Defending Brno MotoGP winner Dani Pedrosa led an ultra-close morning warm-up session for this afternoon's Czech Republic round.

It was the first time since Catalunya, five rounds ago ad before Pedrosa's Sacsenring collarbone injury, that the title contender had topped a MotoGP track session.

Pedrosa was just 0.003s quicker than Repsol Honda team-mate and rookie title leader Marc Marquez, with the Factory Yamahas of Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo all within 0.125s of the top!

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Pole sitter Cal Crutchlow was 0.259s behind for Monster Yamaha Tech 3, with LCR Honda's Stefan Bradl and Tech 3's Bradley Smith also within half-a-second of Pedrosa - around the near two-minute lap.

Factory Ducati riders Nicky Hayden and Andrea Dovizioso were ninth and tenth, but with almost one-second between them.

Gresini Honda's Alvaro Bautista completed the top eight. Crutchlow, Bautista and Marquez will form the front row of this afternoon's grid, with Pedrosa, Lorenzo and Smith on row two, while Rossi heads row three.

All eyes are now on the weather, with rain a distinct possibility from the overcast skies.

Marquez, winner of the last three races, will start round eleven of 18 with a 21-point advantage over Pedrosa and 35 point lead over Lorenzo.

To avoid a clash with the Belgian F1 Grand Prix, Moto2 will be the first race of the day, followed by MotoGP and then Moto3.

1. Dani Pedrosa
2. Marc Marquez
3. Valentino Rossi
4. Jorge Lorenzo
5. Cal Crutchlow
6. Stefan Bradl
7. Bradley Smith
8. Alvaro Bautista
9. Nicky Hayden
10. Andrea Dovizioso
11. Michele Pirro
12. Aleix Espargaro
13. Andrea Iannone
14. Colin Edwards
15. Hector Barbera
16. Danilo Petrucci
17. Randy De Puniet
18. Claudio Corti
19. Yonny Hernandez
20. Hiroshi Aoyama
21. Karel Abraham
22. Lukas Pesek
23. Martin Bauer
24. Bryan Staring
25. Michael Laverty