Marquez nips Rossi for pole at Silverstone

Marquez by a tenth
Marquez by a tenth

Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) took a record-breaking pole and got down into the 1:59s for the first ever lap of Silverstone under the two minute marker, in qualifying for the British GP, but it was far from easy as the reigning Champion just beat Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) to the top by less than a tenth and the two key rivals painted the timesheets red in the final minutes of the session.

For incredibly close company in third there’s home hero Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda) – fastest on Friday and on pole last year – with the whole front row covered by a tenth and a half.

Maverick Vinales (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) heads up the second row a further two tenths back on Crutchlow, just ahead of the fastest man in FP4, Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati Team). As on Friday, the number 99 was top Ducati at Silverstone in qualifying – just ahead of teammate Andrea Dovizioso in P6, 0.173 back.

Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team) made the biggest leap forward on Saturday afternoon after a tough Friday and FP3, coming through Q1 to move up into seventh – and by only 0.006.

Just behind Pedrosa in the middle of the third row is Johann Zarco (Monster Yamaha Tech 3), with Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini) completing Row 3 as he rides through the pain barrier.

Jonas Folger (Monster Yamaha Tech 3), the second graduate from Q1, also managed to make some progress on Saturday afternoon and will start from tenth – just ahead of Red Bull KTM Factory Racing rider Pol Espargaro.

Through directly to Q2 after a stunning Friday, Espargaro suffered a crash in qualifying but nevertheless took eleventh for the British GP as KTM continue to impress. Scott Redding (Octo Pramac Racing) took P12 at a venue that has been a happy hunting ground for the Brit.

Thirteenth on the grid belongs to Alex Rins (Team Suzuki Ecstar) as the rookie shows some good pace at Silverstone, just ahead of Pull&Bear Aspar Team’s Alvaro Bautista, who begins his 250th race from P14. Andrea Iannone (Team Suzuki Ecstar) locked out the fastest fifteen.

Qualifying Results

Pos No. Rider Nat Bike Session Time Behind Gap
1 93 Marc MARQUEZ SPA HONDA Q2 1'59.941 0.000s 0.000s
2 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA YAMAHA Q2 2'00.025 0.084 0.084
3 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR HONDA Q2 2'00.106 0.165 0.081
4 25 Maverick VIÃ'ALES SPA YAMAHA Q2 2'00.341 0.400 0.235
5 99 Jorge LORENZO SPA DUCATI Q2 2'00.399 0.458 0.058
6 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA DUCATI Q2 2'00.572 0.631 0.173
7 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA HONDA Q2 2'00.578 0.637 0.006
8 5 Johann ZARCO FRA YAMAHA Q2 2'00.622 0.681 0.044
9 41 Aleix ESPARGARO SPA APRILIA Q2 2'00.764 0.823 0.142
10 94 Jonas FOLGER GER YAMAHA Q2 2'00.829 0.888 0.065
11 44 Pol ESPARGARO SPA KTM Q2 2'01.378 1.437 0.549
12 45 Scott REDDING GBR DUCATI Q2 2'01.994 2.053 0.616
13 42 Alex RINS SPA SUZUKI Q1 2'01.285 (*) 0.455
14 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA DUCATI Q1 2'01.340 (*) 0.510 0.055
15 29 Andrea IANNONE ITA SUZUKI Q1 2'01.567 (*) 0.737 0.227
16 8 Hector BARBERA SPA DUCATI Q1 2'01.669 (*) 0.839 0.102
17 43 Jack MILLER AUS HONDA Q1 2'01.672 (*) 0.842 0.003
18 9 Danilo PETRUCCI ITA DUCATI Q1 2'01.770 (*) 0.940 0.098
19 38 Bradley SMITH GBR KTM Q1 2'02.017 (*) 1.187 0.247
20 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE DUCATI Q1 2'02.037 (*) 1.207 0.020
21 76 Loris BAZ FRA DUCATI Q1 2'02.185 (*) 1.355 0.148
22 53 Tito RABAT SPA HONDA Q1 2'02.211 (*) 1.381 0.026
23 22 Sam LOWES GBR APRILIA Q1 2'02.787 (*) 1.957 0.576

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