Jorge Lorenzo set a new lap record and, in doing so, seized pole position for Sunday's MotoGP race at the Brno circuit. The Spaniard, with a blistering lap 1'54.989, was the only rider to dip into the 1'54s during Saturday's qualifying practice.
Marc Marquez took the second spot on the front row, seven-hundredths of a second behind the leader. Valentino Rossi (3rd) solved his recent qualifying woes and grabbed the final front-row slot at the Czech GP.
As gratifying as his qualifying performance might have been to the championship points leader -- it is Rossi's first front-row start since Assen -- he still remains three-tenths of a second behind his pole-position teammate and title rival.
Andrea Iannone finished the session just a tenth from Rossi's time to lead the second row. Bradley Smith, who saved his best for last grabbed fifth, closely followed by the factory Ducati of Andrea Dovizioso.
Indeed, only one second separated the top nine riders in what were ideal qualifying conditions with cooler temperatures than Friday.
Maverick Vinales, who has scored points in every race this season thus far -- a rookie record -- took seventh on the grid to lead the third row. Pol Espargaro (8th) was a mere one-thousandth of a second behind followed by an injured Dani Pedrosa.
Cal Crutchlow, the former pole-position record holder until Saturday, rounded out the top 10.
|Pos.||No.||Rider||Bike||Time||Diff. / Prev.|
|2||93||Marc MARQUEZ||Honda||1'55.063||0.074 / 0.074|
|3||46||Valentino ROSSI||Yamaha||1'55.353||0.364 / 0.290|
|4||29||Andrea IANNONE||Ducati||1'55.390||0.401 / 0.037|
|5||38||Bradley SMITH||Yamaha||1'55.460||0.471 / 0.070|
|6||4||Andrea DOVIZIOSO||Ducati||1'55.935||0.946 / 0.475|
|7||25||Maverick VIÑALES||Suzuki||1'55.954||0.965 / 0.019|
|8||44||Pol ESPARGARO||Yamaha||1'55.955||0.966 / 0.001|
|9||26||Dani PEDROSA||Honda||1'55.969||0.980 / 0.014|
|10||35||Cal CRUTCHLOW||Honda||1'56.192||1.203 / 0.223|
|11||8||Hector BARBERA||Ducati||1'56.399||1.410 / 0.207|
|12||68||Yonny HERNANDEZ||Ducati||1'56.739||1.750 / 0.340|
|Q1||Pol Espargaro and Cal Crutchlow advanced from Q1|
|13||9||Danilo PETRUCCI||Ducati||1'56.713||0.501 / 0.175|
|14||45||Scott REDDING||Honda||1'56.765||0.553 / 0.052|
|15||41||Aleix ESPARGARO||Suzuki||1'56.806||0.594 / 0.041|
|16||6||Stefan BRADL||Aprilia||1'57.133||0.921 / 0.327|
|17||63||Mike DI MEGLIO||Ducati||1'57.215||1.003 / 0.082|
|18||76||Loris BAZ||Yamaha Forward||1'57.540||1.328 / 0.325|
|19||19||Alvaro BAUTISTA||Aprilia||1'57.552||1.340 / 0.012|
|20||50||Eugene LAVERTY||Honda||1'57.634||1.422 / 0.082|
|21||69||Nicky HAYDEN||Honda||1'57.645||1.433 / 0.011|
|22||43||Jack MILLER||Honda||1'57.855||1.643 / 0.210|
|23||15||Alex DE ANGELIS||ART||1'58.599||2.387 / 0.744|
|24||71||Claudio CORTI||Yamaha Forward||1'59.145||2.933 / 0.546|
|25||17||Karel ABRAHAM||Honda||1'59.903||3.691 / 0.758|