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Britain’s Cal Crutchlow will start tomorrows Czech Republic Grand Prix from pole position.
It is the Tech 3 rider’s second pole position of the season and his lap time of 1:55.527 is a new lap record around the Brno track.
Alvaro Bautista will start the race from second place on his Gresini Honda. This is the second time in three races that Bautista has qualified on the front row of the grid. It also means that the top two bikes on the grid are from satellite teams.
Championship leader, Marc Marquez, completed the front row of the grid, despite scrapping his two laps during his second run. It was a risky strategy by the young Spaniard but it again showed the confidence of this rider. He knew that he had already done enough to start from the front row of the grid and didn’t want to risk falling off.
Marquez’s two championship rivals, Dani Pedrosa and Jorge Lorenzo, will start from the second row of the grid after a disappointing day. Pedrosa still looks to be in some pain when getting on and off the bike so he has to still be riding in some discomfort.
As for Lorenzo, he seemed to be struggling in the final sector of the track and could not match the pace of the Hondas going up the hill. The reigning World Champion couldn’t even take full advantage of having an empty track in front of him towards the end of the session.
It was a good day for Bradley Smith, who will start tomorrow’s race from sixth on the grid. The result has equalled the Tech 3 rider’s best qualifying position as he continues to impress in this, his debut season in Moto GP.
Further down the field, it was yet another disappointing Saturday for Valentino Rossi. The Yamaha rider could only manage seventh place and struggled throughout the session to put a decent lap together. Qualifying has been an issue for Rossi all season and it doesn’t look like it is getting any better for him.
Czech Republic Qualifying Results: