Pasini Ends Decade-Long Pole Drought

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Mattia Pasini claimed his first Grand Prix pole position for ten years after dominating qualifying at Brno. The Italian hadn’t started from the front since the 2007 125cc Australian Grand Prix but never truly looked under threat this afternoon, taking pole ahead of Miguel Oliveira and championship leader Franco Morbidelli.

With temperatures soaring, many riders found conditions at their best in the early stages of the session with Pasini clocking a 2:02.611 in the first eight minutes, a time that wouldn’t be beaten for the rest of the afternoon. Although he wouldn’t ultimately beat Mattia’s time, Oliveira showed impressive consistency on his way to second, setting several laps in the 2:02s range, suggesting he will pose a great threat tomorrow.

Morbidelli, who enters the second half of the season with a 34 point championship lead, looks well placed to extend his advantage having qualified third, especially with Thomas Luthi qualifying a lowly twelfth to equal his worst starting spot of the season. Francesco Bagnaia starts fourth after bucking the trend of riders to go quicker early in proceedings, pipping fellow rookie Jorge Navarro in the dying seconds.

Alex Marquez starts sixth ahead of Luca Marini with Sandro Cortese eighth on the sole remaining Dynavolt Suter following team-mate Marcel Schrotter’s withdrawal through injury. Simone Corsi qualified ninth but the Speed Up rider is likely to face a penalty after wiping out Dominique Aegerter during a flying lap.


Moto2 Monster Energy Grand Prix Ceske Republiky: Qualifying

PosRiderConstructorTeamBest Time
154. Mattia PasiniKalexItaltrans Racing Team2:02.611
244. Miguel OliveiraKTMRed Bull KTM Ajo2:02.643
321. Franco MorbidelliKalexEG 0,0 Marc VDS2:02.661
442. Francesco BagnaiaKalexSky Racing Team VR462:02.686
59. Jorge NavarroKalexFederal Oil Gresini Moto22:02.742
673. Alex MarquezKalexEG 0,0 Marc VDS2:02.965
710. Luca MariniKalexForward Team2:02.990
811. Sandro CorteseSuterDynavolt Intact GP2:03.048
924. Simone CorsiSpeed UpSpeed Up Racing2:03.052
1041. Brad BinderKTMRed Bull KTM Ajo2:03.062
1140. Fabio QuartararoKalexPons HP 402:03.148
1212. Thomas LuthiKalexCarXpert Interwetten2:03.214
1389. Khairul Idham PawiKalexIdemitsu Honda Team Asia2:03.242
1449. Axel PonsKalexRW Racing GP2:03.316
1530. Takaaki NakagamiKalexIdemitsu Honda Team Asia2:03.491
1655. Hafizh SyahrinKalexPetronas Raceline Malaysia2:03.604
1732. Isaac VinalesKalexBE-A-VIP SAG Team2:03.612
1897. Xavi ViergeTech 3Tech 3 Racing2:03.632
197. Lorenzo BaldassarriKalexForward Team2:03.739
205. Andrea LocatelliKalexItaltrans Racing Team2:03.746
2177. Dominique AegerterSuterKiefer Racing2:03.788
2227. Iker LecuonaKalexGarage Plus Interwetten2:03.804
2345. Tetsuta NagashimaKalexTeluru SAG Team2:03.899
2462. Stefano ManziKalexSky Racing Team VR462:04.117
2519. Xavier SimeonKalexTasca Racing Scuderia Moto22:04.267
2687. Remy GardnerTech 3Tech 3 Racing2:04.294
2737. Augusto FernandezSpeed UpSpeed Up Racing2:04.366
286. Tarran MackenzieSuterKiefer Racing2:04.417
292. Jesko RaffinKalexCarXpert Interwetten2:04.424
3057. Edgar PonsKalexPons HP 402:04.645
3120. Joe RobertsKalexAGR Team2:04.774
3298. Karel HanikaKalexWillirace Team2:04.862
NQ23. Marcel SchrotterSuterDynavolt Intact GPWithdrawn