MotoGP World Championship Grand Prix 2013
Remarkable rookie Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team RC213V) beat reigning World Champion Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha) to pole position at Silverstone this afternoon, putting himself in the best-possible position to win tomorrow’s British Grand Prix.
Marquez’s former Moto2 rival Stefan Bradl (LCR Honda MotoGP RC213V) was fourth quickest to lead the second row, just ahead of Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team RC213V) in fifth. Last year’s Silverstone pole man Alvaro Bautista (GO & FUN Honda Gresini RC213V) was eighth fastest.
Marquez, who in April became the youngest-ever winner of a premier-class GP, has won the last four MotoGP races to lead the World Championship by 26 points from Pedrosa. The 20-year-old Spaniard has been similarly impressive this weekend. Yesterday he was quickest in the very first session, after just 45 minutes aboard a track that’s one of the fastest, most challenging racetracks of the series.
This afternoon the reigning Moto2 World Champion rode with his usual bravery and flair, getting his RC213V nicely loose on Silverstone’s bumpy surface. Lorenzo set the pace when riders went out with their second rear tyres during the final stages of the 15 minute session, then Marquez seemed to comfortably better his compatriot by 0.128 seconds.
The lap bettered the previous pole record – set by Casey Stoner (Repsol Honda Team RC212V) in 2011 – by more than 1.7 seconds. This was Marquez’s fifth pole from the first 12 races of his MotoGP career.
Bradl’s first front row since he scored his first MotoGP pole position at last month’s United States Grand Prix was another impressive achievement from the German who has come into his own since switching to a Brembo front brake system in June.
Bautista spent much of today working to improve rear grip, modifying the set-up to and fro as conditions changed from session to session. His crew is still chasing an ideal solution, though the Spaniard is confident he can have a good race, so long as he gets a good start and gets with a fast group.
Rookie Bryan Staring (GO & FUN Honda Gresini FTR Honda) made things tough for himself this weekend by sliding off yesterday and the Australian ended today in 23rd place, unhappy with his progress.
Takaaki Nakagami (Italtrans Racing Team Kalex) scored his third pole position of the year and his second in a row in the Honda-powered Moto2 class. The Japanese rider bettered local hero and World Championship leader Scott Redding (Marc VDS Racing Team Kalex) by a slender 0.039 seconds and will once again push hard in the race in search of a first Grand Prix victory. He has second in the last two races at Brno and Indy.
Boosted by the supportive British fans, Redding was happy with his performance, which puts him in the middle of the front row, between Nakagami and Frenchman Johann Zarco (Came Iodaracing Project Suter) who was just one thousandth of a second slower than the Briton.
Pol Espargaro (Tuenti HP40 Pons Kalex) – Redding’s main title rival – was sixth fastest, squeezing onto the second row along with fourth-fastest Esteve Rabat (Tuenti HP 40 Pons Kalex) and Thomas Luthi (Interwetten Paddock Suter). Mika Kallio (Marc VDS Racing Team Kalex), winner of last Sunday’s Czech GP, leads row three after qualifying seventh fastest.
Jack Miller (Caretta Technology – RTG FTR Honda) had a superb qualifying in the hard-fought Moto3 class, recording the fourth fastest time of the session to put himself at the front of the second row, one second behind pole position man Maverick Vinales (KTM). Tomorrow the Australian – who broke his right collarbone two weeks ago at Indy and yet raced at last weekend’ Czech GP after having the break plated in the UK – will be aiming to better his best race result of the year, sixth place at the Grand Prix of the Americas.
Three other FTR-framed Hondas made the top ten today: Isaac Vinales (Ongetta-Centro Seta FTR Honda) in seventh, Niccolo Antonelli (GO & FUN Gresini FTR Honda) in ninth and Alexis Masbou (Ongetta-Rivacold FTR Honda) in tenth. Italian teenager Romano Fenati (San Carlo Team Italia FTR Honda) will start the race from 12th on the grid. Fastest British rider is John McPhee (Caretta Technology-RTG FTR Honda), who qualified 19th.
|1||Marc MARQUEZ (Repsol Honda Team)|
|2||Jorge LORENZO (Yamaha Factory Racing)|
|3||Cal CRUTCHLOW (Monster Yamaha Tech 3)|
|4||Stefan BRADL (LCR Honda MotoGP)|
|5||Dani PEDROSA (Repsol Honda Team)|
|6||Valentino ROSSI (Yamaha Factory Racing)|
|7||Andrea DOVIZIOSO (Ducati Team)|
|8||Alvaro BAUTISTA (GO & FUN Honda Gresini)|
|9||Nicky HAYDEN (Ducati Team)|
|10||Bradley SMITH (Monster Yamaha Tech 3)|
|11||Colin EDWARDS (NGM Mobile Forward Racing)|
|12||Aleix ESPARGARO (Power Electronics Aspar)|
|13||Randy DE PUNIET (Power Electronics Aspar)|
|14||Hector BARBERA (Avintia Blusens)|
|15||Michele PIRRO (Ignite Pramac Racing)|
|1||Takaaki NAKAGAMI (Italtrans Racing Team)|
|2||Scott REDDING (Marc VDS Racing Team)|
|3||Johann ZARCO (Came Iodaracing Project)|
|4||Esteve RABAT (Tuenti HP 40)|
|5||Thomas LUTHI (Interwetten Paddock Moto2 Racing)|
|6||Pol ESPARGARO (Tuenti HP 40)|
|7||Mika KALLIO (Marc VDS Racing Team)|
|8||Dominique AEGERTER (Technomag carXpert)|
|9||Xavier SIMEON (Maptag SAG Zelos Team)|
|10||Jordi TORRES (Aspar Team Moto2)|
|11||Nicolas TEROL (Aspar Team Moto2)|
|12||Mattia PASINI (NGM Mobile Racing)|
|13||Randy KRUMMENACHER (Technomag carXpert)|
|14||Toni ELIAS (Blusens Avintia)|
|15||Julian SIMON (Italtrans Racing Team)|
|1||Maverick VIÑALES (Team Calvo)|
|2||Alex RINS (Estrella Galicia 0,0)|
|3||Luis SALOM (Red Bull KTM Ajo)|
|4||Jack MILLER (Caretta Technology - RTG)|
|5||Jonas FOLGER (Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3)|
|6||Alex MARQUEZ (Estrella Galicia 0,0)|
|7||Isaac VIÑALES (Ongetta-Centro Seta)|
|8||Miguel OLIVEIRA (Mahindra Racing)|
|9||Niccolò ANTONELLI (GO & FUN Gresini Moto3)|
|10||Alexis MASBOU (Ongetta-Rivacold)|
|11||Niklas AJO (Avant Tecno)|
|12||Romano FENATI (San Carlo Team Italia)|
|13||Efren VAZQUEZ (Mahindra Racing)|
|14||Brad BINDER (Ambrogio Racing)|
|15||Alessandro TONUCCI (La Fonte Tascaracing)|