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2014 Czech Rep GP: MotoGP Qualifying Results - Brilliant Marquez takes Brno pole
Posted by: ASkyler on Aug 16, 2014 - 07:29 PM
2014 Czech Rep GP: MotoGP Qualifying Results - Brilliant Marquez takes Brno pole

Sunday’s MotoGP™ race at the bwin Grand Prix České republiky will get underway with Marc Marquez on pole, ahead of Andrea Dovizioso and Andrea Iannone on row one of the grid.

Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) produced a rapid 1’55.585 lap to take pole number nine of the season at round 11, as his brilliant season continues.

Dovizioso (Ducati Team) matched his Indy qualifying performance in second, with his compatriot and colleague on Ducati machinery Iannone (Pramac Racing) qualifying third - for his second front row start of 2014.

The pressure on Bradley Smith (Monster Yamaha Tech3) has been relieved somewhat by his recent contract extension for 2015 and his good Indy race result and he produced a good Q2 performance to qualify fourth.

The Englishman is joined on row two by the experienced Spanish pair of Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team) and Jorge Lorenzo (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP).

A high speed crash in FP4 for Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) meant he went into Q2 with a dressing on the little finger of his left hand. The Italian will head up row three for his 245th premier class race.

Stefan Bradl (LCR Honda MotoGP) and Yonny Hernandez (Energy T.I. Pramac Racing) made it through from Q1 to qualify eighth and 12th respectively. Behind Bradl, Pol Espargaro (Monster Yamaha Tech3) completes the third row.

Aleix Espargaro (NGM Forward Racing) leads row four, with Cal Crutchlow (Ducati Team) and Hernandez set to line up behind him.

MotoGP Qualifying Practice Classification

1- Marc Marquez SPA Honda 1'55.585

2- Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati +0.129

3- Andrea Iannone ITA Ducati +0.141

1st OPEN 10- Aleix Espargaro SPA Forward Yamaha +0.191

Moto2: Intermediate class pole goes to Rabat

The Moto2™ contest at the 11th round of the World Championship will see the grid led by Tito Rabat, whilst Tom Luthi and Sandro Cortese will also be on the first row.

Standings leader Rabat (Marc VDS Racing Team) secured his seventh pole start of the year with a new pole record at the Brno track with a 2’01.911 time.

Behind the Spaniard, Swiss rider Luthi (Interwetten Paddock Moto2) and German competitor Cortese (Dynavolt Intact GP) were respectively 0.232s and 0.396s down on the pole time in second and third.

Sam Lowes (Speed Up), Simone Corsi (NGM Forward Racing) and Mika Kallio (Marc VDS Racing Team) will line up on row two, with Kallio walking away unhurt from a crash as he pushed hard in the final minutes of QP.

Marcel Schrotter (Tech 3), Dominique Aegerter (Technomag carXpert) , Jonas Folger (AGR Team) and Franco Morbidelli (Italtrans Racing Team) completed the top ten.

Moto2 Qualifying Practice Classification

1- Tito Rabat SPA Kalex 2'01.911

2- Thomas Luthi SWI Suter +0.232

3- Sandro Cortese GER Kalex +0.396

Moto3: Marquez on pole following eventful qualifying run

The Moto3™ pole was taken by Alex Marquez at the bwin Grand Prix České republiky, with Isaac Viñales and Niccolo Antonelli also securing front row slots. Intermittent rain and a red flag whilst an air fence was repaired made it a tricky session for the riders.

Despite an accident in the Brno QP Marquez (Estrella Galicia 0,0) took a second pole position of his career, with his compatriot Viñales (Calvo Team) joining him on the front row with a time 0.223s behind the pole lap. Antonelli (Junior Team GO&FUN) improved late on (+0.315s) to take third.

Marquez crashed mid-session after running onto the gravel to avoid traffic as light rain started to fall, but despite a heavy tumble he was able to return for the rest of the session and take pole. The rain was intermittent and fell only at specific points on the track making it a tricky session for the riders to judge.

Alex Rins (Estrella Galicia 0,0), Miguel Oliveira (Mahindra Racing) and Jack Miller (Red Bull KTM Ajo) will line up on row two for what promises to be another exciting Moto3 race.

The session was red flagged after a Philipp Oettl (Interwetten Paddock Moto3) crashed with just under ten minutes remaining. The rider was not injured but his bike was damaged and there was a delay whilst an air fence was repaired.

Before that red flag Alexis Masbou (Ongetta-Rivacold) was on provisional pole - at the 133rd Grand Prix of his long career - but ultimately qualified seventh. Efren Vazquez (SAXOPRINT RTG) and Enea Bastianini (Junior Team Go&FUN Moto3) qualified eighth and ninth respectively despite a late QP crash for Vazquez and a Friday spill for Bastianini which left him riding with a broken heel on Saturday.

Vazquez went down right at the end of the session, unable to continue as he fell heavily at turn 6. The Spanish rider who won at Indy was helped away by safety officials on foot.

The top ten was completed by Romano Fenati (SKY Racing Team VR46), so the Italian will therefore head row four.

Moto3 Qualifying Practice Classification

1- Alex Marquez SPA Honda 2'07.691

2- Isaac Viñales SPA KTM +0.223

3- Niccolò Antonelli ITA KTM +0.315


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