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Dovi & Rossi beat Marquez to pole at Brno

Ducati power hard to beat at Brno
Saturday, August 4, 2018


Dovizioso streaks to pole
Dovizioso streaks to pole

Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) will be starting the Monster Energy Grand Prix Ceske republiky from pole position – his first since 2016 – as he just edged out an equally incredible lap for compatriot Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) at the Automotodrom Brno, making it 1-2 for the veteran Italians. Reigning Champion Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) – who is making his 100th premier class start – completes the front row as the last man able to get into the 1:54 bracket, setting up a tantalizing prospect for race day in Czechia.

Everything went down to the wire and on the first run it was advantage Marquez, but Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati Team) soon hit back to pull out exactly half a second. The story was far from over, however, as Marquez was then able to do a 1:54 – the first of the weekend. It looked like it could be a done deal, but a final run for Dovizioso and Rossi saw the two leapfrog the Spaniards in the final seconds of the session. For ‘DesmoDovi’ it’s a stunning 1'54.689, with Rossi 0.267 back but able to edge Marquez – by only 0.005.

Lorenzo heads up the second row after just missing out on that front row, and the number 99 will surely be a threat from there as he remains the man to watch when the lights go out. Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda Castrol) takes fifth and is top Independent Team rider at the venue that hosted his first ever GP win, with Danilo Petrucci (Alma Pramac Racing) taking sixth and bouncing back well despite a technical problem with one of his machines at the end of FP4.

Johann Zarco (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) took P7 and leads the charge on Row 3, with the Frenchman joined by both Team Suzuki Ecstar machines. Andrea Iannone just leads teammate and Q1 graduate Alex Rins as they followed up their front running FP4 pace in P8 and P9 respectively, with Friday’s fastest and 11-time Brno podium finisher Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team) completing the top ten.

Tito Rabat (Reale Avintia Racing) will line up eleventh, with Maverick Vinales (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) down in P12 after coming through Q1 and then proving unable to replicate his laptime from that session.

Franco Morbidelli (EG 0,0 Marc VDS) is top rookie in P13 after just missing out on Q2, ahead of Alvaro Baustista (Angel Nieto Team) – a Q1 crasher – and Bradley Smith (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing), who completed the top 15 for the Austrian factory.

Can Marquez overcome the HP advantage of the Ducati?
Can Marquez overcome the HP advantage of the Ducati?
Marc Marquez explained why he was not on pole, “We had realized this morning that with the setup we chose, we’re missing a little bit in a single lap with the new tire, but I feel more comfortable when the tires start to drop. Anyway, a front-row start is a very positive result at this track. So far we’re having a solid weekend, and I decided to not try a final time attack at the end of qualifying, as it would’ve been a bit too risky.

"I’m especially happy with my race pace, because step-by-step, we’ve been able to improve over the weekend. Dovi and Lorenzo have a great pace too, actually the best, but we’re close enough, so it will be interesting to see where we can finish tomorrow.

"I think Valentino will also be there, so it will be a nice race. It will also be a very long one, so it will be very important to be focused and consistent, and of course tire choice and management will be very important. It will be tough to make the podium, but we’ll try and go for it.”


14Andrea DOVIZIOSOITADucati TeamDUCATIQ21'54.6890.000s0.000s
246Valentino ROSSIITAMovistar Yamaha MotoGPYAMAHAQ21'54.9560.2670.267
393Marc MARQUEZSPARepsol Honda TeamHONDAQ21'54.9610.2720.005
499Jorge LORENZOSPADucati TeamDUCATIQ21'55.0380.3490.077
535Cal CRUTCHLOWGBRLCR Honda CASTROLHONDAQ21'55.0550.3660.017
69Danilo PETRUCCIITAAlma Pramac RacingDUCATIQ21'55.2030.5140.148
75Johann ZARCOFRAMonster Yamaha Tech 3YAMAHAQ21'55.2210.5320.018
829Andrea IANNONEITATeam SUZUKI ECSTARSUZUKIQ21'55.2700.5810.049
942Alex RINSSPATeam SUZUKI ECSTARSUZUKIQ21'55.4310.7420.161
1026Dani PEDROSASPARepsol Honda TeamHONDAQ21'55.4740.7850.043
1153Tito RABATSPAReale Avintia RacingDUCATIQ21'55.6860.9970.212
1225Maverick VI¥ALESSPAMovistar Yamaha MotoGPYAMAHAQ21'55.8231.1340.137
1321Franco MORBIDELLIITAEG 0,0 Marc VDSHONDAQ11'56.029(*) 0.491 
1419Alvaro BAUTISTASPAAngel Nieto TeamDUCATIQ11'56.031(*) 0.4930.002
1538Bradley SMITHGBRRed Bull KTM Factory RacingKTMQ11'56.218(*) 0.6800.187
1655Hafizh SYAHRINMALMonster Yamaha Tech 3YAMAHAQ11'56.285(*) 0.7470.067
1743Jack MILLERAUSAlma Pramac RacingDUCATIQ11'56.316(*) 0.7780.031
186Stefan BRADLGERHRC Honda TeamHONDAQ11'56.330(*) 0.7920.014
1944Pol ESPARGAROSPARed Bull KTM Factory RacingKTMQ11'56.353(*) 0.8150.023
2030Takaaki NAKAGAMIJPNLCR Honda IDEMITSUHONDAQ11'56.512(*) 0.9740.159
2150Sylvain GUINTOLIFRATeam SUZUKI ECSTARSUZUKIQ11'57.037(*) 1.4990.525
2212Thomas LUTHISWIEG 0,0 Marc VDSHONDAQ11'57.208(*) 1.6700.171
2317Karel ABRAHAMCZEAngel Nieto TeamDUCATIQ11'57.217(*) 1.6790.009
2441Aleix ESPARGAROSPAAprilia Racing Team GresiniAPRILIAQ11'57.250(*) 1.7120.033
2545Scott REDDINGGBRAprilia Racing Team GresiniAPRILIAQ11'57.438(*) 1.9000.188
2610Xavier SIMEONBELReale Avintia RacingDUCATIQ11'58.048(*) 2.5100.610

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