Zarco Denies Lowes in Frantic Finish at Brno

Johann Zarco came out on top in a late-session shootout with Sam Lowes to claim pole position for the Czech Republic Grand Prix at Brno. The reigning champion went head-to-head with the Briton after a late red flag set the stage for a duel between the two but Zarco prevailed by three hundredths of a second with Lowes lining up second on tomorrow’s grid.

One of the stories of the weekend has been the improvement from Alex Marquez who had taken his season-best result in Austria last time out. The former Moto3 champion was quickest on Friday morning and made the brightest start in qualifying too, clocking a 2:01.831 on his second timed lap.

As is often the case in Moto2, the session entered a lull with Marquez remaining unbeaten but with five minutes remaining, qualifying was brought to a halt altogether following a heavy highside for Thomas Luthi at turn nine. With the Swiss rider requiring assistance, the red flags were brought out and once Luthi had been stretchered away, a five minute dash ensued.

Lowes led the charge out of the pits but crucially, Zarco was locked into his slipstream and although the Gresini rider set a 2:01.614 on his last attempt to snatch pole, Johann followed him over the line to wrestle top spot straight off him, clocking a 2:01.581. Marquez was unable to better his early effort and was shuffled back down to third as a result.

Takaaki Nakagami heads the second row with Luthi lining up fifth, assuming he is medically cleared to take the start tomorrow. Franco Morbidelli starts sixth ahead of an out-of-sorts Alex Rins while Danny Kent produced his best qualifying display of the season to beat Jonas Folger to eighth.


Moto2 HJC Helmets Grand Prix Ceske Republiky (Qualifying Result)

PosRiderConstructorTeamBest Time
15. Johann ZarcoKalexAjo Motorsport2:01.581
222. Sam LowesKalexFederal Oil Gresini Moto22:01.614
373. Alex MarquezKalexEG 0,0 Marc VDS2:01.831
430. Takaaki NakagamiKalexIdemitsu Honda Team Asia2:02.046
512. Thomas LuthiKalexGarage Plus Interwetten2:02.049
621. Franco MorbidelliKalexEG 0,0 Marc VDS2:02.099
740. Alex RinsKalexPaginas Amarillas HP 402:02.139
852. Danny KentKalexLeopard Racing2:02.289
994. Jonas FolgerKalexDynavolt Intact GP2:02.293
1024. Simone CorsiSpeed UpSpeed Up2:02.315
1144. Miguel OliveiraKalexLeopard Racing2:02.372
1223. Marcel SchrotterKalexAGR Team2:02.380
1311. Sandro CorteseKalexDynavolt Intact GP2:02.413
1477. Dominique AegerterKalexCarXpert Interwetten2:02.462
1555. Hafizh SyahrinKalexPetronas Raceline Malaysia2:02.528
1649. Axel PonsKalexAGR Team2:02.577
1754. Mattia PasiniKalexItaltrans Racing Team2:02.669
1810. Luca MariniKalexForward Team2:02.780
1960. Julian SimonSpeed UpQMMF Racing Team2:02.985
207. Lorenzo BaldassarriKalexForward Team2:03.024
2187. Remy GardnerKalexTasca Racing Scuderia Moto22:03.316
2214. Ratthapark WilairotKalexIdemitsu Honda Team Asia2:03.352
2357. Edgar PonsKalexPaginas Amarillas HP 402:03.431
2497. Xavi ViergeTech 3Tech 3 Racing2:03.570
2519. Xavier SimeonSpeed UpQMMF Racing Team2:03.601
2670. Robin MulhauserKalexCarXpert Interwetten2:03.968
2732. Isaac VinalesTech 3Tech 3 Racing2:04.306
282. Jesko RaffinKalexsports-millions-EMWE-SAG2:04.376
2995. Anthony WestSuterMontaze Broz Racing Team2:04.943