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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|
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?|
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.”
|1||4||Andrea DOVIZIOSO||ITA||Ducati Team||DUCATI||Q2||1'54.689||0.000s||0.000s|
|2||46||Valentino ROSSI||ITA||Movistar Yamaha MotoGP||YAMAHA||Q2||1'54.956||0.267||0.267|
|3||93||Marc MARQUEZ||SPA||Repsol Honda Team||HONDA||Q2||1'54.961||0.272||0.005|
|4||99||Jorge LORENZO||SPA||Ducati Team||DUCATI||Q2||1'55.038||0.349||0.077|
|5||35||Cal CRUTCHLOW||GBR||LCR Honda CASTROL||HONDA||Q2||1'55.055||0.366||0.017|
|6||9||Danilo PETRUCCI||ITA||Alma Pramac Racing||DUCATI||Q2||1'55.203||0.514||0.148|
|7||5||Johann ZARCO||FRA||Monster Yamaha Tech 3||YAMAHA||Q2||1'55.221||0.532||0.018|
|8||29||Andrea IANNONE||ITA||Team SUZUKI ECSTAR||SUZUKI||Q2||1'55.270||0.581||0.049|
|9||42||Alex RINS||SPA||Team SUZUKI ECSTAR||SUZUKI||Q2||1'55.431||0.742||0.161|
|10||26||Dani PEDROSA||SPA||Repsol Honda Team||HONDA||Q2||1'55.474||0.785||0.043|
|11||53||Tito RABAT||SPA||Reale Avintia Racing||DUCATI||Q2||1'55.686||0.997||0.212|
|12||25||Maverick VI¥ALES||SPA||Movistar Yamaha MotoGP||YAMAHA||Q2||1'55.823||1.134||0.137|
|13||21||Franco MORBIDELLI||ITA||EG 0,0 Marc VDS||HONDA||Q1||1'56.029||(*) 0.491|| |
|14||19||Alvaro BAUTISTA||SPA||Angel Nieto Team||DUCATI||Q1||1'56.031||(*) 0.493||0.002|
|15||38||Bradley SMITH||GBR||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM||Q1||1'56.218||(*) 0.680||0.187|
|16||55||Hafizh SYAHRIN||MAL||Monster Yamaha Tech 3||YAMAHA||Q1||1'56.285||(*) 0.747||0.067|
|17||43||Jack MILLER||AUS||Alma Pramac Racing||DUCATI||Q1||1'56.316||(*) 0.778||0.031|
|18||6||Stefan BRADL||GER||HRC Honda Team||HONDA||Q1||1'56.330||(*) 0.792||0.014|
|19||44||Pol ESPARGARO||SPA||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM||Q1||1'56.353||(*) 0.815||0.023|
|20||30||Takaaki NAKAGAMI||JPN||LCR Honda IDEMITSU||HONDA||Q1||1'56.512||(*) 0.974||0.159|
|21||50||Sylvain GUINTOLI||FRA||Team SUZUKI ECSTAR||SUZUKI||Q1||1'57.037||(*) 1.499||0.525|
|22||12||Thomas LUTHI||SWI||EG 0,0 Marc VDS||HONDA||Q1||1'57.208||(*) 1.670||0.171|
|23||17||Karel ABRAHAM||CZE||Angel Nieto Team||DUCATI||Q1||1'57.217||(*) 1.679||0.009|
|24||41||Aleix ESPARGARO||SPA||Aprilia Racing Team Gresini||APRILIA||Q1||1'57.250||(*) 1.712||0.033|
|25||45||Scott REDDING||GBR||Aprilia Racing Team Gresini||APRILIA||Q1||1'57.438||(*) 1.900||0.188|
|26||10||Xavier SIMEON||BEL||Reale Avintia Racing||DUCATI||Q1||1'58.048||(*) 2.510||0.610|
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