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Sports Shorts: Marquez scores 50th premier class win

August 04, 2019 20:16 IST

Summary of sports events and persons who made news on Sunday.

Repsol Honda's Marc Marquez, Ducati Team's Andrea Dovizioso and Pramac Racing's Jack Miller celebrate on the podium after finishing first, second and third respectively in Sunday's Czech Republic Moto GP in Brno

IMAGES: Repsol Honda's Marc Marquez, Ducati Team's Andrea Dovizioso and Pramac Racing's Jack Miller celebrate on the podium after finishing first, second and third respectively in Sunday's Czech Republic Moto GP in Brno. Photograph: David W Cerny/Reuters

Honda's world champion Marc Marquez won the Czech MotoGP in Brno on Sunday to become only the fourth rider to achieve 50 premier-class victories.

 

Marquez, who equalled Australian Mick Doohan's record of 58 top-class pole positions on Saturday, finished ahead of Ducati's Italian Andrea Dovizioso and Jack Miller of the non-works Pramac Ducati team.

The other three riders to achieve at least 50 wins are Valentino Rossi (89), Giacomo Agostini (68) and Doohan (54).

Spaniard Marquez now leads the MotoGP championship with 210 points, 63 ahead of second-placed Dovizioso (147) while Danilo Petrucci, who finished eighth in Brno, is third (129).

Mick Schumacher takes his first Formula Two win

Mick Schumacher

IMAGES: Germany's Mick Schumacher of Prema Racing celebrates during the sprint race of the Formula 2 Grand Prix of Hungary at Hungaroring, in Budapest. Photograph: Charles Coates/Getty Images

Mick Schumacher, son of seven-times Formula One champion Michael, took his first Formula Two victory in Hungary on Sunday.

The 20-year-old German started from pole position on a reverse grid after finishing eighth in Saturday's feature race and led all the way to the chequered flag at the Hungaroring, where his father won four times.

The Ferrari academy driver raised a huge cheer as he took the chequered flag in front of a crowd containing plenty of the Italian team's fans ahead of the Formula One race later on Sunday.

"It is very special," he said of a win at the circuit where his father, who has not been seen in public since he suffered head injuries in a 2013 skiing accident, clinched his fourth title in 2001 with Ferrari.

"My mother, my whole family is actually here; Mom, my sister and her boyfriend and my grandma as well," added a smiling Schumacher. "I'm very happy that they are here and I've got support."

Japan's Nobuharu Matsushita finished 1.4 seconds behind the Prema team driver after a race-long battle at a circuit where overtaking is always a challenge, with Brazilian Sergio Sette Camara third.

Schumacher, last year's F3 winner and tipped for an eventual future in Formula One, had previously not finished higher than fourth in Formula Two.

"Once you get that win in, it gives you more confidence to go into the next round," said Schumacher. "We had a lot of pressure... we had some strong performances but not enough points."

The breakthrough victory comes after Schumacher drove his father's 2004 title-winning Formula One Ferrari in a demonstration at the German Grand Prix last weekend.

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