Marquez claims dominant Silverstone pole

Marc Marquez

Marc Marquez

Marc Marquez sent a message to his rivals with a dominant performance in qualifying to secure pole position for the British Grand Prix.

The Honda rider, who had topped the timesheets in the four previous free practice sessions at Silverstone, continued his domination of the event in qualifying, setting a personal best time a full three tenths quicker than his nearest rival.

Having claimed his 10th pole of the season, Marquez will start alongside Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso and Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo.

Lorenzo pushed Marquez hard throughout the session as he forced the reigning champion to dig deep to produce an impressive 2m00.829s final lap effort to claim pole.

Dovizioso pipped Lorenzo to second by 0.035s in the dying seconds of the session.

Aleix Espargaro issued a surprise on the Forward Yamaha by securing fourth on the grid just ahead of Czech Republic Grand Prix winner Dani Pedrosa and Yamaha’s Valentino Rossi.

Britain’s Bradley Smith will start his home grand prix from seventh in front of Monster Yamaha team-mate Pol Espargaro, while LCR Honda’s Stefan Bradl and Pramac Ducati’s Andrea Iannone completed the top 10.

Australia’s Broc Parkes will start from 23rd on the grid for Paul Bird Motorsport.

Meanwhile in Moto3, Queenslander Jack Miller faces a battle to extend his championship lead after qualifying a lowly eighth.

The Red Bull KTM rider from Townsville was more than a second adrift of polesitter Alex Rins, while title rival Alex Marquez will start Sunday’s race from third.

Miller holds a 23 point lead over Marquez in the championship standings heading into Silverstone.

MotoGP British Grand Prix Qualifying Results

Position Rider Team/Bike Time Gap
1 Marc Marquez Honda 2:00.829s
2 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 2:01.140s +0.311s
3 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 2:01.175s +0.346s
4 Aleix Espargaro Forward Yamaha 2:01.448s +0.619s
5 Dani Pedrosa Honda 2:01.464s +0.635s
6 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 2:01.550s +0.721s
7 Bradley Smith Tech 3 Yamaha 2:01.593s +0.764s
8 Pol Espargaro Tech 3 Yamaha 2:01.747s +0.918s
9 Stefan Bradl LCR Honda 2:01.973s +1.144s
10 Andrea Iannone Pramac Ducati 2:02.064s +1.235s
11 Scott Redding Gresini Honda 2:02.116s +1.287s
12 Alvaro Bautista Gresini Honda 2:03.618s +2.789s
13 Yonny Hernandez Pramac Ducati 2:03.046s Q1
14 Karel Abraham Cardion Honda 2:03.206s Q1
15 Cal Crutchlow Ducati 2:03.407s Q1
16 Hiroshi Aoyama Aspar Honda 2:03.563s Q1
17 Alex de Angelis Forward Yamaha 2:03.686s Q1
18 Leon Camier Aspar Honda 2:03.696s Q1
19 Danilo Petrucci Ioda Aprilia 2:04.755s Q1
20 Michael Laverty PBM Aprilia 2:04.836s Q1
21 Hector Barbera Avintia FTR-Kawasaki 2:04.957s Q1
22 Mike di Meglio Avintia FTR-Kawasaki 2:05.451s Q1
23 Broc Parkes PBM Aprilia 2:06.106s Q1

 

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