Jorge Lorenzo moved into the lead of the MotoGP riders’ championship for the first time in 2015 on Sunday by going lights-to-flag to win the Czech Grand Prix at Brno.
Starting from pole position, Lorenzo led every single lap en route to his fifth win of the 2015 season, leading home defending champion Marc Marquez.
Marquez managed to hold on to second place at the start, and although he was able to tail Lorenzo closely in the early stages of the race, the Spaniard gradually fell back as the laps ticked down.
The two Spanish riders were joined on the podium by Valentino Rossi, who lost the outright lead of the championship for the first time this season thanks to teammate Lorenzo’s victory.
The Italian rider made a poor start from third to drop down to fifth behind Bradley Smith and Andrea Dovizioso, but quickly managed to reclaim the positions and complete the podium. Andrea Iannone ultimately finished fourth for Ducati.
Despite suffering an ankle injury in practice and only qualifying ninth on Saturday, Honda’s Dani Pedrosa managed to rally in the race and fight his way up to fifth place by the end of the race, passing Dovizioso on the final lap.
Bradley Smith finished seventh ahead of Tech 3 teammate Pol Espargaro, whilst Aleix Espargaro and Danilo Petrucci rounded out the top ten.
Lorenzo and Rossi are now tied at the top of the riders’ championship on 211 points, with Marquez lying a further 52 points back on 159.
The championship now takes a two-week break before the British Grand Prix at Silverstone.