What’s a MotoGP weekend without a little rain? The worst of the downpour avoided the boys on the big bikes but the track was still truly soaked as the riders started proceedings in Brno.
Jorge Lorenzo didn’t seem to mind the mix of significant water and just enough track temperature to go into the lead early into the session, followed by several Ducatis – even though the Italian factory chose not to run their new aero package. With the Spaniard in the pits, first Marc Marquez then Hector Barbera and finally Dani Pedrosa snatched the lead. Lorenzo reclaimed his top position on his next run, as conditions seemed to deteriorate for the final few minutes of the session. But Johann Zarco didn’t get the memo and put his name at the top of the final version of the timesheets in the very last minute.