A front row start allowed Andrea Iannone (Pramac Racing) to take the lead on the opening lap of the Czech GP. Despite Spanish pair Jorge Lorenzo (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) and Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda) getting past on the third lap, the Italian had ferocious battles throughout the race.
Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda) and Iannone reignited their Moto2™ rivalry as the pair battled in the early stages of the race, coming together several times. After this Iannone became involved in a fight with future teammate Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) and he won the battle to finish 0.2s ahead of his fellow Italian and secure top Ducati result in fifth.
Iannone commented, “I’m really happy with today’s result. 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. 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 to not push so much because it didn’t make much sense.”
“In the second part Dovizioso 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!” he joked.