Marquez takes last gasp pole, Miller on front row

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Marc Marquez claimed pole position for the British MotoGP just moments after Valentino Rossi had himself taken top spot with the chequered flag out.

Rossi, Marquez, and Jack Miller crossed the control line within two seconds of each other at the end of qualifying, with their combined efforts pushing Fabio Quartararo from provisional pole onto the second row.

Marquez broke the all time MotoGP lap record at Silverstone, which was resurfaced earlier this year, with a 1:58.168s on the #93 Repsol Honda.

That time best Rossi’s short-lived benchmark by 0.428s, while Miller was only 0.006s slower again having followed the two premier class world champions on his final lap.

Quartararo was on top after the first runs with a 1:58.612s on his Petronas SRT Yamaha and that remained his best, with the Frenchman going half a tenth slower on his only other flyer.

By that point, however, he was on his second bike due to a technical problem with that which he started the session.

Marquez was second when the circuit went quiet, Miller (Pramac Ducati) third, and Rossi (Monster Energy Yamaha) down in 11th with a personal best of 2:00.187s, before they all dawdled at the start of their second runs as they tried to prevent each other from getting a tow.

In the end, Rossi led the charge and picked up just his second front row start of the season, while Miller’s is his third this year and second in three races.

Joining Quartararo on Row 2 are Alex Rins (Suzuki Ecstar), who came through Qualifying 1, and Maverick Viñales (Monster Energy Yamaha).

Andrea Dovizioso also made his way out of the first 15-minute segment of qualifying but could only put his Mission Winnow Ducati seventh on the grid, alongside Franco Morbidelli (Petronas SRT Yamaha) and Cal Crutchlow (Castrol LCR Honda).

The latter crashed on his second flyer having gone personal best to the first sector.

Takaaki Nakagami (Idemitsu LCR Honda) was 10th, ahead of Danilo Petrucci (Mission Winnow Ducati) and Aleix Espargaro (Gresini Aprilia).

Jorge Lorenzo (Repsol Honda) qualified second last in 21st on his return from injury.

Race start is Sunday at 2200 AEST, with 20 laps the scheduled distance.

Qualifying: British MotoGP

Pos Num Rider Nat Team Bike Time Gap 1st/prev
1 93 Marc MARQUEZ ESP Repsol Honda Team Honda 1:58.168  
2 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1:58.596 0.428 / 0.428
3 43 Jack MILLER AUS Pramac Racing Ducati 1:58.602 0.434 / 0.006
4 20 Fabio QUARTARARO FRA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 1:58.612 0.444 / 0.010
5 42 Alex RINS ESP Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki 1:58.670 0.502 / 0.058
6 12 Maverick VIÑALES ESP Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1:58.762 0.594 / 0.092
7 04 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Ducati Team Ducati 1:58.762 0.594
8 21 Franco MORBIDELLI ITA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 1:59.096 0.928 / 0.334
9 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR LCR Honda CASTROL Honda 1:59.243 1.075 / 0.147
10 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI JPN LCR Honda IDEMITSU Honda 1:59.427 1.259 / 0.184
11 9 Danilo PETRUCCI ITA Ducati Team Ducati 1:59.487 1.319 / 0.060
12 41 Aleix ESPARGARO ESP Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1:59.620 1.452 / 0.133
13 44 Pol ESPARGARO ESP Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1:59.549 Q1 / Q1
14 5 Johann ZARCO FRA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1:59.648 Q1 / 0.099
15 88 Miguel OLIVEIRA POR Red Bull KTM Tech 3 KTM 1:59.758 Q1 / 0.110
16 53 Tito RABAT ESP Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 1:59.916 Q1 / 0.158
17 29 Andrea IANNONE ITA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 2:00.240 Q1 / 0.324
18 63 Francesco BAGNAIA ITA Pramac Racing Ducati 2:00.362 Q1 / 0.122
19 50 Sylvain GUINTOLI FRA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki 2:00.660 Q1 / 0.298
20 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN MAS Red Bull KTM Tech 3 KTM 2:00.700 Q1 / 0.040
21 99 Jorge LORENZO ESP Repsol Honda Team Honda 2:01.562 Q1 / 0.862
22 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 2:04.845 Q1 / 3.283

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