SILVERSTONE, England – MotoGP Championship leader Marc Marquez set an incredible lap time of 2:00.691 to clinch pole position for Sunday’s Hertz British Grand Prix at the Silverstone Circuit.
The Repsol Honda Team rider went head-to-head with reigning World Champion Jorge Lorenzo, who will start second. Cal Crutchlow, despite two earlier crashes, qualified third.
Amid bright sunshine in the English countryside, lap times dropped dramatically courtesy of warmer afternoon temperatures.
Marquez’s remarkable effort sees the Spaniard clinch his fifth pole of the season and third in five Grand Prix weekends, beating Lorenzo (Yamaha Factory Racing) by more than one tenth of a second, while third-placed Crutchlow (Monster Yamaha Tech3) was a further six tenths in arrears; however this came after two separate crashes for Crutchlow during third practice this morning.
The top five was completed by LCR Honda MotoGP’s Stefan Bradl and Marquez’s teammate Dani Pedrosa, who was the final rider within one second of the pole position time – a new qualifying record.
Second Yamaha Factory Racing rider Valentino Rossi will complete row two in sixth position, while the third row will consist of Ducati Team duo Andrea Dovizioso and Nicky Hayden who sandwich GO&FUN Honda Gresini’s Alvaro Bautista in seventh, eighth and ninth places. The top ten was completed by Tech3’s Bradley Smith.