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MOTOGP NEWS 

Brno MotoGP: Dani Pedrosa wins as Marc Marquez's streak ends

Dani Pedrosa wins Brno MotoGP 2014

Marc Marquez's MotoGP winning streak ended at Brno as Dani Pedrosa took victory ahead of Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi.

Honda's Marquez immediately lost his pole advantage at the start, beaten away by the Ducatis of front row partners Andrea Iannone and Andrea Dovizioso.

The championship leader then fell right back to sixth during a busy first lap, losing ground when the determined Jorge Lorenzo attacked both works Hondas and moved his Yamaha up to third.

Eager to make an early break, Lorenzo overtook the two leading Ducatis in a single move on lap two and then quickly pulled a one-second lead over the pack.

But despite Lorenzo's early pace, Pedrosa would prove to be the man to beat.

Although he made slightly slower progress past the Ducatis, once into second he swiftly destroyed Lorenzo's lead and then overtook him on lap five of 22.

Lorenzo never let Pedrosa get more than 1.8s ahead, and closed his lead down to under a second on the final lap, but the Honda rider had the race under control and took his first win since the 2013 Malaysian Grand Prix in October last year.

Marquez had a spectacular battle with Iannone - in which they exchanged places four times in half a lap and hit each other twice in the process on his way back through to third, which is where his charge stalled.

Rossi came back at him, overtaking the Honda at half-distance and then pulling away, leaving Marquez to trail home a muted fourth.

It was the first time Marquez had ever finished a MotoGP race off the podium, with last year's crash at Mugello and disqualification at Phillip Island the only other times he has missed a rostrum spot.

Iannone and Dovizioso continued to battle frantically for top Ducati honours all race, with the Pramac man finally beating the works rider over the line to take fifth by 0.195s.

Stefan Bradl, the battling Aleix Espargaro and Bradley Smith, and Alvaro Bautista completed the top 10.

Pol Espargaro and Cal Crutchlow both crashed out.

Scott Redding defeated the third works Ducati of Michele Pirro in a fight for 11th, with fellow Briton Leon Camier getting a point for 15th, narrowly losing out in a long fight with home favourite Karel Abraham.

Results - 22 laps

Pos  Rider             Team/Bike               Time/Gap
 1.  Dani Pedrosa      Honda                 42m47.800s
 2.  Jorge Lorenzo     Yamaha                   +0.410s
 3.  Valentino Rossi   Yamaha                   +5.259s
 4.  Marc Marquez      Honda                   +10.454s
 5.  Andrea Iannone    Pramac Ducati           +17.639s
 6.  Andrea Dovizioso  Ducati                  +17.834s
 7.  Stefan Bradl      LCR Honda               +23.819s
 8.  Aleix Espargaro   Forward Yamaha          +29.621s
 9.  Bradley Smith     Tech 3 Yamaha           +30.364s
10.  Alvaro Bautista   Gresini Honda           +37.639s
11.  Scott Redding     Gresini Honda           +55.604s
12.  Michele Pirro     Ducati                  +56.727s
13.  Hiroshi Aoyama    Aspar Honda             +56.908s
14.  Karel Abraham     Cardion Honda         +1m04.135s
15.  Leon Camier       Aspar Honda           +1m04.902s
16.  Alex de Angelis   Forward Yamaha        +1m20.666s
17.  Hector Barbera    Avintia FTR-Kawasaki  +1m24.282s
18.  Mike di Meglio    Avintia FTR-Kawasaki  +1m27.436s
19.  Broc Parkes       PBM-Aprilia           +1m37.867s

Retirements:

     Danilo Petrucci   Ioda Aprilia             20 laps
     Cal Crutchlow     Ducati                    7 laps
     Pol Espargaro     Tech 3 Yamaha             6 laps
     Michael Laverty   PBM-Aprilia               6 laps
     Yonny Hernandez   Pramac Ducati             5 laps
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