MotoGP – 2020 Czech Republic GP – Race
WOW! that pefectly describes this race. The circuit of Brno witnessed a potencially all time classic, close battles, stewards controversy and unexpected results marked the 2020 Czech Republic GP as the best race of the season so far, even comparing them against the double header at Jerez.
Ligths were off and emotions ignite, as the Petronas Yamaha took the head of the pack with Franco Morbidelli ahead of his teammate Fabio Quartararo, who was highly pressured by Aleix Espargaro. Pol Espargaro, Brad Binder and poleman Johann Zarco completed the top 5. Morbidelli started to open a gap, as his pursuers were on constant battle on the first laps of the race.
With Morbidelli leading, the top 10 started to divide on small groups, Binder was on a battle with Quartararo, Pol Espargaro close to Johann Zarco and Rossi, Viñales and Rins behind of them. First racing incident was on track as Iker Leucona went to the ground and took Joan Mir with him.
A riders were closing to the half of the race, Binder was starting to fly on track, as he made a move on Quartararo and started a hunt for Morbidelli, while the championship leader was chased by Aleix and Zarco. The KTM rider made a move on the Petronas Yamaha, but went wide and needed to defend from the attack of Zarco, but he wents a bit wide finds itself with Zarco and went to the ground. The drama instensified, as Zarco was penalized due to that incident, which from a point of view, was wrongly punished. now the french rider had to serve a “joker” turn, as Quartararo was getting closer with the previously mentioned “Rossi group”. The Avintia Ducati went through the long corner on a beautiful way and manage to keep the position.
Binder eventually catch up with Morbidelli and make a lead change with 7 laps to go, riding the bike like he was a experienced veteran on track. last laps were focused on how much does Quartararo was going to lose with his tyre problems and if Zarco was able to hold Rins, who was on a strong last push to the end of the race. As the spaniard was able to close the gap with the french rider, but couldn´t made a final move; At the end, Zarco kept a well deserved podium, Morbidelli finished with a strong result and Brad Binder made history as a first South African Moto GP winner and first KTM winner.
1. Brad Binder // 2. Franco Morbidelli //3. Johann Zarco
4. Alex Rins // 5. Valentino Rossi // 6. Miguel Oliveira
7. Fabio Quartararo // 8. Takaaki Nakagami // 9. Jack Miller
10. Aleix Espargaro // 11. Andrea Dovizioso // 12. Danilo Petrucci
13. Cal Crutchlow // 14. Maverick Viñales // 15. Alex Marquez
16. Tito Rabat // 17. Bradley Smith // 18. Stefan Bradl
DNF: Pol Espargaro, Joan Mir, Iker Leucona
Spectacular race that saw a historic result, controversy and a redemption story; Increasing the interest for the remaining races of this unpredictable calendar. Next week, Austria, with a double header at the Red Bull Ring.