MotoGP: Round #11 Repsol Honda Qualifying Report - Brno

Marc Marquez race action shot

Repsol Honda Press Release:

Repsol Honda's Marc Marquez will start tomorrow's Czech Republic GP from 2nd on the grid after an intense battle during qualifying with Jorge Lorenzo, with five riders lapping under Cal Crutchlow's 2013 pole position record (1'55.527). Teammate Dani Pedrosa who was suffering due to the injury to his left ankle after crashing in free practice yesterday will start from 9th position.

Jorge and Marc shot to the top of the time sheets immediately on their first exit. However, both riders had more to come, both improving their first exit time considerably, with Marc missing out on pole by just 0.074 seconds with his time of 1’55.063 (lap 6/7). Dani displayed true determination to fight for a good grid position and his time of 1’55.969 (lap 6/7) was just 0.032 seconds of 6th place Andrea Dovizioso in an incredibly tight mid-field.

Marc Marquez race action shot

Marc Marquez #99

2nd 1'55.063

"Today we can be very pleased with how the day went, yesterday we were far off Jorge and Valentino’s pace but today we are much closer. It's a good sign, but we knew it would be difficult to beat them over a single lap because it seems that they use the new tire very well. I set a very good lap, but Jorge’s was fantastic. In terms of race pace I think they are a little better than us, but there isn’t much in it, so in the morning warmup we will try to make a step. We will give one hundred percent in the race and try to keep as close as possible and stick with them to the end."

Dani Pedrosa race action shot

Dani Pedrosa #26:

9th 1'55.969

"Today was a difficult day and I did the best I could but it was very painful on the bike and hard for me to change gears and move myself around. Although I wasn't slow, I didn't get a great position on the grid as the riders around me are very close with just a few hundredths of a second separating us. So tomorrow we will start a little further back which is always tricky as you find yourself in traffic in the early laps. However, we will try our best tomorrow, hope for a good start and go from there."

Tomorrow’s race will begin at 14h00 local time.

Qualifying Round 11   bwin Grand Prix Ceske republiky - Results Session:

1     LORENZO Jorge     99     SPA     Movistar Yamaha MotoGP     Yamaha     1'54.989

** 2     MARQUEZ Marc     93     SPA     Repsol Honda Team     Honda     1'55.063**

3     ROSSI Valentino 46     ITA     Movistar Yamaha MotoGP     Yamaha     1'55.353

4     IANNONE Andrea     29     ITA     Ducati Team     Ducati     1'55.390

5     SMITH Bradley     38     GBR     Monster Yamaha Tech 3     Yamaha     1'55.460

6     DOVIZIOSO Andrea 4     ITA     Ducati Team     Ducati     1'55.935

7     VINALES Maverick     25     SPA     Team Suzuki Ecstar     Suzuki     1'55.954

8     ESPARGARO Pol     44     SPA     Monster Yamaha Tech 3     Yamaha     1'55.955

** 9     PEDROSA Dani     26     SPA     Repsol Honda Team     Honda     1'55.969**

10     CRUTCHLOW Cal     35     GBR     CWM LCR Honda     Honda     1'56.192

11     BARBERA Hector     8     SPA     Avintia Racing     Ducati     1'56.399

12     HERNANDEZ Yonny 68     COL     Pramac Racing     Ducati     1'56.739

13     PETRUCCI Danilo 9     ITA     Pramac Racing     Ducati     1'56.713

14     REDDING Scott     45     GBR     Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS     Honda     1'56.765

15     ESPARGARO Aleix 41     SPA     Team Suzuki Ecstar     Suzuki     1'56.806

16     BRADL Stefan     6     GER     Aprilia Racing Team Gresini     Aprilia     1'57.133

17     DI MEGLIO Mike     63     FRA     Avintia Racing     Ducati     1'57.215

18     BAZ Loris     76     FRA     Athina Forward Racing     Forward Yamaha     1'57.540

19     BAUTISTA Alvaro 19     SPA     Aprilia Racing Team Gresini     Aprilia     1'57.552

20     LAVERTY Eugene     50     IRE     Aspar MotoGP Team     Honda     1'57.634

21     HAYDEN Nicky     69     USA     Aspar MotoGP Team     Honda     1'57.645

22     MILLER Jack     43     AUS     CWM LCR Honda     Honda     1'57.855

23     DE ANGELIS Alex 15     RSM     Athina Forward Racing     Forward Yamaha     1'58.599

24     CORTI Claudio     71     ITA     Athina Forward Racing     Forward Yamaha     1'59.145

25     ABRAHAM Karel     17     CZE     AB Motoracing     Honda     1'59.903

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