Season Continues with a Split

Repsol Honda front row split by Rossi as qualifying sets the scene for a scintillating Czech GP. Reigning Champion Marc Marquez will have the best seat in the house for the start of the second half of the season, taking a stunning pole position to just edge key title rival Valentino Rossi in qualifying for the Czech GP. Equally close to the top duo is Dani Pedrosa, who led for the first part of the session before being deposed from provisional pole to P3.

 

Day 1’s fastest Andrea Dovizioso followed up his Friday heroics with another good result in qualifying, gearing up for the Czech GP at the head of the second row in P4. Joining him on Row 2 are Cal Crutchlow and the second Ducati of Jorge Lorenzo, despite an earlier fast lap being disallowed for the ‘Spartan’. Maverick Viñales took P7, and will be looking to move forward quickly to get in the battle with his key rivals for the Championship with the weather another factor to consider for all those on the grid, as Sunday forecasts remain mixed.

 

Danilo Petrucci and Alvaro Bautista both put together solid laps in Q2, after having moved through from the first qualifying session. The Italian as he was in Q1 was just ahead, and the two line up in eighth and ninth respectively. Johann Zarco, after a slightly more challenging weekend for the French rookie so far, completes the top ten. Aleix Espargaro suffered a crash towards the end of Q2 to put paid to his final chances, ending the session in eleventh ahead of Loris Baz, who lines up P12 after an impressive performance in FP3 to graduate straight to Q2. Alex Rins just missed out on Q2 by 0.006 and lines up in P13, just ahead of a tough result for Jonas Folger after the German had been second fastest on Friday. Jack Miller locks out the top fifteen.

 

Pos.

Rider

Team

Time

1 Marc MARQUEZ Repsol Honda Team 1’54.981
2 Valentino ROSSI Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 1’55.073
3 Dani PEDROSA Repsol Honda Team 1’55.119
4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati Team 1’55.441
5 Cal CRUTCHLOW LCR Honda 1’55.489
6 Jorge LORENZO Ducati Team 1’55.552
7 Maverick VIÑALES Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 1’55.663
8 Danilo PETRUCCI OCTO Pramac Racing 1’55.738
9 Alvaro BAUTISTA Pull&Bear Aspar Team 1’56.027
10 Johann ZARCO Monster Yamaha Tech 3 1’56.075
11 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 1’56.355
12 Loris BAZ Reale Avintia Racing 1’56.624

 

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