Straight off the back of the action at the Red Bull Ring in Austria, the MotoGP paddock arrives on much more familiar ground at Brno for the Czech Republic Grand Prix races.
Late runs were the order of the day as Brad Binder and Johann Zarco both used their experience in the Moto3 and Moto2 classes to push for pole position as the clock ticked down in qualifying.
UPDATED: Below is left as the result at the time to reflect the qualifying session, however the following penalties have been applied to the following riders post-race:
3 place grid penalty – Niccolo Antonelli, Andrea Migno.
4 place grid penalty – Albert Arenas, Philipp Oettl
7 place grid penalty – Fabio Quartararo
Kent demoted from 8th to 16th after having a string of laps cancelled for low tyre pressure.
Brad Binder pulled out the fastest standing lap of qualifying when it counted for pole ahead of the Moto3 Czech Republic Grand Prix, though over the course the session he saw his best lap wiped from the timing screens for exceeding track limits and could not go quite as fast as he did in FP3.
The Red Bull KTM Ajo rider and championship leader held off competition for the top spot from Anrdea Migno, eventually finishing the session second for Sky Racing Team VR46 and Enea Bastianini, who also ran too far off track on his best run, leaving the Gresini rider third.
Jorge Martin held the top spot on the timesheets the longest for Aspar Mahindra before finally being pushed down to fourth, a best qualifying result for the Spaniard.
He is joined on row two by Gresini’s top rookie Fabio Di Giannantonio and Sky racing’s fellow rookie Nicolo Bulega, both coping well at a track where they have less experience for fifth and sixth respectively.
Nico Antonelli was pole man and race season at Brno in 2105 but this season the Ongetta-Rivacold rider could only manage a performance good enough for seventh.
Philipp Oettl (Schedl GP Racing) set a time good enough for eighth on the grid ahead of Aron Canet in ninth for Estrella Gaicia and home rider Jakub Kornfeil who gave everything on his Drive M7 Sic for a top ten start.
John Mcphee was eleventh in a much improved performance for Peugeot MC Saxoprint and well ahead of team-mate Arenas in 27th after being bested by him at the Red Bull Ring.
Kornfeil is not the only Czech rider on the grid as Karel Hanika returns for a wild-card and despite missing much of the session following an early crash still had the pace to place 13th following a final run.
Austria winner Joan Mir is one place behind him in 14th for Leopard Racing afer failing to make an impact.
Qualifying came to life with a frantic battle for pole igniting in a five minute restarted session following a red flag fter Tom Luthi crashed, with Johann Zarco riding close to perfection for a new pole record in Moto2 ahead of the Czech Republic races.
The session had been lead for most of the duration by an early lap by Alex Marquez (Estralla Galicia Marc VDS until Luthi’s crash brought out the red flag.
Zarco then battled for the pole time with Gresini’s Sam Lowes, with the Brit ending up just shy of the Ajo Motorsport mans record pace.
Marquez’s time held on to hand him his first front row start in Moto2. Taka Nakagami progressed up the timesheets to fourth for Idemitsu, while before his fall and trip to hospital Luthi had already done enough to cling to fifth in his absence. The final row two spot went to Marquez team-mate Franco Morbidelli in sixth.
Alex Rins ( Paginas Amarillas HP40 )struggled in practice and the early part of qualifying before rallying for seventh, Danny Kent looked to find some much needed for in eighth for Leopard, Jonas Folger took ninth for Dynavlolt Intact GP while Simone Corsi squeezed his Speed Up into a top ten start.
Rookie Miguel Oliveira was the best of the rest in eleventh for Leopard, wild-card Ant West was way off the pace in last on a Suter and there were also big crashes for Lorenzo Baldassarri and Sandro Cortese.
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