Bautista takes rain-assisted British GP pole

Alvaro Bautista

Alvaro Bautista

Alvaro Bautista has scored his maiden MotoGP pole position in a rain-hit qualifying session at Silverstone.

The Gresini Honda rider moved to the top of the order with 15 minutes of the 60 minute session remaining, before the onset of rain prevented his rivals going faster.

Ben Spies will start second despite suffering an off as the rain began to fall, while championship contenders Casey Stoner and Jorge Lorenzo finished the session third and fourth respectively having both tried in vain to improve during the final quarter of an hour.

Dani Pedrosa, Hector Barbera, Nicky Hayden, Andrea Dovizioso, Stefan Bradl and Valentino Rossi completed the top 10.

The two factory Ducati riders were both able to walk away from sizeable crashes at the entry to Club corner during the session.

See below for the full qualifying result

Pos.

Rider

Team

Bike

Time

Gap 1st/Prev.

1 Alvaro BAUTISTA San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 2’03.303  
2 Ben SPIES Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 2’03.409 0.106 / 0.106
3 Casey STONER Repsol Honda Team Honda 2’03.423 0.120 / 0.014
4 Jorge LORENZO Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 2’03.763 0.460 / 0.340
5 Dani PEDROSA Repsol Honda Team Honda 2’03.835 0.532 / 0.072
6 Hector BARBERA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 2’03.876 0.573 / 0.041
7 Nicky HAYDEN Ducati Team Ducati 2’04.162 0.859 / 0.286
8 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 2’04.304 1.001 / 0.142
9 Stefan BRADL LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 2’05.035 1.732 / 0.731
10 Valentino ROSSI Ducati Team Ducati 2’05.416 2.113 / 0.381
11 Aleix ESPARGARO Power Electronics Aspar ART 2’06.283 2.980 / 0.867
12 Randy DE PUNIET Power Electronics Aspar ART 2’06.303 3.000 / 0.020
13 Yonny HERNANDEZ Avintia Blusens BQR 2’06.814 3.511 / 0.511
14 Michele PIRRO San Carlo Honda Gresini FTR 2’07.016 3.713 / 0.202
15 Colin EDWARDS NGM Mobile Forward Racing Suter 2’07.376 4.073 / 0.360
16 Mattia PASINI Speed Master ART 2’07.511 4.208 / 0.135
17 James ELLISON Paul Bird Motorsport ART 2’08.228 4.925 / 0.717
18 Danilo PETRUCCI Came IodaRacing Project Ioda 2’08.686 5.383 / 0.458
19 Ivan SILVA Avintia Blusens BQR 2’10.092 6.789 / 1.406
Karel ABRAHAM Cardion AB Motoracing Ducati    
Cal CRUTCHLOW Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha    

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