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Win in Brno and 48-point margin give Márquez comfortable lead

Win in Brno and 48-point margin give Márquez comfortable lead

His second consecutive win and sixth all season last weekend in Brno have given Team CatalunyaCaixa Repsol’s Marc Márquez a large cushion at the top of the championship standings.

Márquez rode another skilful race, stalking Interwetten-Paddock’s Tom Lüthi until the latter stages of the Czech GP before making his move. Yet the Spaniard will be well aware that this was a hard fought victory, with the Swiss rider sticking to his rear wheel right until the chequered flag. With his closest championship rival, Pons 40 HP Tuenti’s Pol Espargaró coming third, Márquez has extended his lead at the top of the standings to 48-points, which is almost two race victories worth.

And whilst this does not guarantee the championship in this unpredictable class, it gives Márquez significant leeway in the remaining six races, whilst for his rivals nothing but a win will do.

Marc Márquez

"In Saturday’s practice I felt very comfortable; I knew that I was ready for the race and that I could be up at the front, and also that nobody could escape with us all running a similar pace. That was how it panned out, because there was less grip on the day but I still rode comfortably. That was how I was able to study Lüthi over the course of the race. The pace was slower than I had expected and I was able to make a plan for the final laps. When there were three to go I gave 100 per cent to get in front, then on the last lap I closed every door in order to win. It was a different tactic to normal, but this track is a difficult one for me and I wanted to keep something in reserve."

Moto2, 2012, COMMERCIALBANK GRAND PRIX OF QATAR, Marc Marquez, Team Catalunya Caixa Repsol

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