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Ninth Pole Position Of The Season For Marquez In Close Qualifying Session atBrno
Posted by: newsla on Aug 16, 2014 - 05:35 PM
Ninth Pole Position Of The Season For Marquez In Close Qualifying Session At Brno

Bridgestone slick compounds available: Front: Soft, Medium & Hard; Rear: Soft, Medium & Hard (Asymmetric)
Bridgestone wet tyre compounds available: Soft (Main), Hard (Alternative)
Weather: FP3 - Dry. Ambient 15-16°C; Track 21-24°C (Bridgestone measurement)
FP4/QP - Dry. Ambient 18-19°C; Track 34-36°C (Bridgestone measurement)


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Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez claimed his ninth pole position of the season at Brno in an entertaining qualifying session in which the top eleven riders were covered by just half a second in Qualifying Practice 2.

Marquez’s best lap time of 1’55.585 was just 0.058 seconds shy of the Circuit Best Lap record and was enough to see him grab pole position ahead of a pair of Ducati riders that claimed a front row start for tomorrow’s race. Ducati Team’s Andrea Dovizioso was second quickest in qualifying after clocking a time of 1’55.714 to finish just 0.012 seconds ahead of Pramac Racing’s Andrea Iannone who was third quickest in QP2. Both Dovizioso and Iannone set their personal best times using the combination of the medium compound front and soft compound rear slicks, while Marquez used the medium compound front and rear slicks on the way to pole position.

Weather conditions today were similar to yesterday with cool ambient temperatures and occasional rain falling throughout the day. The rain didn’t affect any of the MotoGP™ sessions and the track temperature reached a maximum of 36°C - 5° warmer than yesterday’s peak reading. With yesterday’s Free Practice 2 session a washout, the riders used today to hone their setup on their preferred tyre combination and perform race simulations in the afternoon FP4 session. The cool temperatures resulted in the majority of riders preferring to use their softer rear slick option; medium compound for the Factory Honda and Yamaha riders, soft compound for the Ducati and Open-class riders for both long runs in practice and to set a quick lap in qualifying. The majority of riders opted for the medium compound front slick today due to its balance of braking and cornering performance, with other riders preferring the better warm-up performance and edge grip of the soft compound front.

The next MotoGP™ session is twenty-minute morning Warm Up at 0940 local time (GMT +1) and the twenty-two lap Czech Republic Grand Prix will get underway at 1400.

Shinji Aoki – Manager, Bridgestone Motorcycle Tyre Development Department
“Yesterday we saw that the gap among the top riders was very close, with the Ducati, Honda and Yamaha riders all evenly matched and I am happy this trend continued today. This is a good indication that our 2014 specification MotoGP slicks offer good performance to all makes of machine and the pace during race simulations in FP4 was close as well. Our two main front tyre specifications for this weekend, the soft and medium compound are working well at Brno and I expect most riders to use the medium compound front for the race. The soft and medium rear slicks are also preferred by the majority of riders as this gives the best cornering performance and drive grip here at Brno. We’ve had many close races at Brno in recent years and the signs are good for another exciting contest tomorrow.”

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