MOTOGP: Lorenzo Smashes Brno Track Record En Route to 31st Career MotoGP Pole

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Jorge Lorenzo destroyed the MotoGP track record Saturday at the Masaryk Circuit in securing the pole for Sunday’s Czech Grand Prix.

The two-time MotoGP World Champion secured his second pole of the season with Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez and championship leader Valentino Rossi completing the front row.

Conditions were almost ideal for qualifying at the iconic Brno track. The outcome came down to the final few seconds of the session when riders popped on the fresh softer option rear tire and headed out on their last flying laps.

Lorenzo had already broken Cal Crutchlow’s 2013 pole record in the third practice (1:55.527), and after his first run found himself on top of the timesheets with a 1:55.238. Things would just get better for the Spaniard on his second run, as he managed to set the fastest ever lap by a motorcycle around the circuit, and the first ever under the 1:55 barrier. Lorenzo’s record-breaking 1:54.989 secured his second pole position of the season and 31st in his MotoGP career in the process.

“I am really proud of my two lap times, because the first one was as impressive as the second but just not enough to make the pole position,” said Lorenzo. “In the end I had to improve the lap time by two or three tenths to keep an advantage over Marc. I didn’t expect my time, but I didn’t expect those from Marc or even Valentino either, but everyone was pushing so much and they improved a lot. My pole position lap was very good, almost perfect, except maybe the last corner wasn‘t because I had a lot of wheel spin, but a perfect lap is impossible, so we have to be very satisfied. I am confident for tomorrow because I think we have a great base setting. We will see tomorrow what the weather is like, how our rivals are doing after some laps, but we are confident.”

Marquez followed up his back-to-back wins at Indianapolis and the Sachsenring by qualifying in second. The reigning MotoGP World Champion missed out on pole by just .074 of a second as he also decimated the previous pole record.

Current championship leader Rossi had to dig deep in an effort to cure his qualifying woes and will start Sunday’s race from the back of the front row.  Ducati Team’s Andrea Iannone stuck with the older version of his GP15 to set the fourth fastest time on his very last lap.

Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Bradley Smith was the leading Satellite rider, and will start from the middle of the second row after putting in his best qualifying performance of the season. Smith has shown an impressive race pace throughout the weekend and found himself just .471 of a second behind Lorenzo in fifth. Ducati Team’s Andrea Dovizioso completed the second row.

CREDIT: MotoGP World Championship

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