Marquez secures Brno MotoGP pole

Marc Marquez

Marc Marquez has taken pole position on MotoGP’s return from the summer break in a committed performance in the Czech Republic.

Marquez twice nearly dropped his Repsol Honda during his first run before setting what would prove to be the pole time, with Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha) and Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda) rounding out the front row.

Pedrosa led the way after the first runs, with Marquez just behind despite nearly falling at Turn 3 on his first flyer and Turn 11 on his second.

Championship leader Marquez came out on his second run and set the first 1:54s lap of the weekend, good enough for his fourth pole of the season.

Rossi came within 0.1s of #93 shortly after, while Pedrosa improved after the chequered flag but remained third.

Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) was more than 0.3s off the front row’s pace in fourth.

He will start alongside Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda), who persevered with a suspected fractured vertebra after a crash during Free Practice 3, and Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati Team).

Lorenzo had been classified third after the first runs but lost the lap time in question due to exceeding track limits at the final corner.

Jorge Lorenzo with the new aero fairing

The Spniard ran a bold new ‘aero fairing’ in qualifying after trialling the development in Friday practice.

Maverick Viñales (Movistar Yamaha) struggled to seventh on the grid, alongside Danilo Petrucci (Pramac Ducati) and Alvaro Bautista (Aspar Ducati), the latter two having come through Qualifying 1.

Row 4 will be Johann Zarco (Tech 3 Yamaha), Aleix Espargaro (Gresini Aprilia), and Loris Baz (Avintia Ducati).

Aleix Espargaro went down in the final minute of Q2, while brother Pol (Red Bull KTM) and Sam Lowes (Gresini Aprilia) crashed during Q1.

Jack Miller (Marc VDS Honda) will start from 15th, while Suzuki Ecstar rider Andrea Iannone is only 20th on the grid after crashing one bike in FP4 then experiencing technical problems with the other during Q1.

Sunday’s 22-lap race at the Automotodrom Brno starts at 2200 AEST.

In Moto2, Australia’s Remy Gardner will start from 26th on the grid.

Qualifying: Czech Grand Prix

Position Number Rider Nat Team Bike Time Gap 1st/prev
1 93 Marc MARQUEZ SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1’54.981
2 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1’55.073 0.092 / 0.092
3 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1’55.119 0.138 / 0.046
4 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Ducati Team Ducati 1’55.441 0.460 / 0.322
5 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR LCR Honda Honda 1’55.489 0.508 / 0.048
6 99 Jorge LORENZO SPA Ducati Team Ducati 1’55.552 0.571 / 0.063
7 25 Maverick VIÑALES SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1’55.663 0.682 / 0.111
8 9 Danilo PETRUCCI ITA OCTO Pramac Racing Ducati 1’55.738 0.757 / 0.075
9 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA Pull&Bear Aspar Team Ducati 1’56.027 1.046 / 0.289
10 5 Johann ZARCO FRA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1’56.075 1.094 / 0.048
11 41 Aleix ESPARGARO SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1’56.355 1.374 / 0.280
12 76 Loris BAZ FRA Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 1’56.624 1.643 / 0.269
13 42 Alex RINS SPA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki 1’56.460 Q1 / Q1
14 94 Jonas FOLGER GER Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1’56.540 Q1 / 0.080
15 43 Jack MILLER AUS EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 1’56.543 Q1 / 0.003
16 8 Hector BARBERA SPA Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 1’56.685 Q1 / 0.142
17 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Pull&Bear Aspar Team Ducati 1’56.786 Q1 / 0.101
18 44 Pol ESPARGARO SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1’57.034 Q1 / 0.248
19 38 Bradley SMITH GBR Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1’57.042 Q1 / 0.008
20 29 Andrea IANNONE ITA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki 1’57.245 Q1 / 0.203
21 53 Tito RABAT SPA EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 1’57.288 Q1 / 0.043
22 22 Sam LOWES GBR Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1’57.465 Q1 / 0.177
23 45 Scott REDDING GBR OCTO Pramac Racing Ducati 1’57.517 Q1 / 0.052

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