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Marquez storms to pole at Silverstone

Sets new lap record
Saturday, August 24, 2019


Marc Marquez
Marc Marquez

Points leader and defending MotoGP champion Marc Marquez stormed to pole position for the MotoGP British Grand Prix at Silverstone, beating Valentino Rossi by over 4/10ths of a second.

Marquez turned a lap at 1m58.168s on his Honda, 0.428 seconds faster than Rossi's Yamaha.

Times were tumbling from early in the day as the Silverstone circuit record was improved on continuously throughout the day. The bar was provisionally set during Free Practice 3 when Marc Marquez was one of three riders to enter the 1’58s – over a second faster than the record from 2017.

Immediately in the 1’58s from his first flying lap of Q2, Marc Marquez left it late to set his fastest time as he secured pole with a 1’58.168 and set a new outright lap record around the Silverstone circuit. The record-breaking lap is his 60th pole position in the premier class on what is his 120th premier class start. This is also the World Championship leader’s eighth pole of the 2019 season and his fourth pole in a row.

Jack Miller went third on his Pramac Ducati, with Fabio Quartararo in fourth.

Quartararo will be joined on the second row by Suzuki rider Alex Rins and the second factory Yamaha of Maverick Vinales.

Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati) will start seventh ahead of the second Petronas Yamaha of Franco Morbidelli and Cal Crutchlow, who crashed his LCR Honda at Stowe.

Marc Marquez 1ST 1’58.168

“With the first tire I felt really, really good and I just tried to find a good lap and I did my first lap alone. When we went out with the second tire there was a fair bit of traffic, I was on top in the results so I did not want to push first. We were then waiting a bit and playing with our strategy and then on the last lap the tires were ready and we made a really good lap. Valentino was ahead, maybe a little too far because I couldn’t profit fully from the slipstream. I think we can be strong in the race tomorrow, but for sure there are many rivals for tomorrow.”


1Marc MarquezHondaHonda0.000s
2Valentino RossiYamahaYamaha0.428s
3Jack MillerPramac DucatiDucati0.434s
4Fabio QuartararoPetronas YamahaYamaha0.444s
5Alex RinsSuzukiSuzuki0.502s
6Maverick VinalesYamahaYamaha0.594s
7Andrea DoviziosoDucatiDucati0.594s
8Franco MorbidelliPetronas YamahaYamaha0.928s
9Cal CrutchlowLCR HondaHonda1.075s
10Takaaki NakagamiLCR HondaHonda1.259s
11Danilo PetrucciDucatiDucati1.319s
12Aleix EspargaroApriliaAprilia1.452s
13Pol EspargaroKTMKTM1.381s
14Johann ZarcoKTMKTM1.480s
15Miguel OliveiraTech3 KTMKTM1.590s
16Tito RabatAvintia DucatiDucati1.748s
17Andrea IannoneApriliaAprilia2.072s
18Francesco BagnaiaPramac DucatiDucati2.194s
19Sylvain GuintoliSuzukiSuzuki2.492s
20Hafizh SyahrinTech3 KTMKTM2.532s
21Jorge LorenzoHondaHonda3.394s
22Karel AbrahamAvintia DucatiDucati6.677s

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