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Results and summary of qualifying for the Moto2 class in Brno:
Results and summary of qualifying for the MotoGP class in Brno:
While the substantial crowd was getting a tan in a cloudless 28 degrees, the MotoGP grid turned its attention to the harder tyre option to deal with the 46 degrees on the track. Fairly familiar with the tyre after giving it several tries during the weekend, Marc Marquez blasted straight into the lead to post a strong set of mid 1:56s. The world championship leader remained unchallenged to the flag and will be hoping for the rainy Sunday forecast to turn into a heatwave.
Results and summary of qualifying for the Moto3 class in Brno:
Clear blue sky awaited the intermediate class, which was slightly affected by the red flag in MotoGP, but the Moto2 riders proved a bit more able to keep aboard their bikes for the full length of the session.
Alex Marquez even made time to see the doctor for some leftover pain from his pre-holiday crash before rejoining the action and going straight to the top of the timesheets. His benchmark time remained unchallenged for the remaining of the session, confirming the Czech track to be one of the Spaniard’s favourites.
Beautiful sunshine did not mean lack of drama for the MotoGP boys. After the junior class opened proceedings with a festival of crashes, the big boys might have been more cautions but that did not stop Alvaro Bautista’s Ducati having a moment in turn ten in the first five minutes and looking like spitting some fluid on track. Right on cue, Marc Marquez and Cal Crutchlow tumbled into the same gravel trap, causing a red flag for the air fence to be repaired and the track to be checked.
From torrential rain on Friday to scorching sunshine on Saturday, Brno is offering a very diverse post-holiday menu. The lightweight class started the day in a pleasant 24 degrees with barely any clouds and perhaps with a little too much confidence on low grip, as plenty of crashes animated the first 15 minutes of the session, including John McPhee, Enea Bastianini, Niccolo Antonelli, Nicolo Bulega, Andrea Migno, Ayumu Sasaki, Jules Danilo or Phillip Oettl, who was leading the timesheets at the time.
Over a third of the grid joined that list soon after, which meant that Oettl kept the lead until the very last minute despite spending the rest of the session getting checked up, the riders discouraged from pushing too hard until the mini qualifying dummy run in the final five minutes. Ironically, it was Bulega who finally dethroned him, the Italian limping his way to the medical centre after a highside just ten minutes before taking the lead. Oettl kept second position, a tenth down on the Sky VR46 rider.
The intermediate class enjoyed the perks of a fully dry session and the usual suspects were springing up like mushrooms after the rain.
Case in point, Morbidelli put this morning’s crash behind him to lead the afternoon session early on by a mere hundredth of a second from compatriot Mattia Pasini. The Italtrans rider didn’t let that settle and got back in front in the final 15 minutes. While Morbidelli was edging ever closer to the lead once again, Pecco Bagnaia made a late jump into second position, splitting the two and making it an Italian top three. The Sky VR46 rider didn’t stop there, taking the lead soon after. Pasini caught the tail of a rapid Miguel Oliveira in the final minutes of the session and made the best of it to snatch back top position in the timesheets.
After rain fell on and off during the morning practice sessions, a dry line and significant sunshine were visible as the MotoGP class explored the track conditions at the start of FP2. Slicks were immediately judged to be the correct option and eyes quickly turned back to the Ducati garage, a red sheet promising to hide the much anticipated aerodynamic fairing.
With the weather proving unpredictable in Brno, the final part of the session saw some fast runs to secure a provisional Q2 spot. The Ducatis were the first to spoil the provisional Honda top three, first Danilo Petrucci then Andrea Dovizioso taking over the lead soon after. The factory rider kept top position to the flag, while Jonas Folger sneaked ahead of Petrucci to take second place, despite a handful of cancelled laps due to track limits infringements.
The afternoon session greeted the riders back from lunch break with an equally wet track, despite the rain easing off and a dry line showing up in the very last minutes. Tim Georgi got right back to work and picked up where he left off, at the top of the timesheets, but some of the luck deserted him, the German rider crashing out on his fourth lap, while on a red hot time.
Georgi’s best lap was only bettered in the final two minutes, when Mir blasted his way to the top, four tenths clear of second-placed Aron Canet and half a second in hand over Adam Norrodin.
The weather continued to leave an impression on the Czech circuit, the intermediate class having to get up to speed after some weeks at the beach on a soaked drizzly track that seemed to only get worse.
Hafizh Syahrin lived up to his nickname and swam his way into the lead in the final ten minutes of the session but found a serious challenger in Simone Corsi on the Speed Up machine. The Italian’s position looked secure until Oliveira gave it another go just as the checkered flag dropped, the KTM rider snatching top spot by four tenths of a second.
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.