Results and summary of the qualifying practice at Brno for the MotoGP class:
Jorge Lorenzo has secured his fourth pole of the season, dominating qualifying and smashing the lap record in the process. Lorenzo took an early lead, beating the existing pole record in the first part of the session by just one thousandth of a second. With five minutes to go, Lorenzo then punched in an even faster lap, taking a third of a second off the pole record once again.
Cal Crutchlow, freshly re-signed with his Tech 3 squad, posted his best qualifying result in MotoGP, taking 2nd in the final minutes of the session. Crutchlow bagged his fourth front row start of the year despite suffering a crash early on, on what he described as 'the only bump on the circuit'. Another early crasher, Dani Pedrosa, took 3rd, his final lap saving him from a second row start. Pedrosa's crash left him riding his second bike, which felt much stiffer than his preferred number 1 machine and generated much more chatter. Given the problems, a front row start was not too bad, though disappointing after having dominated the weekend so far.
Pedrosa's late charge bumped Ben Spies down to 4th, preventing an all-Yamaha front row. Spies ended ahead of Andrea Dovizioso in 5th, the Italian pulling over with a mechanical problem at the end of the session, while Valentino Rossi took his best qualifying result of the year to start in 6th. Stefan Bradl won the battle of the satellite Hondas, the LCR Honda man edging out San Carlo Gresini's Alvaro Bautista, while Karel Abraham had a much better ride to take 9th, behind Bradl and Bautista. Randy de Puniet rounds out the top 10, taking top CRT status on the Power Electronics ART.
|10||14||Randy DE PUNIET||ART||1'57.844||2.045||0.071|