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Friday, 18 January, 2019

Masterful Marc Marquez well-placed to win Czech GP

Andrea Dovizioso is on pole

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Czech Grand Prix
BT Sport 2, 1pm Sunday

Order looks set to emerge from the chaos of the practice sessions in Brno, with championship leader Marc Marquez looking a fair bet to win for the third race in succession.

Marquez is third on the grid after being pipped for pole by late qualifying runs from polesitter Andrea Dovizioso and Valentino Rossi but the favourite looks sure to go close to scoring a sixth win in the last eight races.

It hadn't looked so promising on Friday. Marquez was third in first practice but a worrying tenth in the afternoon. However, he was fourth in practice three and half a the second clear of the field in the final warm-up before qualifying.

With a record of first, fourth, second, third and first in his five top-level races at the track, Marquez looks sure to be pushing to extend his 46-point championship lead.

Dovizioso has looked lively this weekend but hasn't won since the opening race in Qatar, and Rossi has yet to stand on the top step this season.

Danilo Petrucci can still challlenge for the podium from sixth, after suffering mechanical problems in the final warm-up and Cal Crutchlow is an interesting contender in fifth.

The British rider has a love-hate relationship with the circuit. He scored his first career victory at Brno two years ago, having secured his first podium finish there when third in 2012.

Fifth last year, he has also retired from the race three times and crashed there in 2013 after taking his second career pole, finishing 17th.

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