Andrea Dovizioso put in another excellent performance in qualifying at Brno to repeat the second place grid slot he secured at Indianapolis. The Italian will start from the front row of the grid for tomorrow’s Czech Republic Grand Prix ahead of fellow Ducati rider Andrea Iannone with the Pramac Racing Team’s Desmosedici GP14, who recorded the third-quickest time.
The other Ducati Team rider, Cal Crutchlow, qualified eleventh with a time that was just 544 thousandths of a second away from the pole mark, and the British rider will start from row 4 tomorrow.
Michele Pirro, the Ducati Test Team test-rider, was unable to get through into the Q2 session and ended his qualifying run in thirteenth place.
Dovizioso will start from row 1 for the third time this season, while the last time two Ducati machines lined up on the front row of the grid was the Valencia GP in 2006, with Troy Bayliss and Loris Capirossi.
Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team #04) – 2nd (1’55.714)
“I am very happy with this weekend because we got off to a good start right from the first Friday session. We have worked a lot with the medium tyre, which I think almost everyone will use tomorrow in the race, and we are competitive and much closer to the front guys. This second place is much better than the one at Indianapolis, because I did the lap time on my own. We have worked really well, I’ve got a good feeling with my GP14, and above all it was important to reduce the gap to the front. My qualifying was perfect and the lap time I did was really over the top! Tomorrow for sure it’ll be important to start up front, but I’m confident I can do a good race.”
Cal Crutchlow (Ducati Team #35) – 11th (1’56.129)
“I’m happy enough with today. I know the position is not the best but the lap time was respectable for where we’ve been all weekend. So to be half-a-second off pole position is not too bad! In qualifying I had a problem with my first tyre and that made me have no confidence for half-a-lap with the second one. Despite this I gained 1.5 seconds in one lap and maybe could have gone a bit faster, but in any case I’m confident enough for the race now.”
Michele Pirro (Ducati Test Team #51) – 13th (1’57.093)
“I am quite happy because I did a good time in any case, almost two seconds quicker than my lap last year, and this means that the bike has improved a lot. I’ve got out of the habit of doing qualifying a bit, seeing as I haven’t raced since Barcelona. I did a good time, just missing out on Q2 by a whisker, and maybe I could have done even better. In any case to lap 1.4 seconds away from the front guys on a track that I don’t like very much, is a great satisfaction. We’re working really hard and I hope to do a good race tomorrow to gather useful information for the team and bring home a good result.”