2019 MotoGP – Round 10 – Brno

Monster Energy Grand Prix České republiky

Marc Marquez – P1

“I was really concentrated from the beginning as there were still some wet patches, especially at Turn 1. I knew I needed to keep my rhythm as the Yamaha riders were starting from behind and they were strong in Warm Up. Then I saw that Dovi was behind me so I had to keep pushing and pushing. I had a little warning on lap 10 because that is when I started to push more to try and open the gap. Delaying the race was the best decision that could have been made because the track was in a mixed condition and it could have been quite dangerous. A crazy weekend with the weather but the whole Repsol Honda Team were perfect and helped me a lot to achieve victory!”

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Marc Marquez – 2019 MotoGP Round 10, Brno
Andrea Dovizioso – P2

“I’m happy with my second place today and the fact that we were fast all through the weekend, even though unfortunately it wasn’t enough to win the race. I opted for a different rear tyre to Marquez and at the start I pushed hard to stay close to him, but when he began to brake harder I didn’t have any margin to push harder at the front. Pity, but we weren’t that far away from him, so we have to continue to believe in ourselves: I’m still positive because tomorrow there will be an important test day here at Brno, with a lot of new material to try out.”

MotoGP Rnd Brno Dovizioso
Andrea Dovizioso – 2019 MotoGP Round 10, Brno
Jack Miller – P3

I am very satisfied with this result and I thank the team because this weekend we have done an extraordinary job. When Rins overtook me I stayed calm and this allowed me to manage the tyre and then attack him in the final. The delayed start? Turn 1 would have been very dangerous. It was the right decision and it’s nice to see how much Dorna cares about our safety.

MotoGP Rnd Brno Jack Miller
Jack Miller – 2019 MotoGP Round 10, Brno
Alex Rins – P4

“I was really close to the podium, and it’s a bit of a shame because I was fighting hard all race and trying to close Dovizioso in front of me. But in the last five laps I felt that the grip had dropped, however, but I’m still pleased to get fourth place. Tomorrow we’re testing and we’ll try many things, this should allow me to go to Austria next week feeling fresh and ready to fight again in the top group.”

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Alex Rins – 2019 MotoGP Round 10, Brno
Cal Crutchlow – P5

“At the end of the first lap, or the first two or three anyway, I was already 3.8 seconds down or something like that, so I lost a lot of time in the first few laps as I was not able to get through. 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. I made a good start and had a good race, but I just wore that rear tyre out coming across the gap to the front guys. I was four seconds down and got it back to two at one point, but that put a lot of stress on the rear tyre on a day when the track condition was really, really bad. 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.”

MotoGP Rnd Brno Crutchlow
Cal Crutchlow – 2019 MotoGP Round 10, Brno
Valentino Rossi – P6

“Starting the race at 2PM would have been very dangerous, especially with the first sector being full wet, because everybody would have used the slicks and then arrive at the first corner all together. For me that is one of the most dangerous things you can do. So, I asked if it’s possible to delay, and I think that was the right choice because in the end we had a real race that was completely dry. For sure, we’re not happy about a sixth place, but I was able to ride my bike in a better way and in the end it wasn’t too bad. The guys that arrived in front were faster than I was, but it was better than the last races, so this is quite positive. We have some things we want to try tomorrow. We have a new engine specification and also some other things, so as always it will be an important test and we will see.”

MotoGP Rnd Brno Valentino Rossi
Valentino Rossi – 2019 MotoGP Round 10, Brno
Fabio Quartararo – P7

“Saturday was a tough day so Sunday’s goal was to be top rookie and to try and be in the top eight, and we achieved both goals. It’s the first race where I feel like I really had to work to save the tyres, and I learned a lot from doing that. The conditions were strange and I was a little bit stressed in the beginning because I don’t have much experience, but we’re happy with our result. I overtook a few riders in the race and I learned a lot from doing that, about how to save the tyres so I can be more aggressive when I need to. I tried to push at the end to catch Rossi to try and fight with him for the first time and it’s a shame I wasn’t quite able to close down the gap to him.”

