Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jorge Lorenzo will start in first place on the grid at Brno tomorrow after setting a time of 1’55.799 to smash the existing pole position lap record as he chases a second MotoGP™ victory at the Czech Republic circuit.
Lorenzo surpassed the existing lap record of 1’56.145 earlier in qualifying before going even faster in the final ten minutes of the session to qualify 0.196 seconds ahead of Monster Tech3 Yamaha’s Cal Crutchlow who will start on the front row for the second time this season, while Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa was third quickest in qualifying with a best lap time of 1’56.327.
Randy de Puniet set a best lap time of 1’57.844 on the Power Electronics Aspar ART machine to be the top CRT entry in qualifying in tenth position on the grid.
Brno experienced heavy rain overnight washing away most of the rubber laid down on the circuit yesterday, leaving track conditions only slightly better than yesterday. Cloud cover persisted for FP3 and Qualifying keeping track temperatures approximately 15°C cooler than the corresponding sessions yesterday and with less rear grip on offer than expected today, most riders on the grid selected the softer rear slicks in combination with the harder front.
With cool temperatures also expected for tomorrow’s race, race simulations were undertaken on the softer rear / harder front slick and this is expected to be the most popular tyre combination should tomorrow’s race be run in dry conditions.
The MotoGP™ riders will have one final chance to hone their race set-up in tomorrow morning’s Warm Up session at 0940 local time (GMT +2) with the race getting underway at 1400.
Shinji Aoki - Manager, Bridgestone Motorsport Tyre Development Department
“The overnight rain and cool temperatures meant track conditions were only marginally better than yesterday, though both sessions were dry allowing teams to find a good set-up for the time attack towards the end of qualifying. The cooler temperatures resulted in riders sticking to the softer rear slick as this option provides better warm-up performance and also more edge grip which is important as the grip level of the circuit is still not at its optimum.
Even cooler temperatures are forecast for tomorrow and many teams performed race simulations on the combination of the softer rear and harder front slicks in anticipation of tomorrow’s weather, so I expect most riders to select this combination for the race. ”
Source: Bridgestone MotoGP