Marc Marquez Takes Record-Breaking Pole at Silverstone

A Marquez-Rossi shootout for P1 at the British Grand Prix.

Marc Marquez, Repsol HondaRepsol Honda

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

Maverick Viñales (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; the Italian 0.173 back.

Valentino Rossi, Movistar YamahaYamaha Racing

British Grand Prix Qualifying Results 1. Marc MARQUEZ (93), Repsol Honda Team HONDA 2. Valentino ROSSI (46) Movistar Yamaha MotoGP YAMAHA 3. Cal CRUTCHLOW (35) LCR Honda HONDA 4. Maverick VIÑALES (25) Movistar Yamaha MotoGP YAMAHA 5. Jorge LORENZO (99) Ducati Team DUCATI 6. Andrea DOVIZIOSO (4) Ducati Team DUCATI 7. Dani PEDROSA (26) Repsol Honda Team HONDA 8. Johann ZARCO (5) Monster Yamaha Tech 3 YAMAHA 9. Aleix ESPARGARO (41) Aprilia Racing Team Gresini APRILIA 10. Jonas FOLGER (94) Monster Yamaha Tech 3 YAMAHA 11. Pol ESPARGARO (44) Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 12. Scott REDDING (45) Octo Pramac Racing DUCATI 13. Alex RINS (42) Team Suzuki Ecstar SUZUKI 14. Alvaro BAUTISTA (19) Pull&Bear Aspar Team DUCATI 15. Andrea IANNONE (29) Team Suzuki Ecstar SUZUKI 16. Hector BARBERA (8) Reale Avintia Racing DUCATI 17. Jack MILLER (43) Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS HONDA 18. Danilo PETRUCCI (9) OCTO Pramac Racing DUCATI 19. Bradley SMITH (38) Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 20. Karel ABRAHAM (17) Pull&Bear Aspar Team DUCATI 21. Loris BAZ (76) Reale Avintia Racing DUCATI 22. Tito RABAT (53) Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS HONDA 23. Sam LOWES (22) Aprilia Racing Team Gresini APRILIA

Cal Crutchlow, LCR HondaMotoGP

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.

Maverick Vinales, Movistar YamahaYamaha Racing
Jorge Lorenzo, Ducati TeamDucati Team

Jonas Folger (Monster Yamaha Tech 3), the second graduate from Q1, also managed to make some progress on Saturday afternoon and will start from 10th 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 in the past.

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 15.