But Rossi says he is unfazed by braking issues that slowed him to seventh on the grid and he is openly confident that his reputation as a ruthless racer will work in his favour at Brno.
Rossi last won the MotoGP race at Brno in 2009 on a Yamaha.
“This race is open for me because the Brno has a lot of places to overtake and I feel good with my race pace,” said Rossi who is chasing his second win of the season following his DutchTT victory.
“For sure it is easier to start in the first row but what is important for this race is that strong guys like Crutchlow and Bautista will start ahead of the others.
“So the first lap will be important but I think I can make a good race.”
Rossi makes the point that race and championship contenders Marc Marquez and Jorge Lorenzo have qualified third and fifth respectively.
Marquez will be going for his fourth straight win this season but has two aggressive rivals with him on the front row, Crutchlow and fellow Spaniard Alvaro Bautista (Honda).
Both Rossi and Lorenzo are planning early attacks in the 22 lap race in the hope of negating the top speed advantage of the Hondas.
“I am starting in the second row so it will be important to overtake the riders who are in front in the first two laps if possible,” Lorenzo said.
“It is a long race so a strategy to try and go away in the first two laps is maybe impossible, but maybe I can follow the Hondas closely.”
Lorenzo made all the running at Indy by leading for 13 laps before being swamped by Marquez’s Honda and then fading late in the race with rear grip issues.
While Honda dominates the top speed numbers at Brno, topping out at 196 mph, Lorenzo noted that in the case of Bautista his race pace does not match his qualifying time.
“Bautista made a very fast lap but the race pace from him was 1′ 57.3 so while it is better to have the top speed it is not the most important thing,” Lorenzo said.
Bautista posted his qualifying time of 1’55.7 with the aid of a slipstream tow behind championship leader and rookie sensation Marquez.
Crutchlow set a new qualifying record of 1’55.5 for his second pole of the season to become the fastest man ever on two wheels at the 3.3 mile Brno Circuit.
He is still chasing his first win in MotoGP and feels he is edging closer while noting that pole position against the likes of Lorenzo, Marquez and Rossi is no guarantee of a win.
“There has been races where I have felt faster than this weekend but it seems that feeling is coming,” said Crutchlow of the challenge of winning his first GP.
“I’ve had races this year where I’ve been fourth on the grid and finished second. I am not over confident and hopefully by the end of the race I can still be in contention.”
Crutchlow scored his maiden MotoGP podium with third place in the Czech GP in 2012.Brno, Czech Grand Prix, MotoGP, Valentino Rossi, Yamaha