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Sport MotoGP Brno: Sensational pole for Johann Zarco! Dovizioso only on P18

17:47  08 august  2020
17:47  08 august  2020 Source:   motorsport-total.com

Who slept best last night: Andrea Dovizioso

 Who slept best last night: Andrea Dovizioso © Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images 1. Andrea Dovizioso, Ducati Team Farewell to Ducati and victory in Spielberg - Editor Gerald Dirnbeck thinks about the situation and the future of Andrea Dovizioso Dear readers, after yesterday's race in Spielberg we have to thank all Guardian Angels that the two serious accidents in Moto2 and MotoGP went off lightly. I think everyone knows that with less luck we could have had one of the blackest days in motorsport history.

Tech 3 Yamaha's Johann Zarco topped the first MotoGP practice session at Brno , demoting Andrea Dovizioso after the chequered flag fell. Marquez couldn't improve on his early-session time but still took third, albeit only 0.003s faster than Angel Nieto Ducati's Alvaro Bautista.

Tech3 Yamaha's Johann Zarco topped the first MotoGP practice session at Brno , demoting Andrea Dovizioso after the chequered flag fell. Marc Marquez led the early stages of the 45-minute session after a couple of fastest laps, the Honda rider staying ahead of Dovizioso until the middle part of the

Pole-Setter Johann Zarco hat die Sensation in Brünn geschafft © Motorsport Images Pole-Setter Johann Zarco created the sensation in Brno

A Ducati on pole in Brno! Johann Zarco caused a little sensation for in the MotoGP qualifying . With last year's Ducati, the Frenchman from the Avintia team drove to pole position in 1: 55.687 minutes while his fellow brands stumbled. Andrea Dovizioso didn't even get past Q1.

Zarco relegated permanent pole setter Fabio Quartararo (Petronas-Yamaha) to second place in Brno. In the end he was three tenths short of his compatriot. Quartararo's team-mate Franco Morbidelli also made it onto the front row in third.

In qualifying, the MotoGP riders had to deal with the highest temperatures so far this weekend. The thermometer had climbed to 31 degrees of air and 50 degrees of asphalt. Of course, Jerez winner Quartararo was not affected. As in the heat of Spain, he also proved his class in hot Brno.

Dovizioso, Petrucci and Miller ponder: Why was Zarco so quick in Brno?

 Dovizioso, Petrucci and Miller ponder: Why was Zarco so quick in Brno? © Motorsport Images Andrea Dovizioso and Jack Miller were frustrated At the Czech Grand Prix, Johann Zarco finished third on the podium with the Ducati GP19 of the customer team Avintia. The Frenchman had already caused a sensation in qualifying with his pole position. His performance raised question marks for the rest of the Ducati riders. © Motorsport Images Danilo Petrucci Pramac driver Jack Miller finished ninth in Brno, Andrea Dovizioso was eleventh and Danilo Petrucci twelfth.

Ducati rider Andrea Dovizioso took pole position for MotoGP 's Czech Grand Prix, beating Valentino Rossi by two tenths in a thrilling pole shootout at Brno . Johann Zarco was seventh on the Tech3 Yamaha ahead of Suzuki pair Alex Rins and Andrea Iannone, who briefly went second fastest only to

Ducati rider Andrea Dovizioso took pole position for MotoGP 's Czech Grand Prix, beating Valentino Rossi by two tenths in a thrilling pole shootout at Brno . Johann Zarco was seventh on the Tech3 Yamaha ahead of Suzuki pair Alex Rins and Andrea Iannone, who briefly went second fastest only to

Aleix Espargaro and Johann Zarco surprise

Already his first flying lap was an announcement: With 1: 55.990 minutes he set a new absolute best time this weekend and pushed himself to the top. Aprilia rider Aleix Espargaro, of all people, stalked the record after a mishap in the pit lane - he stalled the bike.

In fact, he was only 0.084 seconds short on Quartararo, taking second place ahead of his brother Pol Espargaro on the KTM. But it didn't stop with this unusual front row. After a short pit stop, Maverick Vinales followed suit, displacing Pol Espargaro from third place.

But the others also picked up the pace again. However, most of them struggled with Quartararo's best time - with the exception of former KTM team-mates Johann Zarco and Pol Espargaro. Both passed the French in the classification.

MotoGP hammer: Dovizioso and Ducati split up at the end of the season

 MotoGP hammer: Dovizioso and Ducati split up at the end of the season © Motorsport Images After eight years together, Andrea Dovizioso and Ducati split up on this Friday that the future of Andrea Dovizioso at Ducati after MotoGP -Double header in Spielberg would decide. But it is already clear: Both parties will go their separate ways at the end of this season. This was confirmed by Dovizioso's manager Simone Battistella on Saturday. Ducati and the Italian had long struggled to extend their contract, but kept putting it off.

