Brno: Marquez walks on water for record 58th pole position


These just in from the land of Brno

 

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Marquez walks on water for record 58th pole position

A perfectly timed switch to slicks and a masterful ride aboard the RC213V saw Marquez run away with pole position for the Czech GP and equal Doohan’s premier class pole record.

Torrential morning rain ceased just ahead of Free Practice 3 for the MotoGP World Championship but left the Brno circuit soaking wet. Although conditions improved throughout the morning session, the rain returned during the lunch break to ensure every Saturday session at the Czech GP was wet.

Able to immediately achieve a good feeling with his Repsol Honda Team RC213V in the wet, Marc Marquez continued to challenge for the top spots as he had done throughout the weekend. Second in FP3 had the reigning World Champion confident of a strong result in the wet or dry. Even with the rain, the grid would be decided on slicks and Marquez was the first to head out as the dry line appeared. Expertly navigating the treacherous conditions of the Automotodrom Brno, Marquez claimed pole by a staggering 2.5 seconds.

This is the 86th pole of Marc Marquez’s career and his 58th in the premier class. He and five-time World Champion Mick Doohan now share the record for most pole positions in the premier class with 58 each.

On the other side of the garage, the conditions meant another session of learning and adapting for Stefan Bradl as he got up to speed in the wet. Unable to improve his overall standing on the combined times due to the wet morning conditions, the German rider entered Q1. With the track transitioning from wet to dry, Bradl set a fastest time of 2’05.974 for 17th on the grid for the Czech GP but is confident of fighting forward come race day.

Sunday’s forecast is more positive with sun predicted for the 21-lap MotoGP race, scheduled to start at 14:00 local time.

Marc Marquez
1st 2’02.753

“At the start I believed in the slick tyres with how the conditions were changing. In the end when the rain came back and the track got wetter it was difficult! Maybe in hindsight I took a little too much risk, but in the end we finished in a good way and I am happy. Tomorrow it looks like it will be a sunny day, so a normal race. With the conditions we have had, it is hard to know where everyone is but the target is the podium.”

Stefan Bradl
17th 2’05.974

“Today was a tough day with the conditions, it was difficult for me as it has been over a year since I’ve ridden a MotoGP machine in the wet. I needed some time to get adapted but we found a good direction quite quickly. Of course I would like to be further up the grid and the target is to finish in the points and push for the top ten. I also want to say a big congratulations to Marc because what he did was incredible to watch.”

 

MotoGP

A kind of magic: Marquez puts slicks on pole at a half-soaked Brno
The number 93 equals Mick Doohan’s premier class pole record with a scintillating lap of the gods
Saturday, 03 August 2019

Pole positions come and go, lap records are broken, and the paddock inevitably marches on. But every now and then, someone creates a moment that instantly gets inked into the history books, and that’s exactly what Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) did to take pole position in the Monster Energy Grand Prix České republiky. Slicks in mixed conditions are a recipe for gravel or glory and Marquez threaded the needle to perfection in one of the most stunning qualifying performances in history, annihilating his rivals by over two and a half seconds. If that wasn’t enough, it’s also pole number 58 for the number 93, equalling Mick Doohan’s all-time premier class record. Joining Marquez on the front row are Jack Miller (Pramac Racing), who also took the gamble on slicks, and Johann Zarco (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing), who took the first front row for the Austrian factory and his first this season.

In Q1, it was also KTM’s time to shine as Zarco reigned ahead of teammate Pol Espargaro, with the two split by just 0.020 and both moving through to contest what looked like a very challenging Q2. And that it turned out to be, with Zarco again the man in the spotlight as the Frenchman took provisional pole with ten minutes remaining, ahead of Espargaro, and a dry line starting to appear on the track.

The drama came first from a fight between Marquez and Alex Rins (Team Suzuki Ecstar), with the two getting a little too close for comfort on track before rolling into pitlane in tandem and exchanging a few words. And that’s when the reigning Champion switched to slicks, heading back out with seven minutes left on the clock, as the rain began to return.

