Márquez edges out Ducati pair for Brno pole

Márquez edges out Ducati pair for Brno pole

16 August 2014 – Reigning World Champion Marc Márquez claimed a tightly contested pole position as he edged out Ducati pairing Andrea Dovizioso and Andrea Iannone at Brno.

Márquez posted a lap during the final stages of the session to move ahead of his rivals, with the top 11 riders separated by just over half a second.

Jorge Lorenzo initially set the benchmark time but his lap was eclipsed by Aleix Espargaro, before Márquez went four tenths quicker up front, with Honda team-mate Dani Pedrosa slotting into second.

Dovizioso and Iannone also edged ahead of Lorenzo, while Yamaha team-mate Valentino Rossi was near the foot of the times following his heavy crash in the final practice session, after which he briefly visited the medical centre.

Márquez came out for his second run and while he passed Iannone on his hot lap, the Pramac rider hung on to the Spaniard and when Márquez lowered his own benchmark, Iannone used the slipstream over the line to go 0.003s quicker and snatch top spot.

Márquez nonetheless pressed on and re-claimed top spot with a 1:55.585 and was not headed, while Dovizioso vaulted up to second place on the factory Ducati, 0.129s down on Márquez.

Bradley Smith improved from 12th to fourth during the dying stages of the session and he was just 0.004s down on Iannone, who will start from the front row of the grid.

Pedrosa ended up only fifth despite setting the pace in practice, while Yamaha's travails continue as Lorenzo was sixth, with Rossi in seventh.

Stefan Bradl was quickest in Q1 and made the most of his advancement by setting the eighth quickest time in Q2, ahead of Pol Espargaró and brother Aleix Espargaró.

Cal Crutchlow was 11th, albeit just 0.544s down on Márquez's pole time, with Yonny Hernández in 12th.

Ducati wildcard rider Michele Pirro qualified in 13th place having been the fastest rider to fail to make it past the first segment, while Álvaro Bautista edged out Gresini rival Scott Redding for 14th position, with the Brit complaining of a lack of grip.

Hiroshi Aoyama was 16th, ahead of home hero Karel Abraham, with replacement rider Leon Camier a fine 18th for Aspar. Danilo Petrucci led a close group of riders, including Alex De Angelis, Héctor Barberá and Michael Laverty, with the latter pairing posting identical lap times.

Broc Parkes was a distant 23rd while Mike di Meglio suffered an accident in the fourth practice session and then encountered another one at the start of qualifying and failed to post a time.

The Czech Republic Grand Prix takes place at Brno on Sunday at 2pm local time (GMT+2)

related

Comments

Latest News
Full
Compact

  1. Sunday 24 September 2017

  2. 14:23

    In full: Aragón Grand Prix race results

    MotoGP
  3. Márquez fights back for Aragón victory 13:46

    Márquez fights back for Aragón victory

    Marc Márquez extended his title lead with his fifth victory of the season at the Aragón Grand Prix as he headed team-mate Dani…

    MotoGP
  4. 12:00

    Starting grid for the Aragón Grand Prix

    MotoGP
  5. Ducati: Rear tyre choice crucial for race 11:02

    Ducati: Rear tyre choice crucial for race

    Ducati pair Jorge Lorenzo and Andrea Dovizioso believe rear tyre choice will be critical to the manufacturer's prospects of…

    MotoGP
  6. Eriksson wins, Norris edges towards title 10:46

    Eriksson wins, Norris edges towards title

    Motopark's Joel Eriksson ended his victory drought at the Red Bull Ring while McLaren-backed youngster Lando Norris edged closer…

    F3
  7. Flashback: Malaysia's dramatic 2016 race 10:06

    Flashback: Malaysia's dramatic 2016 race

    Last weekend's Singapore Grand Prix was a potentially season-defining race, with Lewis Hamilton winning after Sebastian Vettel's…

    F1
  8. Formula 1 tweaks jump start regulations 09:14

    Formula 1 tweaks jump start regulations

    The FIA has tightened next year's Sporting Regulations regarding jump starts in Formula 1, raising the possibility of penalties…

    F1
  9. Gasly closes on Ishiura with Sugo podium 08:38

    Gasly closes on Ishiura with Sugo podium

    Red Bull junior driver Pierre Gasly closed the gap to Super Formula title leader Hiroaki Ishiura to just half a point, after…

    SF
  10. Video: Toto Wolff tackles the Nürburgring 05:42

    Video: Toto Wolff tackles the Nürburgring

    Watch as Mercedes boss Toto Wolff tackles the Nürburgring in a Mercedes-Benz 190 E 2.5-16 Evolution II during the Touring Cars…

    F1
  11. Saturday 23 September 2017

  12. 17:04

    Latest MotoGP photos: Saturday at Aragón

    MotoGP
  13. Márquez 'pushed too much' in pole pursuit 17:02

    Márquez 'pushed too much' in pole pursuit

    Repsol Honda rider Marc Márquez accepted that he "pushed too much" during the closing stages of qualifying for the Aragón…

    MotoGP
  14. Rossi labels front row spot 'big surprise' 14:46

    Rossi labels front row spot 'big surprise'

    Valentino Rossi labelled his front-row grid spot for the Aragón Grand Prix as a "big surprise" after making an…

    MotoGP
  15. 14:07

    Aragón Grand Prix: Qualifying 2 results

    MotoGP
  16. Viñales takes Aragón pole, Rossi third 14:04

    Viñales takes Aragón pole, Rossi third

    Movistar Yamaha's Maverick Viñales made it back-to-back pole positions during a thrilling qualifying session for the Aragón…

