Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda) has taken an incredible home pole position at the Octo British Grand Prix, as the Brit kept his stunning wet weather form from the Czech GP running and took only his second career pole. Crutchlow, who has shown good form at Silverstone Circuit throughout the weekend, sees his fairytale continue as he lines up in P1 once again for Sunday's race. Movistar Yamaha MotoGP rider Valentino Rossi took P2, with Maverick Vinales (Team Suzuki Ecstar) completing the front row.
Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team) made good on his impressive FP4 improvements, with the cool conditions on track not causing the problems Pedrosa has often suffered recently and the Spaniard crossing the line on his final effort to pip teammate Marc Marquez to the position. Marquez, who crashed in the last third of the session, sat the final few minutes of Q2 out as he watched on from behind the barriers. Initially on the front row, his time was still good enough for a good starting position for Sunday's showdown. Eugene Laverty (PULL&BEAR Aspar) will line up P6 after graduating from Q1, despite a late crash in the session that saw the Irishman lose out on a possible pole lap.
Scott Redding (Octo Pramac Yakhnich) heads up row 3 at his home race, with a solid session that saw him recover well from a fall in FP4. Redding has a great record at Silverstone and will be looking to impress on Sunday once again, having now taken 2 podiums in the premier class. Andrea Iannone (Ducati Team) had an anonymous session in the wet to cross the line for P8, ahead of reigning champion Jorge Lorenzo (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP). Lorenzo, just pipped by teammate Rossi in wet FP4, put in some good laps under the rain and was the initial leader of the session before Crutchlow struck back.
Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) suffered a fall in the session and will begin the race from P10, with the Italian heading for the Medical Center to get checked out. Aleix Espargaro (Team Suzuki Ecstar) was P11, ahead of Q1 graduate Jack Miller (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS), who suffered a crash near the beginning of the session as he recovers from another fall in Austria in which he suffered two hairline fractures.
The race will get underway at the later time of 15:30 local time (GMT+1), with the weather looking set to improve overnight – and a local hero on pole
1. Cal Crutchlow GBR LCR Honda (RC213V) 2m 19.265s [Lap 3/6] 299km/h (Top Speed)
2. Valentino Rossi ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 2m 20.263s +0.998s [5/6] 295km/h
3. Maverick Vinales ESP Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 2m 20.514s +1.249s [7/7] 302km/h
4. Dani Pedrosa ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 2m 20.742s +1.477s [7/7] 282km/h
5. Marc Marquez ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 2m 20.779s +1.514s [5/5] 292km/h
6. Eugene Laverty IRL Aspar MotoGP Team (Desmosedici GP14.2) 2m 20.821s +1.556s [4/4] 303km/h
7. Scott Redding GBR Octo Pramac Yakhnich (Desmosedici GP15) 2m 21.074s +1.809s [6/6] 292km/h
8. Andrea Iannone ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP) 2m 21.446s +2.181s [6/6] 299km/h
9. Jorge Lorenzo ESP Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 2m 21.687s +2.422s [7/7] 295km/h
10. Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP) 2m 22.420s +3.155s [3/4] 284km/h
11. Aleix Espargaro ESP Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 2m 25.285s +6.020s [4/6] 287km/h
12. Jack Miller AUS Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V) No Time
13. Loris Baz FRA Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP14.2) 2m 18.552s 290km/h
14. Danilo Petrucci ITA Octo Pramac Yakhnich (Desmosedici GP15) 2m 18.657s 299km/h
15. Pol Espargaro ESP Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 2m 18.871s 299km/h
16. Alex Lowes GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 2m 18.900s 299km/h
17. Stefan Bradl GER Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 2m 19.115s 292km/h
18. Hector Barbera ESP Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP14.2) 2m 19.125s 297km/h
19. Alvaro Bautista ESP Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 2m 20.299s 284km/h
20. Yonny Hernandez COL Aspar MotoGP Team (Desmosedici GP14.2) 2m 21.255s 295km/h
21. Tito Rabat ESP Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V)* 2m 21.774s 285km/h