Bradley Smith celebrated his new Monster Yamaha Tech3 contract by delivering his best MotoGP qualifying since round one in Qatar.

The Englishman finished Brno Qualifying 2 in fourth positon, as the top M1 rider and just 0.145s from pole sitter Marc Marquez.

Just 0.004s separated Smith from Andrea Iannone and a place on the front row.

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"I am very pleased with the qualifying result as it gives me the perfect platform for a strong result tomorrow," said Smith. "It's the first time since the start of the season that we have been back to the level of performance that we had at Qatar and today I was able to score a positive grid position.

"The team did an excellent job and I must thank my technicians and Guy Coulon for their brilliant technical knowledge plus guidance. In all honesty, I was a bit worried as we seemed to struggle yesterday but it's super to be back up to speed and then to top it off by qualifying on the second row.

"Furthermore I am really happy with my decision to use the front medium [tyre] for the Q2 session which was the perfect choice. I am very confident that I will be able to have a good start and then stay at the front with the leading riders, so I am really looking forward to tomorrow's race."

Team-mate Pol Espargaro will start from ninth.