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Marquez and Pedrosa reflect on more glory

Marquez and Pedrosa reflect on more glory

The bwin Grand Prix České republiky brought a fourth win in a row for Marc Marquez, with Dani Pedrosa just behind him in second, to register Repsol Honda's fourth 1-2 finish of 2013.

A fifth victory of a spectacular rookie year for Marquez allowed him to extend his championship lead to 26 points with seven races remaining.

The 20 year-old also became the first rider since Valentino Rossi in 2008 to win four or more successive races in a premier class campaign and also the youngest rider to have won four consecutive MotoGP races. He has also equalled the most podiums scored by a rider in his rookie season, again matching Rossi, who finished on the podium ten times in 2000.

Marquez said afterwards, “Before we came here I didn't expected win, because Jorge (Lorenzo) and Valentino had both tested at Brno recently and Dani is always so fast here and won the race last year. It is a completely different track to those at which we have raced before, and these 25 points feel different to Indianapolis.”

“This was a very hard fought win and I enjoyed myself a lot. The battle with Jorge was really good and we are pleased with the victory.”

Pedrosa’s second place finish marked his 78th podium in the premier class, equalling four-time 500cc World Champion Eddie Lawson. Only three riders have more podium finishes in the premier class: Rossi (145), Mick Doohan (95) and Giacomo Agostini (88).

Reflecting on the Brno race, Pedrosa stated, “I am very happy with the result, because after all the problems with my injury and the doubts we've had at the last few races, we took a big step forward with my mental preparation today.”

He explained further, “Unfortunately, our strategy was not the best. I had problems overtaking throughout the race, because I couldn't brake late and was always the third rider in the trio at the front. I think that I made my final attack one lap too late. We will try again next time.”

MotoGP, 2013, bwin GRAND PRIX ČESKÉ REPUBLIKY, Dani Pedrosa, Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Team

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