Márquez sweeps to fourth consecutive win
25 August 2013 – Repsol Honda rider Marc Márquez clinched his fourth consecutive MotoGP victory at Brno this afternoon, the Spaniard beating compatriots Dani Pedrosa and Jorge Lorenzo after a tightly contested battle.
The earlier threats of rain failed to come to fruition as the green flag flew, with Cal Crutchlow making a poor start from pole and immediately falling behind the trio of Lorenzo, Pedrosa and Márquez. The British rider later crashed his Tech 3 machine after a fierce battle with Álvaro Bautista and eventually finished back in 17th.
Up front, Lorenzo held the lead for a short while, before the two Repsol Hondas began to eat into the gap. After closing in, Márquez initially overtook his title rival on Lap 15, but the Yamaha rider instantly swept back ahead. After exchanging positions intermittently, Márquez finally made his definitive move with three laps remaining. Unsettled, Lorenzo subsequently dropped further back into the clutches of Pedrosa.
The pair diced for several laps, before Pedrosa finally made his way through with two laps left to run, allowing Honda to take an impressive one-two finish. Lorenzo had to settle for third, with team-mate Valentino Rossi clinching fourth after a last lap move on Bautista. Stefan Bradl benefitted from crashes to Crutchlow and Bradley Smith, the German followed by the ever-interlocked Ducati pairing of Andrea Dovisioso and Nicky Hayden. Andrea Iannone was ninth, while Aleix Espargaró finished 10th.
Following his impressive run of victories, Márquez's championship advantage has increased to 28 points over Pedrosa, with Lorenzo 44 points further back in third.
The MotoGP field will be back in action at Silverstone next weekend