Marquez Beats Lorenzo to Czech GP Pole

Marc Marquez produced another awe-inspiring display to snatch pole position from under the nose of Jorge Lorenzo at Brno. The championship leader set the fastest ever two-wheeled lap of the Czech circuit despite having to navigate his way through traffic in the final sector, pipping Lorenzo by a quarter of a second.

Having topped the timesheets by over seven tenths in Saturday morning practice, Lorenzo started qualifying as the overwhelming favourite for pole and his first lap seemed to back up that status, Jorge clocking a 1:54.959 to open up a comfortable advantage over his challengers. The biggest battle for the session seemed to be between the Yamaha rider and the stopwatch, especially when he improved to a 1:54.849 on his second run, but the brilliance of Marquez soon changed that.

With his last attempt of the afternoon, Marquez had locked himself into the slipstream of Valentino Rossi’s Yamaha while Pol Espargaro led the trio on the approach to turn thirteen. With another stunning display of bike-control, Marquez scythed underneath the no.46 before missing the rear wheel of Espargaro by inches, ducking out of the Tech 3 Yamaha’s two and stopping the clock at 1:54.596, the fastest ever lap of Brno.

Lorenzo had to settle for second while Andrea Iannone ensured three different manufacturers would make up the front row, qualifying third for Ducati. Aleix Espargaro secured fourth for Suzuki, his best grid slot of the year, while Hector Barbera used a tow from the polesitter to take fifth ahead of Rossi.

Andrea Dovizioso heads the third row ahead of Maverick Vinales and Dani Pedrosa while Cal Crutchlow shrugged off a crash in FP4 to round out the top ten, just ahead of Q1 qualifier Bradley Smith.


2016 HJC Helmets Grand Prix Ceske Republiky (Qualifying Classification)

PosRiderConstructorTeamBest Time 
193. Marc MARQUEZHondaRepsol Honda Team1:54.596Q2
299. Jorge LORENZOYamahaMovistar Yamaha MotoGP1:54.849Q2
329. Andrea IANNONEDucatiDucati Team1:55.227Q2
441. Aleix ESPARGAROSuzukiTeam SUZUKI ECSTAR1:55.324Q2
58. Hector BARBERADucatiAvintia Racing1:55.437Q2
646. Valentino ROSSIYamahaMovistar Yamaha MotoGP1:55.509Q2
74. Andrea DOVIZIOSODucatiDucati Team1:55.748Q2
825. Maverick VINALESSuzukiTeam SUZUKI ECSTAR1:55.787Q2
926. Dani PEDROSAHondaRepsol Honda Team1:55.841Q2
1035. Cal CRUTCHLOWHondaLCR Honda1:55.930Q2
1138. Bradley SMITHYamahaMonster Yamaha Tech 31:56.115Q2
1244. Pol ESPARGAROYamahaMonster Yamaha Tech 31:56.522Q2
139. Danilo PETRUCCIDucatiOcto Pramac Yakhnich1:56.148Q1
1445. Scott REDDINGDucatiOcto Pramac Yakhnich1:56.263Q1
1550. Eugene LAVERTYDucatiPull & Bear Aspar Ducati Team1:56.535Q1
166. Stefan BRADLApriliaAprilia Racing Team Gresini1:56.718Q1
1776. Loris BAZDucatiAvintia Racing1:56.797Q1
1868. Yonny HERNANDEZDucatiPull & Bear Aspar Ducati Team1:56.805Q1
1919. Alvaro BAUTISTAApriliaAprilia Racing Team Gresini1:57.062Q1
2053. Tito RABATHondaEG 0,0 Marc VDS1:57.606Q1