MotoGP champion Marc Marquez always said he wouldn't be surprised to finally lose a race. But even at his most cautious the Spaniard had predicted settling for a podium under such circumstances.

Instead he crossed the Brno finish line ten-seconds from victorious Repsol Honda team-mate Dani Pedrosa and over five-seconds from Valentino Rossi and the final rostrum place.

Marquez, who began the race on pole and targeting an all-time record of eleven straight wins at the start of a season, explained:

"Today was one of those Sundays in which I neither felt completely comfortable, nor had found the best set-up for the bike. It wasn't down to a mistake by me or by the team, it was simply that we didn't have the same feeling as on other Sundays.

"In a way it's taken a weight off my shoulders, as now people won't be asking me if I can win every race anymore.

"It was also important that we were able to focus on staying in fourth, even though it was tough not to be fighting for the win; we took 13 points that are important for the World Championship and we have a big advantage.

"What matters is who wins the title - not who wins the most races"

Despite the loss Marquez's title lead stands at 77 points over Pedrosa, the equivalent of over three race wins.