Andrea Dovizioso takes pole position for his Ducati Team on the Desmosedici GP 15, ahead of Dani Pedrosa and Marc Marquez in Qatar. It was always going to be close in QP2, and the first qualifying session of the season did not disappoint as Dovizioso took a sensational pole position for the

Dovizioso ended up fifth, followed by the factory Yamahas of Maverick Vinales and Valentino Rossi. Avintia Ducati rider Tito Rabat took eighth, ahead of Syahrin's team-mate Zarco and Marquez. Honda wildcard Stefan Bradl was 18th in FP2, as Suzuki test rider Sylvain Guintoli brought up the rear in 26th.

Pol Espargaro loses lap, Quartararo falls

However, Espargaro lost his lap time again because he had improved under the money. He then fell back to sixth place. Zarco's best time, however, remained after Quartararo fell on the last lap. This time he had to be satisfied with second place in front of his Petronas team-mate Morbidelli.

Aleix Espargaro was rewarded with fourth place on the grid for his early attack. He shares the second row on the grid with Vinales and brother Pol. His KTM team-mate Brad Binder leads the third row of the grid, with Danilo Petrucci (Ducati) and Joan Mir (Suzuki) next to him. Valentino Rossi rounds off the top 10.

The Yamaha rider was 0.828 seconds short of Zarco's pole time at the finish. Alex Rins (Suzuki) again missed the top 10 by just 0.056 seconds. Cal Crutchlow (LCR-Honda) couldn't get past twelfth after a late crash.

Andrea Dovizioso completely beaten in Q1

KTM best time: Trouble with Brno drives Pol Espargaro, Brad Binder only 16.

 KTM best time: Trouble with Brno drives Pol Espargaro, Brad Binder only 16. Trouble at the race in Brno has an effect on Pol Espargaro in Spielberg - Miguel Oliveira in the top 10 - Brno winner Brad Binder stays despite P16 relaxed After winning the Czech Grand Prix, KTM was also in top form at the start of training in Austria. Pol Espargaro took the lead in FT1 ( to report ) with a series of strong lap times and was not ousted in FT2 ( to report ) because the conditions did not allow any improvement. Tech 3 KTM rider Miguel Oliveira also stays on a Q2 course.

Ducati rider Andrea Dovizioso returned to the top of the timesheets in third practice for MotoGP 's Japanese Grand Prix, narrowly edging Cal Crutchlow and Johann Zarco . After Friday's second session was rendered unrepresentative by rain, Saturday morning's session took place in sunny weather

Johann Zarco wins his first MotoGP pole in Assen. Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP ) looked a contender for the top spot until his final sector, and Alvaro Bautista (Pull&Bear Aspar Team) crossed the line in P7 ahead of LCR Honda’s Cal Crutchlow, with Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team)

Q1 was previously made up of prominent figures this time with Rins, Nakagami, Dovizioso and Miller. But as always, only the two fastest drivers made it to the next lap. After the first run, Binder and Miller were ahead. Dovizioso, on the other hand, had not yet marked a time because his lap was canceled because of yellow flags.

Aprilia driver Smith took care of this, who crashed in Turn 8 and was therefore also without time. However, he was able to attack again with his second bike in the final minutes. All drivers put on a fresh, soft rear tire for this.

Takaaki Nakagami initially set a new personal best, but got it canceled because the track limits were exceeded. In addition to Suzuki rider Rins, who finally finished Q1 fastest, Binder made it one lap on the KTM. He benefited from Nakagami's canceled time and inherited second place.

Repsol-Honda without Marquez at the end of the grid

Binders KTM brand colleague Miguel Oliveira narrowly missed Q2 in third. He was 0.037 seconds short of Binder. Qualifying was a disaster for the Ducatis. Neither Miller nor Dovizioso moved into Q2 retrospectively. Miller only made it to starting position 14, for Dovizioso it was even worse with starting position 18.

The Italian did not finish his last flying lap, but drove into the pits. It remains unclear whether there was a technical problem. The fact is that in Q1 he still ended up behind Tito Rabat (Avintia-Ducati), Iker Lecuona (Tech-3-KTM) and Nakagami, who was passed through to 7th place after the track limit mishap.

Smith, who had fallen before, and the two Repsol Honda drivers Stefan Bradl and Alex Marquez were only on the back row. The German finished qualifying in 20th place just ahead of his quasi-team-mate. They were only 0.033 seconds apart.

Dovizioso to leave Ducati, manager says .
Dovizioso to leave Ducati, manager saysDovizioso, 34, has won 13 races since joining Ducati in 2013, finishing runner-up in the championship in the last three seasons, but talks over a new contract had stalled this year.

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