Mar­quez ex­tends his lead

The Star Early Edition - - SPORT -

HONDA’S reign­ing Mo­toGP world cham­pion Marc Mar­quez won his sec­ond con­sec­u­tive race and third of the sea­son at the Czech Grand Prix yes­ter­day to ex­tend his lead in the championship as team­mate Dani Pe­drosa fin­ished sec­ond.

With light rain at the Brno cir­cuit, rid­ers started with wet tyres but as the track dried down, Mar­quez was one of the first to change to slicks and it paid off with the Spa­niard gain­ing a sig­nif­i­cant lead over his ri­vals.

“This championship will be long and hard but these 25 points will be im­por­tant,” said Mar­quez, who moved 14 points clear at the top.

Yamaha’s Mav­er­ick Vi­nales com­pleted the podium while Valentino Rossi fin­ished fourth.

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