Andrea Iannone led the opening lap of Sunday's Brno MotoGP, banged fairings while battling world champion Marc Marquez in the middle stages and concluded with a last lap pass on factory Ducati rider and 2015 team-mate Andrea Dovizioso.

All of which meant that the Pramac rider, who had qualified on the front row of the grid, equalled his best MotoGP result of fifth place.

"I'm really happy with today's result," said the young Italian. "I managed to do a lap in the lead! I knew that Jorge, Dani, Vale and Marc were faster than me, but I pushed thinking about my race.

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"I enjoyed the first part of the race, I tried to follow Dani when he overtook me. In the warm-up session I was able to keep up with him, but in the race he was three tenths of a second faster than me and I decided not to push so much because it didn't make much sense.

"In the second part Dovi and I passed each other several times, he was able to brake harder than me. I had fun and I'm happy for me, my team and Ducati. I am beginning to see a bit of light for the future!"

Iannone and Doviziozo finished 17-seconds from Honda race winner Dani Pedrosa.

"We have to be satisfied with the race today because we again reduced our gap from the guys at the front," said Dovizioso. "Both Iannone and myself could maybe have lapped even quicker, but we never pushed 100% for the whole race because we were too far from the leading group and there was no one behind who could threaten our position.

"We both started on the soft tyre and tried not to ruin it too much: maybe the harder option was a better choice but in any case our final positions would not have changed. Unfortunately I was not able to fight with Iannone in the last few laps because my engine had a bit of a drop in performance during the race and as a result I was unable to stay in his slipstream."


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Tomco: Apart from Marquez, Iannone and Dovi are the best riders this season. Its hard to see it any other way. Both of them doing a great job on difficult bikes.[\blockquote]

Don't forget that Hernandez is doing pretty well. Threatening the top 10 on a regular basis & beating Cal on a 2013 bike.