Lorenzo blitzes new Brno record

Reigning MotoGP champion Jorge Lorenzo fired a warning shot to his rivals ahead of qualifying for the Czech Grand Prix at Brno by breaking his own lap record there during FP3 on Saturday.

The Yamaha rider left it until the last two minutes of the session before showing his full pace, setting a time of 1m54.791s, more than seven tenths faster than his closer rival and nearly two tenths faster than his pole time of 2015.

The final few moments of the 45-minute session saw a flurry of improvements throughout the field, the notable of those – Lorenzo aside – being Maverick Vinales, after the Spaniard claimed provisional P1 with a 1m55.604s on his Suzuki.

That time stood until two minutes before the end when Championship leader Marc Marquez posted a 1m55.562s, before Lorenzo's lap record knocked the Honda rider off P1.

Marquez was then pushed down to third after Ducati's Andrea Iannone, the Austrian GP winner, posted a 1m55.535s as the chequered flag fell.

In fifth place behind Vinales was Valentino Rossi, some 0.917s behind his factory Yamaha team-mate, with Aleix Espargaro on the sister Suzuki rounding out the top six.

Andrea Dovizioso was in seventh on the second Ducati, just ahead of Hector Barbera's Avintia machine, who claimed a spot in Q2 later on Saturday with his best time in FP2.

The last two spots in the top 10 were claimed by Pol Espargaro (Tech 3 Yamaha) and Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda) with Pramac Ducati's Scott Redding just missing out.

FP3:
1. Jorge Lorenzo ESP Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 1m 54.791s [Lap 13/15] 310km/h (Top Speed)
2. Andrea Iannone ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP) 1m 55.535s +0.744s [15/15] 312km/h
3. Marc Marquez ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 1m 55.562s 0.771s [16/18] 308km/h
4. Maverick Viñales ESP Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 1m 55.604s 0.813s [13/17] 309km/h
5. Valentino Rossi ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 1m 55.708s 0.917s [16/18] 309km/h
6. Aleix Espargaro ESP Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 1m 55.793s 1.002s [16/17] 306km/h
7. Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP) 1m 56.051s 1.260s [16/18] 312km/h
8. Pol Espargaro ESP Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 1m 56.143s 1.352s [18/19] 309km/h
9. Cal Crutchlow GBR LCR Honda (RC213V) 1m 56.161s 1.370s [14/17] 308km/h
10. Scott Redding GBR Octo Pramac Yakhnich (Desmosedici GP15) 1m 56.332s 1.541s [15/15] 305km/h
11. Dani Pedrosa ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 1m 56.405s 1.614s [12/15] 311km/h
12. Danilo Petrucci ITA Octo Pramac Yakhnich (Desmosedici GP15) 1m 56.551s 1.760s [18/18] 310km/h
13. Bradley Smith GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 1m 56.656s 1.865s [16/19] 307km/h
14. Alvaro Bautista ESP Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 1m 56.845s 2.054s [15/17] 307km/h
15. Stefan Bradl GER Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 1m 57.015s 2.224s [16/16] 308km/h
16. Eugene Laverty IRL Aspar MotoGP Team (Desmosedici GP14.2) 1m 57.202s 2.411s [11/12] 310km/h
17. Yonny Hernandez COL Aspar MotoGP Team (Desmosedici GP14.2) 1m 57.443s 2.652s [11/13] 307km/h
18. Hector Barbera ESP Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP14.2) 1m 57.526s 2.735s [8/14] 309km/h
19. Tito Rabat ESP Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V)* 1m 57.815s 3.024s [20/20] 307km/h
20. Loris Baz FRA Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP14.2) 1m 58.144s 3.353s [3/12] 303km/h

Riders going directly to Q2
1. Jorge Lorenzo ESP Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1)
2. Andrea Iannone ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP)
3. Marc Marquez ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V)
4. Maverick Vinales ESP Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)
5. Valentino Rossi ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1)
6. Aleix Espargaro ESP Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)
7. Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP)
8. Hector Barbera ESP Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP14.2)
9. Pol Espargaro ESP Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1)
10. CalCrutchlow GBR LCR Honda (RC213V)

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