Iannone (Italy) Ducati - 43:06.113
    5. Dani Pedrosa (Spain) Honda - 43:08.692
    6. Andrea Dovizioso (Italy) Ducati - 43:08.767
    7. Bradley Smith (Britain) Yamaha - 43:14.863
    8. Pol Espargaro (Spain) Yamaha - 43:16.282
    9. Aleix Espargaro (Spain) Suzuki - 43:36.826
    10. Danilo Petrucci (Italy) Ducati - 43:38.303

    SOURCE: AP


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