Crutchlow becomes first British winner since Sheene with Brno victory

Cal Crutchlow became Great Britain's first premier class winner in 35 years since Barry Sheene as the LCR Honda rider clinched his maiden MotoGP triumph at Brno.

Cal Crutchlow became Great Britain's first premier class winner in 35 years since Barry Sheene as the LCR Honda rider clinched his maiden MotoGP triumph at Brno.

Crutchlow’s wet gamble with hard front and rear Michelin tyres paid off as the 30-year-old began to scythe his way through the field.

Most of the field selected soft wets but with a drying surface in the final third of the race, the field’s pace dropped off to open the opportunity to Crutchlow. 

Valentino Rossi also made a shrewd choice as he fitted a hard Michelin rear and came on strong in the last part of the race forcing his way through to second but couldn’t bridge the gap to Crutchlow who claimed an emotional maiden win.

Title leader Marc Marquez finished on the rostrum in third on the Repsol Honda with another resilient performance to keep any damage to his championship advantage to a minimum, with Rossi only closing the deficit by four points. 

Behind the top three, French rider Loris Baz also stormed through at the end to steal fourth place from his Avintia Ducati team-mate Hector Barbera. 

Northern Ireland's Eugene Laverty grabbed an impressive sixth on the Aspar Ducati ahead of Danilo Petrucci, while Austrian GP winner Andrea Iannone limped over the line in eighth with a destroyed front tyre.

Iannone's team-mate, Andrea Dovizioso, was forced into the pits when he was running inside the top three after the centre of his front tyre became worn out. He returned to the track on intermediates but retired from the race soon afterwards. 

Suzuki's Maverick Vinales and Tito Rabat on the Marc VDS Honda completed the top ten, with Yonny Hernandez (Aspar Ducati) and Dani Pedrosa on the Repsol Honda crossing the line in 11th and 12th respectively. 

Britain's Scott Redding rode impressively in the first half of the race as he challenged for the podium places, but the Octo Pramac Ducati rider was another rider who saw his prospects evaporate when he dropped off the pace after his soft tyres began to give up the ghost. 

Redding eventually scored a point in 15th place behind Pol Espargaro (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) and Aprilia's Stefan Bradl. 

A frustrated Lorenzo finished 17th after losing out in an ill-timed bike swap and was last of the finishers behind Alvaro Bautista. 

Bradley Smith's decision to pit and change to his second Monster Tech 3 Yamaha on slick tyres backfired and he failed to finish the race, as did Suzuki's Aleix Espargaro.

In Moto2, Jonas Folger mastered the wet conditions to claim victory ahead of title contender Alex Rins with Britain's Sam Lowes completing the rostrum trio in third place.

In Moto3, John McPhee started the historic day for Great Britain by taking a maiden Grand Prix victory from Jorge Martin and Fabio Di Giannantonio.

Full Czech Republic MotoGP race results:

1. Cal Crutchlow 
2. Valentino Rossi 
3. Marc Marquez 
4. Loris Baz 
5. Hector Barbera 
6. Eugene Laverty 
7. Danilo Petrucci 
8. Andrea Iannone 
9. Maverick Viñales 
10. Tito Rabat 
11. Yonny Hernandez 
12. Dani Pedrosa 
13. Pol Espargaro 
14. Stefan Bradl 
15. Scott Redding 
16. Alvaro Bautista 
17. Jorge Lorenzo 
Andrea Dovizioso 
Bradley Smith 
Aleix Espargaro

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