2016 Brno MotoGP Race Result: You Didn’t See This One Coming

With the promised rain stopping before the start of the MotoGP race but leaving plenty of water behind, it looked to be another episode of the Flag-to-Flag Show, the famous nerve-wracking soap opera tending to throw massive surprises. Well no pitstops were needed in the end but the massive shocks were still on the menu, Cal Crutchlow sailing into a decisive victory and giving Great Britain their first MotoGP win in thirty-five years. It was also the sixth different winner in consecutive races in the top class.

Seven seconds down on the LCR rider finished Valentino Rossi, both gambling on harder option rear tyres, dropping back massively at the beginning of the race and fighting it off outside the top ten only to get up to speed as the race hotted up, making their way through the field, Crutchlow a few steps ahead of the Italian.

Having held onto the lead for a while after the start, poleman Marc Marquez dropped behind a trio of Ducatis, spending most of the race outside of podium contention but eventually becoming the last “survivor” on soft rear tyres and grabbing a comfortable third place. The championship leader played it safe (by his standards) to grab sure points in the title battle.

What happened to the red trio? Well, Andrea Dovizioso, teammate Andrea Iannone plus Scott Redding mugged Marquez off the lead early and juggled positions at the front. The world championship leader ended up facing the Suzukis and an impressive Hector Barbera as the fastest man in the Spanish mini-group that he eventually led.

With thirteen laps to go, Dovizioso lost yet another podium and even more luck as apparent tyre issues forced him to pit then retire. Iannone, Redding and Barbera were left to fight it off for the podium but the joy didn’t last long, Crutchlow catching up at an incredible rate, second with nine laps to go. Iannone and Redding suffered severe tyre degradation in the final laps, last week’s victor dropping to eighth, with Redding finishing fifteenth.

In the final three laps, Crutchlow and Rossi were away at the front but the battle for the last podium spot was hotting up. Marquez picked up Iannone and Barbera before Loris Baz came out of almost literally nowhere to do the same and land in fourth across the line. Avintia teammate Barbera finished behind him, in a great weekend for the team, with another fantastic performance from Eugene Laverty seeing him take sixth.

A Ducati duo grabbed seventh and eighth, with Danilo Petrucci leading Iannone over the line, followed by a disappointing ninth for Maverick Vinales and an encouraging tenth for Tito Rabat, the Marc VDS rider two places ahead of Dani Pedrosa.

Did I not mention the world champion yet? That’s because the less said about Jorge Lorenzo’s race, the better. The Spaniard dropped back at the start, the same as Rossi, and started to pick his way up in the second half of the race, showing good speed to advance through the field. With seven laps to go, he took the curious decision to pit and change bikes, despite protestations from his team, apparently due to tyre troubles. He quickly returned to get back on his first bike, rejoining the track last and getting lapped by the leaders.

That leaves Marquez with a bit more breathing space in the world championship once again, 53 points ahead of Rossi, the Italian sneaking ahead of his teammate by 6 points.


Pos. Num. Rider Bike Gap
1 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 47'44.290
2 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha +7.298
3 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda +9.587
4 76 Loris BAZ Ducati +12.558
5 8 Hector BARBERA Ducati +13.093
6 50 Eugene LAVERTY Ducati +13.812
7 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati +23.414
8 29 Andrea IANNONE Ducati +24.562
9 25 Maverick VIÑALES Suzuki +24.581
10 53 Tito RABAT Honda +37.131
11 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ Ducati +39.911
12 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda +41.097
13 44 Pol ESPARGARO Yamaha +43.202
14 6 Stefan BRADL Aprilia +45.687
15 45 Scott REDDING Ducati +1'02.201
16 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Aprilia +1'18.841
17 99 Jorge LORENZO Yamaha 1 Lap
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  4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 7 Laps
  38 Bradley SMITH Yamaha 8 Laps
  41 Aleix ESPARGARO Suzuki 9 Laps


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Fantastic race!

