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MotoGP World Championship, Grand prix of the Czech Republic07.08.2017

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Marquez makes it to the podium

After a month of summer break, Alex Marquez kicked off the second half of the championship by making it to the podium of the Czech Grand Prix. The Spaniard dedicated the second place to the memory of Angel Nieto, the motorcycle racing legend who recently died.

The Races

With rain starting to fall shortly after the start of the Grand Prix Moto2, the tenth event of the season was run on only six laps. Alex Marquez was one of the most skilled in negotiating the sprint race, quickly overtaking to reach second place behind Tom Lüthi.

I am very happy to be back on the podium because the last few weeks have not been easy since my fall in Germany ; I still have neck pains and I couldn’t train during the summer.

Alex Marquez

In the lead group before the race was interrupted, Franco Morbidelli had much more trouble with the rain tires than he had with the slicks at the initial start.

I don’t understand what happened because I felt really well on Friday in the rain.

Franco Morbidelli

regretted the Italian after crossing the finish line in eighth position. In MotoGP, on a track which dried very quickly after the start, Jack Miller thought he’d get the upper hand by stopping very early to change motorcycles, as did the future winner Marc Marquez. Unfortunately, the Australian lost time in the pits and experienced grip problems afterwards. He finished fourteenth, three places ahead of his teammate Tito Rabat, who also had problems of feeling with his rear tire. In the Moto3 category, Kornfeil finished twentieth and Pulkkinen thirtieth.

The Championship

Despite his modest eighth place, Franco Morbidelli remains in the lead of the overall Moto2 standings, seventeen points ahead of Tom Lüthi. By making it to the podium Alex Marquez moved up to third place. In MotoGP, Jack Miller stays in twelfth place, only one point behind Alvaro Bautista. On the other hand Tito Rabat has lost a place, and is now eighteenth. Kornfeil has dropped to 26th place in the Moto3 championship.

The Background

Like all the Spanish riders who made it to the podium in the Grand Prix of the Czech Republic, Alex Marquez did not fail to dedicate his second place to the memory of Angel Nieto, who died on August 3, at the age of 70, after a traffic accident on the island of Ibiza. With thirteen world championship titles and ninety Grand Prix victories, Nieto was one of the greatest riders in the history of motorcycle racing, but also and foremost a legend of Spanish sport, serving as an emblem during the period after the civil war when the country was stifled by Franquism. From Rafael Nadal to Fernando Alonso and Pau Gasol, Spanish sportsmen and women everywhere wished to salute the memory of Angel Nieto. The Barcelona and Real Madrid football clubs as well as the King of Spain also paid tribute to this illustrious pioneer who paved the way for generations of champions.

07.08.2017