Repsol Honda rider Marc Marquez dominated qualifying for MotoGP’s British Grand Prix on Sunday at Silverstone, securing pole position by almost half a second ahead of an equally-impressive Andrea Dovizioso.
Marquez shrugged off an accident in FP4 to control the vital fifteen minute qualifying two segment, with an advantage so great the result was never in serious doubt. Dovzioso’s 2nd place is the Italian’s third start from that position in three races, while Jorge Lorenzo was pleased to sneak onto the front row in 3rd.
For the British riders there was joy and despair in equal measure on home turf. Cal Crutchlow failed to make it out of Q1 and will start 14th, while Leon Camier – still subbing for the injured Nicky Hayden – crashed and could not improve on 18th. Michael Laverty starts 20th. Scott Redding brought cheer to local fans however as he put Gresini Honda team-mate Alvaro Bautista in the shade and progressed through to Q2, joining fellow Briton Bradley Smith; they start 7th and 11th respectively.
Andrea Iannone crashed in Q2 while on an improved lap, but escaped injury.
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