I want to extend a hearty congratulations to Cal Crutchlow for this achievement, and to Lucio Cecchinello as well. I've always believed that every team and rider who is in the premier class deserve to win at least once for the sake of their hard work alone, and today they just did. Hopefully the start of a more consistent performance from Crutchlow, and a better sponsorship for LCR team.

Was this Jorge's rookie year?
Because the ammount of mistakes and the sheer nature of them seems like it is.

Okay, I get the tyre gamble, I think his reasoning was along the lines of: I'm way down on points, it's all or nothing.

But what I don't get, at all, is racing with people who have lapped you, and that awkward pit exit.
He was going to get points given to him by crashers, one way or another, there was no one in sight ( I think) to race for points. All it did was create a confusing situation which could have ended poorly with someone on the floor because of his involment in fights that weren't his to fight.

And did anyone catch Valentino's shake of the head when he saw Jorge exiting the pits?
If his Qatar pit exit annoyed Valentino, then this should have infuriated him.

Jorge is a racer who insists on clean cut racing and respectable mannerisms on track, but when his feathers are ruffled he makes all kind of stupid errors in judgement.

I know it's easy to criticize from a chair, but unfortunately that's all I can do.

As for Iannone, how the hell he stayed on that, I have no idea.
He might make rash decisions every now and again, but he also seems to not be affected by much. It was a great ride from him.

I hoped for Baz to snatch the podium, partially because well, we all like new faces, and partially because I knew it would make Tom Sykes put his sour face on at home.

We've had 3 new winners this season, 2 of them satelites.
And remember when we thought that this season was going to be a boring domination of Jorge Lorenzo? 

Well, we've been duped! (And hopefully it stays that way)

Glad for Cal. He does go on and on sometimes and whinges more often than not, but still seems like a nicle lad and is a fairly interesting character. I still remember, Assen 2013 I think, when he narrowly missed on a win.

This season has been the first time since Assen, 2011 (Ben Spies) that another rider apart from the Aliens has one, and I think first since 2006 that a satelite team has won. I'm not counting Marquez's COTA 2013 win here, because Marquez went on to be one of the aliens in just a few races.

As for the championship, I'm afraid Marquez is slowly, but surely, clamping it down.
The second part of the calendar is much better for him, and there are a couple of tracks where the Honda hides it's true face, so it's even mroe likely that he'll be extending the lead.

We all wish for an exciting championship, and I'd like to see Vale win it, but I don't mind Marc winning it.

Since the Sepang shennanigans a lot of people forgot that Marc is a decent man from a working family, who always brings a smile with him.

Plus he's been faithful to an underperforming manufacturer because they nurtured his talent from his early days, and for a man of such talent it's so easy to jump ship.

So: he's young, he smiles all the time, keeps the same circle of people around him, likes close racing and a bit of mischief. Does that remind you of someone?

I've always thought of Marc and Valentino as basically the same person, just at different ages.

Miller, just recently.  That said, all hail spec electronics!

Yes, you are right,  but I meant before this season in geneal.

Assen was strange this year, with the restart and and all the crashes...

Anyways, it seems tha Jorge had the same problem as Iannone, but much earlier in the race.
Definitely why he chose to enter the pits, and why he seemed so lost and frustrated, but still doesn't accound for the strange second pit exit. 

Just when you least expect it Cal pulled off an incredible race and gave us our first British premier class victory since Sheene in 1981.  Thank you Cal, Sam and John McPhee for doing Britain proud today. I just hope your achievements don't go overlooked at home by the mainstream press who are too busy focussing on the medals from Rio. 

I think it's JLo's frontal cortex that delaminates when it rains. 

Edit: looks like I was wrong, Lorenzo's team didn't notice that the front tire was missing chunks when he pitted and insisted he go out on the 2nd bike with slicks. 

It looks like he was another one to suffer from the front tyre losing all the central tread.

The English commentary team did their normal jumping to conclusions with him - then they are dedicated Rossi fans.

Michelein has a lot of questions to answer here, the Bridgestone wets managed to have better grip and life. A number of contenders here were poorly served by their rubber.

