MotoGP: Marc Marquez Shatters Track Record in Pole Run at Brno

Larry Lawrence | August 20, 2016
Marc Marquez Wins Pole in Brno and sets new track record

Photo by Gold & Goose

Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez considered himself lucky, but sometimes you make your own luck and such was the case with Marquez, who earned the pole for Sunday’s Czech Republic Grand Prix by making a bold inside pass on Valentino Rossi late in the Q2 session en route to setting a new motorcycle track record at Brno.

Marquez used the draft of Rossi and then made an aggressive inside pass on the Italian with under 30 seconds to go in the session enabling him to score the pole.

Joining Marquez on the front row is Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo, who led most of the session, and Ducati’s Andrea Iannone, who recorded his time on his final lap.

“I didn’t expect to be in the pole position,” Marquez said after the session. “Because Lorenzo was very fast this morning. He did also an incredible lap. But I was pushing my 100 percent and yeah, I was lucky honestly, because Valentino was in front and with his slipstream I was able to be a little bit faster. And then on the last corner, I didn’t know what happened, but I saw Valentino was preparing the last lap and then I say “OK, I need to go in, because if not I will lose too many time.” And then this movement was the pole position. About the race I am very happy, especially with FP4 because the pace was the most important. We improve a lot.”

It marked the fifth pole for Marquez this season and 35th-career MotoGP pole.

Lorenzo, who established a new track record in the morning, led the first half of Q2 with a 1:54.959 on his Yamaha. Marquez and Barbera ran second and third.

As the riders exited pit lane for the final segment of Q2, Rossi and Viñales nearly collided, with Rossi having to take a quick evasive maneuver to avoid collision.

With two minutes to go Lorenzo up his best time to 1:54.849, putting him nearly a half-second up on Marquez. It appeared that Lorenzo’s P1 was safe.

Aleix Espargaro, just a week after breaking his finger at the Red Bull Ring, made a strong recovery to put his Suzuki on the front row, at least temporarily with less than a minute to go. But that would change.

With less than 20 seconds remaining Marquez, running together between Valentino Rossi and Pol Espargaro, broke through to score the pole and a new lap record with a 1:54.596.

Viñales’ hopes of a front-row start was ruined by front brake issues in his final run.

At the final moment Andrea Iannone came through to put his factory Ducati on the front row.

The race will get the green flag at 8:00 am eastern and be shown live on beIN Sports or via pay viewing at

HJC HELMETS GRAND PRIX ČESKÉ REPUBLIKY MotoGP Qualifying Nr. 2 Classification 2016  Brno, Saturday, August 20, 2016

193Marc MARQUEZSPARepsol Honda TeamHonda309.81’54.596
299Jorge LORENZOSPAMovistar Yamaha MotoGPYamaha308.91’54.8490.253 / 0.253
329Andrea IANNONEITADucati TeamDucati312.41’55.2270.631 / 0.378
441Aleix ESPARGAROSPATeam SUZUKI ECSTARSuzuki304.11’55.3240.728 / 0.097
58Hector BARBERASPAAvintia RacingDucati308.31’55.4370.841 / 0.113
646Valentino ROSSIITAMovistar Yamaha MotoGPYamaha308.01’55.5090.913 / 0.072
74Andrea DOVIZIOSOITADucati TeamDucati309.81’55.7481.152 / 0.239
825Maverick VIÑALESSPATeam SUZUKI ECSTARSuzuki307.71’55.7871.191 / 0.039
926Dani PEDROSASPARepsol Honda TeamHonda310.71’55.8411.245 / 0.054
1035Cal CRUTCHLOWGBRLCR HondaHonda306.71’55.9301.334 / 0.089
1138Bradley SMITHGBRMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha305.41’56.1151.519 / 0.185
1244Pol ESPARGAROSPAMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha308.71’56.5221.926 / 0.407
139Danilo PETRUCCIITAOCTO Pramac YakhnichDucati307.11’56.1480.355 / 0.291
1445Scott REDDINGGBROCTO Pramac YakhnichDucati306.31’56.2630.470 / 0.115
1550Eugene LAVERTYIRLPull & Bear Aspar TeamDucati308.91’56.5350.742 / 0.272
166Stefan BRADLGERAprilia Racing Team GresiniAprilia306.01’56.7180.925 / 0.183
1776Loris BAZFRAAvintia RacingDucati303.71’56.7971.004 / 0.079
1868Yonny HERNANDEZCOLPull & Bear Aspar TeamDucati305.21’56.8051.012 / 0.008
1919Alvaro BAUTISTASPAAprilia Racing Team GresiniAprilia304.71’57.0621.269 / 0.257
2053Tito RABATSPAEstrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDSHonda307.01’57.6061.813 / 0.544'

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