Jorge Lorenzo Set the Pace in Friday Practice at Brno in the Czech Republic

Top rider quotes from Brno, plus full timing results!

JORGE LORENZO race action shot

Jorge Lorenzo, who earned the pole at Indianapolis, has picked up right where he left off and set the pace in Friday practice at Brno in the Czech Republic. The big scare of the day is when Honda’s Dani Pedrosa crashed in his own fork oil and heavily bruised his left ankle. Here are quotes from some of the top riders, plus a list of the Friday times.


“We started this morning in a very good way. The afternoon has seen some of the toughest circumstances that we‘ve had all season. It was very hot and on the straight you could feel the heat coming from the engine, so it was a very physically demanding training. Without wind, the track was much worse than it was in the morning, but we were able to keep a quite consistent pace compared to our rivals. In the end, I tried all the tires and some settings of the bike that give us a good direction to work towards for tomorrow.”

Valentino Rossi race action shot


“Unfortunately, Pedrosa had a problem with his bike and it lost some oil and I crashed. This afternoon was difficult for everybody because the track is very slippery and the amount of grip is very low and at the same time there are a lot of bumps, so every time I entered the corner I was pretty much at the limit. At the end of the afternoon it went a bit better and I went into fourth position, but I have to recover a disadvantage, especially the one to Jorge, who seems to have the best pace.”

Marc Marquez race action shot


"Today was a very productive day, we have obtained a lot of data and we have seen that this will not be an easy circuit. I am fast over a single lap, but I am finding it harder to set a constant pace. In FP2 we finished first, but more importantly we have made a step forward with our pace, because it seems that Lorenzo is has a very fast rhythm. This afternoon we got close to him and we will see if tomorrow we can continue to improve, in order to be as close as possible to the top."

Dani Pedrosa race action shot


"I had a problem with the front fork which I didn't realize until some oil hit the rear wheel as I was leaning over to the right into turn fourteen. The bike threw me off quite violently and I took a big knock to my left foot. I went to Clinica Mobile for a check-up and they performed an x-ray on my left ankle. Thankfully they confirmed there was no break or fracture, just a heavy contusion so I will have some treatment tonight and see how the situation is in the morning."

Andrea Iannone race action shot


“Today things went better than at Indianapolis, but we have not yet been able to find an optimal set-up. In comparison with this morning the track conditions in FP2 were a lot worse and in the end we were unable to assess the difference between the two bikes available. I am struggling to ride without making any errors because in these conditions it is very easy to make a mistake and since we are still suffering with scarce grip at the rear, everything becomes more complicated. We still have to improve, especially in T2 where we lose a lot, and it is possible to make up a few vital tenths in that sector. For sure, this is an important aspect for the race, and so we will be working above all in this direction.”

Andrea Dovizioso race action shot


“I am quite pleased with the speed we have here at Brno because we are closer to our rivals and today I feel I could have gone much faster. In any case this is quite a difficult circuit because the track surface is in a rather critical state and in the afternoon there was less grip than in the morning. Now we have to work to make the bike turn in an easier and more constant way, because these are the factors that make all the difference in the race. In the afternoon session, we did several tests and the only thing to do now is to analyze all the information in order to find the best setting so as to be able to put in more laps tomorrow.”

Cal Crutchlow race action shot


“It was a difficult day with the track conditions, but overall I was quite pleased with things. We certainly need to improve entry into some of the corners under braking, and we found some strange things with the front tire that I wasn’t happy with and it meant I couldn’t ride so comfortably. Honestly speaking though, I was quite pleased with the second session. The overall lap time might not look too impressive, but it was only because I didn’t make a good fast lap with the front tire. Tomorrow hopefully we can take some benefit of the morning session and learn a few things for Sunday’s race.”


Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Time/Gap
1 LORENZO Jorge 99 SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 1'56.499
2 MARQUEZ Marc 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team 1'56.513
3 IANNONE Andrea 29 ITA Ducati Team 1'56.750
4 PEDROSA Dani 26 SPA Repsol Honda Team 1'56.784
5 DOVIZIOSO Andrea 4 ITA Ducati Team 1'56.821
6 ROSSI Valentino 46 ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 1'57.038
7 ESPARGARO Pol 44 SPA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 1'57.078
8 SMITH Bradley 38 GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 1'57.137
9 ESPARGARO Aleix 41 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar 1'57.202
10 CRUTCHLOW Cal 35 GBR CWM LCR Honda 1'57.229
11 HERNANDEZ Yonny 68 COL Pramac Racing 1'57.544
12 PETRUCCI Danilo 9 ITA Pramac Racing 1'57.575
13 VINALES Maverick 25 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar 1'57.607
14 BARBERA Hector 8 SPA Avintia Racing 1'57.718
15 REDDING Scott 45 GBR Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS 1'57.860
16 BRADL Stefan 6 GER Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 1'58.484
17 MILLER Jack 43 AUS CWM LCR Honda 1'58.512
18 HAYDEN Nicky 69 USA Aspar MotoGP Team 1'58.549
19 DI MEGLIO Mike 63 FRA Avintia Racing 1'58.589
20 LAVERTY Eugene 50 IRE Aspar MotoGP Team 1'58.656
21 BAUTISTA Alvaro 19 SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 1'58.669
22 BAZ Loris 76 FRA Athina Forward Racing 1'58.678
23 DE ANGELIS Alex 15 RSM Athina Forward Racing