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Marc Marquez beats Valentino Rossi to Czech GP pole

At Brno
Saturday, August 5, 2017


Marc Marquez speeds to pole
Marc Marquez speeds to pole

Reigning Champion Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) will have the best seat in the house for the start of the second half of the season, taking a stunning pole position to just edge key title rival Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) in qualifying for the Czech GP. Equally close to the top duo is Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team), who led for the first part of the session before being deposed from provisional pole to P3.

Day 1’s fastest Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) followed up his Friday heroics with another good result in qualifying, gearing up for the Czech GP at the head of the second row in P4. Joining him on Row 2 are Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda) and the second Ducati of Jorge Lorenzo, despite an earlier fast lap being disallowed for the ‘Spartan’.

Maverick Vinales (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) took P7, and will be looking to move forward quickly to get in the battle with his key rivals for the Championship – with the weather another factor to consider for all those on the grid, as Sunday forecasts remain mixed.

Danilo Petrucci (Octo Pramac Racing) and Alvaro Bautista (Pull&Bear Aspar Team) both put together solid laps in Q2, after having moved through from the first qualifying session. The Italian – as he was in Q1 – was just ahead, and the two line up in eighth and ninth respectively. Johann Zarco (Monster Yamaha Tech 3), after a slightly more challenging weekend for the French rookie so far, completes the top ten.

Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini) suffered a crash towards the end of Q2 to put paid to his final chances, ending the session in eleventh ahead of Loris Baz (Reale Avintia Racing), who lines up P12 after an impressive performance in FP3 to graduate straight to Q2.

Alex Rins (Team Suzuki Ecstar) just missed out on Q2 by 0.006 and lines up in P13, just ahead of a tough result for Jonas Folger (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) after the German had been second fastest on Friday. Jack Miller (EG 0,0 Marc VDS) locks out the top fifteen.

Valentino Rossi
Valentino Rossi
Now all that remains is to race, with the lights going out for the tenth battle of the year at 14:00 (GMT +2).

Marc Marquez 93 POLE POSITION 1'54.981
“I’m very happy with today because I knew that making the pole would be tough, as I normally struggle at this track, but I tried for it anyway. The test we did here was useful. I felt good already with the first tire, even if I nearly crashed as I was pushing very hard. I tried to ride smoothly but still brake hard. With the second tire, I gave it all I had and we got this pole. I’m very, very happy. Tomorrow we’ll see what weather conditions we have, as it looks a bit unstable and not as warm. It will be a long, hard race but we should be able to fight for the podium in either the dry or the wet, so we’re looking forward to it and to enjoying the race.”

Czech Republic - Qualifying

193Marc MARQUEZSPARepsol Honda TeamHONDA1'54.9810.0000.000
246Valentino ROSSIITAMovistar Yamaha MotoGPYAMAHA1'55.0730.0920.092
326Dani PEDROSASPARepsol Honda TeamHONDA1'55.1190.1380.046
44Andrea DOVIZIOSOITADucati TeamDUCATI1'55.4410.4600.322
535Cal CRUTCHLOWGBRLCR HondaHONDA1'55.4890.5080.048
699Jorge LORENZOSPADucati TeamDUCATI1'55.5520.5710.063
725Maverick VINALESSPAMovistar Yamaha MotoGPYAMAHA1'55.6630.6820.111
89Danilo PETRUCCIITAOCTO Pramac RacingDUCATI1'55.7380.7570.075
919Alvaro BAUTISTASPAPull&Bear Aspar TeamDUCATI1'56.0271.0460.289
105Johann ZARCOFRAMonster Yamaha Tech 3YAMAHA1'56.0751.0940.048
1141Aleix ESPARGAROSPAAprilia Racing Team GresiniAPRILIA1'56.3551.3740.280
1276Loris BAZFRAReale Avintia RacingDUCATI1'56.6241.6430.269
1342Alex RINSSPATeam SUZUKI ECSTARSUZUKI1'56.460(*) 0.240 -
1494Jonas FOLGERGERMonster Yamaha Tech 3YAMAHA1'56.540(*) 0.3200.080
1543Jack MILLERAUSEG 0,0 Marc VDSHONDA1'56.543(*) 0.3230.003
168Hector BARBERASPAReale Avintia RacingDUCATI1'56.685(*) 0.4650.142
1717Karel ABRAHAMCZEPull&Bear Aspar TeamDUCATI1'56.786(*) 0.5660.101
1844Pol ESPARGAROSPARed Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM1'57.034(*) 0.8140.248
1938Bradley SMITHGBRRed Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM1'57.042(*) 0.8220.008
2029Andrea IANNONEITATeam SUZUKI ECSTARSUZUKI1'57.245(*) 1.0250.203
2153Tito RABATSPAEG 0,0 Marc VDSHONDA1'57.288(*) 1.0680.043
2222Sam LOWESGBRAprilia Racing Team GresiniAPRILIA1'57.465(*) 1.2450.177
2345Scott REDDINGGBROCTO Pramac RacingDUCATI1'57.517(*) 1.2970.052

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