Marquez Beats Rossi to Brno MotoGP Pole


Marc Marquez - Photo Credit: MotoGP.com

Marc Marquez picked up where he left off after MotoGP’s summer break by taking pole position for the Czech Republic Grand Prix at Brno. The championship leader edged out Valentino Rossi to claim his fourth pole of the season with Dani Pedrosa completing the front row on the second Repsol Honda.

After a rain-affected Friday, brighter conditions prevailed to render the FP2 times all-but irrelevant. As a result, two of yesterday’s top three were knocked out of the top ten in final practice and were forced to compete in Q1. Jonas Folger was the high-profile competitor in the first session and surprisingly, the German rookie failed to advance, leaving him fourteenth on the grid.

Q2 was expected to be a Honda-dominated affair and with Marquez suffering a sizable moment at turn three on his first attempt, Pedrosa established himself as the early polesitter with a 1:55.313. Marquez slotted into second with a slightly tidier second run while Jorge Lorenzo found himself without a legal time on the board having exceeded track limits on his way to the third quickest time.

On his final run, Marquez managed to iron out the errors from earlier on, becoming the first rider this weekend to break into the 1:54s. Valentino Rossi was circulating close behind and despite gaining time in the second half of the lap, the Italian had to settle for second, 0.092s adrift. Pedrosa’s late improvement wasn’t enough to prevent himself falling to third while Andrea Dovizioso secured fourth for Ducati.

Cal Crutchlow overcame back pain following a practice crash to qualify fifth with Lorenzo finally registering a lap time in the dying seconds, lifting him to sixth. Title hopeful Maverick Vinales has work to do from seventh and has a pair of Ducatis for company on row three, Danilo Petrucci and Alvaro Bautista taking eighth and ninth respectively.

2017 Monster Energy Grand Prix Ceske Republiky: Qualifying

PosRiderConstructorTeamBest Time 
193. Marc MarquezHondaRepsol Honda Team1:54.981Q2
246. Valentino RossiYamahaMovistar Yamaha MotoGP1:55.073Q2
326. Dani PedrosaHondaRepsol Honda Team1:55.119Q2
44. Andrea DoviziosoDucatiDucati Team1:55.441Q2
535. Cal CrutchlowHondaLCR Honda1:55.489Q2
699. Jorge LorenzoDucatiDucati Team1:55.552Q2
725. Maverick VinalesYamahaMovistar Yamaha MotoGP1:55.663Q2
89. Danilo PetrucciDucatiOCTO Pramac Racing1:55.738Q2
919. Alvaro BautistaDucatiPull&Bear Aspar Team1:56.027Q2
105. Johann ZarcoYamahaMonster Yamaha Tech 31:56.075Q2
1141. Aleix EspargaroApriliaAprilia Racing Team Gresini1:56.355Q2
1276. Loris BazDucatiReale Avintia Racing1:56.624Q2
1342. Alex RinsSuzukiTeam Suzuki ECSTAR1:56.460Q1
1494. Jonas FolgerYamahaMonster Yamaha Tech 31:56.540Q1
1543. Jack MillerHondaEG 0,0 Marc VDS1:56.543Q1
168. Hector BarberaDucatiReale Avintia Racing1:56.685Q1
1717. Karel AbrahamDucatiPull&Bear Aspar Team1:56.786Q1
1844. Pol EspargaroKTMRed Bull KTM Factory Racing1:57.034Q1
1938. Bradley SmithKTMRed Bull KTM Factory Racing1:57.042Q1
2029. Andrea IannoneSuzukiTeam Suzuki ECSTAR1:57.245Q1
2153. Tito RabatHondaEG 0,0 Marc VDS1:57.288Q1
2222. Sam LowesApriliaAprilia Racing Team Gresini1:57.465Q1
2345. Scott ReddingDucatiOCTO Pramac Racing1:57.517Q1