Marquez Tops Rossi For Silverstone Pole

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Marc Marquez earned the MotoGP pole at the Silverstone Circuit on Saturday. (Honda Photo)
Marc Marquez earned the MotoGP pole at the Silverstone Circuit on Saturday. (Honda Photo)

SILVERSTONE, England – Marc Marquez outran Valentino Rossi to earn his fourth-straight MotoGP pole on Saturday at the Silverstone Circuit.

Marquez set a new track record en route to the pole, with his 1:58.168 lap resetting the track record set on Friday by Fabio Quartararo.

“With the first tire I felt really, really good and I just tried to find a good lap and I did my first lap alone,” Marquez said after his 60th premier class pole. “When we went out with the second tire there was a fair bit of traffic, I was on top in the results so I did not want to push first. We were then waiting a bit and playing with our strategy and then on the last lap the tires were ready and we made a really good lap. Valentino was ahead, maybe a little too far because I couldn’t profit fully from the slipstream. I think we can be strong in the race tomorrow, but for sure there are many rivals for tomorrow.”

Rossi ended up second aboard his Monster Energy Yamaha, .428 seconds behind Marquez. The duo will be joined on the front row by the impressive Jack Miller for Pramac Racing, who was only .006 seconds behind Rossi on the stopwatch.

Quartararo qualified fourth for Petronas Yamaha SRT, followed by Alex Rins and Maverick Vinales on row two. Andrea Dovizioso qualified seventh for Ducati, followed closely by Franco Morbidelli and Cal Crutchlow.