Marquez Counts To 50 In Czech Republic

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Marc Marquez earned his 50th premier class victory Sunday in the Czech Republic. (Honda Photo)
Marc Marquez earned his 50th premier class victory Sunday in the Czech Republic. (Honda Photo)

BRNO, Czech Republic – Marc Marquez continued to add to his legacy by becoming the fourth driver in history to earn 50 premier class victories in Grand Prix motorcycle competition on Sunday at the Masaryk Circuit.

A storm after the Moto2 race forced a delay in the start of Sunday’s MotoGP main event. With a large portion of the track wet, officials declared the event a wet race, though everyone chose to remain on slick tires.

Marquez started from the pole and launched off the starting line with Andrea Dovizioso slotting into second into turn one. In turn four Franco Morbidelli and Joan Mir made contact in turn four, with both men ending up in the gravel trap.

At the front Marquez, Dovizioso, Alex Rins and Jack Miller gapped the rest of the field. They soon built a gap of four seconds over the battle for fifth.

With 10 laps to go Marquez began to push harder, building the gap between him and runner-up Dovizioso slowly and steadily. Marquez went untouched the rest of the way, leading Dovizioso across the finish line for his sixth victory of the year and 50th in the premier class.

“I was really concentrated from the beginning as there were still some wet patches, especially at turn one,” Marquez said. “I knew I needed to keep my rhythm as the Yamaha riders were starting from behind and they were strong in warm up. Then I saw that Dovi was behind me so I had to keep pushing and pushing. I had a little warning on lap 10 because that is when I started to push more to try and open the gap.

“Delaying the race was the best decision that could have been made because the track was in a mixed condition, and it could have been quite dangerous,” added Marquez. “A crazy weekend with the weather, but the whole Repsol Honda Team were perfect and helped me a lot to achieve victory.”

Miller crossed the line in third, more than three seconds behind the race winner. Rins was fourth, followed by Cal Crutchlow in fifth.