By Bruce Allen
The Monster Energy Grand Prix České republiky was the kind of procession that gives MotoGP a bad name. Marc Marquez led wire-to-wire without breaking a sweat for his 50th premier class win and a 63-point lead heading to Austria. A bit of a scramble behind him left Ducati pilots Andrea Dovizioso and Jack Miller on the side steps of the podium. Golden Boy Fabio Quartararo finished in P7, finally showing some respect for his elders. The season grinds on.
Practice and Qualifying
FP1 was its usual misleading self on Friday, as evidenced by, among other things, the presence of Miguel Oliveira (KTM) and 37-year-old Sylvain Guintoli (Suzuki) in the top five. Further evidence came in the form of rookie sensation Quartararo (Yamaha) sitting 18th and the hapless Johann Zarco (KTM) 23rd and last. Dovizioso, Marquez and Yamaha’s Maverick Viñales were “row one” but the track was slow, with rain in the forecast for Saturday. The MotoGP equivalent of Where’s Waldo? – Where’s Valentino? – found Rossi tenth after the first session, alive and well.
The riders approached FP2 as if it were a qualifying session, since the forecast and gathering clouds promised a wet track on Saturday morning, and a semblance of order was restored. Quartararo, Marquez and Jack Miller (Ducati) topped the sheet, followed in close order by Dovizioso, Viñales and Alex Rins. Waldo was sitting, all Cheshire cat-like, in P9, praying for rain. Only #20 and #93 broke 1:56, but there were another 13 riders who broke 1:57.
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Source:: MotoGP Brno Results 2019