Some more rain was on the menu for the MotoGP class, the drizzle of Q1 turning into a serious downpour for Q2. The smart choice was to go out early and set a fast lap before the weather worsened and that’s exactly what Cal Crutchlow managed to do, the Brno winner setting a sensational lap, a full second ahead of the rest by the time the checkered flag dropped.
Valentino Rossi enjoyed his best position of the weekend, grabbing second place on the grid, the front row completed by Maverick Viñales, the Spanish rider getting over Suzuki’s rain complex to snatch third.
Dani Pedrosa will be encouraged by a great performance in the wet, the Honda rider finishing fourth, narrowly ahead of teammate Marc Marquez, the championship leader suffering a carbon copy of his crash last year at this very track. The Spaniard was uninjured and watched over the tyre barrier as he dropped to fifth. The second row of the grid was completed by Q1 graduate Eugene Laverty, the Irishman on his way to a potential pole as he crashed out on the final lap.
Scott Redding will open the third row, followed by Andrea Iannone and Jorge Lorenzo., the world champion over two seconds down on the poleman. Andrea Dovizioso set a good time early on but crashed out towards the end of the session, apparently worsening the knee injury he was carrying.
The Italian will be joined on the fourth row by Aleix Espargaro and the second Q1 survivor, Jack Miller, who suffered an early spill before even setting a time in Q2.