MotoGP Brno: Marc Marquez beats Valentino Rossi to pole position

Marc Marquez took his fourth pole position of the 2017 MotoGP season after edging Valentino Rossi by less than a tenth of a second in Czech Grand Prix qualifying at Brno

MotoGP Brno: Marc Marquez beats Valentino Rossi to pole position

Much of the second qualifying session was led by Dani Pedrosa, who set an early benchmark of 1m55.313s that stood until the final two minutes of running.

On his first run, Marquez slotted into second, 0.026s behind his Honda team-mate, but he managed to eclipse Pedrosa's time by more than three tenths on his second run, as he set a 1m54.981s to end up on top.

Moments later, Yamaha man Rossi jumped to second on a 1m55.073s, missing out on pole by only 0.092s, while a late improvement for Pedrosa still left the Spaniard 0.138s down.

Andrea Dovizioso was best of the Ducati riders in fourth, 0.460s behind Marquez and narrowly ahead of LCR Honda's Cal Crutchlow, who battled a reported back injury to take fifth.

The second works Ducati of Jorge Lorenzo was third after the first runs, but the three-time champion had that laptime deleted for exceeding track limits at Turn 14. He eventually qualified sixth, 0.571s off the pace.

Maverick Vinales was a subdued seventh on the second Yamaha, nearly six tenths slower than team-mate Rossi.

Q1 pacesetter Danilo Petrucci, Alvaro Bautista and Johann Zarco completed the top 10.

Aleix Espargaro crashed on his way to 11th place for Aprilia, ahead of Loris Baz on the Avintia Ducati.

Just missing out on a place in Q2 was Suzuki's Alex Rins, who moved into second in Q1 when he got a tow from Bautista and set a time just 0.006s slower than the Spaniard.

Rins was then shuffled out of the top two when Petrucci set a time two tenths quicker than Bautista, leaving him 13th ahead of Jonas Folger and Jack Miller.

The other Suzuki of Andrea Iannone didn't leave the pits in the closing part of Q1 and will start down in 20th, two places behind the lead KTM of Pol Espargaro, who took 18th despite crashing at Turn 12.

Aprilia's Sam Lowes also fell at the same corner, relegating him to 22nd, while the second Pramac Ducati of Scott Redding lines up 23rd and last.

Starting grid

Pos Rider Team Time Gap
1 Marc Marquez Honda 1m54.981s -
2 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1m55.073s 0.092s
3 Dani Pedrosa Honda 1m55.119s 0.138s
4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1m55.441s 0.460s
5 Cal Crutchlow LCR Honda 1m55.489s 0.508s
6 Jorge Lorenzo Ducati 1m55.552s 0.571s
7 Maverick Vinales Yamaha 1m55.663s 0.682s
8 Danilo Petrucci Pramac Ducati 1m55.738s 0.757s
9 Alvaro Bautista Aspar Ducati 1m56.027s 1.046s
10 Johann Zarco Tech3 Yamaha 1m56.075s 1.094s
11 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1m56.355s 1.374s
12 Loris Baz Avintia Ducati 1m56.624s 1.643s
13 Alex Rins Suzuki 1m56.460s 1.479s
14 Jonas Folger Tech3 Yamaha 1m56.540s 1.559s
15 Jack Miller MVDS Honda 1m56.543s 1.562s
16 Hector Barbera Avintia Ducati 1m56.685s 1.704s
17 Karel Abraham Aspar Ducati 1m56.786s 1.805s
18 Pol Espargaro KTM 1m57.034s 2.053s
19 Bradley Smith KTM 1m57.042s 2.061s
20 Andrea Iannone Suzuki 1m57.245s 2.264s
21 Tito Rabat MVDS Honda 1m57.288s 2.307s
22 Sam Lowes Aprilia 1m57.465s 2.484s
23 Scott Redding Pramac Ducati 1m57.517s 2.536s

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