Crutchlow picks up pole at Brno

24 August 2013 - 13:54

Crutchlow picks up pole at Brno

When Cal Crutchlow picked up his first-ever MotoGP pole at Assen a couple of months back, he said the qualifying result meant little in the absence of the reigning world champion, Jorge Lorenzo, who had just endured a collarbone-shattering fall in Free Practice. Lorenzo was present and well at Brno today, however, and this time, Crutchlow repeated his Assen feat with a new qualifying lap record in Q2 that got him his second MotoGP pole.

Crutchlow had issues with his new fuel tank at the start of the weekend, but by the end of Practice, had shown signs of dictating terms on qualifying day. And so he did, lapping Brno in 1'55.527, bettering the qualifying lap record at Brno held previously by Lorenzo. But he wasn't the only one to do that.

Gresini Honda's Alvaro Bautista too beat Lorenzo's 2012 lap record, slipstreaming past Marc Marquez to claim his second start from the front row in the last three races. Marquez hadn't looked in the finest of form on Friday, failing to look all that impressive during practice, but he did up his game a bit today, and landed himself the third spot on the grid.

Dani Pedrosa - who mentioned a surprising re-occurrence of shoulder pain (a mindful collarbone, perhaps?) - fought the discomfort to qualify in fourth, just a smidgen faster than Lorenzo, and Crutchlow's team-mate Bradley Smith matched his qualifying best to pip Valentino Rossi in the battle for sixth place. Stefan Bradl, who led in Practice on Friday, secured eigth, and Team Ducati's Dovizioso and Hayden completed the top ten list.

Crutchlow still longs for a victory in the premier class, but Marquez will be desperate to extend his 21-point lead over Pedrosa by a more substantial margin. It is to be noted that Pedrosa had started third and gone on to win the Czech MotoGP last year. But then you've got a feisty Bautista and the reigning champion trying to defend his title in the way. There's a whole load of possibilities...

Qualifying:
1. Cal Crutchlow
2. Alvaro Bautista
3. Marc Marquez
4. Dani Pedrosa
5. Jorge Lorenzo
6. Bradley Smith
7. Valentino Rossi
8. Stefan Bradl
9. Andrea Dovizioso
10. Nicky Hayden
11. Andrea Iannone
12. Colin Edwards
13. Aleix Espargaro
14. Michele Pirro
15. Randy De Puniet
16. Yonny Hernandez
17. Danilo Petrucci
18. Claudio Corti    
19. Hector Barbera
20. Lukas Pesek
21. Michael Laverty    
22. Hiroshi Aoyama    
23. Karel Abraham
24. Bryan Staring
25. Martin Bauer

TAGS // repsol honda, valentino rossi, dani pedrosa, jorge lorenzo, marc marquez, brno, moto gp, motogp, tech 3 yamaha, cal crutchlow



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