MotoGP Rnd Brno Fabio Quartararo
Fabio Quartararo – 2019 MotoGP Round 10, Brno
Danilo Petrucci – P8

“For sure this was the most difficult race of the year for me. I missed out on being able to lap in the dry yesterday, because already on Friday I was struggling a bit at this circuit. The race was tough because right from the start I didn’t have much grip and the leaders went away immediately, and then it was also difficult to fight with the others because in the final stages I had finished the tyres. Pity, because Rins made up a few points on me in the standings even though I’m still in third, but luckily tomorrow we’ll have an entire day of testing to understand what to improve.”

MotoGP Rnd Brno Petrucci
Danilo Petrucci – 2019 MotoGP Round 10, Brno
Takaaki Nakagami – 9th

“It was really hard to concentrate because I think everyone was ready to go and then we had a 40-minute delay. I tried to stay focused, then I made a good start and at the beginning I was behind Cal and tried to follow him. It was a tough race, it was hard to keep the lap times and maintain your position. I was always P10 but at the end I had a chance to pass Pol (Espargaro), so it’s not a fantastic result but I’m happy to finish another race in the top 10. It’s very important for us and I must continue to try and keep improving my riding. We have a test tomorrow and we have some ideas to try, so let’s keep working hard for the next race.”

MotoGP Rnd Brno Nakagami
Takaaki Nakagami – 2019 MotoGP Round 10, Brno
Maverick Viñales – P10

“I started on the damp part of the track and for sure that was a small disadvantage, but Álex started in front of me, on the same side of the grid, and he was OK. I think we lost a lot of grip compared to the morning, which is something we often struggle with, with our bike, so it’s something we have to improve. Tomorrow, during the test, I don’t want to start thinking about 2020 already, it’s too far ahead. I want to be in front in Austria, so this will be an important test to improve the bike for next weekend.”

MotoGP Rnd Brno Maverick Vinales
Maverick Vinales – 2019 MotoGP Round 10, Brno
Pol Espargaro – P11

“Qualifying went very well, and today we could keep the rhythm near the front for the first four-five laps after making a good start in very tricky conditions. Then we had some wheel-spin as the tyre dropped, mostly on the straights, and it meant we lost some positions. I tried to go with Valentino [Rossi], [Danilo] Petrucci and [Cal] Crutchlow but it was complicated. I was losing a lot each lap. So, some positives and negatives today and we’re looking forward to tomorrow to see if we can make some improvements. We have a big target for next weekend.”

MotoGP Rnd Brno Pol Espargaro
Pol Espargaro – 2019 MotoGP Round 10, Brno
Pecco Bagnaia – P12

“It’s been a very difficult weekend. We didn’t have much time to work because of the rain on Saturday. We found the right direction in wet conditions and we were able to replicate that set up in the dry. From the warm-up the feeling was positive. It was important to finish this race. I can’t wait to be in Austria on a track where the Ducati have always been very fast.”

MotoGP Rnd Brno Pecco Bagnaia
Pecco Bagnaia – 2019 MotoGP Round 10, Brno
Miguel Oliveira – P13

“It was a nice race: difficult for everyone, especially to manage the grip of the rear tyre. The pace was the best I could do. We did a great job after having only one day of practice in the dry, the team gave me a nice bike to ride, so I’m really happy for that. The gap to the first is not so big, it’s the second-best gap that we had all season. We are definitely on a line of improvement and we just need to keep working like this.”

MotoGP Rnd Brno Miguel Oliveira
Miguel Oliveira – 2019 MotoGP Round 10, Brno
Johann Zarco – P14

“Not the plan we had. The start was a disaster. I think I had some spin because I was on the right side of the track where there were some wet patches. It was the right decision to wait forty minutes and start the race with the slick. I messed-up the start but it was good to fight and I did my best to be as constant as possible. In the end it was good to be in the points and to beat the guy I was racing with at the end. I want to say I am happy but it is because I did not finish the last two races and that is the most disappointing thing. Compared to yesterday 14th is not so satisfying but it’s where I am at the moment.”

MotoGP Rnd Brno Johann Zarco
Johann Zarco – 2019 MotoGP Round 10, Brno
Stefan Bradl – P15

“I’m not happy with the final result because I think we had a lot more potential. Since Friday we have been improving but the conditions of Saturday and lack of time hurt us in the race today and I struggled with rear grip and turning during the race. It has been a very busy weekend and we were able to work a lot for Honda. To score was good but I am hoping for more in Austria. I’m excited to be asked to join the Repsol Honda Team once again next week and I am already thinking about the race.”

