MotoGP World Champion Marc Marquez produced one of his best qualifying performances every to dominate and claim pole position by over two and a half seconds in mixed conditions at Brno.
After lunchtime rain, the track was wet, but with the sun shining through Q1 a dry line started to form through Q1 and after just one lap on wet tyres, Marquez, along with Jack Miller and Alex Rins came in for slick tyres.
It wasn’t long until all twelve riders, bar Zarco, Dovizioso, Espargaro and Rossi were out on slick tyres, however it was only Marquez and Miller who showed pace to make the dry Michelin’s work.
After his first lap on the slick tyres, Marquez was nearly two seconds off the pace, but what followed were two laps of the highest order. The kind of laps that makes you forget everything people may not like about him, and leave you sat there, mouth wide open, scratching your head, wondering how anyone can produce what he did.
Navigating his way around the track, sure to keep his Repsol Honda not too far away from the dry line, keeping his bike upright. However, just when Marquez appeared to have judged and perfectly executed his plan, rain flags came out. Despite the rain flags and movement in pit-line, Marquez continued to show how special he is, keeping his RC213V hooked up to take the provisional pole.
Behind Marquez, Jack Miller was showing pace of his own, putting his Pramac Ducati in second place, albeit 1.2 seconds behind Marquez. With pole in the bag, you could’ve forgiven Marquez for backing out and cruising around on his final lap, however that’s not the Marquez way.
Keeping it pinned for his final lap, Marquez posted a fastest time of a 2:02.753, 2.524 seconds clear of second place. It was Marquez’ 58th premier class pole position, bringing him level with Mick Doohan at just 26 years of age.
Behind Marquez, Miller was on a personal best lap of his own, however the Aussie lost the front end of his Desmosedici in the final corner with the rain coming down hard. Despite the crash, it was enough to hold onto second place.
Johann Zarco capitalised on his first outing in Q2 in 2019 by taking the final spot on the front row, with his early lap on wet tyres good enough to keep him there, putting the data gathered in Q1 to good use.
Andrea Dovizioso will head the second row, with the Italian happy to be in the sharp end with his dry race pace tomorrow. Pol Espargaro made it two KTM’s in the top five as he will start from the middle of the second row, with Rins rounding out the second row.
Valentino Rossi will start from seventh place and the head of the third row, with compatriot Danilo Petrucci sandwiched in between the two factory Yamaha’s with Maverick Vinales qualifying in ninth place.
Fabio Quartararo will start from tenth position, with Cal Crutchlow and Franco Morbidelli rounding out the fourth row.