Silverstone MotoGP: Marc Marquez storms to British Grand Prix pole

Marc Marquez claimed pole position for MotoGP's British Grand Prix with a blistering performance in Silverstone qualifying

Silverstone MotoGP: Marc Marquez storms to British Grand Prix pole

Having been a touch behind Yamaha rival Jorge Lorenzo for much of the weekend, Marquez and Honda found a step forward ahead of the fourth practice session immediately before qualifying, topping that half-hour by eight tenths of a second.

Marquez then began Q2 with a record 2m00.564s lap, a quarter of a second ahead of Lorenzo at that point.

There was still more pace to come, with Marquez improving to a final pole time of 2m00.234s on his last run.

Championship leader Lorenzo had to settle for getting between the Hondas as he took second, 0.288s off Marquez and 0.194s ahead of Dani Pedrosa.

Valentino Rossi couldn't quite find front row pace but qualified fourth to lead an all-Yamaha second row ahead of Tech 3 pair Pol Espargaro and Bradley Smith, the latter heading a trio of Brits as Scott Redding and Cal Crutchlow claimed seventh and eighth.

It was a disappointing qualifying session for Ducati - Andrea Iannone and Andrea Dovizioso only able to qualify ninth and 12th.

There was frustration at Suzuki too. Aleix Espargaro and Maverick Vinales both had to go through Q1, where their first flying laps were nearly seven tenths of a second clear of the rest.

They therefore chose not to run again, but were upstaged by Pramac Ducati rider Yonny Hernandez, who threw in a last-gasp lap to beat both of them, meaning Vinales failed to make it to Q2.

QUALIFYING RESULT:

Pos Rider Team Bike Time Gap
1 Marc Marquez Honda Honda 2m00.234s -
2 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha Yamaha 2m00.522s 0.288s
3 Dani Pedrosa Honda Honda 2m00.716s 0.482s
4 Valentino Rossi Yamaha Yamaha 2m00.947s 0.713s
5 Pol Espargaro Tech 3 Yamaha 2m01.031s 0.797s
6 Bradley Smith Tech 3 Yamaha 2m01.140s 0.906s
7 Scott Redding Marc VDS Honda 2m01.329s 1.095s
8 Cal Crutchlow LCR Honda 2m01.376s 1.142s
9 Andrea Iannone Ducati Ducati 2m01.874s 1.640s
10 Aleix Espargaro Suzuki Suzuki 2m01.880s 1.646s
11 Yonny Hernandez Pramac Racing Ducati 2m01.894s 1.660s
12 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati Ducati 2m01.979s 1.745s
13 Maverick Vinales Suzuki Suzuki 2m02.016s -
14 Stefan Bradl Aprilia Gresini Aprilia 2m02.657s -
15 Loris Baz Forward Racing Yamaha Forward 2m02.677s -
16 Jack Miller LCR Honda 2m02.697s -
17 Hector Barbera Avintia Racing Ducati 2m02.784s -
18 Danilo Petrucci Pramac Racing Ducati 2m02.800s -
19 Eugene Laverty Aspar Honda 2m02.894s -
20 Alvaro Bautista Aprilia Gresini Aprilia 2m02.908s -
21 Nicky Hayden Aspar Honda 2m02.946s -
22 Mike Di Meglio Avintia Racing Ducati 2m03.641s -
23 Claudio Corti Forward Racing Yamaha Forward 2m03.789s -
24 Karel Abraham AB Motoracing Honda 2m04.133s -
25 Alex de Angelis IodaRacing Project ART/Aprilia 2m04.304s -


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