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Jorge Lorenzo at the 2018 Grand Prix of Czech Republic

Lorenzo plays his part in Brno battle

Aug 062018

Like the perfectionism of Jorge Lorenzo, the dogged determination of Cal Crutchlow, the endless energy of Valentino Rossi and the many other attributes of the stars of MotoGP, the long, welcome and intense European summer did not abate for the launch of the second half of the 2018 FIM World Championship term.

It was Brno’s turn to fry for the Monster Energy Grand Prix of Czech Republic and while the temperatures ensured more shiny and spectacular scenes on the shimmering tarmac it was Lorenzo who kept coolest at this packed tenth round of nineteen. Once more MotoGP gripped tight and allowed little room for breath. The dispute between Marc Marquez, eventual winner Andrea Dovizioso and the #99 Ducati was decided only on the final circulation and split by less than half a second with Jorge earning the second step of the box.

“Today I managed the situation calmly, because it was vital to look after the tyres and get to the end of the race in the best possible condition in order to try and attack and play my cards,” Jorge said. “I was feeling good and the bike was very stable, but I was struggling a bit in acceleration and it was a pity because I could have fought for the win, but my pass on Marquez two laps from the end allowed Dovizioso to gain a small advantage and it wasn’t possible to pass Andrea, who did a really great race.”

Crutchlow and Rossi were also buzzing insects around the pot of honey at the end of the 21 laps. The Brit was holding third place for four spins until Lorenzo began his charge to dislodge his teammate, Dovizioso, from the peak of the pack. #35, so memorably a winner at Brno in 2016, was then mugged by Rossi on the last lap and had to power home behind the Yamaha in fifth. “We have to be pleased, to be in there in the battle. We achieved a good result today, although I’m disappointed to miss the podium,” CC said.

The Monster Energy Rig was a sanctuary of cool, and to-be-cool across the weekend with DJs, parties, girls and star appearances. On the track more champagne was uncorked by SKY Racing Team VR46 duo Luca Marini and Pecco Bagnaia in Moto2; Marini in particular was a star: registering his second trophy on the bounce and just missing a maiden grand prix win by tiny fractions of a second. Aron Canet was also in the bubbly in Moto3.

“I'm very happy: two podiums in a row and the first pole position of my career,” said Marini. “I had fun, I made a lot of overtaking and the strategy studied with the team paid off. I tried everything to overtake Miguel. The last corner I gave the maximum but I made a mistake, I put the [bike in] second gear and Miguel overtook me. I have to thank Pecco, for his help, all the technicians, mechanics, Sky and the VR46 Riders Academy because we are doing an incredible job and we are proving to be a great team.”


The heat stays on. MotoGP ploughs ahead to Spielberg and Austria next weekend.


EXTRA: Get onboard with the Doctor himself for a lap at the CzechGP! Curtesy of MotoGP: