It’s all over folks! Marc Marquez’s streak of 10 consecutive grand prix victories came to an end at the Grand Prix of Czech Republic on Sunday, as Dani Pedrosa claimed the title! Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi finished second and third with excellent rides, while Marquez crossed the finish line in fourth.
I can speak for all of us when I say; I never thought I’d see the day Marc Marquez got dethroned in the
2014 season! It was beginning to look like he was going to go all the way and make even MORE history.
Starting from pole, Marquez had a rocky start that made his usual racing explosiveness nonexistant. The Spaniard found himself in sixth after just the first few turns, while both Ducatis were full steam ahead, especially Lorenzo who set the pace early. He even set a new circuit record in the process!
While the Spanish sensation managed to sneak up to third place, that’s as good as it got, as he finished a whole 10 seconds behind Pedrosa. So what happened to the king? An off day we suppose and the other riders had seen enough of the 21-year-old's back.
Patience is a Virtue
A word that comes easier to some than others, and that is exactly what transpired on Sunday. Patience was the name of the game and Pedrosa was wearing it like a fresh new suit. Lorenzo had been in good position the entire race to try to overtake Pedrosa, and that's exactly what he did going into Lap 5.
Pedrosa remained even keeled and patient until the time finally came to take back the lead. He never surrendered after that, even though Lorenzo was relentlessly pushing on his back wheel.
According to MotoGP.com, “That dominance is echoed in the general classification standings, too, as victory for Pedrosa saw him keep his place in second behind Marquez, as we see below:
Up Next: The British Grand Prix
Pedrosa’s victory showed that Marquez is indeed mortal, but with the British Grand Prix only days away, you can guarantee that he’ll be more determined than ever to take his first place podium crown back.
For the first time in the 2014 MotoGP™ season we saw a new face take the first place podium. In a way it was refreshing because now we know the upcoming grand prix at Silverstone will be the most heated race thus far. There is nothing like a victor being defeated, and there is nothing like that previous victor coming back harder than ever before.
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