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Stefan Bradl – 2019 MotoGP Round 10, Brno
Tito Rabat – P16

“It has been a difficult weekend, it is a shame because it is a circuit that we are good at. The bad conditions did not helped me but we have been able to fight until the end. I’ve finished close to the points’ positions, which is positive. I am happy with the team and the situation, tomorrow we stay to do a test to continue improving.”

MotoGP Rnd Brno Tito Rabat
Tito Rabat – 2019 MotoGP Round 10, Brno
Andrea Iannone – P17

“Unfortunately, we struggled throughout the weekend. In the race, I tried to manage the tyre in the first part so that I could try to recover in the finale, but it wasn’t enough. Tomorrow we have an important day of tests. We need to react and focus on being more reactive. Despite the difficulties, we will not give up. We want to grow this project and races like this must be further motivation for everyone, for the team and for those working at home.”

MotoGP Rnd Brno Andrea Iannone
Andrea Iannone – 2019 MotoGP Round 10, Brno
Aleix Espargaro – P18

“Today, after an outstanding start, I found myself just behind the top ten and, to be honest, I thought I would be able to do another race like the Sachsenring because the bike did not seem bad at all. But after a few laps, I started to have abnormal spin at the rear tyre, even in the higher gears. It’s a pity, because besides this problem, the feeling was good. Tomorrow I’ll have a new frame and a new swingarm available, in addition to a few ideas that we want to try with the electronics. I’ll be the first one out on the track, and we will try to take a step forward.”

MotoGP Rnd Brno Aleix Espargaro
Aleix Espargaro – 2019 MotoGP Round 10, Brno
Karel Abraham – P19

“I am not happy because it was the race in which I had to be, at least, riding with my teammate. During the first part of the race he was a little faster and we were not far between us, but something happened, I felt something was different on the bike and I slowed down. I tried to adapt, but I think the problem was bigger and now we have to try to find out what it is. Then I had problems with the rear wheel, it was sliding too much and I had no traction.”

MotoGP Rnd Brno Abraham
Karel Abraham – 2019 MotoGP Round 10, Brno
Sylvain Guintoli: P20

“I didn’t feel very good during the race and I struggled, but overall the weekend has been good for me. During FP1 and FP3 I was able to show some good pace, and that was pretty exciting for me. I had hoped to perform much better in the race, but it wasn’t possible. I’m ready to work hard with the team in the next days and discover some useful things during the test.”

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Sylvain Guintoli – 2019 MotoGP Round 10, Brno
Joan Mir – DNF

“I was on the outside of Morbidelli coming off the start and when he went down there was nothing I could do to avoid him. This type of incident is always an extra risk when you start towards the back of the grid, and it was a shame that my race ended there. I had a good feeling with my bike during the warm-up in the dry and I was disappointed not to discover how I could convert that pace in the race. But anyway, these things happen, let’s think about Austria next week!”

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Joan Mir – 2019 MotoGP Round 10, Brno
Hafizh Syahrin – DNF

“I’m very disappointed. It was a really good race. I felt confident and I was one of the only three riders to choose the hard tyre in front but for some reason we suddenly lost the front. Plus, the start was strange. I tried to put in the launch control, but it was not working and also the dashboard was a bit confused, so I needed to start without launch control, which was very difficult for me. But on the first lap I was really strong and on the second one, I caught back up with the group. I arrived in 15th and knew I would be able to pass Aleix [Espargaro], but first I tried to stay with Maverick [Viñales] and to pull away a little bit and then the crash happened. That’s racing, I feel sorry for everyone.”

MotoGP Rnd Brno Hafizh Syahrin
Hafizh Syahrin – 2019 MotoGP Round 10, Brno
Franco Morbidelli – DNF

“It’s a pity because it looked like I was going to be able to have a good race because I had a good feeling in warm-up and in the first few laps. It certainly felt like Zarco made an inelegant move on me, but that’s racing and we’ll try to come back strongly again next weekend. It’s good that we’ve got testing tomorrow both to improve the bike a little more and to unload some of the pressure that a day like today creates. It’s even better to jump straight into another race weekend too.”

