British star Cal Crutchlow snatches stunning pole at Brno
Last Updated: 24/08/13 3:12pm
Cal Crutchlow: Brilliant pole in Brno
Britain's Cal Crutchlow grabbed a stunning pole position for Sunday's Czech MotoGP in Brno.
The 27-year-old Yamaha rider stunned the favourites by clocking 1minute 55.527 seconds, a new track record at the 5.4km circuit.
Crutchlow, fifth in the MotoGP standings, edged eighth-ranked Alvaro Bautista of Spain to earn his second pole of the season.
Bautista was first to break the track record - but he held it for just a few minutes before seeing Crutchlow go 0.227 seconds faster.
Bautista's compatriot and overall championship leader Marc Marquez, who won the previous three MotoGP races, was third fastest, 0.336sec slower than Crutchlow.
"A fantastic job today," said Crutchlow, lavishing praise on his Monster Yamaha Tech 3 team.
"We did a good job at progressing every session. We've struggled this weekend in most sessions and we seem to be getting better and better as the weekend goes on."
Crutchlow already dominated the free practices, clocking the fastest time in the third one on Saturday morning. In the qualification, he improved it by more than six tenths of a second.
"I look forward to rest, tomorrow hopefully we can head for a podium," added Crutchlow, who had scored his first-ever MotoGP podium finish in Brno last year when he finished third.
Marquez, 20, leads the championship after 10 of 18 races with 188 points, 21 ahead of his team-mate Dani Pedrosa and 35 ahead of Yamaha's defending champion Jorge Lorenzo.
And to set up what promises to be a thrilling race on Sunday, Pedrosa will start from fourth alongside Lorenzo and and Bradley Smith (Yamaha Tech 3).
Valentino Rossi, Stefan Bradl and Andrea Dovizioso line up behind them.
Pedrosa won at Brno ahead of Lorenzo last year, while Marquez took the Moto2 victory before replacing Australia's Casey Stoner at Repsol Honda for this season.