“End of the road for Marc Marquez.”

Well… bugger. A lot of fans said that Marquez’s dominance was killing the sport. Ironically, the one race he wasn’t dominant in was arguably the most dull of 2014 so far. But nope, the streak ends at 10, and it was Dani Pedrosa who kept Honda’s incredible season rolling with a superb win, with the two factory Yamaha’s close behind. In other news, Tito Rabat was dominant in Moto2, while Moto3’s other veteran Alexis Masbou claimed his first win in an unbelievable Moto3 race. So, here’s all my thoughts on the Grand Prix of Brno.

26 for #26 – And the consequences…

Congratulations to Dani Pedrosa on his 26th win in the top class. It was a superb ride from start to finish, and a nice reminder that he too can ride a motorcycle pretty darn well when he wants too. He finished just ahead of Jorge Lorenzo who has decided to enter “F*** it” mode now that he knows the jig is up for the season, rolling the dice with a softer front compound tyre. He actually came back towards the end, but Pedrosa was in complete control. I guess you could call it poetic justice for Aragon 2013 huh?

Further back, Valentino Rossi scored his 7th podium in 11 races with another solid 3rd place, but to everyone’s surprise, the streak was retired at 10, as Marc Marquez struggled to 4th place, 10 seconds off his winning team mate, marking the first time Marquez has finished a race off the podium in 29 top class races. Bizarre to see him so tame and rather unspectacular over the course of the race. Is he playing the percentages again knowing he had an 89 point lead going in? Or was it his style of sliding the bike around on a track that doesn’t really flow the culprit here? Only he knows.