MotoGP: Michael Laverty finishes 18th in MotoGP at Brno
Northern Ireland rider Laverty Michael finished 18th in Sunday's MotoGP race at Brno in the Czech Republic.
The Toomebridge man, riding for the Paul Bird team, came in 1:34.63 minutes behind winner Marc Marquez.
The championship leader from Spain secured his fourth victory in a row to boost his bid to take the title at the first attempt.
He reeled in long-time leader Jorge Lorenzo, who had to settle for third after Dani Pedrosa also passed him.
Cal Crutchlow's hopes of a fifth podium finish of the season, after starting on pole, ended with a crash on lap eight.
The Briton was running in fourth place after seeing the fast-starting Lorenzo, plus Marquez and Pedrosa, pass him on the run-in to the first corner.