Brno - Championship leader Marc Marquez grabbed the pole position for
Sunday's Czech Republic MotoGP at Brno after taking Saturday's
qualifying session by storm.
The 23-year-old Spanish Honda rider
set a new record on the Brno circuit with 1min 54.596sec to take his
fifth pole position of the season.
Reigning world champion Jorge
Lorenzo on a Yamaha, last year's winner at Brno, was the first to break
the circuit record on Saturday, only to come second in the end, trailing
his compatriot Marquez by 0.253sec.
Italian Ducati rider Andrea
Iannone, who won the last MotoGP in Austria last weekend, will complete
the front row, finishing 0.631sec behind Marquez.
"I didn't expect
to be in the pole position because Lorenzo was very fast this morning,
he did also an incredible lap, but I was pushing my 100 percent," said
Marquez, the 2013 and 2014 MotoGP champion.
For the record lap, he
used his rival Valentino Rossi, the 37-year-old nine-time world
champion who has won five top-class races at Brno, the last one in 2009.
was lucky honestly, because Valentino was in front and with his
slipstream I was able to be a little bit faster," said Marquez.
the last corner... I saw that Valentino was preparing the last lap and
then I said OK I need to go for him because if not I will lose too much
"In the end this movement was the pole position," said
Marquez, whose only top-class win at Brno dates back to his rookie
MotoGP season in 2013.
Lorenzo said Marquez's record lap was "impressive".
pushed maybe to much, I braked too late, so I didn't have enough corner
speed to be faster," said the 29-year-old Lorenzo, who will move to
Ducati after the season.
"But we are happy with the second place,
especially because we have a good pace, good setup to keep a constant
pace during the race."
The second row comprises Spaniards Aleix
Espargaro on a Suzuki and Hector Barbera on a Ducati alongside Italian
legend Rossi on a Yamaha.
At Brno, Rossi won his first-ever grand prix exactly twenty years ago, taking the 125cc honours.
10 of 18 grand prix this season, Marquez leads the overall standings on
181 points, ahead of Lorenzo with 138 and Rossi with 124.Grid for Sunday's Czech MotoGP at Brno after final qualifying on Saturday:
1. Marc Marquez (ESP/Honda) 1min 54.596sec; 2. Jorge Lorenzo (ESP/Yamaha) at 0.253sec; 3. Andrea Iannone (ITA/Ducati) 0.631
4. Aleix Espargaro (ESP/Suzuki) 0.728; 5. Hector Barbera (ESP/Ducati) 0.841; 6. Valentino Rossi (ITA/Yamaha) 0.913
7. Andrea Dovizioso (ITA/Ducati) 1.152; 8. Maverick Vinales (ESP/Suzuki) 1.191; 9. Dani Pedrosa (ESP/Honda) 1.245
10. Cal Crutchlow (GBR/Honda) 1.334; 11. Bradley Smith (GBR/Yamaha) 1.519; 12. Pol Espargaro (ESP/Yamaha) 1.926