MotoGP Round 11 Race Report Brno

MotoGP Round 11 Race Report Brno – 16/08/2015

Courtesy of Honda Pro Racing

Race Conditions : Sunny
Temperature : Air 26°C / Track 39°C
Humidity : 54%

Marquez takes second at Brno, Pedrosa fights to fifth

Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team RC213V) rode to a strong second-place finish at Brno this afternoon, chasing winner Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha) all the way but finally having to settle for the runner-up spot.

After winning the last two races – in Germany and at Indy – Marquez never quite had the requisite race pace here, despite setting the fastest lap of the race on lap four. The 2013 and 2014 World Champion must therefore look forward to Silverstone in two weeks to reduce the gap to Lorenzo, who now leads the 2015 MotoGP World Championship, although he is equal on points with team-mate Valentino Rossi.

Marquez’s team-mate Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team RC213V) rode a heroic race to fifth place after starting from ninth on the grid. He was still in serious pain from a heavy tumble taken during Friday practice due to a technical issue.

Throughout the weekend high track temperatures and Brno’s bumpy surface dominated proceedings, with many riders struggling to find a machine/tyre combination that would give consistent high performance over the 22-lap race.

Lorenzo was quickest away from the grid and was never headed after that, as was the case with his other four wins earlier this season. For the first third of the race Marquez was right behind, just as he had been the previous weekend at Indy, where he went on to win his third race of the year.

This time he hoped that his choice of a hard rear slick would give him a later advantage over Lorenzo’s medium rear, but instead from one-third distance he struggled to find good corner-exit traction and finally had to concede victory to Lorenzo by 4.4 seconds. With seven races remaining he trails his compatriot by 52 points; a not insurmountable difference.

Rossi completed the Brno podium, 5.9 seconds behind Marquez, while Pedrosa took fifth between the Ducatis of Andrea Iannone and Andrea Dovizioso. The Spaniard set the sixth fastest lap of the race as he bravely fought his way through from tenth at the end of the first lap.

Today was not the best of days for Honda’s other two factory-spec riders. Scott Redding (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS Honda RC213V) took four more points for finishing 12th after a long tussle with Yonny Hernandez (Ducati).

Cal Crutchlow (CWM LCR Honda RC213V) was running well in tenth when he slid off at Turn 11 on lap 15. He was joined in the Brno gravel by Eugene Laverty (Aspar Team Honda RC213V-RS) who fell at Turn 2 while 21st.

Nicky Hayden (Aspar Team Honda RC213V-RS) finished just out of the points in 17th, while rookie Jack Miller (CWM LCR Honda RC213V-RS) was 19th.Karel Abraham (AB Motoracing Honda RC213V-RS) finished 21st, riding his first race since June following major surgery on a foot injury.

The 2015 MotoGP season – following tomorrow’s Michelin tyre testing for some MotoGP teams – continues at high-speed Silverstone, venue for the British Grand Prix on August 30.

Honda MotoGP rider quotes

Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Team: 2nd

“Today Jorge rode a very good race. We knew we were not far off him, but we were not close enough and we tried to stick with him, at least at the beginning of the race. After six or seven laps I began to lose performance and he was able to maintain his pace. That’s where the difference was made. We achieved the goal we had for today: to try and open a gap to Valentino and the others from the start so I’m happy about that. When we have difficulties, as we did this weekend, we still have to score points. I think that this second position is good.”

Dani Pedrosa, Repsol Honda Team: 5th

“Today I did not make a perfect start, but it was not that bad. However, when I entered the first corner Hernandez went very hard up the inside and I had to pick the bike up. I was able to save it but when I leant back over, coming out of the corner, his teammate caught up and also moved me off my line, so I lost positions and a lot of time. My pace was not as good as this morning and I did not have as good a feeling with the bike due to some problems with the front. It was hard for me to recover but eventually I caught up with Dovizioso and Iannone. The Ducatis are hard to overtake – on the straight they are very fast – but I managed to pass Dovi on the final lap. It’s been a difficult weekend, even though today I could work better thanks to the physiotherapist and some medication.”

Scott Redding, Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS: 12th

“It was another difficult weekend and in the race I was struggling to keep the speed. I feel so on the limit I don’t know where to push to find more time. The group in front can pull away easily and although it was another tough race I tried my best. I passed Yonny on the penultimate lap but made a mistake and he got back through. The longer we go without any results the more frustrating it is getting. My home race Silverstone is next and hopefully my previous success there, and a big home crowd, can spur me on. We are certainly not going to give up.”

Nicky Hayden, Aspar Team: 17th

“A tough day and a tough weekend. It was not easy. We made a little change this morning and created a bit more grip. The pace wasn’t too bad on used tyres and in the race I made a good start and a good first lap. It was probably the best start and first lap I’ve had all year. I had the 14th best lap of the race but the track felt really slippery compared to the rest of the weekend. [Hector] Barbera came past and tried to get away from me but I pushed to catch him. Finally I caught him with five or six laps to go and got in front of him for a few laps. Then I made a little mistake and him and [Loris] Baz came past.”

Jack Miller, CWM LCR: 19th

“It wasn’t the best start I’ve had. We got in a decent rhythm, then when Eugene went off I had to go off track to avoid him. After that I really pushed to close the gap between me and Baz. We were doing it and once we got past Di Meglio I started putting in a decent race rhythm. I pushed for five or six laps and then the thing started to get a little shaky – I started getting a lot of spin, so we backed it off a little to bring it home, but then I couldn’t do anything when Di Meglio came back. Whenever I had grip the bike started wheelying and wouldn’t stop till the next braking point! But it was good to finish the race and get some valuable time on the bike. This morning we made a big step with the front end and I hope to improve that further.”

