Drought-breaking pole for Dovizioso in Czech Republic

Daniel Herrero

Sunday 5th August, 2018 - 12:32am

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Andrea Dovizioso pic: MotoGP.com

Andrea Dovizioso has qualified on pole for the first time in over a season-and-a-half while Valentino Rossi also made the front row for the Czech MotoGP.

The Ducati Team rider ended Qualifying 2 a healthy 0.267s faster than Rossi, with Marc Marquez knocked back to third by the two Italians.

It was the other factory Ducati rider of Jorge Lorenzo who had started brightest, reeling out the then-fastest lap of the weekend (1:55.059s) on his first flyer.

The Spaniard lowered his own benchmark slightly to 1:55.038s at the start of his second run before Marquez lapped the Automotodrom Brno in 1:54.961s on his Repsol Honda.

When the chequered flag flew, Marquez was still fastest from Lorenzo and Cal Crutchlow, but that was about to change.

Dovizioso pulled out a 1:54.689s just before Rossi took his Movistar Yamaha to a 1:54.956s.

The pole is the first for ‘Desmodovi’ since the 2016 Malaysian MotoGP.

Lorenzo ended up fourth and will start alongside Crutchlow (LCR Honda) and Danilo Petrucci (Pramac Ducati).

Row 3 will be Johann Zarco (Tech3 Yamaha) and the Suzuki Ecstar entries of Andrea Iannone and Alex Rins, the latter of whom came through Qualifying 1.

Behind them are Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda), Tito Rabat (Avintia Ducati), and Maverick Viñales (Movistar Yamaha).

The latter had failed to earn a direct pass to the second stage of qualifying but was comfortably quickest in Q1.

Jack Miller might have emulated the Spaniard in moving through to the final 12, going fastest to the second sector before crashing his Pramac Ducati during his final run.

The Australian will start 17th as a result.

Aleix Espargaro (Gresini Aprilia) was fit enough to take on the race weekend after a sizeable crash in the warm up during the last round in Germany and qualified 24th.

The 21-lap grand prix starts on Sunday at 2200 AEST.

Qualifying: Czech MotoGP

Pos Num Rider Nat Team Bike Time Gap 1st/prev
1 04 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Ducati Team Ducati 1:54.689
2 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1:54.956 0.267 / 0.267
3 93 Marc MARQUEZ ESP Repsol Honda Team Honda 1:54.961 0.272 / 0.005
4 99 Jorge LORENZO ESP Ducati Team Ducati 1:55.038 0.349 / 0.077
5 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR LCR Honda CASTROL Honda 1:55.055 0.366 / 0.017
6 9 Danilo PETRUCCI ITA Alma Pramac Racing Ducati 1:55.203 0.514 / 0.148
7 5 Johann ZARCO FRA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1:55.221 0.532 / 0.018
8 29 Andrea IANNONE ITA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki 1:55.270 0.581 / 0.049
9 42 Alex RINS ESP Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki 1:55.431 0.742 / 0.161
10 26 Dani PEDROSA ESP Repsol Honda Team Honda 1:55.474 0.785 / 0.043
11 53 Tito RABAT ESP Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 1:55.686 0.997 / 0.212
12 25 Maverick VIÑALES ESP Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1:55.823 1.134 / 0.137
13 21 Franco MORBIDELLI ITA EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 1:56.029 Q1 / Q1
14 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA ESP Angel Nieto Team Ducati 1:56.031 Q1 / 0.002
15 38 Bradley SMITH GBR Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1:56.218 Q1 / 0.187
16 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN MAL Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1:56.285 Q1 / 0.067
17 43 Jack MILLER AUS Alma Pramac Racing Ducati 1:56.316 Q1 / 0.031
18 6 Stefan BRADL GER HRC Honda Team Honda 1:56.330 Q1 / 0.014
19 44 Pol ESPARGARO ESP Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1:56.353 Q1 / 0.023
20 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI JPN LCR Honda IDEMITSU Honda 1:56.512 Q1 / 0.159
21 50 Sylvain GUINTOLI FRA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki 1:57.037 Q1 / 0.525
22 12 Thomas LUTHI SUI EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 1:57.208 Q1 / 0.171
23 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Angel Nieto Team Ducati 1:57.217 Q1 / 0.009
24 41 Aleix ESPARGARO ESP Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1:57.250 Q1 / 0.033
25 45 Scott REDDING GBR Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1:57.438 Q1 / 0.188
26 10 Xavier SIMEON BEL Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 1:58.048 Q1 / 0.610

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