A perfectly timed switch to slicks and a masterful ride aboard the RC213V saw Marquez run away with pole position for the Czech GP and equal Doohan’s premier class pole record.
Torrential morning rain ceased just ahead of Free Practice 3 for the MotoGP World Championship but left the Brno circuit soaking wet. Although conditions improved throughout the morning session, the rain returned during the lunch break to ensure every Saturday session at the Czech GP was wet.
Able to immediately achieve a good feeling with his Repsol Honda Team RC213V in the wet, Marc Marquez continued to challenge for the top spots as he had done throughout the weekend. Second in FP3 had the reigning World Champion confident of a strong result in the wet or dry. Even with the rain, the grid would be decided on slicks and Marquez was the first to head out as the dry line appeared. Expertly navigating the treacherous conditions of the Automotodrom Brno, Marquez claimed pole by a staggering 2.5 seconds.
This is the 86th pole of Marc Marquez’s career and his 58th in the premier class. He and five-time World Champion Mick Doohan now share the record for most pole positions in the premier class with 58 each.
On the other side of the garage, the conditions meant another session of learning and adapting for Stefan Bradl as he got up to speed in the wet. Unable to improve his overall standing on the combined times due to the wet morning conditions, the German rider entered Q1. With the track transitioning from wet to dry, Bradl set a fastest time of 2’05.974 for 17th on the grid for the Czech GP but is confident of fighting forward come race day.
Sunday’s forecast is more positive with sun predicted for the 21-lap MotoGP race, scheduled to start at 14:00 local time.
Czech Grand Prix Qualification Results
|1||Marquez Marc||93||SPA||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||2'02.753|
|2||Miller Jack||43||AUS||Pramac Racing||Ducati||2.524|
|3||Zarco Johann||5||FRA||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM||2.598|
|4||Dovizioso Andrea||4||ITA||Ducati Team||Ducati||2.837|
|5||Espargaro Pol||44||SPA||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM||2.957|
|6||Rins Alex||42||SPA||Team Suzuki Ecstar||Suzuki||3.419|
|7||Rossi Valentino||46||ITA||Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha||3.480|
|8||Petrucci Danilo||9||ITA||Ducati Team||Ducati||3.704|
|9||Vinales Maverick||12||SPA||Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha||3.873|
|10||Quartararo Fabio||20||FRA||Petronas Yamaha SRT||Yamaha||3.895|
|11||Crutchlow Cal||35||GBR||LCR Honda||Honda||4.370|
|12||Morbidelli Franco||21||ITA||Petronas Yamaha SRT||Yamaha||6.651|
|13||Nakagami Takaaki||30||JPN||LCR Honda||Honda||Q1 2'05.265|
|14||Bagnaia Francesco||63||ITA||Pramac Racing||Ducati||0.021|
|15||Guintoli Sylvain||50||FRA||Suzuki Test Team||Suzuki||0.286|
|16||Oliveira Miguel||88||POR||Red Bull KTM Tech 3||KTM||0.498|
|17||Bradl Stefan||6||GER||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||0.709|
|18||Espargaro Aleix||41||SPA||Aprilia Racing Team Gresini||Aprilia||1.019|
|19||Mir Joan||36||SPA||Team Suzuki Ecstar||Suzuki||1.289|
|20||Abraham Karel||17||CZE||Esponsorama Racing||Ducati||1.633|
|21||Syahrin Hafizh||55||MAL||Red Bull KTM Tech 3||KTM||1.890|
|22||Rabat Tito||53||SPA||Esponsorama Racing||Ducati||2.050|
|23||Iannone Andrea||29||ITA||Aprilia Racing Team Gresini||Aprilia||2.658|
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 more… read more.
|Length||5.403 kilometres / 3.357 miles|
|Longest straight||0.636 kilometres / 0.395 miles|
Automotodrom Brno, Brno, Czech Republic - View in Google Maps
|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||41m07.728s (166.6 km/h) Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati, 2018)|
|2020 Race Winner||Brad Binder (KTM)|