Marc VDS rider Alex Marquez produced a stunning qualifying performance, that even his older brother would be proud of, to take the pole position by over two seconds from Sam Lowes ahead of the Czech Moto2 Grand Prix at Brno.
Rain at the end of the MotoGP session left riders torn between wet and slick tyres. The four fast men from Q1 all came through on wet tyres, however, with seven minutes remaining the tipping point had been met and slick tyres were in order.
Anticipating a change of tyres, Sam Lowes and his Gresini team decided to fit slick tyres to his bike and wait until riders came in for the change. Knowing it would take teams upwards of a minute to change the tyre, as well as an out lap, Lowes waited for the riders to come in, before heading out.
It looked a masterful move as Lowes quickly found himself going fastest as he managed to get his slick tyres up to temperature. Unfortunately for the Brit, the red-hot Marquez was also on slick tyres and lapping even faster.
Despite Lowes’ best efforts, it was Marquez who managed his tyres perfectly hooked it all up for a stunning 2:06.787, 2.018 seconds clear of Lowes in second place. It’s Marquez’ second pole in a row, and you wouldn’t put it past him his fifth race of the last six
Lorenzo Baldassarri will join Marquez and Lowes on the front row in third place, benefitting from being one of the first to make the change over to slick tyres, albeit qualifying 3.9 seconds behind Marquez.
Nico Bulega will head the second row in fourth place, with compatriots Fabio Di Giannantonio and Marco Bezzecchi making it an all-Italian second row.
Marcel Schrotter qualified in seventh place, ahead of two Q1 graduates in Bo Bendsneyder and Jake Dixon. Augusto Fernandez left it too late to change over to slick tyres and consequently will start from tenth, with Jorge Navarro and Tom Luthi completing the top twelve.