Meanwhile, Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) had gone the opposite way, and it looked like Marquez could have made a serious mistake as the Ducati man shot up into second to split the KTMs…and the rain started to fall. But then the red sectors started to appear.

First it was a few tenths, and by the end of the lap it was over a second. At parts of the track it was pouring with rain but the number 93 kept on keeping on, eking out the advantage with utter commitment to the cause and taking over on top.

Miller was also seeing red and moved up to second behind Marquez not long after, and that was surely all she wrote? Not so as both men began another flying lap. For Miller, sadly, it came to an early end as the Australian crashed out. But he’d done enough to keep his impressive second place and once again proved a master of rolling the dice, with everything now left to one man and his slicks: Marquez. Could he improve? He didn’t need to, but the reigning Champion was on a mission.

Four tenths in sector 1 became nearly a second in sector 2, before the third sector saw the timing screens light up with a gap of almost a second and a half. The final sector was where the rain was still coming down though; all that stood between Marquez and pole number 58. That, too, was conquered, with Marquez’ final effort pulling him two and a half seconds clear of the field and a second and a half ahead of his previous best. Mission accomplished, history made.

So he heads Miller and Zarco as the Frenchman earns KTM’s first MotoGP™ front row start and his best qualifying result since taking pole in Malaysia last year, with Dovizioso putting himself in a solid position for the race in fourth. Espargaro lines up in fifth for the second time this season, with Rins ultimately set to launch from sixth.

Valentino Rossi (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) slammed in a late personal best time on the wet tyres to spearhead the third row of the grid in Brno, ‘The Doctor’ leads Danilo Petrucci (Ducati Team) and Maverick Viñales (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP), who are in eighth and ninth respectively. Fabio Quartararo (Petronas Yamaha SRT), Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda Castrol) and Franco Morbidelli (Petronas Yamaha SRT) completed the Q2 runners.

The Czech Adrenaline Factory certainly lived up its name on Saturday, as Marquez swept away records and rain for premier class pole 58. But Sunday should be dry, and that’s a whole new
ball game…so tune in for it at 14:00 local time (GMT+2).

LCR

Cal Crutchlow will start the Czech Republic Grand Prix from 11th place on the grid following a wet day of qualifying at Brno. As expected, rain fell solidly in the morning to leave the circuit waterlogged in many places, but strategy became difficult for the MotoGP class riders as Q1 and Q2 then took place on a drying track.

Having finished eighth overall on Friday, Crutchlow moved automatically into Q2 as nobody was able to improve their time in either FP3 or FP4. The Briton did opt to switch to slicks for the closing stages of the qualifying session, but was unable to improve his fortunes and now has work to do ahead of Sunday’s race.
Cal Crutchlow – 11th
(2’07.123 – lap 3 of 7)
“Qualifying in 11th is not great for the race tomorrow, honestly speaking I think our pace is a little bit faster than that, we’re probably in the top six. I just made a mistake in Q2 that I didn’t take the slicks early enough, I came in a lap later but Marc (Marquez) and Jack (Miller) did an incredible job so I don’t know if I’d have been able to challenge them even if I’d had the slicks on. So overall it wasn’t a great qualifying session for us, but I tried my best and we’ll have to see what we can do in the race. We tried a different set-up in the wet in FP4 which felt a bit better and I think that will work in the dry as well, so we look forward to tomorrow.”

 

Takaaki Nakagami will start the Czech Republic Grand Prix from the fifth row of the grid after a damp day of qualifying at Brno. Having finished outside the top 10 on Friday, the LCR Honda IDEMITSU rider had no chance to secure an automatic passage to Q2 as rain ensured wet track conditions throughout Saturday.

