Marquez takes record-breaking British GP pole

Marc Marquez

Marc Marquez has broken the Silverstone track record as he scored pole for the British Grand Prix.

The Repsol Honda rider will line up on the front row alongside Valentino Rossi and Cal Crutchlow, who also helped to light up the timing screen in the latter moments of Q2.

Marquez had already broken the qualifying record on his first flyer when he nearly dropped his bike while on track to go faster again the next time around.

However, on his second run the Spaniard became the first man to lap Silverstone in less than two minutes on a motorcycle, securing his fourth consecutive pole position.

“I saw the replays and I said to the team, ‘Turn off the TV,’ because I don’t want to see, I just want to keep pushing,” laughed Marquez about watching his near-crash while waiting in the pits between runs.

“(I’m) happy because here it is so difficult to make the perfect lap but I was able to be fast and be constant.”

Rossi (Movistar Yamaha) looked like knocking Marquez off pole position when he went much faster to the second sector but lost time in the latter half of the lap and placed second.

Crutchlow also started his second run with a sector time faster than Marquez’s best in the first runs, before clocking the third-fastest lap on his LCR Honda.

Maverick Viñales (Movistar Yamaha) starts fourth, next to the factory Ducatis of Jorge Lorenzo and Andrea Dovizioso.

Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda) came through Q1 to head up Row 3, alongside Johann Zarco (Tech 3 Yamaha) and Aleix Espargaro (Gresini Aprilia).

Jonas Folger (Tech 3 Yamaha) also had to ride in both parts of qualifying as he qualified 10th.

He will share Row 4 with Pol Espargaro (Red Bull KTM), who suffered a frightening crash at Brooklands but was later seen walking down pit lane, and Scott Redding (Pramac Ducati).

Both factory Suzukis missed the Q1 cut with Alex Rins 13th and Andrea Iannone 15th, while Jack Miller (Marc VDS Honda) qualified 17th.

Race start is the later time of Monday morning at 0030 AEST.

Qualifying: British Grand Prix

Pos Num Rider Nat Team Bike Time Gap 1st/prev
1 93 Marc MARQUEZ SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1’59.941  
2 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 2’00.025 0.084 / 0.084
3 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR LCR Honda Honda 2’00.106 0.165 / 0.081
4 25 Maverick VIÑALES SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 2’00.341 0.400 / 0.235
5 99 Jorge LORENZO SPA Ducati Team Ducati 2’00.399 0.458 / 0.058
6 04 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Ducati Team Ducati 2’00.572 0.631 / 0.173
7 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 2’00.578 0.637 / 0.006
8 5 Johann ZARCO FRA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 2’00.622 0.681 / 0.044
9 41 Aleix ESPARGARO SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 2’00.764 0.823 / 0.142
10 94 Jonas FOLGER GER Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 2’00.829 0.888 / 0.065
11 44 Pol ESPARGARO SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 2’01.378 1.437 / 0.549
12 45 Scott REDDING GBR OCTO Pramac Racing Ducati 2’01.994 2.053 / 0.616
13 42 Alex RINS SPA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki 2’01.285 Q1 / Q1
14 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA Pull&Bear Aspar Team Ducati 2’01.340 Q1 / 0.055
15 29 Andrea IANNONE ITA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki 2’01.567 Q1 / 0.227
16 8 Hector BARBERA SPA Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 2’01.669 Q1 / 0.102
17 43 Jack MILLER AUS EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 2’01.672 Q1 / 0.003
18 9 Danilo PETRUCCI ITA OCTO Pramac Racing Ducati 2’01.770 Q1 / 0.098
19 38 Bradley SMITH GBR Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 2’02.017 Q1 / 0.247
20 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Pull&Bear Aspar Team Ducati 2’02.037 Q1 / 0.020
21 76 Loris BAZ FRA Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 2’02.185 Q1 / 0.148
22 53 Tito RABAT SPA EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 2’02.211 Q1 / 0.026
23 22 Sam LOWES GBR Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 2’02.787 Q1 / 0.576

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