Brno MotoGP: Lorenzo takes pole from Marquez, Rossi third

Jorge Lorenzo fended off the challenge of Marc Marquez to secure pole position at the Czech Grand Prix, as Valentino Rossi made it to the front row for only the second time in 2015.

Having already smashed the Brno track record during Saturday morning practice, Lorenzo wasted no time in finding even more speed, setting a scorching time of 1m55.238s on his first flying lap, three tenths quicker than Marquez's opening gambit.

During his second run, the factory Yamaha rider found even more time – breaking through the 1m55s barrier with a 1m54.989s, a full half a second faster than the old record set by Cal Crutchlow in 2013, to cement a second pole position of the season.

"This morning, I was able to make this 1m55.4s, the track record, but it was with the old front tyre. And I knew with a new front tyre I could go even faster," said Lorenzo.

"We were lucky that it wasn't as hot as yesterday, so that helped with the lap time as well. I have a good pace but for sure tomorrow won't be easy."

Having lagged behind Lorenzo for much of the weekend, Marquez came very close to deposing his compatriot in the final reckoning, losing out by just 0.074s to take second.

Rossi meanwhile had struggled down in seventh early on, before leapfrogging Andrea Iannone's Ducati and Bradley Smith's Tech 3 Yamaha with his final lap, the seven-time champion taking third with a time 0.364s shy of teammate Lorenzo.

Behind Iannone and Smith, the second Ducati of Andrea Dovizioso completed the second row, with Maverick Vinales leading the third row on the best of the Suzukis in seventh.

Pol Espargaro (Tech 3 Yamaha) was forced to fight his way through to Q2, and ended up in eighth place ahead of Dani Pedrosa on the second works Honda, still struggling with ankle pain from his Friday crash, and the second rider to advance from Q1, Crutchlow (LCR Honda).

Qualifying results:

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

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Series MotoGP
Event Czech GP
Track Brno
Drivers Valentino Rossi , Jorge Lorenzo , Marc Marquez
Teams Yamaha Factory Racing
Article type Qualifying report