The Japanese star struggled in both FP3 and FP4 on a wet but drying track and headed into Q1 as Friday’s lap times remained unchallenged. It looked like Nakagami was poised to take one of the two spots for Q2, but a late surge from Johann Zarco pushed him back to third position and meant he will start Sunday’s race from 13th on the grid.
Takaaki Nakagami – 13th
(2’05.265 – lap 6 of 7)
“It was really tough conditions. In Q1, this track was changing a lot lap by lap, every minute conditions were changing quickly – some areas were completely dry and some areas were fully wet. In Q1 I don’t think anybody thought about going to slicks. We struggled with the wet conditions in FP3 and FP4, we tried both soft and medium compounds, but didn’t have a good feeling with either. In the end we chose medium and medium, but I’m disappointed we didn’t get through to Q2. We had a chance right until the end, but then (Johann) Zarco improved his lap time and I was knocked out. Now we’re focusing on tomorrow and conditions look like they will be mixed, so we have to prepare well for any conditions. It’s difficult to plan a strategy, but maybe tomorrow morning after the warm-up we’ll discuss things as a team.”

Yamaha

After a tussle with the elements in a mixed Q2 session today, Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP‘s Valentino Rossi and Maverick Viñales will be starting tomorrow’s Monster Energy Grand Prix České republiky from the third row.

7th
VALENTINO ROSSI
2’06.233 / 7 LAPS

9th
MAVERICK VIÑALES
2’06.626 / 6 LAPS

Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP‘s Valentino Rossi and Maverick Viñales had shown solid pace in the wet and the dry so far this weekend at the Automotodrom Brno, but during the mixed Q2 session they weren‘t able to get in the hot lap they had in mind. Qualifying started on a drying track, but rain towards the end thwarted the Yamaha men‘s plans. Rossi‘s late wet tyre gamble resulted in him taking seventh place, whilst Viñales was unlucky to get caught in the rain on slicks. He will line up beside his team-mate on the third row in ninth place.

With the track conditions at first wet and later drying in the morning’s FP3, no riders improved on their best time from yesterday. This allowed Rossi and Viñales to take part in Q2, as they had already secured top-10 results in the combined free practice standings in FP2.

Rossi was quick to leave the box to make the most of the 15-minute qualifying session but needed a bit of time to get familiar with the mixed track conditions. His first flying lap put him in tenth position after all riders had put in their benchmark lap. He improved on his time but not his placement before he entered pit lane for a quick stop, holding 11th place.

With about five minutes remaining, the Italian re-entered the track just when it started to spit down again – his tyre gamble of sticking to wets paid off. He moved up to tenth position on his next try as he got heat into the tyres, and had one more lap left. The Doctor set four personal best sectors to bank a 2‘06.233s and secured seventh place on the grid for tomorrow‘s race, 3.480s from pole.

Viñales was the second rider to start the qualifying challenge. His first two runs were on wet tyres, as he tried to get a feel for the conditions. His first hot lap, a 2‘06.626s, saw him slot into fifth place when all riders had completed their initial try. As a dry line started to form, the Spaniard came in for a wet-medium rear tyre but on his out lap immediately decided to return to the pits for another tyre change.

With slightly less than four minutes remaining, the Yamaha rider went out on soft slicks for his third run. Lying in seventh place, he knew he had to push, but he was out of luck. Just when he started his attempt, spots of rain began to fall, especially in sector one and four, preventing him from climbing the rankings in the time-attack. He ended the session in ninth place, 3.873s from first.

MASSIMO MEREGALLI
TEAM DIRECTOR

“We started the day well. Vale and Maverick both showed good pace in the wet FP3 and FP4, and yesterday they also felt good in the dry, so we felt positive going into Q2. However, the weather was not on our side. The track was drying in the first ten minutes of the session, but then rain started to fall, making the tyre choice a catch-22 situation and the timing critical. Ultimately, wets were the better choice towards the end of the session, so Vale managed to move up to seventh on his last lap, whilst Maverick was unlucky not to be able to improve on his benchmark time using the soft slicks combination, because it started raining again. Two riders on the third row is not the result we expected, nor does it show our true potential here in Brno. The weather is expected to be completely different tomorrow, sunny and warm, so we need to adapt to the changes as fast as we can in the Warm Up to prepare for the race. Normally, we would have completed our tyre choice by now if we had had one more dry session today. Unfortunately this wasn’t the case, so we’ll use tomorrow morning’s track time to make our final tyre decision, keeping in mind that tyre degradation will likely play a role in the outcome of the race.”