MotoGP Rnd Brno Franco Morbidelli
Franco Morbidelli – 2019 MotoGP Round 10, Brno

Team Managers

Massimo Meregalli – Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Team Director

“The sudden rain before the start gave us a hard time, because these are the conditions in which we usually suffer the most. We received different feedback after the race from the riders: Vale felt better in the afternoon compared to this morning, whilst for Maverick it was the complete opposite. Valentino had a decent start. He lost a bit of time in the opening laps behind Pol Espargaró but pushed to the max to get the best result possible, which today was sixth place. Maverick had a small disadvantage at the start in that he was on the wetter side of the grid. After a difficult start he had to climb up the rankings from 15th place, while overtaking with our current bike is hard. Knowing the level of performance he had in nearly all the practices, it’s a shame we lost a good opportunity. We hope that the weather will be stable and dry tomorrow, because it will be an important test.”

MotoGP Rnd Brno Valentino Rossi
Valentino Rossi – 2019 MotoGP Round 10, Brno
Wilco Zeelenberg – PETRONAS Yamaha Sepang Racing Team Manager

“It was mixed fortunes because Fabio did good but Franco basically got smashed off the track. We had a lot of good sessions throughout the weekend and learned a lot from riding in the wet and in mixed conditions; that will be important for other races later in the year. It was a difficult situation on Sunday but the team managed well, staying calm and keeping the riders well-informed. We knew the guys would have to manage the riders. It’s a pity to have a DNF in the first lap when all you’re doing is fighting and that’s really disappointing as a team after preparing the race well. Fabio’s target was clear and he managed the tyres very well to overtake three or four riders. He can be proud of what he achieved this weekend.”

MotoGP Rnd Brno Fabio Quartararo
Fabio Quartararo – 2019 MotoGP Round 10, Brno
Mike Leitner – Red Bull KTM Team Manager

“In general the weekend for KTM was not so bad but for sure our target was the top ten. Pol nearly did it but lost the rear tyre quite dramatically after mid-race distance and could not keep his position. He did a great job and we need to work harder so our tyre life stays longer. Johann rode well to get a good position on the grid but the bad luck with the weather meant it was very wet on that side and it affected him to focus and make a good start. He scored two points and all of us are not so happy with that but it’s where we are right now. Miguel had a decent race and we had three bikes in the points. Tomorrow we’ll test and try some items to improve lap-times and stability for the race. Next week is our home GP and we are focussed on our target there and to finish in a good position.”

MotoGP Rnd Brno Pol EspargaroBrno MotoGP Results/Championship Standings

1Marc MarquezHonda39’24.430
2Andrea DoviziosoDucati+2.452
3Jack MillerDucati+3.497
4Alex RinsSuzuki+4.858
5Cal CrutchlowHonda+6.007
6Valentino RossiYamaha+9.083
7Fabio QuartararoYamaha+12.092
8Danilo PetrucciDucati+13.976
9Takaaki NakagamiHonda+15.724
10Maverick ViñalesYamaha+16.558
11Pol EspargaroKTM+18.234
12Francesco BagnaiaDucati+19.738
13Miguel OliveiraKTM+22.539
14Johann ZarcoKTM+30.459
15Stefan BradlHonda+30.500
16Tito RabatDucati+30.755
17Andrea IannoneAprilia+37.170
18Aleix EspargaroAprilia+37.343
19Karel AbrahamDucati+44.296
20Sylvain GuintoliSuzuki+48.938
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DNFHafizh SyahrinKTM14 Laps
DNFFranco MorbidelliYamaha0 Lap
DNFJoan MirSuzuki0 Lap

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1Marc MarquezHonda210
2Andrea DoviziosoDucati147
3Danilo PetrucciDucati129
4Alex RinsSuzuki114
5Maverick ViñalesYamaha91
6Valentino RossiYamaha90
7Jack MillerDucati86
8Cal CrutchlowHonda78
9Fabio QuartararoYamaha76
10Pol EspargaroKTM61
11Takaaki NakagamiHonda57
12Franco MorbidelliYamaha52
13Joan MirSuzuki39
14Aleix EspargaroAprilia31
15Andrea IannoneAprilia21
16Jorge LorenzoHonda19
17Johann ZarcoKTM18
18Miguel OliveiraKTM18
19Francesco BagnaiaDucati15
20Tito RabatDucati14
21Stefan BradlHonda13
22Michele PirroDucati9
23Sylvain GuintoliSuzuki3
24Karel AbrahamDucati3
25Hafizh SyahrinKTM3
26Bradley SmithAprilia0
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