Marc Marquez turned in yet another masterpiece today in Brno, earning a record pole position despite having to overtake Valentino Rossi during his flying lap.

After a successful setting change during the FP4, Marc was able to record the second-fastest lap time on his first flying lap in qualifying. When he went out for his second and final attempt, he was even faster in the second and third sectors as he quickly chased down Pol Espargaro and Rossi and finally moved between the two through the final corner to set the fastest lap ever at the Czech track. With his 63rd pole position, Marc today equals Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo in career poles.

Dani Pedrosa recorded the fastest time in QP1, and although the time he set later in Q2 was a bit slower, he confirmed the improvements made compared to this morning’s session, qualifying on the third row with the ninth-best lap time, just over three tenths from a second-row spot.

Marc Marquez

Pole Position

“I honestly didn’t expect to get this pole position. I saw myself fighting for second place or to be on the front row, which was our main objective. Jorge [Lorenzo] had a great lap this morning that I believed would be difficult to match, but I was able to find a good reference that helped me during the qualifying session. Pol [Espargaró] and Valentino [Rossi] were in front, and I was able to take advantage of their slipstream and overtake them in the final corner without losing time. In the end we did a very good time and I’m especially happy with how FP4 went, as we took a step forward in terms of our pace. We’ve completely changed the setup and things have gone much better. If the race is dry tomorrow it gives me hope, because I was finding things tough. If it rains then it will be more difficult, but I’m happy because we’re competitive.”

Dani Pedrosa

9th

“We tried several things with the bike’s setup between yesterday and today, but this morning we didn't manage to perform as well as we were hoping for and I had to pass through Q1. That went well but unfortunately we weren’t able to improve in Q2. We now have to understand which direction will be better to follow for tomorrow, depending also on what weather we’ll have. We’ll do our best to get the maximum in the race.”

MotoGP 2016
Qualifying Round 11   Czech Republic

Results Session

Sunny
Humidity
62%
Track Temp
38°C
Air Temp
24°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Marquez Marc 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1'54.596
2 Lorenzo Jorge 99 SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1'54.849
3 Iannone Andrea 29 ITA Ducati Team Ducati 1'55.227
4 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 1'55.324
5 Barbera Hector 8 SPA Avintia Racing Ducati 1'55.437
6 Rossi Valentino 46 ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1'55.509
7 Dovizioso Andrea 4 ITA Ducati Team Ducati 1'55.748
8 Vinales Maverick 25 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 1'55.787
9 Pedrosa Dani 26 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1'55.841
10 Crutchlow Cal 35 GBR LCR Honda Honda 1'55.930
11 Smith Bradley 38 GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1'56.115
12 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1'56.522
13 Petrucci Danilo 9 ITA Octo Pramac Yakhnich Ducati 1'56.148
14 Redding Scott 45 GBR Octo Pramac Yakhnich Ducati 1'56.263
15 Laverty Eugene 50 IRE Aspar Team Ducati 1'56.535
16 Bradl Stefan 6 GER Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1'56.718
17 Baz Loris 76 FRA Avintia Racing Ducati 1'56.797
18 Hernandez Yonny 68 COL Aspar Team Ducati 1'56.805
19 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA Aspar Team Ducati 1'57.062
20 Rabat Tito 53 SPA EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 1'57.606
Location Information

The world’s most famous riders have taken part in GP events in Brno since 1930, where up until 1982 they would race through the villages and western parts of the city on a road track named after the first Czechoslovak President – T.G. Masaryk.  The only venue that has hosted… read more.

Length 5.403 kilometres / 3.357 miles
Width 15 metres
Left corners 6
Right corners 8
Longest straight 0.636 kilometres / 0.395 miles
Constructed 1987
Modified 1996

Automotodrom Brno, Brno, Czech Republic - View in Google Maps

www.automotodrombrno.cz

Records

Pole Position 1m54.596s (169.7 Km km/h) Marc Marquez (Honda, 2016)
Race Lap 1m 56.027s (167.6 km/h) Dani Pedrosa (Honda, 2014)
Race Time 42m 47.800s (166.6 km/h) Dani Pedrosa (Honda, 2014)
2017 Race Winner Marc Marquez (Honda)