The forecasts were correct. Not only did the rain arrive on Sunday morning at Brno, but it did so in vast amounts, much to the delight of Scott Redding, and the chagrin of reigning world champion Jorge Lorenzo.

Englishman Redding topped a sodden session by a full second from fellow Ducati man Andrea Iannone. Ducati showed how well it suited these conditions, with five of its men in the top six. Only Marc Marquez in fourth was able to ward off Bologna's might.

Loris Baz (third) and Eugene Laverty (fifth) were the surprises of the session. The Northern Irishman had sat in first with just minutes to go before a late surge in lap times. Andrea Dovizioso was sixth fastest.

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While the Ducatis soared, Yamaha riders were some way off. Bradley Smith was the first of the M1s in eighth, a place behind Maverick Vi?ales. Valentino Rossi was tenth, just back of Cal Crutchlow's fastest time.

Meanwhile Jorge Lorenzo, second fastest in the dry, was a disastrous 17th, 4 seconds slower than Redding. If conditions don't improve significantly before the race start at 2pm, the Majorcan may have to wave goodbye to any lingering hopes of retaining his world championship.

1. Scott Redding
2. Andrea Iannone
3. Loris Baz
4. Marc Marquez
5. Eugene Laverty
6. Andrea Dovizioso
7. Maverick Vi?ales
8. Bradley Smith
9. Cal Crutchlow
10. Valentino Rossi
11. Alvaro Bautista
12. Pol Espargaro
13. Hector Barbera
14. Danilo Petrucci
15. Stefan Bradl
16. Dani Pedrosa
17. Jorge Lorenzo
18. Aleix Espargaro
19. Yonny Hernandez
20. Tito Rabat

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A wet race is fine, a great leveller, shows the good riders, and drivers, as in F1, Lorenzo a good rider, NOT a great worthy champion in my, and others views, put most of the grid on his bike they would be at the front end of the grid, in the dry, and some in the wet, you need to marsters all conditions.