VALENTINO ROSSI

“It was a very difficult day, especially for the qualifying. We always had half-and-half conditions and we wanted to try to use the slicks at the beginning, but the conditions weren’t good enough. Before my second run I saw a lot of people go out on slicks, but for me it was too wet. There was not enough time to put on slicks for us. These conditions are always difficult for us, we struggle very much, so starting from the third row is not so bad. I hope for a dry race tomorrow and also for a dry Warm Up, because we have a lot of things to try, especially to make the right tyre choice.”

MAVERICK VIÑALES

“The slicks didn‘t work for us. I tried to go out on them, because I spotted the opportunity, but ultimately I think it was a bad decision. We should have followed our plan to go out on the medium wet tyre at the end, I think our position would have been much better, but it is what it is. You have to take the positives. It‘s been a great weekend, I‘m riding fast on the wet and dry, so we need to keep this positivity going for tomorrow. I start from P9, but normally I‘m starting good now and I‘m doing good first laps, so I need to keep going. These mixed conditions were very difficult for us. With more water on the track it was better and I was faster. I’m really confident for tomorrow, because I felt great on the soft tyre in the dry conditions on the Friday, so I think that can be a good choice for us. I don‘t know about the others, but it works really well for our bike. I think tomorrow‘s Warm Up will be very important to decide everything, but anyway the feeling is there, I‘m in good shape, so I think I can do well.”

 

Rain denies qualifying potential for Quartararo and Morbidelli

PETRONAS Yamaha SRT duo Fabio Quartararo and Franco Morbidelli will start tomorrow’s Czech Grand Prix from 10th and 12th after last minute rain
Czech GP – 03 August 2019
The PETRONAS Yamaha Sepang Racing Team duo of Fabio Quartararo and Franco Morbidelli will start tomorrow’s Czech Grand Prix from 10th and 12th respectively, after a late rain shower at the Automotodrom Brno denied them the chance to show their potential in today’s qualifying session.

Taking to the track in mixed wet and dry conditions for the first time on his Yamaha YZR-M1, Quartararo was happy to limit the damage for tomorrow’s race by qualifying inside the top ten. Looking fast in the earlier practice sessions, a late rain shower just as he switched to slick tyres on the drying track meant that he wasn’t able to show his true potential. Despite that, his earlier pace means that he’s going into tomorrow’s race full of confidence.

Team-mate Morbidelli was also caught out by the rain despite a strong session, and was unable to set a flying lap as the track went from dry to wet. However, despite that he’s upbeat about his potential for the race after enjoying a strong weekend in both wet and dry conditions so far.

Tomorrow’s Czech Grand Prix at the Automotodrom Brno gets underway at 1400 local time (2000 Malaysian time).

“We had very mixed conditions in qualifying and we struggled a little bit with the tyre choice. Unfortunately, we made the wrong one. I went with slicks but at the end of my out lap it started raining and there wasn’t enough time to go back in and change them. I didn’t make a flying lap, but 12th position isn’t so bad because we were fast in wet conditions even if it didn’t work out in qualifying. We had good sensations on Friday morning in the dry from the bike too, and now it’s just a case of waiting and seeing what weather conditions come tomorrow.”
“Practice went really well and we finished in the top ten in really hard conditions. Qualifying was really tricky, and the problem with still being a rookie is that the tricky days are the ones where I learn the most. It was the first time I’ve ridden in conditions like this, so I gained a lot of experience. The main lesson is that maybe I should have pushed more on the first lap, because after that it was really difficult to be fast. But let’s see now what happens tomorrow and whether it is dry or wet for the race.

Aprilia

SIXTH AND EIGHTH ROW FOR THE APRILIAS

DIFFICULT WEATHER TO INTERPRET MAKES THE QUALIFIERS EVEN MORE COMPLICATED FOR ALEIX AND ANDREA

The Aprilia RS-GP machines, performing better and better in races and qualifying, faced a further stumbling block in the Moravian weather. The rain that fell ahead of FP3 quashed any chances Aleix and Andrea may have had of attempting an assault on top-ten positions which would have sent them straight through to Q2. The times, inevitably higher for everyone, froze the positions where they were at the end of qualifying practice on Friday.

