On another hot and sunny day at Brno, with asphalt temperatures reaching 50° C at the time of the qualifying session, Marc Marquez secured a very important front-row start, setting the third-fastest time of the day, just 0.272” down on pole-setter Andrea Dovizioso and 0.05” off Valentino Rossi in second.
Teammate Dani Pedrosa set the sixth-fastest lap time and displayed a competitive pace in both FP3 and FP4 (the latter topped by Marc), but was unable to repeat yesterday’s strong performance when it was the moment for the time attack; he had to settle for the 10th starting spot for tomorrow’s Czech GP, which starts at 2 p.m. local time.
“We had realized this morning that with the setup we chose, we’re missing a little bit in a single lap with the new tyre, but I feel more comfortable when the tyres start to drop. Anyway, a front-row start is a very positive result at this track. So far we’re having a solid weekend, and I decided to not try a final time attack at the end of qualifying, as it would’ve been a bit too risky. I’m especially happy with my race pace, because step-by-step, we’ve been able to improve over the weekend. Dovi and Lorenzo have a great pace too, actually the best, but we’re close enough, so it will be interesting to see where we can finish tomorrow. I think Valentino will also be there, so it will be a nice race. It will also be a very long one, so it will be very important to be focused and consistent, and of course tyre choice and management will be very important. It will be tough to make the podium, but we’ll try and go for it.”
“Today we were able to have two positive free sessions and to work well enough on our race setup, but qualifying was difficult. It’s a shame because 10th is not what we were hoping for. I tried to improve with the soft tyre, but unfortunately I wasn’t able to take a bigger step forward than I did. It’s not the best situation for tomorrow, but I hope I’ll be able to get a good start and especially to be fast in the first couple of laps, as it will crucial to move up.”
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