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#Czech GP race guide: Saturday's fastest in stats

A guide to the fastest men in qualifying at the Automotodrom Brno

- Marc Marquez starts from pole for the fifth time in 2016. From his previous four poles this year he has had three wins and a second place finish. This is the 63rd pole of his career, which equals the number of career poles for Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi.

- Jorge Lorenzo, the winner of the Czech GP last year, is in second place on the grid. This is his first front row start since the Catalan Grand Prix.

- Andrea Iannone, who starts from third place on the grid, is aiming to be the first Ducati rider to take back-to-back MotoGP wins since Casey Stoner won at Aragon and Motegi in 2010.

- Aleix Espargaro heads the second row of the grid riding a Suzuki, making it four different manufacturers filling the top four places on the grid. This is the Team Suzuki Ecstar rider's best qualifying result since he was fourth on the grid at Valencia last year.

- The top Independent Team rider is Hector Barbera in fifth place on the grid.

- Valentino Rossi takes the final place on the second row. This is his worst qualifying result since he was in 7th place on the grid at Le Mans.

- Andrea Dovizioso, who is making his 250th successive grand prix start, heads the third row of the grid.

- Starting from eight place on the grid is Maverick Viñales, who has been the first Suzuki rider across the line at the last six races.

- Dani Pedrosa is in ninth place on the grid, which is his best qualifying result since the Catalan Grand Prix

- Heading the fourth row is Cal Crutchlow, who finished third at Brno in 2012 to score his first podium finish in grand prix racing.

- Bradley Smith is in 11th place on the grid. This is his best qualifying result since the Italian GP at Mugello.