2020 MotoGP Czech Republic Grand Prix session timings and preview – MotoGP

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After a brief pause for breath, the reshuffled 2020 MotoGP season resumes with the Czech Republic Grand Prix at Brno.

Reigning world champion Marc Marquez has already been ruled out of action for Repsol Honda having undergone a second surgery on his broken right arm, which sees HRC test rider Stefan Bradl stepping in.

But the fight at the front remains just as competitive, with Jerez double winner Fabio Quartararo looking to make history by becoming the first Yamaha rider to win the opening three races of a season since Kenny Roberts in 1980.

Quartararo is likely to face stiff competition from fellow Yamaha riders Maverick Vinales, Valentino Rossi and Petronas SRT team-mate Franco Morbidelli, but concerns over Yamaha’s engine reliability remain after suffering failures across the two Jerez races.

Ducati will be looking to strike back in Brno, with Andrea Dovizioso claiming victory at the Czech Republic track in

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Czech MotoGP: Zarco takes shock pole as Quartararo crashes – MotoGP

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Johann Zarco took a shock MotoGP pole position for Avintia Ducati at the Czech Grand Prix after a late crash for Fabio Quartararo, while Andrea Dovizioso was only 18th.

Zarco put the KTM on the front row at Brno one year ago in wet conditions, but a week later had quit the Austrian marque amidst a miserable season on the RC16.

Signed to ride for the underfunded Avintia squad on a year-old Ducati, Zarco stunned with his first pole since his Tech3 days – having last started from pole in Malaysia 2018 – to lead a French 1-2 in qualifying.

The early part of the session was topped by KTM’s Pol Espargaro with a 1m56.142s, though this was quickly beaten by Quartararo with the best lap of the weekend so far of a 1m55.990s.

Following the Petronas SRT rider on that lap, Aprilia’s Aleix Espargaro pulled out a surprise lap

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Czech MotoGP: Nakagami leads Mir in tight FP1 at Brno – MotoGP

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Takaaki Nakagami led a tight MotoGP Czech Grand Prix FP1 by 0.011s seconds from Joan Mir, while Maverick Vinales crashed early in the session.

Vinales lost the front of his factory Yamaha early on the way into the penultimate left-hander at Turn 13 five minutes into the session, a cold tyre catching him out.

The Yamaha rider wheeled his M1 back into pitlane and would rejoin the session soon after, but appeared to be in some discomfort with his arm – though Yamaha confirmed he was suffering from no obvious injuries.

Petronas SRT’s Franco Morbidelli had set the pace with a 1m58.629s on his M1, though was usurped by KTM’s Pol Espargaro with a 1m57.607s.

The factory KTM rider improved to a 1m57.392s with 36 minutes left on the clock, which would go unchallenged until the closing stages when a handful of riders fitted fresh rubber.

When he returned to

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Quartararo explains “most difficult” MotoGP race in Czech GP

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Fabio Quartararo says he “made two steps backwards” in the MotoGP Czech Grand Prix owing to grip issues, which left him seventh in “most difficult” race of his career.

The championship leader started from second at Brno and ran in that position in the early laps, but was quickly demoted down the order to a distant seventh.

Quartararo opted for the medium rear tyre – the same as race winner Brad Binder, and a step harder than SRT team-mate Franco Morbidelli used to lead the first 12 laps and finish second.

Having made a leap forward with bike set-up in FP4, Quartararo struggled with grip all race, which put him “on the limit”.

Nonetheless, he still extended his championship lead to 17 points.

“[It] really was not easy to do the race today,” Quartararo said.

“I’m sure it was the most difficult race of my career in MotoGP.

“To learn

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Quartararo explains “most difficult” MotoGP race in Czech GP – MotoGP

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Fabio Quartararo says he “made two steps backwards” in the MotoGP Czech Grand Prix owing to grip issues, which left him seventh in “most difficult” race of his career.

The championship leader started from second at Brno and ran in that position in the early laps, but was quickly demoted down the order to a distant seventh.

Quartararo opted for the medium rear tyre – the same as race winner Brad Binder, and a step harder than SRT team-mate Franco Morbidelli used to lead the first 12 laps and finish second.

Having made a leap forward with bike set-up in FP4, Quartararo struggled with grip all race, which put him “on the limit”.

Nonetheless, he still extended his championship lead to 17 points.

“[It] really was not easy to do the race today,” Quartararo said.

