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Practice rounds at MotoGP Brno 2019
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Rins & Crutchlow forces the issue for Monster Energy Czech MotoGP top five

Aug 052019

Sunshine finally broke through to shine on the righteous at the Monster Energy Ceske republiky and an Automotodrom Brno circuit that basked in summery temperatures after a freak day of storms and rain that affected qualification.

The climate wanted to play a part in this enthralling latest chapter of MotoGP that was again another showcase for the brilliance of reigning world champion Marc Marquez; a man who wowed the sodden crowd and TV spectators around the globe with a Pole Position lap on Saturday that was full of bravado, risk and guile.

Behind Marquez Suzuki’s Alex Rins was involved in a tussle for third position with Ducati’s Jack Miller – the Spanish star just missing out after two Grands Prix of adversity in Holland and Germany – and classified just over a second ahead of Honda’s Cal Crutchlow at the flag: an athlete who trod the box the last time out at Sachsenring and was happy with damage limitation at Brno after some set-up headaches through practice.

 

“I lost a lot of time in the first few laps as I was not able to get through,” #35 said. “Maybe I wasted one lap too many behind (Danilo) Petrucci and Valentino (Rossi), but I tried my best, had a good pace and we’re happy with the result considering where we came from on the grid.. Overall we’re happy, the team did a good job, Honda did a good job and we should be pleased to come away with a top five result after not a good qualifying and not having a great feeling with the bike this weekend.”

“For sure, we're not happy, but I was able to ride my bike in a better way and in the end it wasn't too bad,” he said. “The guys that arrived in front were faster than I was, but it was better than the last races, so this is quite positive.”

 

After an important one-day test with a view towards 2020 at Brno, MotoGP moves onto more speed next week with the Grand Prix of Austria venturing into the long straights and fast curves of Spielberg. Another thriller lies in store.

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