You could go with titles like "Martin Luther, the Reformation of the Catholic Church, and their Effect on Art in Northern Europe" Keep 'em guessing.
I know rain is the great equalizer but for Lorenzo, it would seem to have become the great paralyzer.
Was his front tire really delaminated and, if not, did he think he'd pull off a Marquez on slicks in 7 laps? Should make for an interesting debrief in the garage.

35 years since an englishman won!  Doesn't seem like that long ago!  I must be getting old.  Oh yeah, I am old.  I forgot.


Seems every year the pundits both professional and amatuer tell how us boring the racing is going to be next year.  Yet I keep coming back and I'm pleasantly surprized by the competitiveness and the skill of the best motorcycle racers in the world.  Everyone of these guys is an alien.  My racing days are long over and I never rode anywhere close to as well as these guys.  I can't even ride anymore due to age related back and leg problems but I'll continue to watch these guys til my dying day.


PS: those slow motion shots clearly showed how worn out and delaminated the tires got.  Kudos to the Ducati guys and anyone else who finished the race on tires that came apart.

Just trying to work out Lorenzo's pit stop, given we did not see him at the time.

The Motogp website shows Lorenzo:
Lap 9 - 2:09.5
Lap 10 - 2:10.1
Lap 11 - 2:09.9
Lap 12 - 2:09.5
Lap 13 - 2:09.6
Lap 14 a 2:08.8 (now he is only 1.4s behind Baz).

On lap 15 he suddenly drops to a 2:15.1 and is now 7s behind Baz. 
On lap 16 he pits and the race is effectively over.

Did he break a heart string (as has been assumed) or did he have a tyre delamination such as others suffered or some other problem?

My pre-season prediction of 6 winners has now been realised, maybe there will be more........  Congratulations to Crutchlow, who falls off too often in the dry yet managed to stay on in the wet.  Bravo!

Dunno what is going on with Jorge.....time to hire out a skid pan and some of those outriggers that they use in tyre lean-angle tests to stop him actually hurting himself, and working at getting his wet weather confidence back.  It's only a couple of years ago (at most) that he led a GP for a considerable time in the wet, before falling off.  Are the Michelins so hard for him to work with?  This is starting to look like a psychological issue of Melandri-like proportions.

Patience had a lot to do with this race result.

The guys that went with the hard options had to have the patience (and the skill) to limit their ambitions in the early laps and accept running around way back until their tyres came into their own.

Once he realised that there would probably not be a bike swap Marquez had the patience to sit back near the Suzukis protecting his soft wets so that they would survive to the end. Given he went with the wrong tyre option this race showed how mature Marquez has become. He was easily the best of those on the soft tyres and manufactured good points by good strategy and tyre preservation.

Lorenzo wanted quick improvement, showed no patience and paid the price.

The championship leader played it safe (by his standards)

Good one. Yep, this guy his amazing. I'm happy to see Cal winning a race, eventually.

Did you notice too ? The press conference seemed very peaceful, even friendly. Cal's effect ?

(I'm never sure about the 's, still learning.)

So it appears Lorenzo did actually have a disintegrating front tyre (tire), hence the bike swap. Just one of those things when it comes down to it.

I'm not sure that Michelin actually has any questions to answer regarding the tyres (tires) falling to pieces... they are not made to go that fast on a dry line, and the destruction was inevitable. It's a catch-22 - a dry line early in a flag-to-flag race, and in they go for bike #2. A dry line towards the end of the race? Ain't nobody got time fo' dat. It's a race to the bitter end.

Kind of dangerous when you stop and think about it.

Congrats to Cal. I doubted him back in the Ducati days but it looks like he is on an upward trajectory. In any case he is one of a very, very small group among the current riders that I'd be happy to share a pint with. (Oh for the good old days...)

The main problem, of course, is that this result will make Nick Harris's commentary even more infuriating. How is he going to fit in extra gushing about Cal to the normal gushing about the fabulous ride by the talented Brit in 27th position & how wonderful Rossi is? Probably by not mentioning anyone else.