Marc Marquez’s hopes of setting a record 11 straight MotoGP wins ended on Sunday as Honda teammate Dani Pedrosa of Spain won the Czech Republic Moto GP in Brno.
Pedrosa, who also won at Brno in 2012, finished the 22 laps on the dry 5.4-kilometre (3.36-mile) circuit in 42min 47.800sec, ahead of Yamaha duo Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi, with Marquez finishing fourth.
Marquez was looking to become the first premier class rider ever to win the 11 opening races of a season.
Italian legend Giacomo Agostini won the opening 10 races of the premier class season in 1968, 1969 and 1970 at a time when he dominated the sport. However, no one has ever won the first eleven - in part because Agostini’s perfect season in 1968 comprised only 10 events.
Marquez, who failed to make it to the podium for the first time since Australia last year, now tops the championship with 263 points, 77 ahead of Pedrosa and 90 ahead of Rossi.
As often this season, Marquez got off to a poor start from pole position, dropping to sixth place.
Lorenzo soon settled down at the front, followed by Pedrosa who overtook him on the sixth lap to nurse his lead with Lorenzo never really getting close enough to fight back.
“I didn’t plan the race in this way but fortunately Jorge... opened a gap immediately so I had to change my plan and then push to the limit,” said Pedrosa.