Even the Q1 session was held in wet track conditions and, although the lines gradually dried out, it was not enough to avoid using rain tyres. In these conditions, Aleix finished the session in eight place (at 2’06.284) which places him on the eighteenth spot, and therefore the sixth row, of the starting grid tomorrow. Andrea stopped the clock at 2’07.923, which translates into the 23rd place time and the eighth row on the grid.
ALEIX ESPARGARO’
“The conditions today were difficult and I was unable to find the right feeling in the wet. The track changed constantly. Fortunately, tomorrow we’ll be racing in the dry, where I hope to be at a good level. It will be a long race, since we did not have many sessions available to work in. We’ll need to manage tyre wear in the second half. This is a disadvantage for us. I’ll start aggressively straight away and try to recover as many positions as possible.”
ANDREA IANNONE
“It was a difficult day and tomorrow will be hard, but we need to keep looking forward and working hard. Of course, the conditions in both FP3 and in qualifying did not help us. Even a situation of full-on rain would have been much better, but the truth is that we need to improve, believe and give it our all, already as early as tomorrow in the race.”

 

Ducati

Second row start for Dovizioso, fourth in qualifying for the Czech Republic Grand Prix, while Petrucci qualifies eighth for a row three start

Andrea Dovizioso will start tomorrow’s Czech Republic GP at the Brno circuit from the second row of the grid after today’s qualifying session. The Ducati Team rider was fourth quickest in Q2, held on a damp track which gradually dried out during the session. Dovizioso, who opted to do the entire session with rain tyres, set a best time of 2’05.590.

This morning the FP3 session was held on a wet track and no one managed to improve on yesterday’s times, so as a result both Ducati factory riders went through directly into Q2 in the afternoon.

After a first run on rain tyres in which he set a time of 2’06.457, Danilo Petrucci came back into the pits to use his second bike fitted with dry tyres, but he was unable to improve his best time and so tomorrow will start from row 3 of the grid for the Czech Republic GP.

Andrea Dovizioso (#04 Ducati Team) – 2’05.590 (4th)
“After my first run in Q2 I was sure we could have made a further improvement on our time and on my second run, with the hardest rain tyre available, I thought I could lap in 2’05 but I wasn’t sure if that would be enough. In the end I managed to do a good lap and even though I’m not on the front row, it’s OK in any case because today, with the track conditions we encountered, it was very easy to make a mistake; the most important thing was to start as close to the front as possible and we did that. I’m happy above all because in the dry yesterday we were quite fast and tomorrow it looks like there will be good weather for the race. Obviously Marquez is ahead of us, and he’s always very strong, but also Rins and Viñales will be competitive tomorrow. We’ll have to see their choice of tyres and in any case we will have to do a good warm-up to arrive at the race with a good feeling.”

Danilo Petrucci (#9 Ducati Team) – 2’06.457 (8th)

“It was a very complicated qualifying session because the track conditions were difficult to interpret. The track was wet and then it gradually got drier, but towards the end of the session it started to rain again and unfortunately I wasn’t able to be quick when I went out on slick tyres. In any case, even though our aim is always to start from the first two rows, row 3 is not bad at all and tomorrow I hope to get a good start and then play my cards in the race, which looks like being dry.”

The Ducati Team will be back on track tomorrow, Sunday 4 August, at 09.40 (CET) for the warm-up session in preparation for the race, which is scheduled to start at 14.00.

KTM Online Presse-Center

First front row Qualification with Zarco 3rd in the Czech Republic and Espargaro sits 5th
MotoGP 2019 – Round 10, Brno (CZE)

Red Bull KTM achieved their best MotoGP Qualification positions today in showery conditions at Brno for the Monster Energy Grand Prix Ceske republiky as Johann Zarco was 3rd fastest in Q2 and Pol Espargaro classified 5th. The results represent the maiden front row grid slot for the factory team in just two and a half years of competition in the premier class and the highest placement by Zarco so far in his first term on the KTM RC16.

