Lorenzo wins Silverstone pole

Jorge Lorenzo
Jorge Lorenzo

In testing conditions, Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati Team) secured a sensational second pole position of the season at the GoPro British Grand Prix in a breathtaking Q2 session at Silverstone, with teammate Andrea Dovizioso earning his third consecutive front row start in second as Johann Zarco (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) rounds out the front row at the British GP.

The start of the second qualifying session was delayed as we waited for the medical helicopter to return after taking a luckless Tito Rabat (Reale Avintia Racing) to hospital, an FP4 accident left the Spaniard with suspected right leg fractures. However, with the threat of rain looming over an already mixed-condition Northamptonshire layout, the 12 riders went out on wet Michelin tires and treated us to 15 minutes of tantalizing track action.

After graduating from Q1, Bradley Smith (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) was the early pace-setter before Jack Miller (Alma Pramac Racing) led Dovizioso and teammate Danilo Petrucci over the line to give the Desmosedicis a provisional front row lock out. But this was just the start of the constant chopping and changing for pole, with home hero Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda Castrol), Zarco and Dovizioso setting the fastest times of the session in tandem.

It was a case of de ja vu for Miller as he took the gamble to head out on slicks, just like he did for pole in Argentina. It was a gamble that looked to be paying off in the first sector, but when the Australian reached the treacherous Turn 7, he ran on and lost the lap time. Meanwhile at the front, with the clock ticking, Lorenzo made his move to go provisional pole by 0.159 after Dovizioso had gone 0.905 ahead of the field. The two Ducatis would stay P1 and P2 as the checkered flag came out, with Zarco knocking Crutchlow off the front row on his final lap.

The Brit starts P4 at his home GP, with Championship leader Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) managing to salvage P5 on his final lap – 0.928 behind the Ducati duo. Petrucci claimed sixth to join the Hondas on the second row, with Andrea Iannone (Team Suzuki Ecstar) spearheading the third row for Sunday’s showdown. This was Smith’s final home GP qualifying session for the foreseeable future, and what a session it was – the KTM rider earning the Austrian factory their best qualifying result of the season, with the Brit looking very strong in mixed conditions. Miller’s gamble didn’t pay off in the end, he’ll start P9, with Q1 graduate Alex Rins (Team Suzuki Ecstar) rounding out the top ten.

After such a strong start to the weekend, Q2 didn’t go the way Maverick Vinales (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) and teammate Valentino Rossi would have envisioned. The Spaniard will start P11, with Rossi seemingly mistiming his tactics when coming in to change his tires, missing out on a final flying lap by a fraction of a second – 12th for the ‘Doctor’.

It’s time to catch a breath and stick the kettle on after 15 pulsating minutes at Silverstone, with a slight shake-up on the grid setting us up for a classic on Sunday. What will the weather bring? Find out when lights go out at 13:00 local time (GMT +2).

Full Results

POS RIDER TEAM BIKE GAP
1 Jorge Lorenzo Ducati Ducati 2m10.155s
2 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati Ducati 0.159s
3 Johann Zarco Tech3 Yamaha Yamaha 0.284s
4 Cal Crutchlow LCR Honda Honda 0.460s
5 Marc Marquez Honda Honda 0.928s
6 Danilo Petrucci Pramac Ducati Ducati 1.162s
7 Andrea Iannone Suzuki Suzuki 1.340s
8 Bradley Smith KTM KTM 1.359s
9 Jack Miller Pramac Ducati Ducati 2.018s
10 Alex Rins Suzuki Suzuki 2.349s
11 Maverick Vinales Yamaha Yamaha 2.359s
12 Valentino Rossi Yamaha Yamaha 3.349s
13 Franco Morbidelli MVDS Honda Honda 3.790s
14 Scott Redding Aprilia Aprilia 4.016s
15 Thomas Luthi MVDS Honda Honda 4.043s
16 Dani Pedrosa Honda Honda 4.711s
17 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia Aprilia 4.986s
18 Loris Baz KTM KTM 5.144s
19 Takaaki Nakagami LCR Honda Honda 5.222s
20 Karel Abraham Aspar Ducati Ducati 5.566s
21 Alvaro Bautista Aspar Ducati Ducati 5.951s
22 Xavier Simeon Avintia Ducati Ducati 6.296s
23 Hafizh Syahrin Tech3 Yamaha Yamaha 6.328s
24 Tito Rabat Avintia Ducati Ducati -7.515

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