MotoGP Silverstone: Marquez stuns to take Silverstone pole

Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez has secured yet another stunning pole position at Silverstone, setting lap times under the lap record pace throughout the 15 minute session. Jorge Lorenzo ran a similar lap

Marquez insists his lap wasn’t perfect

Photo: Repsol Honda

record pace but was unable to catch his flying compatriot, starting the race from second position on the grid ahead of Dani Pedrosa in third.

Lorenzo had a near perfect session this morning, as the sun shone down on the circuit he was able to bring lap times down from Friday’s pace as well as pull a half second lead over Marquez.

Although it’s the Brits who were the talking point in free practise three as Redding, Smith and Crutchlow all secured automatic positions in qualifying two in front of their home crowd.

Just one second covered the top 10 and times were getting close to record breaking pace. Dovizioso was half a second back from Lorenzo in third, as Pedrosa finished in fourth.

Free practice four saw Marquez finish on top ahead of Iannone and Pedrosa, with Lorenzo down in fourth position, almost a second off his compatriot’s time. Hector Barbera crashed out with 20 minutes of the session to go but rejoined.

Rossi used the session to set a series of lap times but could still only manage seventh position 1.086s, as Bradley Smith was top Brit in 9th.

An error from the Suzuki Ecstar team Aleix Espargaro was sitting fastest throughout the majority of qualifying one, only to be pushed out of the top spot by Yonny Hernandez in the closing minutes.

Marquez headed out in qualifying two as soon as the green flags were waved and he broke his lap record on his opening lap, with a time of 2.00.564.

Heading back out for a second run the Spaniard was able to secure another stunning lap time of 2.00.234, which was only to be challenged by Lorenzo who was also running under lap record pace in the session.“Since FP3 everything was clear for me, Marquez explains. The pace was good with the soft rear tyre and the medium front, we did some 2:01 times which was a great surprise so for me the pace was good but we must consider the temperature on the ground was higher than yesterday, maybe or probably higher than tomorrow. We did a good lap time but it was not perfect. Here the most tricky point is the weather which I respect a lot but on the Sunday the biggest talking point will be the weather for the race.”

Lorenzo was happy with his qualifying position, but surprised at the pace of the others: “I am really satisfied with these second place because I really needed everything I got from these two laps with the two rear tyres. I was really surprised about the level of everyone in qualifying so I really had to push the bike to improve and get the second place. I knew before that making the pole position was really hard because Marc and the Honda are explosive with one single lap, but for us to finish second is the goal and I think if we can improve with the tyres tomorrow we will have a good pace.”

Rounding out the front row is Dani Pedrosa, who was pleased with his pace at a track he seems to struggle with pace early on: “At this track where I always don’t go that well, it was good to get a front row start. In the past few years I’ve always been further back and then on the Sunday I’d loose so much time in the race start so it was important and I have a good lap on the tyre. I was working a lot to improve my rhythm for FP4, I was also using the tyres from the morning so I get some improvements, which I was happy to see. 

Championship contender Rossi improved in the closing minutes of the session to secure fourth position on the grid, but knows a podium will be a hard ask tomorrow “I’m quite satisfied about today because we are able to improve a lot the feeling and the setting of the bike. We try a lot of things and at the end this afternoon  was not so bad. I think the podium will be hard because Pedrosa has a very good pace so we need to continue and try to make a bit better tomorrow. 

The target was to start on the second row and I am on the front of the second row that is also better. I was able to do 2.00 like the top three guys and 2.00 is very good here in Silverstone because I think I arrive quite well, I pick my lap time at the right moment and starting in the fourth position is good for tomorrow. Now we have to wait for the weather conditions and to try to see what’s happen tomorrow and I hope for good weather for a dry race. 

Full qualifying results:

1 MARQUEZ Marc 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 2’00.234
2 LORENZO Jorge 99 SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 2’00.522
3 PEDROSA Dani 26 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 2’00.716
4 ROSSI Valentino 46 ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 2’00.947
5 ESPARGARO Pol 44 SPA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 2’01.031
6 SMITH Bradley 38 GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 2’01.140
7 REDDING Scott 45 GBR Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 2’01.329
8 CRUTCHLOW Cal 35 GBR LCR Honda Honda 2’01.376
9 IANNONE Andrea 29 ITA Ducati Team Ducati 2’01.874
10 ESPARGARO Aleix 41 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 2’01.880
11 HERNANDEZ Yonny 68 COL Pramac Racing Ducati 2’01.894
12 DOVIZIOSO Andrea 4 ITA Ducati Team Ducati 2’01.979
13 VINALES Maverick 25 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 2’02.016
14 BRADL Stefan 6 GER Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 2’02.657
15 BAZ Loris 76 FRA Athina Forward Racing Forward Yamaha 2’02.677
16 MILLER Jack 43 AUS LCR Honda Honda 2’02.697
17 BARBERA Hector 8 SPA Avintia Racing Ducati 2’02.784
18 PETRUCCI Danilo 9 ITA Pramac Racing Ducati 2’02.800
19 LAVERTY Eugene 50 IRE Aspar MotoGP Team Honda 2’02.894
20 BAUTISTA Alvaro 19 SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 2’02.908
21 HAYDEN Nicky 69 USA Aspar MotoGP Team Honda 2’02.946
22 DI MEGLIO Mike 63 FRA Avintia Racing Ducati 2’03.641
23 CORTI Claudio 71 ITA Athina Forward Racing Forward Yamaha 2’03.789
24 ABRAHAM Karel 17 CZE AB Motoracing Honda 2’04.133
25 DE ANGELIS Alex 15 RSM Athina Forward Racing Forward Yamaha 2’04.304

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