More milestones for the KTM MotoGP project appeared at the tenth round of the 2019 campaign and as the fast, wide and challenging Brno layout – a grand prix stage since 1987 – opened the second half of the championship.

Red Bull KTM capitalised on the changing weather conditions (the Free Practice sessions and Q1 chrono were mostly wet) to stop the RC16 in Parc Ferme and on the front row for the first time thanks to Johann Zarco’s increased competitiveness. The Frenchman was able to excel in the damp and took 1st place in Q1 and set a rapid lap early in the short Q2 blast to capture 3rd position.

Pol Espargaro was not far away. The Spaniard concentrated on his wet-weather setting after the small technical hitch on Friday and it paid-off as the Q1 and Q2 continued to be rain-hit. He was just two hundredths of a second slower than Zarco in Q1 and then took 5th to equal his personal best qualifying result from round three and the Grand Prix of the Americas.

Red Bull KTM Tech3 Miguel Oliveira and Hafizh Syahrin showed good pace through Free Practice: Oliveira in particular enjoying 4th place in FP1 on Friday. The Portuguese was seven tenths of a second away from making the Q2 cut and will occupy 16th on the grid for the 21 laps tomorrow while Syahrin starts from 21st.

Johann Zarco: “This feels pretty good because I have been going through a tough time. I’m still struggling but the wet makes a reset for everyone. In the afternoon I found a good way and great confidence: I could [really] feel the bike and the tyres. The strategy to go with slick tyres at the end was complicated and didn’t feel it. [To use] Rain tyres were a bit too hard for Pole Position but I had good lap from earlier in the session. Anyway, this brings a good feeling for the team. I needed this, and shows I still have this fighting spirit that is necessary for this level.”

Pol Espargaro: “A great day for everyone: the team, me and also Johann for the front row and we were all pleased to go through Q1 and to end up where we are in complicated conditions. After yesterday we knew it would involve some risk – especially with the track so wet and then drying – to get through to Q2. Johann has been working all year and I’m happy for him because he’s a good guy. It’s great we both made the Q2 and then those incredible results. Tomorrow will be interesting. It will be a fun race for us.”

Miguel Oliveira: “Overall it has been a very strange day and we had some tough conditions. We managed to get the maximum of the wet tyres at the end. I was fast, but it was a very tight QP1 and it was clear that it was going to be difficult to get into Q2. It is a good day for KTM with the first two rows and it seems like the race will be dry tomorrow. I think we can have a decent race and finishing better than where we will start.”

Hafizh Syahrin: “In the rain I had a good feeling in the end but still the conditions were tricky so I didn’t have full confidence. I changed to the medium rear tyre and I felt slightly better with it, although the session is very short. Tomorrow will be another day, so we keep working hard. I aim to stay with the group and the goal is to bring home some points for my team.”

SIXTH PLACE FOR ALEX RINS AS RAIN HITS BRNO

Team Suzuki Press Office – August 3.

Alex Rins: 6th – 2:06.172
Sylvain Guintoli: 15th – 2:05.551
Joan Mir: 19th – 2:06.554

• Alex Rins fights conditions to secure second row.
• Joan Mir struggles with feeling in Q1.
• Sylvain Guintoli on good form as he prepares to race.

It was all change at the Automotodrom of Brno on Saturday as wet weather was the order of the day. Full wet tyres suited Sylvain Guintoli as the Frenchman flew into 3rd place in FP3 – a position he held until the chequered flag.

With most riders unable to improve, Friday’s FP2 times stood; this meant direct passage to Q2 for Alex Rins, but not for Guintoli or Mir, despite a big step made by the rookie.

FP4 was a crucial session for finalising set-up in the difficult conditions, and Team SUZUKI ECSTAR’s riders made the most of the half hour on track.

