Mattia Pasini made the most of the better track conditions early on, with his best lap holding on to pole position as the chequered flag waved to end qualifying for the Moto2 grand Prix in Brno.

The Italtrans rider posted his untouchable lap of 2m 02.611 with over half an hour left to run, handing the 31-year old Italian his first pole since the Australian round of the 125cc championship in 2007.

Miguel Oliveira came closest to deposing the Italian as he found enough pace to move into second just 0.032s behind for Red Bull KTM Ajo.

The Portuguese sits between two Kalex machines with championship leader Franco Morbidelli setting the third best time aboard his EG 0,0 Marc VDS - his best qualifying to date at the track.

Francesco Bagnaia’s last charge moved him up to fourth for Sky Racing Team VR46, pushing Gresini’s Jorge Navarro down to fifth, and making him top rookie at the end of the session.

The final spot on the second row goes to Alex Marquez, who will be looking to push forward and decrease his team-mates title lead from sixth.

Luca Marini finished his day seventh for Forward while Sandro Cortese (Dynavolt Intact GP) clung onto eighth despite a tumble.

Simone Corsi pushed his Speed Up hard to recover to ninth, he crashed out early on after trying an ambitious move underneath Dominique Aegerter which saw both of them fly off track.

Brad Binder continues his slow recovery from injury and showed improvement with a top ten finish on the second Red Bull entry.

A superb final lap when few were still making progress saw Fabio Quartararo ( Pons HP 40) elevated to eleventh, that pushed Morbidelli’s closest title rival Tom Luthi down to twelfth as the Interwetten rider struggled to make progress in Brno.

Tarran Mackenzie continues his Moto2 learning curve with Kiefer and placed 28th.

American Joe Roberts finds himself in a similar position as he joins the paddock as a permanent replacement for Yonny Hernandez at AGR. He qualified 31st.

Moto2 gains a Czech rider as Karel Hanika returns to the world championship as a wild-card with Willirace Team (Kalex). He fell and starts 32nd and last on his Moto2 debut.

There were also crashes for Tetsuta Nagashima, Augusto Fernandez, Remy Gardner and Lorenzo Baldassarri.

Marcel Schrotter has withdrawn from the race weekend through injury.

 

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