MotoGP: Lorenzo sets new lap record at Brno en route to Czech GP pole


Jorge Lorenzo will start tomorrow’s Czech Grand Prix from pole position after breaking the MotoGP lap record at Brno on Saturday.

Lorenzo posted a fastest lap time of 1:54.989 to edge out Honda rider and defending champion Marc Marquez at the top of the leaderboard by less than one-tenth of a second.

The two Spanish riders will be joined on the front row of the grid by nine-time world champion Valentino Rossi on Sunday, who finished a two-tenths of a second further back from Marquez.

Lorenzo currently trails Rossi by nine points at the top of the riders’ standings, and will be aiming to take the lead of the title race for the first time this weekend at Brno by converting pole into his fifth win of the year.

However, both Yamaha riders will need to pay close attention to Marquez, who goes in search of a third consecutive win on Sunday from second place on the grid.

Saturday proved to be a more successful day for Honda following a turbulent Friday that saw both Marquez and teammate Dani Pedrosa get caught up in incidents.

Pedrosa was left to sweat overnight on an injury to his ankle, but the Spaniard was able to compete in practice and qualifying on Saturday. He will start tomorrow’s race from ninth place on the grid.

Ducati’s Andrea Iannone narrowly missed out on a place on the front row, and will instead start tomorrow’s race from fourth place on the grid. Bradley Smith qualified fifth for Tech 3 ahead of Andrea Dovizioso.

Maverick Vinales and Pol Espargaro will start the race from P7 and P8 respectively ahead of Pedrosa, while Cal Crutchlow, Hector Barbera and Yonny Hernandez filled out the bottom three positions in Q2, qualifying P9-P12.

To see the full results from qualifying at Brno, click here.