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Recap 2010: Cardion ab Grand Prix Czech Republic

Recap 2010: Cardion ab Grand Prix Czech Republic’s comprehensive summary of the tenth round of the season at the Brno Circuit offers you the chance to re-live the best of the action, with easy one-click access to video highlights.

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

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

The Frenchman was then out 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.

The 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.

That evening two announcements were 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 the Aragón round in September. The second announcement was the confirmation that Moto2 rider Karel Abraham would be lining up on the MotoGP grid in 2011 as part of a new satellite Ducati team.

Race day started off wet for the 125 class as 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.

The Paddock Girls provided their own entertainment too, parading Pit Lane throughout the weekend.

MotoGP, 2010

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