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Marquez storms to pole at Czech MotoGP

21 August 2016

"But a little bit because the temperature was up, and maybe with the second tyre I was too aggressive, braking too late and maybe opening too much throttle, I didn't improve so much compared to the first lap time".

Reigning world champion Jorge Lorenzo on a Yamaha, last year's victor at Brno, was the first to break the circuit record on Saturday, only to come second in the end, trailing his compatriot Marquez by 0.253sec.

"I found, honestly, the flawless lap", he said.

But in the final minute, Marquez completed a scintillating lap that included a pass on Valentino Rossi at the final corner, and crossing the start-finish line right behind Pol Espargaro's Tech3 Yamaha. In any case we have worked really well during the weekend, because we've always been first or second in every session, and I am really satisfied.

Fresh from a podium fight at the Austrian Grand Prix, the Movistar Yamaha MotoGP heads to the Brno for this weekend's HJC Helmets Grand Prix Ceské republiky. We're trying our best and the LCR Honda Team are doing a great job.

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This weekend the current World Champion aims to deliver another top result to further strengthen his record at the Brno circuit.

Alex Rins (Paginas Amarillas HP 40) was the surprise of the day as the title contender suffered a tough day 1, ending track action in P16 on the combined timesheets.

The Sunday showdown sees the lights go out for the race at 14:00 local time (GMT+2) at the Automotodrom Brno. The South African points leader continues to pull away from his rivals in the standings, and continues to show the ominous form that saw him take victory from the back of the grid in Jerez.

The Aspar Ducati MotoGP rider improved his time by two seconds in FP2 in the afternoon, lapping in 1m 57.336s as he ended the day 16th fastest. However, after discussions with both HRC and Jack's management team, we have made the decision to withdraw him from the Czech Grand Prix.

Sky Racing Team VR46 rider Andrea Migno will start from the middle of the front row, ahead of his Gresini Racing Moto3 compatriot Enea Bastianini. "I want to get back on track!"

Marquez storms to pole at Czech MotoGP