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

1 93 Marc MARQUEZ SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 309.8 1’54.596
2 99 Jorge LORENZO SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 308.9 1’54.849 0.253 / 0.253
3 29 Andrea IANNONE ITA Ducati Team Ducati 312.4 1’55.227 0.631 / 0.378
4 41 Aleix ESPARGARO SPA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki 304.1 1’55.324 0.728 / 0.097
5 8 Hector BARBERA SPA Avintia Racing Ducati 308.3 1’55.437 0.841 / 0.113
6 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 308.0 1’55.509 0.913 / 0.072
7 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Ducati Team Ducati 309.8 1’55.748 1.152 / 0.239
8 25 Maverick VIÑALES SPA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki 307.7 1’55.787 1.191 / 0.039
9 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 310.7 1’55.841 1.245 / 0.054
10 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR LCR Honda Honda 306.7 1’55.930 1.334 / 0.089
11 38 Bradley SMITH GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 305.4 1’56.115 1.519 / 0.185
12 44 Pol ESPARGARO SPA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 308.7 1’56.522 1.926 / 0.407
13 9 Danilo PETRUCCI ITA OCTO Pramac Yakhnich Ducati 307.1 1’56.148 0.355 / 0.291
14 45 Scott REDDING GBR OCTO Pramac Yakhnich Ducati 306.3 1’56.263 0.470 / 0.115
15 50 Eugene LAVERTY IRL Pull & Bear Aspar Team Ducati 308.9 1’56.535 0.742 / 0.272
16 6 Stefan BRADL GER Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 306.0 1’56.718 0.925 / 0.183
17 76 Loris BAZ FRA Avintia Racing Ducati 303.7 1’56.797 1.004 / 0.079
18 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ COL Pull & Bear Aspar Team Ducati 305.2 1’56.805 1.012 / 0.008
19 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 304.7 1’57.062 1.269 / 0.257
20 53 Tito RABAT SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 307.0 1’57.606 1.813 / 0.544

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