Silverstone MotoGP: Marquez beats Lorenzo to pole, Rossi fourth

Marc Marquez will start the British MotoGP from pole position after setting a new lap record around Silverstone by almost half a second.

Silverstone MotoGP: Marquez beats Lorenzo to pole, Rossi fourth
Dani Pedrosa, Repsol Honda Team
Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi, Yamaha Factory Racing
Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Team
Valentino Rossi, Yamaha Factory Racing
Dani Pedrosa, Repsol Honda Team
Loris Baz, Forward Racing Yamaha and Valentino Rossi, Yamaha Factory Racing
Valentino Rossi, Yamaha Factory Racing
Dani Pedrosa, Repsol Honda Team
Bradley Smith, Monster Yamaha Tech 3
Jorge Lorenzo, Yamaha Factory Racing
Jorge Lorenzo, Yamaha Factory Racing
Dani Pedrosa, Repsol Honda Team
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Marquez qualified ahead of championship leader Jorge Lorenzo of Yamaha, and his Repsol Honda teammate Dani Pedrosa.

Yamaha legend Valentino Rossi, who is level on points with Lorenzo at the head of the standings but behind him on race wins, will start fourth.

Story of the session

Marquez, who was already dramatically fast using the hard rear tyre in the morning’s FP4 session, slammed in 2m00.564s – the fastest-ever lap of Silverstone, breaking his own record (which was a 2m00.691s).

Lorenzo was an early second on 2m00.789s, but Pedrosa – who was up on Marquez’s first two splits, but tripped over Bradley Smith at The Loop – demoted Lorenzo with 2m00.716s that was good for P2.

On his second run, Marquez went even quicker and lowered his time to 2m00.234s, although he came perilously close to losing his laptime – and just stayed the right side of the astroturf at Woodcote after a huge slide.

Lorenzo improved to 2m00.522s to grab second back from Pedrosa, who failed to improve on his second run and sounded quite downbeat after the session.

Rossi, who had been focusing on improving rear-tyre degradation and engine braking through free practice, set an opening gambit of 2m01.779s for P5. He slipped back to sixth before setting a second flyer, a 2m01.182s.

On his second tyre, Rossi leapt up to fourth on his final lap with 2m00.947s to start from the inside of the second row, ahead of Pol Espargaro’s Tech 3 Yamaha. Britons Bradley Smith, Scott Redding (who followed Marquez on his pole lap) and Cal Crutchlow filled positions six to eight.

Andrea Iannone was only ninth on the lead Ducati, ahead of Aleix Espargaro.

Late thrills in Q1

The works Suzukis both looked set to progress from Q1, Aleix Espargaro just sixth thousandths quicker than Maverick Vinales. but Yonny Hernandez (Pramac Ducati) pulled out an absolute last-gasp flyer to top the session by a tenth and demote Vinales, who was sat in the pits and watching in despair.

Pos Rider  Bike   Time  Gap
Marc Marquez Honda 2m00.234  
Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 2m00.522 0.288
Dani Pedrosa Honda 2m00.716 0.482
Valentino Rossi Yamaha 2m00.947 0.713
Pol Espargaro Yamaha 2m01.031 0.797
Bradley Smith Yamaha 2m01.140 0.906
Scott Redding Honda 2m01.329 1.095
Cal Crutchlow Honda 2m01.376 1.142
Andrea Iannone Ducati 2m01.874 1.640
10  Aleix Espargaro Suzuki 2m01.880 1.646
11  Yonny Hernandez Ducati 2m01.894 1.660
12  Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 2m01.979 1.745
13  Maverick Vinales Suzuki 2m02.016 1.782
14  Stefan Bradl Aprilia 2m02.657 2.423
15  Loris Baz Yamaha 2m02.677 2.443
16  Jack Miller Honda 2m02.697 2.463
17  Hector Barbera Ducati 2m02.784 2.550
18  Danilo Petrucci Ducati 2m02.800 2.566
19  Eugene Laverty Honda 2m02.894 2.660
20  Alvaro Bautista Aprilia 2m02.908 2.674
21  Nicky Hayden Honda 2m02.946 2.712
22  Mike Di Meglio Ducati 2m03.641 3.407
23  Claudio Corti Yamaha 2m03.789 3.555
24  Karel Abraham Honda 2m04.133 3.899
25  Alex de Angelis ART/Aprilia 2m04.304 4.070
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