Crutchlow clinches superb Brno pole
24 August 2013 – Cal Crutchlow took an impressive pole position for the Czech Grand Prix during Saturday afternoon's qualifying session at Brno, the Tech 3 rider deposing Álvaro Bautista in the closing stages en route to setting a new track record of 1:55.527.
With Yamaha testing at the venue just two weeks ago, the final quarter-hour session saw Crutchlow set the early pace on his satellite machine. Marc Márquez had looked set to oust the Briton with eight minutes left on the clock, but the Spaniard in fact provided a useful tow for Bautista along the main straight, enough for the Gresini man to spring the surprise time of the weekend to move to the top of the timesheets.
Crutchlow responded to cement his pace from practice and take his second career pole, with Márquez completing the front row after being unable to usurp Bautista. Dani Pedrosa heads up the second row, followed by Jorge Lorenzo and Bradley Smith.
Valentino Rossi took seventh ahead of LCR’s Stefan Bradl, with the factory Ducati pairing of Andrea Dovisioso and Nicky Hayden rounding out the top ten positions.
Sunday's final warm-up session at Brno begins at 9.30am local time (GMT +2)