A red flag, waved after Thomas Luthi's terrifying flight threw the air, thrown from his Kalex at turn 9, briefly interrupted the Moto2 qualifying session, the last of the day at Brno.
Roughly five minutes from the end, all of the riders were back on track for the ultimate time attack and in this difficult situation the ability and experience of Johann Zarco stood out for the umpteenth time in this championship.
2’01”581 was the time set by the Frenchman, a new record for the middle class, and a race pace that bodes well for tomorrow, with the world champion once again starting the race as favourite.
Sam Lowes, on form in Moravia today, snatched second with his Kalex of team Federal Oil Gresini, just 0.033 behind Zarco. Third time for Alex Marquez, the leader for most of the session, beaten only in the final minutes, after the red flag.
Opening the second row is Takaaki Nakagami, ahead of Swiss rider Luthi, fifth, before his bad crash brought the medics running; Franco Morbidelli rounds out the second row, roughly half a second from Zarco.
Alex Rins, seventh and never in the mix for pole position, seemed to struggle somewhat while rookie Danny Kent, eighth, seems comfortable at Brno, seven tenths from the leader.
Tenth for Simone Corsi and his Speed Up, not a dream result, but after the difficulties he had in practice, this is clearly an improvement. 17th and 18th for Italians Mattia Pasini and Luca Marini, roughly a second behind Zarco.
A rough weekend for Lorenzo Baldassarri who, after scoring the best time of the morning before crashing, he found himself on the ground once more in qualifying, ruining his weekend's work. Lorenzo, who had the pace to reach the podium, now faces the arduous of playing catch-up from twentieth on the grid.