MotoGP Brno: Lorenzo takes pole for Yamaha with new lap record

Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo smashed his own Brno lap record as he beat world champion Marc Marquez to pole position for the Czech MotoGP

MotoGP Brno: Lorenzo takes pole for Yamaha with new lap record

Lorenzo went straight to the top of the timesheets on his first run, beating the lap record he had set during Saturday's third practice session in the process.

The Yamaha rider then lowered the record again with a time of 1m54.989s, nearly half a second faster than anybody else had gone during the session.

Honda's Marquez improved significantly on his second attempt, but ultimately fell just 0.074 seconds shy.

"Before qualifying, I thought a laptime similar to the time this morning would be good enough for pole position but I was wrong," Lorenzo, the last non-Honda rider to win at Brno, said.

"Really I pushed more than the first time out because I had a very good laptime and I thought I would risk a little bit more - if I crash from the front it's OK.

"I didn't crash, I improved a little bit on braking and a little bit on throttle.

"Maybe the laptime was not perfect. In the last corner I opened maybe too much throttle, too much [wheel] spinning and lost some drive, maybe losing one tenth.

"But the rest of the lap I'm very proud of, I really made one of my best laps ever."

Championship leader Valentino Rossi completed the front row on the second Yamaha as he slotted into third place with his final run of the session.

Rossi's effort shuffled Ducati's Andrea Iannone down to fourth place, just ahead of Tech 3 rider Bradley Smith.

Andrea Dovizioso, on the second Ducati, will line up sixth on the grid for Sunday's 22-lap race ahead of Maverick Vinales and Pol Espargaro, who had earlier made it through as the fastest rider from Q1.

Dani Pedrosa will start ninth but the defending Brno winner was almost a full second slower than Lorenzo's best time as he continues to suffer from an ankle injury sustained on Friday.

Cal Crutchlow completed the top 10 on his LCR Honda, but the British rider had earlier been forced to come through Q1 along with Pol Espargaro.

Hector Barbera and Yonny Hernandez were the slowest riders in Q2 and will start the race from 11th and 12th.

Follow the Czech MotoGP from 10:00 BST on Sunday, on AUTOSPORT Race Centre Live.

QUALIFYING RESULTS:

Pos Rider Team Bike Time Gap
1 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha Yamaha 1m54.989s -
2 Marc Marquez Honda Honda 1m55.063s 0.074s
3 Valentino Rossi Yamaha Yamaha 1m55.353s 0.364s
4 Andrea Iannone Ducati Ducati 1m55.390s 0.401s
5 Bradley Smith Tech 3 Yamaha 1m55.460s 0.471s
6 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati Ducati 1m55.935s 0.946s
7 Maverick Vinales Suzuki Suzuki 1m55.954s 0.965s
8 Pol Espargaro Tech 3 Yamaha 1m55.955s 0.966s
9 Dani Pedrosa Honda Honda 1m55.969s 0.980s
10 Cal Crutchlow LCR Honda 1m56.192s 1.203s
11 Hector Barbera Avintia Racing Ducati 1m56.399s 1.410s
12 Yonny Hernandez Pramac Racing Ducati 1m56.739s 1.750s
13 Danilo Petrucci Pramac Racing Ducati 1m56.713s 1.724s
14 Scott Redding Marc VDS Honda 1m56.765s 1.776s
15 Aleix Espargaro Suzuki Suzuki 1m56.806s 1.817s
16 Stefan Bradl Aprilia Gresini Aprilia 1m57.133s 2.144s
17 Mike Di Meglio Avintia Racing Ducati 1m57.215s 2.226s
18 Loris Baz Forward Racing Yamaha Forward 1m57.540s 2.551s
19 Alvaro Bautista Aprilia Gresini Aprilia 1m57.552s 2.563s
20 Eugene Laverty Aspar Honda 1m57.634s 2.645s
21 Nicky Hayden Aspar Honda 1m57.645s 2.656s
22 Jack Miller LCR Honda 1m57.855s 2.866s
23 Alex de Angelis IodaRacing Project ART/Aprilia 1m58.599s 3.610s
24 Claudio Corti Forward Racing Yamaha Forward 1m59.145s 4.156s
25 Karel Abraham AB Motoracing Honda 1m59.903s 4.914s

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