2019 Brno MotoGP Qualifying Result: Neptune Himself Couldn’t Have Pulled This Off

After dry practice and wet practice, Brno decided to add another twist in the tale for the premier class and provided a drying track for qualifying. The first outing was not wet enough for wets to perform to their best and not dry enough to risk slicks but riders had to do the best with what they had, which was rain tyres. Just to add to the tension, dark clouds were drawing nearer and rushed the field to take some risks and secure a banker lap. Aided by the track experience gained in Q1, the factory KTMs set camp at the front – an extra rare sight with Johann Zarco at the top of the timesheets.

Meanwhile, Marc Marquez spent his first run getting his feathers ruffled by Alex Rins and did not make much of an impression on the timesheets but that did not stop him from challenging the field with some brave slicks on the second outing. That put question marks in the minds of rivals, most of them following his example but a few were not convinced by the minimal dry line and the approaching cloud cover. With the Spaniard’s first flying lap looking underwhelming and Andrea Dovizioso going red hot on the timesheets on fresh wet rubber, Ducati seemed to have made the right choice. However, the next time around it was Marquez who looked convincingly like the fastest man out there but the Honda man entered the final corner with heavy rain hitting the surface once again. The Spaniard was not intimidated and crossed the line in provisional pole position. With pole pretty much in the bag, he did not even stop to question the conditions and had one final go, slapping the field with two and a half seconds’ advantage despite the final corner looking like the Black Sea. Not too wet for some celebratory wheelies either.

Once Marquez sealed pole, it never looked in doubt, but his closest challenger proved to be another wet weather aficionado. Jack Miller was another of the slick tyre gang and was the only other rider setting fast sectors in the final minutes of the session but he didn’t have the Marquez touch of magic in the final turn and unceremoniously hit the grass. Still, the Pramac rider was comfortably on the front row by then. Another magnificent display came from the final man to complete the front row, none other than Johann Zarco, who successfully got through Q1 and flew in Q2 on his way to his first front row of the season and KTM’s very first one in MotoGP.

There was little airtime left in between the heroics of the men on the front row but Dovizioso finished a sensible fourth, sharing second row with Pol Espargaro – which would have been an excellent performance for KTM on any other day – and Alex Rins. Valentino Rossi was another of the few who were not tempted by slick rubber and brought his machine home in seventh position, ahead of pal Danilo Petrucci and teammate Maverick Viñales.

Fabio Quartararo could not quite replicate his pace from Friday in these difficult conditions and Marquez went past him like a jet past a paper plane but the Frenchman secured tenth place on the grid, ahead of Cal Crutchlow and Franco Morbidelli.


Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 2'02.753    
2 43 Jack MILLER Ducati 2'05.277 2.524 2.524
3 5 Johann ZARCO KTM 2'05.351 2.598 0.074
4 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 2'05.590 2.837 0.239
5 44 Pol ESPARGARO KTM 2'05.710 2.957 0.120
6 42 Alex RINS Suzuki 2'06.172 3.419 0.462
7 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 2'06.233 3.480 0.061
8 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 2'06.457 3.704 0.224
9 12 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha 2'06.626 3.873 0.169
10 20 Fabio QUARTARARO Yamaha 2'06.648 3.895 0.022
11 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 2'07.123 4.370 0.475
12 21 Franco MORBIDELLI Yamaha 2'09.404 6.651 2.281
    Q1 Results:        
Q2 5 Johann ZARCO KTM 2'05.033    
Q2 44 Pol ESPARGARO KTM 2'05.053 0.020 0.020
13 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Honda 2'05.265 0.232 0.212
14 63 Francesco BAGNAIA Ducati 2'05.286 0.253 0.021
15 50 Sylvain GUINTOLI Suzuki 2'05.551 0.518 0.265
16 88 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM 2'05.763 0.730 0.212
17 6 Stefan BRADL Honda 2'05.974 0.941 0.211
18 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia 2'06.284 1.251 0.310
19 36 Joan MIR Suzuki 2'06.554 1.521 0.270
20 17 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati 2'06.898 1.865 0.344
21 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN KTM 2'07.155 2.122 0.257
22 53 Tito RABAT Ducati 2'07.315 2.282 0.160
23 29 Andrea IANNONE Aprilia 2'07.923 2.890 0.608
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Congratulations Marc Marquez, good job Jack Miller. Johann Zarco all is forgiven!

Well done KTM factory racing team, first front row start in MotoGp! Pol Espargaro 5th. That's two KTMs in the top five in Qualifying, tops! And they both came through Q1, which extra track time may have helped.

Looks like the weather should be fine for all the races & not too hot.


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