Karel Abraham, AB Motoracing: 21st

“We always knew that this race would be very, very difficult, because of my foot injury, and that’s how it was. The pain in my foot has been getting worse with all the riding and so it was really tough to keep going until the chequered flag. Anyway we finished, so we can try to start towards the next race and see what happens there.”

Cal Crutchlow, CWM LCR: DNF

“I’m really disappointed with today’s race, and first and foremost I’m very sorry for the team because I made a mistake and crashed. We haven’t been happy with the set-up we’ve had all weekend. We tried to improve my feeling on the bike, but even in the race I had some trouble maintaining the pace I wanted to maintain. But we go to the next race – my home Grand Prix at Silverstone – with higher hopes and hoping we can find some solutions. Tomorrow we have a test here, so I hope we can do something that helps us get a better result in Silverstone.”

Eugene Laverty, Aspar Team: DNF

“I’m okay and I was lucky because when I crashed Jack hit me when I was on the ground so I was fortunate not get injured. At least that was one positive from today, the only one. Things didn’t feel good right from the start. It also happened in yesterday during qualifying. In Q1 we had two tyres and the first one was a disaster. The next one had incredible grip. Today I was going to crash and lap six was as far as I could make it. I tried to push on the sighting lap but on the warm-up lap I knew something was wrong – I was spinning even then.”

Event results – Round 11
1 Jorge Lorenzo 42’53.042 ESP YAMAHA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP
2 Marc Marquez 4.462 ESP HONDA Repsol Honda Team
3 Valentino Rossi 10.397 ITA YAMAHA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP
4 Andrea Iannone 13.071 ITA DUCATI Ducati Team
5 Dani Pedrosa 15.650 ESP HONDA Repsol Honda Team
6 Andrea Dovizioso 15.725 ITA DUCATI Ducati Team
7 Bradley Smith 21.821 GBR YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
8 Pol Espargaro 23.240 ESP YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
9 Aleix Espargaro 43.784 ESP SUZUKI Team Suzuki MotoGP
10 Danilo Petrucci 45.261 ITA DUCATI Pramac Racing
11 Yonny Hernandez 49.973 COL DUCATI Pramac Racing
12 Scott Redding 50.174 GBR HONDA Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS
13 Alvaro Bautista 54.437 ESP APRILIA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini
14 Stefan Bradl 54.624 GER FORWARD YAMAHA Forward Racing
15 Loris Baz 1’00.316 FORWARD YAMAHA Forward Racing
16 Hector Barbera 1’01.595 ESP AVINTIA Avintia Racing
17 Nicky Hayden 1’02.388 USA HONDA Drive M7 Aspar
18 Mike De Meglio 1’05.944 FRA AVINTIA Avintia Racing
19 Jack Miller 1’11.407 AUS HONDA CWM LCR Honda
20 Claudio Corti 1’50.033 ITA FORWARD YAMAHA Forward Racing
21 Karel Abraham 2’02.655 CZE HONDA AB Motoracing
22 Maverick Vinales DNF ESP SUZUKI Team Suzuki MotoGP
23 Cal Crutchlow DNF GBR HONDA CWM LCR Honda
24 Eugene Laverty DNF HONDA Drive M7 Aspar
25 Alex de Angelis DNF ART Octo IodaRacing Team
Championship standings
1 Jorge Lorenzo 211 pts ESP YAMAHA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP
2 Valentino Rossi 211 pts ITA YAMAHA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP
3 Marc Marquez 159 pts ESP HONDA Repsol Honda Team
4 Andrea Iannone 142 pts ITA DUCATI Ducati Team
5 Bradley Smith 106 pts GBR YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
6 Andrea Dovizioso 104 pts ITA DUCATI Ducati Team
7 Dani Pedrosa 91 pts ESP HONDA Repsol Honda Team
8 Pol Espargaro 81 pts ESP YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
9 Cal Crutchlow 74 pts GBR HONDA CWM LCR Honda
10 Danilo Petrucci 63 pts ITA DUCATI Pramac Racing
11 Maverick Vinales 62 pts ESP SUZUKI Team Suzuki MotoGP
12 Aleix Espargaro 53 pts ESP SUZUKI Team Suzuki MotoGP
13 Yonny Hernandez 41 pts COL DUCATI Pramac Racing
14 Scott Redding 37 pts GBR HONDA Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS
15 Hector Barbera 20 pts ESP AVINTIA Avintia Racing
16 Alvaro Bautista 16 pts ESP APRILIA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini
17 Loris Baz 15 pts FORWARD YAMAHA Forward Racing
18 Jack Miller 12 pts AUS HONDA CWM LCR Honda
19 Stefan Bradl 11 pts GER FORWARD YAMAHA Forward Racing
20 Michele Pirro 8 pts ITA DUCATI Ducati Team
21 Nicky Hayden 8 pts USA HONDA Drive M7 Aspar
22 Eugene Laverty 7 pts HONDA Drive M7 Aspar
23 Hiroshi Aoyama 5 pts JPN HONDA Repsol Honda Team
24 Mike De Meglio 2 pts FRA AVINTIA Avintia Racing
25 Alex de Angelis 1 pts ART Octo IodaRacing Team
26 Claudio Corti 0 pts ITA FORWARD YAMAHA Forward Racing
27 Michael Laverty 0 pts APRILIA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini
28 Marco Melandri 0 pts APRILIA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini
29 Karel Abraham 0 pts CZE HONDA AB Motoracing
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