By Lisa Lewis
Marc Marquez took victory aboard his CatalunyaCaixa Repsol Suter at the Czech Republic Moto2 Grand Prix at Brno.
Marquez sealed victory by just 0.061 from Interwetten-Paddock and fellow Suter rider Tom Luthi, extending his championship lead to 48 points over Pol Espargaro, with Luthi moving into third a further 11 points adrift.
Tom Luthi made the most of his front row start and shot to the front, where he was joined in the lead group by Pol Espargaro, Marquez and Andrea Iannone. The race only fizzed into life in the closing laps when the riders began to fight it out to the line.
Espargaro was shown a pit board demoting him to fourth for overtaking under yellow flags,he had just taken Marquez and had to be overtaken again by Iannone, who was falling off the pace, to remove the penalty.
As the Pons 40 HP Tuenti Kalex rider did this Marquez moved to the front for the first time in the race. Espargaro admitted in the press conference he had been lucky had as “I didn't see the flag but afterwards Andrea overtook me again anyway, so it wasn't a big problem for me.”
Marquez said in the press conference he was confident “the race will be decided on the last lap” so held a little in reserve, Luthi added that he “ lost too much to him (Marquez) in the straights” and couldn't make up enough in the corners where he was stronger to win.
Andrea Iannone, who won at Brno last year, finished fourth for Speed Master, Simone Corsi was fifth for IodaRacing with Alex De Angelis battling to sixth across the line for Forward Racing.
Frenchman Johann Zarco was seventh for JIR and Bradley Smith made a late charge to finish eighth for the Tech3 team. Mika Kallio ended up ninth after many battles during the race, Tito Rabat competed the top ten finishers for the Pons 40 HP Tuenti team.
After a podium last weekend Julian Simon finished 11th for Blusens Avintia, while fellow Spaniard and former 125cc championship winner Nico Terol was next across the line in 12th for Mapfre Aspar.
Jordi Torres, Terol's team mate after replacing Toni Elias in the Aspar squad was 13th, Dominique Aegerter 14th for Technomag CIP while Axel Pons took the last points scoring place for the Pons team, with Mike Di Meglio just missing out on the MZ in 16th.
Scott Redding crashed out at turn three on the first lap after trying to make up for losing places at the start and trying to avoid Iannone on the Marc VDS bike. Gino Rea also crashed out of the race on his Federal Oil sponsored Gresini, but placed 24th in the race standings.