Lorenzo Sets Blistering Qualifying Pace at Brno

Jorge Lorenzo set the fastest ever two-wheeled lap of Brno to claim pole position for tomorrow’s Czech Republic Grand Prix. The predicted battle between the Yamaha rider and reigning champion Marc Marquez came to fruition with the pair smashing lap records as they contested pole position.

Yamaha had signalled their intentions in final practice with Lorenzo topping the timesheets by half a second from teammate Valentino Rossi and while the championship leader was busy scrubbing in a new front tyre ahead of tomorrow’s race, Lorenzo leapt straight to the top of the Q2 leaderboard with a 1:55.238, already quicker than the previous pole record.

Marquez slotted into second, three tenths behind, and headed back out on track for his second run mindful that a lap in the low 1:55s was the minimum requirement. The world champion delivered with a minute to go, clocking a 1:55.063, but he hadn’t bargained for a sub-1:55 lap from Lorenzo. The Yamaha rider produced a sensational effort to set a 1:54.989, securing him his second pole position of the year.

Arguably the most important lap of the afternoon came moments later though as Rossi rescued a potentially disastrous afternoon with third place, edging out Andrea Iannone and Bradley Smith who both had eyes on a front row start.

Andrea Dovizioso will complete the second row on the second factory Ducati with Maverick Vinales seventh on the sole Suzuki to reach Q2. Pol Espargaro needed to navigate his way through Q1 before securing eighth spot with Dani Pedrosa overcoming a bruised ankle to qualify ninth, just ahead of Cal Crutchlow.



PosRiderConstructorTeamBest Time 
199. Jorge LorenzoYamahaMovistar Yamaha MotoGP1:54.989Q2
293. Marc MarquezHondaRepsol Honda Team1:55.063Q2
346. Valentino RossiYamahaMovistar Yamaha MotoGP1:55.353Q2
429. Andrea IannoneDucatiDucati Team1:55.390Q2
538. Bradley SmithYamahaMonster Yamaha Tech 31:55.460Q2
64. Andrea DoviziosoDucatiDucati Team1:55.935Q2
725. Maverick VinalesSuzukiTeam SUZUKI ECSTAR1:55.954Q2
844. Pol EspargaroYamahaMonster Yamaha Tech 31:55.955Q2
926. Dani PedrosaHondaRepsol Honda Team1:55.969Q2
1035. Cal CrutchlowHondaCWM LCR Honda1:56.162Q2
118. Hector BarberaDucatiAvintia Racing1:56.399Q2
1268. Yonny HernandezDucatiOcto Pramac Racing1:56.739Q2
139. Danilo PetrucciDucatiOcto Pramac Racing1:56.713Q1
1445. Scott ReddingHondaEstrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS1:56.765Q1
1541. Aleix EspargaroSuzukiTeam SUZUKI ECSTAR1:56.806Q1
166. Stefan BradlApriliaAprilia Racing Team Gresini1:57.133Q1
1763. Mike Di MeglioDucatiAvintia Racing1:57.215Q1
1876. Loris BazYamaha ForwardForward Racing1:57.540Q1
1919. Alvaro BautistaApriliaAprilia Racing Team Gresini1:57.552Q1
2050. Eugene LavertyHondaAspar MotoGP Team1:57.634Q1
2169. Nicky HaydenHondaAspar MotoGP Team1:57.645Q1
2243. Jack MillerHondaCWM LCR Honda1:57.855Q1
2315. Alex de AngelisARTOcto IodaRacing Team1:58.599Q1
2471. Claudio CortiYamaha ForwardForward Racing1:59.145Q1
2517. Karel AbrahamHondaAB Motoracing1:59.903Q1