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MotoGP Silverstone: Lorenzo leads Ducati one-two in qualifying

Jorge Lorenzo grabbed his second pole of the MotoGP season in a rain-affected and delayed British Grand Prix pole shootout at Silverstone, leading a Ducati one-two ahead of Andrea Dovizioso

Heavy rain at the tail-end of FP4 caused several riders to fall at Stowe corner, an incident that resulted in Tito Rabat being struck by the bike of Franco Morbidelli - resulting in Rabat sustaining a triple fracture to his right leg.

That delayed the start of Q1 by around 25 minutes. There were further delays between Q1 and Q2 due to the medical helicopter being unavailable as Rabat was flown to hospital in Coventry.

When the pole shootout finally got underway, Lorenzo briefly moved to the head of the times with a 2m12.001s effort before being beaten by LCR Honda rider Cal Crutchlow and then Johann Zarco.

Andrea Dovizioso took over the top spot with a 2m10.314s just after the chequered flag was waved but Lorenzo stole the top spot, beating his Ducati team-mate by 0.159 seconds.

Crutchlow and Zarco both made improvements on their final laps, the latter tailing Marc Marquez exiting Woodcote, but couldn't beat the leading pair and had to settle for third and fourth places.

Marquez was fifth, ahead of Danilo Petrucci's Pramac Ducati and Andrea Iannone's Suzuki.

Jack Miller's gamble on slicks backfired and he was ninth.

Alex Rins, Maverick Vinales and Valentino Rossi completed the Q2 order, with Rossi not managing to get out of the pits in time for his final run to improve on his time.

Bradley Smith enjoyed a spell at the front early in the session, helped by his experience of the conditions from Q1, but the KTM man fell to eighth in the final reckoning.

Smith led a drenched opening Q1 session virtually throughout, taking a commanding three-second lead over the rest of the field that was steadily chipped away at as conditions improved and moved through to Q2 for the first time this year.

Pedrosa was briefly leading Q1 but was demoted by Smith, then Morbidelli and Rins, who finished in second to join Smith in advancing to Q2 - bumping out Morbidelli, who will begin 13th.

Scott Redding made a jump to fourth, and will start 14th on Sunday, Tom Luthi matches his best-ever MotoGP qualifying to complete the fifth row of the grid.

Pedrosa was shuffled all the way down to 16th ahead of Aleix Espargaro's Aprilia and the KTM of Pol Espargaro's replacement for the weekend, Loris Baz.

Starting grid

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
1001 Tito Rabat Avintia Ducati Ducati -7.515


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