KTM's Espargaro sets the pace ahead of three Yamahas and team-mate Binder, during warm-up for the Czech Republic MotoGP at Brno.

All riders look set to use the hard front tyre in the race, but opinion seems mixed between the medium and soft rear. Whichever is chosen, there is expected to be a big drop in performance and saving tyres looks set to be a major part of the race.

Suzuki confirmed that Rins, who did not set a lap time, was just saving his injured shoulder for the race.

Francesco Bagnaia, on course for a debut podium in Andalucia until a late engine problem, suffered a fracture to his right tibia in Friday practice and will miss the remainder of this weekend and the following Austrian round.

Reigning MotoGP champion Marc Marquez, who broke his right arm in the season-opening Jerez race on July 19, has withdrawn after undergoing a second round of surgery and is being replaced by HRC test rider Stefan Bradl.

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Czech Republic MotoGP - Warm-up Results
PosRiderNatTeamTime/DiffLapMax (km/h)
1Pol EspargaroSPARed Bull KTM (RC16)1'57.037s6/10312k
2Maverick ViñalesSPAMonster Yamaha (YZR-M1)+0.025s4/10306k
3Fabio QuartararoFRAPetronas Yamaha (YZR-M1)+0.037s4/10308k
4Franco MorbidelliITAPetronas Yamaha (YZR-M1)+0.100s5/11305k
5Brad BinderRSARed Bull KTM (RC16)*+0.126s4/10308k
6Takaaki NakagamiJPNLCR Honda (RC213V)+0.147s6/10308k
7Jack MillerAUSPramac Ducati (GP20)+0.319s8/10311k
8Joan MirSPASuzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)+0.341s4/10309k
9Aleix EspargaroSPAAprilia Gresini (RS-GP)+0.383s5/10310k
10Andrea DoviziosoITADucati Team (GP20)+0.483s4/11315k
11Iker LecuonaSPARed Bull KTM Tech3 (RC16)*+0.511s5/10307k
12Valentino RossiITAMonster Yamaha (YZR-M1)+0.541s3/11305k
13Danilo PetrucciITADucati Team (GP20)+0.640s3/10312k
14Miguel OliveiraPORRed Bull KTM Tech3 (RC16)+0.680s5/10310k
15Johann ZarcoFRAReale Avintia (GP19)+0.730s10/10309k
16Bradley SmithGBRAprilia Test Rider (RS-GP)+0.755s5/10309k
17Cal CrutchlowGBRLCR Honda (RC213V)+1.003s6/10309k
18Alex MarquezSPARepsol Honda (RC213V)*+1.352s8/10311k
19Tito RabatSPAReale Avintia (GP19)+1.511s3/10308k
20Stefan BradlGERRepsol Honda (RC213V)+1.920s4/10310k
 Alex RinsSPASuzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)No Time0/00k

* Rookie.
Official Brno MotoGP records:
Best lap:
Marc Marquez SPA Honda 1m 54.596s (2016)
Fastest race lap:
Dani Pedrosa SPA Honda 1m 56.027s (2014)

By Peter McLaren

 

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