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.

Marc Marquez

1st 2'02.753

“At the start I believed in the slick tyres with how the conditions were changing. In the end when the rain came back and the track got wetter it was difficult! Maybe in hindsight I took a little too much risk, but in the end we finished in a good way and I am happy. Tomorrow it looks like it will be a sunny day, so a normal race. With the conditions we have had, it is hard to know where everyone is but the target is the podium.”

Stefan Bradl

17th 2'05.974

“Today was a tough day with the conditions, it was difficult for me as it has been over a year since I’ve ridden a MotoGP machine in the wet. I needed some time to get adapted but we found a good direction quite quickly. Of course I would like to be further up the grid and the target is to finish in the points and push for the top ten. I also want to say a big congratulations to Marc because what he did was incredible to watch.”

MotoGP 2019
Qualifying Round 10   Czech Republic

Czech Grand Prix Qualification Results

Wet
Humidity
78%
Track Temp
23°C
Air Temp
20°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
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 Mission Winnow Ducati 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 Mission Winnow Ducati 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 Team Suzuki Ecstar 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 Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 1.633
21 Syahrin Hafizh 55 MAL Red Bull KTM Tech 3 KTM 1.890
22 Rabat Tito 53 SPA Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 2.050
23 Iannone Andrea 29 ITA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 2.658
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 more… 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 41m07.728s (166.6 km/h) Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati, 2018)
2019 Race Winner Marc Marquez (Honda)