Mir and Guintoli had an uphill battle in a competitive Q1 session, and both riders tried hard to promote themselves into final qualifying. While Sylvain will start 15th on the grid, Joan found himself down in 19th after struggling to recapture his FP3 feeling.

Q2’s mixed wet and dry conditions made for a tense and tricky 15 minutes in which decisions had to be made between rain tyres and slick tyres: Rins went straight into 2nd place on his first flying lap on wets but opted for slicks for his final run as the track began to dry. With time running out, Rins couldn’t get a comfortable feeling as rain poured down once again, but the Spaniard will nevertheless start from a strong 6th position.

Davide Brivio – Team Manager:
“The conditions weren’t easy today, but Alex managed the situation quite well and was able to stay on the second row – that’s important for tomorrow’s race and we’re happy with it. Joan wasn’t able to show his potential in the mixed conditions, it was difficult for him, but we’ll continue to work, and he will try hard for a good start. Sylvain showed some very good pace in the wet, and that’s positive to see. We’re hoping for a dry race, because everything will be more straight-forward.”

Alex Rins:
“This sixth place on the grid is positive, I feel that my pace can be good in the dry or the wet, so I’m ready to enjoy tomorrow’s race. The Q2 session was difficult because tyre choice was crucial, it wasn’t a clear decision between the wet and the slick. In the end I tried the gamble of slicks and it didn’t work out because the conditions were half and half, but I’m not really disappointed because my position and pace are good anyway.”

Sylvain Guintoli:
“It’s been another great day for the test team. Things started well this morning and I took 3rd place in the wet! Then, this afternoon, I got really close to Q2 and I was disappointed not to make it. But overall, everything is going well and I’m really enjoying riding the bike and helping out the team. I feel so good, and I’ve picked up the rhythm quickly, so I’m very happy about that.”

Joan Mir:
“In the wet my feeling was actually really good, and with each setting change I could feel my performance getting better. But in qualifying I lost out because for some reason I couldn’t replicate those earlier lap times, it was strange, and we’ll work tonight to try to understand it and find the solution. Warm-up tomorrow will be important for finding tomorrow’s dry race pace.”

GP of the Czech Republic – Qualifying Classification:

1. Marc MARQUEZ Repsol Honda Team 2’02.753
2. Jack MILLER Pramac Racing 2’05.277 2.524 / 2.524
3. Johann ZARCO Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 2’05.351 2.598 / 0.074
4. Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati Team 2’05.590 2.837 / 0.239
5. Pol ESPARGARO Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 2’05.710 2.957 / 0.120
6. Alex RINS Team SUZUKI ECSTAR 2’06.172 3.419 / 0.462
7. Valentino ROSSI Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP 2’06.233 3.480 / 0.061
8. Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati Team 2’06.457 3.704 / 0.224
9. Maverick VIÑALES Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP 2’06.626 3.873 / 0.169
10. Fabio QUARTARARO Petronas Yamaha SRT 2’06.648 3.895 / 0.022
11. Cal CRUTCHLOW LCR Honda CASTROL 2’07.123 4.370 / 0.475
12. Franco MORBIDELLI Petronas Yamaha SRT 2’09.404 6.651 / 2.281
13. Takaaki NAKAGAMI LCR Honda IDEMITSU 2’05.265 Q1
14. Francesco BAGNAIA Pramac Racing 2’05.286 Q1
15. Sylvain GUINTOLI Team SUZUKI ECSTAR 2’05.551 Q1
16. Miguel OLIVEIRA Red Bull KTM Tech 3 KTM 2’05.763 Q1
17. Stefan BRADL Repsol Honda Team 2’05.974 Q1
18. Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 2’06.284 Q1
19. Joan MIR Team SUZUKI ECSTAR 2’06.554 Q1
20. Karel ABRAHAM Reale Avintia Racing 2’06.898 Q1
21. Hafizh SYAHRIN Red Bull KTM Tech 3 2’07.155 Q1
22. Tito RABAT Reale Avintia Racing 2’07.315 Q1
23. Andrea IANNONE Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 2’07.923 Q1

 


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