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Brno MotoGP: Marquez takes sensational pole by 2.5s

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Brno MotoGP: Marquez takes sensational pole by 2.5s
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Honda MotoGP rider Marc Marquez took a sensational Czech Grand Prix pole position by 2.5 seconds at a drying Brno circuit after a controversial run-in with Alex Rins.

After tackling their first runs on wets in Q2, several riders switched to slicks during the mid-session lull.

Coming out of Q1, the KTMs of Johann Zarco and Pol Espargaro held a shock 1-2 early on and they were two of few riders that stayed on wets until the end.

Their decision seemed to have paid off as it started to rain again during the final few minutes.

But Honda rider Marquez mastered the conditions and, despite running on slicks, he made two massive improvements in a row, ending the session with a 2m02.753s while the rest of the field couldn't break the 2m05s barrier.

Pramac Ducati's Jack Miller was another rider able to improve on slicks but his qualifying ended in a crash at Turn 14, but not before he secured second.

Zarco held on to a sensational third on his first Q2 appearance of the season with his teammate Espargaro taking fifth, sandwiching Andrea Dovizioso's Ducati.

Rins qualified sixth after the Suzuki rider was involved in a controversial incident with Marquez.

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On their in-lap after their first runs, Rins aggressively overtook Marquez - the Honda rider came back just before both of them pitted, and then slightly nudged Rins' bike as they were running side-by-side in the pits.

Valentino Rossi did not switch to slicks in the end and was seventh, best of the Yamahas, followed by Danilo Petrucci (Ducati), Maverick Vinales (Yamaha) and Fabio Quartararo (Petronas Yamaha).

LCR rider Cal Crutchlow was the second-best Honda in 11th, 4.3s slower than Marquez, as Franco Morbidelli (Petronas) qualified 12th and last of the Q2 runners.

Q1: Zarco leads shock KTM 1-2

Zarco reached the second part of qualifying for the first time in 2019, as he and KTM teammate Espargaro locked out the top two spots.

It was Espargaro leading the way early on with a 2m05.344s, with Zarco and Francesco Bagnaia (Pramac) trading second place between them.

Takaaki Nakagami (LCR) temporarily moved ahead of both KTMs a few seconds before the chequered flag but Espargaro responded immediately.

Zarco then beat his teammate's time by 0.02s to top the session with a 2m05.033s.

Nakagami was best of the rest, beating Bagnaia by two hundredths of a second, and will head up the fifth row of the grid in 13th place.

Suzuki wildcard Sylvain Guintoli, who impressed in the wet FP3 and FP4 sessions, will start the Czech GP from 15th, ahead of Tech 3 KTM's Miguel Oliveira.

Repsol Honda rider Stefan Bradl only secured 17th on the grid ahead of the top Aprilia of Aleix Espargaro and Suzuki's Joan Mir.

Local rider Karel Abraham (Avintia Ducati) will start his home grand prix from 20th.

Q2 results:

Cla # Rider Bike Time Gap
1 93 Spain Marc Marquez
Honda 2'02.753
2 43 Australia Jack Miller
Ducati 2'05.277 2.524
3 5 France Johann Zarco
KTM 2'05.351 2.598
4 4 Italy Andrea Dovizioso
Ducati 2'05.590 2.837
5 44 Spain Pol Espargaro
KTM 2'05.710 2.957
6 42 Spain Alex Rins
Suzuki 2'06.172 3.419
7 46 Italy Valentino Rossi
Yamaha 2'06.233 3.480
8 9 Italy Danilo Petrucci
Ducati 2'06.457 3.704
9 12 Spain Maverick Viñales
Yamaha 2'06.626 3.873
10 20 France Fabio Quartararo
Yamaha 2'06.648 3.895
11 35 United Kingdom Cal Crutchlow
Honda 2'07.123 4.370
12 21 Italy Franco Morbidelli
Yamaha 2'09.404 6.651
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Series MotoGP
Event Czech GP
Sub-event Q2
Author David Gruz