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Review the Cardion ab Grand Prix Czech Republic!

Review the Cardion ab Grand Prix Czech Republic!

Here is your chance to re-live the best of the action and the key moments of the GP weekend at Brno as motogp.com reviews the tenth round of the 2010 World Championship, with the best of the video action just a click away.

With the summer break completed and riders and teams refreshed the 2010 season resumed at Brno over the weekend, and it was another action – and news – packed weekend. Kicking proceedings off on the Wednesday preceding the weekend was the official pre-event in Vienna, with riders including premier class trio Ben Spies, Mika Kallio and Alex de Angelis parading their bikes to enthusiastic fans.

Thursday heralded the traditional pre-race press conference and Randy de Puniet was present alongside Jorge Lorenzo, Andrea Dovizioso, Casey Stoner and Valentino Rossi as he prepared to make his comeback just four weeks after breaking his leg in Germany.

The following day the Frenchman was on track with the rest of the MotoGP riders for the first practice session, which was topped by Championship leader Lorenzo, whose OnBoard camera caught his best moments.

Saturday was a slightly different story however as Dani Pedrosa led the way in FP2. The Spaniard then took pole in the afternoon qualifying run, an eventful session in which both Lorenzo and Rossi escaped late crashes uninjured. Nicky Hayden was less fortunate however, chipping a bone in the radius in his left arm when he went down with 15 minutes remaining.

Saturday evening saw two announcements made regarding the future of MotoGP. The first was an official statement from the GP Commission which Dorna chairman Carmelo Ezpeleta explained, outlining the rules for Claiming Rule Teams and a new Moto3 class both to be introduced in 2012, and also a third free practice session to be trialled at this season’s Aragón round in September. The second announcement was the confirmation that Moto2 rider Karel Abraham will be lining up on the MotoGP grid next season as part of a new satellite Ducati team.

Sunday morning started off wet for the 125 race which Nico Terol won on his return from injury, cutting the lead to Championship leader Marc Márquez – who suffered a dislocated shoulder in practice and finished the race seventh – to 23 points. The weather improved for the Moto2 contest, in which Toni Elías took his fourth win of the season, thus increasing his lead at the top and delivering the Gresini team a landmark 100th podium in World Championship GP racing.

The MotoGP race produced a seventh win of the season for Lorenzo, who extended his Championship lead over Pedrosa – second – to 77 points, with Stoner completing the podium, and all three were present in the post-race press conference.

The weekend was far from over however as shortly after the race official confirmation came from Yamaha and Ducati that Rossi was to end his seven-year association with the Japanese factory at the end of the season, and make the switch to the Italian marque for 2011.

As always the Paddock Girls were parading Pit Lane throughout the weekend. Re-live all the action and news by clicking on the links for quick and easy access to video clips.

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MotoGP, 2010, CARDION AB GRAND PRIX ČESKÉ REPUBLIKY

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