One lap pace eludes Alex Marquez in Brno as Stefan Bradl gains more speed during a busy day, the Repsol Honda Team pair ready to fight forward on Sunday.
Saturday in Brno was a day of contrasts for MotoGP rookie Alex Marquez, the 2019 Moto2 race-winner was pleased with his race pace but continued to search for one-lap speed. Having cut 1.2 seconds off his best time from Friday to Saturday morning, Alex ended Free Practice 3 just 1.298 seconds off first but down in 19th and would enter Q1 as a result. After a few minutes of running in Free Practice 4, Alex Marquez suffered a fall at Turn 8. Unharmed, Alex re-joined the session and showed strong race pace throughout. A difficult Q1 session saw the rookie struggle to put together an ideal lap, he will line up on the seventh row of the grid for tomorrow’s race as a result but is prepared to be aggressive off the line and show his pace.
Stefan Bradl started his Saturday in the Czech Republic with a big step forward, improving his best time from Friday by almost a full second in FP3. The German was just 1.4 seconds off the top spot, but down in 20th place in the session as less than a second split the top 17 premier class riders. His progress was made more impressive as the German test rider spent much of the day assessing a number of different options and settings for HRC. He will start the Czech Grand Prix from 20th.
Cal Crutchlow, winner of the 2016 Czech GP, took top Honda honours with 12th place on the grid for Sunday’s race after avoiding further injury in a fall during Q2.
Tomorrow’s 21-lap Czech GP begins at 14:00 Local Time, weather forecasts predicting very similar conditions to those seen today.
Czech GP Qualifying Classification
|1||Zarco Johann||5||FRA||Esponsorama Racing||Ducati||1'55.687|
|2||Quartararo Fabio||20||FRA||Petronas Yamaha SRT||Yamaha||0.303|
|3||Morbidelli Franco||21||ITA||Petronas Yamaha SRT||Yamaha||0.311|
|4||Espargaro Aleix||41||SPA||Aprilia Racing Team Gresini||Aprilia||0.387|
|5||Vinales Maverick||12||SPA||Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha||0.444|
|6||Espargaro Pol||44||SPA||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM||0.455|
|7||Binder Brad||33||RSA||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM||0.612|
|8||Petrucci Danilo||9||ITA||Ducati Team||Ducati||0.767|
|9||Mir Joan||36||SPA||Team Suzuki Ecstar||Suzuki||0.825|
|10||Rossi Valentino||46||ITA||Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha||0.828|
|11||Rins Alex||42||SPA||Team Suzuki Ecstar||Suzuki||0.884|
|12||Crutchlow Cal||35||GBR||LCR Honda||Honda||1.110|
|13||Oliveira Miguel||88||POR||Red Bull KTM Tech 3||KTM||0.098 Q1|
|14||Miller Jack||43||AUS||Pramac Racing||Ducati||0.122|
|15||Rabat Tito||53||SPA||Esponsorama Racing||Ducati||0.465|
|16||Lecouna Iker||27||SPA||Red Bull KTM Tech 3||KTM||0.534|
|17||Nakagami Takaaki||30||JPN||LCR Honda||Honda||0.592|
|18||Dovizioso Andrea||4||ITA||Ducati Team||Ducati||0.804|
|19||Smith Bradley||38||GBR||Aprilia Racing Team Gresini||Aprilia||1.208|
|20||Bradl Stefan||6||GER||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||1.343|
|21||Marquez Alex||73||SPA||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||1.376|
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)|