    MotoGP
  17. MotoGP confirms 2018 pre-season schedule 12:46

    MotoGP confirms 2018 pre-season schedule

    MotoGP organisers have confirmed the championship's pre-season test dates and venues for the 2018 campaign. As per usual, the…

    MotoGP
  18. F1 relaxes rules over current cars for demos 11:12

    F1 relaxes rules over current cars for demos

    Formula 1's Sporting Regulations have been relaxed in order to allow current-spec cars to be run at any demonstration events…

    F1
  19. 10:38

    Latest F3 photos: Saturday at Spielberg

    F3
  20. Ilott converts pole into victory in Austria 10:36

    Ilott converts pole into victory in Austria

    Prema's Callum Ilott took his fifth victory of the European Formula 3 season with a lights-to-flag drive in the opening race of…

    F3
  21. 10:00

    Aragón Grand Prix: Full Practice 3 results

    MotoGP
  22. Márquez heads FP3 as Rossi makes Q2 09:59

    Márquez heads FP3 as Rossi makes Q2

    Reigning World Champion Marc Márquez led the way as all six manufacturers had a representative inside the top 10 during the…

    MotoGP
  23. Palmer: Points a weight off my shoulders 08:58

    Palmer: Points a weight off my shoulders

    Renault's Jolyon Palmer says scoring points in Singapore was a "weight off the shoulders" and feels he can tackle the remaining…

    F1
  24. Video: Ralf Schumacher's Formula 4 team 05:48

    Video: Ralf Schumacher's Formula 4 team

    Find out more about the US Racing ADAC Formula 4 team, run by ex-Formula 1 driver Ralf Schumacher and former Mercedes DTM boss…

    Misc
  25. Friday 22 September 2017

  26. 16:12

    Follow us on Instagram for the best photos!

    F1
  27. Video: IndyCar's new 2018 brake package 16:02

    Video: IndyCar's new 2018 brake package

    IndyCar technical guru Jon Beekhuis explains the technical advancements for the brake package on the series' 2018 car that will…

    Indy
  28. Formula 1 developing exhaust microphone 14:43

    Formula 1 developing exhaust microphone

    Formula 1 is developing a microphone that can be fitted to a car's exhaust to provide a "true amplification" of sound in the…

    F1
  29. 14:06

    Latest MotoGP photos: Friday at Aragón

    MotoGP
  30. 14:00

    Aragón Grand Prix: Full Practice 2 results

    MotoGP
  31. Pedrosa heads Lorenzo in second practice 13:58

    Pedrosa heads Lorenzo in second practice

    Honda rider Dani Pedrosa topped the timesheets during second practice for Aragón Grand Prix, ahead of Ducati's Jorge Lorenzo…

    MotoGP
  32. Yamaha set to offer van der Mark test run 13:47

    Yamaha set to offer van der Mark test run

    Yamaha is set to offer Michael van der Mark a test on its MotoGP bike, with the Dutchman's planned debut at the Aragón Grand…

    MotoGP
  33. Red Bull adds four karters to Junior Team 12:22

    Red Bull adds four karters to Junior Team

    Red Bull has added four karters to its Junior Team line-up for the 2018 season. OK World Championship karter Dennis Haugar…

    Misc
  34. F1 to make classic race available online 12:01

    F1 to make classic race available online

    Formula 1's official website will make a classic Malaysian Grand Prix available online for fans to watch later this month, as…

    F1
  35. Video: Jaguar presents new car, new driver 10:48

    Video: Jaguar presents new car, new driver

    Jaguar introduces its new car and new driver for Formula E's fourth season, with inaugural series champion Nelson Piquet Jr.…

    FE
  36. 09:46

    Aragón Grand Prix: Full Practice 1 results

    MotoGP
  37. Márquez fastest as Rossi returns at Aragón 09:44

    Márquez fastest as Rossi returns at Aragón

    Marc Márquez topped a wet opening practice session for the Aragón Grand Prix, as Valentino Rossi returned to action following…

    MotoGP
  38. China, Bahrain could swap places on roster 08:39

    China, Bahrain could swap places on roster

    Formula 1 commercial chief Sean Bratches is "incredibly optimistic" that China will remain on the calendar next season, though…

    F1
  39. Video: F1 pit-stop in the dark - making of 05:36

    Video: F1 pit-stop in the dark - making of

    Ahead of the Singapore Grand Prix, Mercedes team partner EPSON challenged mechanics to complete a pit-stop in the dark. Go…

    F1
  40. Thursday 21 September 2017

  41. FIA amends Super Licence points for 2018 19:34

    FIA amends Super Licence points for 2018

    The FIA has restructured the Super Licence points system for 2018, with several championships having their allocation reduced…

    F1
  42. FIA outlines 2019 F3 International proposal 18:59

    FIA outlines 2019 F3 International proposal

    The FIA has outlined its ambition for the proposed FIA F3 International Championship, which is set to replace the current…

    F3
  43. Switzerland joins 2017/18 Formula E calendar 18:42

    Switzerland joins 2017/18 Formula E calendar

    Switzerland will feature on the Formula E calendar in the 2017/18 season, with a street race to take place in…

    FE
  44. Video: IndyCar Sonoma remix highlights 16:36

    Video: IndyCar Sonoma remix highlights

    Watch remix highlights of IndyCar's season-ending Grand Prix of Sonoma, in which Penske driver Josef Newgarden claimed his…

    Indy
more news