Casey Stoner has set a new lap record on his way to pole position at Silverstone.
The Australian Repsol Honda rider outpaced Marco Simoncelli and Jorge Lorenzo to claim his fourth pole position of the year.
The leading three riders swapped the top spot on a number of occasions. Initially, Simoncelli (Gresini Honda) set a time under the 2010 pole time after just 25 minutes of the session. That was trumped by Lorenzo (Yamaha) who led the middle stages, before Stoner eventually secured pole with a 2m02.020s with seven minutes remaining.
Simoncelli and Lorenzo threw everything they could at their final attempts but could not eclipse Stoner’s time.
The top 10 was rounded out by Ben Spiese (Yamaha), Andrea Dovizioso (Honda), Karel Abraham (Cardion AB), Nicky Hayden (Ducati), Colin Edwards (Tech 3 Yamaha), Alvaro Bautista (Suzuki) and Randy de Puniet (Pramac Ducati).
Further back, Valentino Rossi struggled to 13th place, while there was home town hero Cal Crutchlow crashed early in the session, sustaining a broken collarbone and concussion.