“I’m sure it was the most difficult race of my career in MotoGP.

“To learn

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Czech MotoGP debut win after three races “scary”

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a man looking at the camera: Binder: Debut win after three races


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Binder: Debut win after three races

MotoGP Czech Grand Prix winner Brad Binder says his dream of scoring a premier class victory coming in just his third race is “scary”.

Binder stunned on Sunday at Brno by charging to the front of the Czech GP on lap 13 to dominate by 5.2 seconds to score his and KTM’s first MotoGP victory.

The MotoGP rookie showed great pace during practice and qualifying for the two Jerez races last month, but two mistakes ruled him out of possible podium contention.

Now the first rookie winner since Marc Marquez in 2013, Binder was left stunned by the result.

“Today, it was the most incredible day in my life so far,” he said.

“It’s that day I’ve dreamed of since I was a child.

“Gosh, for it to come true in my third grand prix is scary.

“I honestly, I can’t

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Binder “doing the job I couldn’t” at KTM after Czech MotoGP win – Zarco – MotoGP

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Johann Zarco says Brad Binder is “doing the job that I was not able to do” at KTM, after he took his maiden MotoGP win at the Czech Grand Prix.

Rookie Binder dominated the race at Brno on Sunday to score his and KTM’s first ever MotoGP victory in just his third race, which he described as a “scary” achievement.

The South African was promoted to the factory KTM team following Zarco’s dismissal after last year’s Misano round, with Binder having initially been signed to Tech3.

Zarco struggled massively on the KTM last season, with the high point being a front row qualifying at a wet Brno, before a week later terminating his two-year deal after Austria – two rounds before KTM dropped him altogether.

But Zarco holds no ill will towards both KTM or Binder, saying the 2016 Moto3 champion’s “fresh mind” is helping to make the difference he

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Vinales “very lucky” to finish 14th in Czech MotoGP with grip issues – MotoGP

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Yamaha’s Maverick Vinales says he was “very lucky” to even finish 14th in the MotoGP Czech Grand Prix having battled an “impossible” lack of grip from the first lap.

Vinales started from fifth on the grid, but slipped to eighth after the opening lap and continued to tumble down the order at Brno, eventually taking the chequered flag almost 20 seconds from the win in 14th – his worst finish as a Yamaha rider.

Vinales joined half the field in running the soft rear tyre along with eventual podium finishers Franco Morbidelli and Johann Zarco.

But from the first lap Vinales says he had a lot of spinning on the rear tyre, and admits towards the end the bike became “unsafe” to ride.

“In the race, since the first lap, it was impossible, [I had] a lot of spin [on the rear tyre],” Vinales said.

“Lap by lap it increased,

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Espargaro: Zarco “didn’t want to” avoid contact in Czech MotoGP race – MotoGP

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Pol Espargaro says Johann Zarco could have avoided the contact which took him out of the MotoGP Czech Grand Prix, but says the Avintia rider “didn’t want” to.

The KTM rider endured an unlucky weekend at Brno, with a yellow flag infringement – which he protested, but to no avail – robbing of a front row start in qualifying, and the collision with Zarco on lap 10 ruling him out of potentially taking KTM’s first ever victory.

Espargaro says the collision for Zarco was “win-win”, because it moved him into podium contention, which he was able to hold onto owing to the long lap penalty at Brno being “a joke”.

“The crash was as you saw,” Espargaro said.

“I was just leaning [into Turn 1], he could have avoided contact, he didn’t want to, he gave throttle and he took me away from the line.

“It was win-win [for him]:

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Binder: Czech MotoGP debut win after three races “scary” – MotoGP

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MotoGP Czech Grand Prix winner Brad Binder says his dream of scoring a premier class victory coming in just his third race is “scary”.

Binder stunned on Sunday at Brno by charging to the front of the Czech GP on lap 13 to dominate by 5.2 seconds to score his and KTM’s first MotoGP victory.

The MotoGP rookie showed great pace during practice and qualifying for the two Jerez races last month, but two mistakes ruled him out of possible podium contention.

Now the first rookie winner since Marc Marquez in 2013, Binder was left stunned by the result.

“Today, it was the most incredible day in my life so far,” he said.

“It’s that day I’ve dreamed of since I was a child.

“Gosh, for it to come true in my third grand prix is scary.

“I honestly, I can’t believe it.

“It’s been from the day of starting

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