SILVERSTONE, England – official release — MotoGP photo — Marc Marquez scored his 10th pole of the MotoGP season on Saturday, right at the end of the qualifying shootout for Sunday’s Hertz British Grand Prix at Silverstone.
Marquez’ Repsol Honda clocked a two-minute, .829-second lap to secure the top spot on the gird as he looks for a return to his winning ways, after his fourth place finish in Brno.
Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) made good use of the softer option qualifying tire to trail by 0.311 seconds in second place.
Despite his troubles on Friday to get on the pace and to get the best from this weekend’s tire allocation, Jorge Lorenzo (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) qualified on row one in third place.
Aleix Espargaro (NGM Forward Racing) impressed once more on his Open Forward-Yamaha in fourth, qualifying ahead of factory equipped riders Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team) and Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP).
Teammates Bradley Smith and Pol Espargaro (both Monster Yamaha Tech3) will line up on row three in seventh and eighth respectively. Stefan Bradl (LCR Honda MotoGP) ended up in ninth place, having escaped unscathed after two crashes earlier in the day.
Andrea Iannone (Pramac Racing) also crashed, in his case towards the end of Q2, leaving him 10th on the grid. Colleagues Scott Redding and Alvaro Bautista (both GO&FUN Honda Gresini) made it through from Q1 but could only qualify 11th and 12th.
Yonny Hernandez (Energy T.I. Pramac Racing) and Cal Crutchlow (Ducati Team) missed out on Q2 in third and fourth in Q1, leaving them 13th and 14th respectively on the grid.
A crash towards the end of Q1 for Leon Camier (Drive M7 Aspar) hindered his progress, but the British rider walked away unhurt, qualifying 18th.