Márquez snatches pole at Silverstone
31 August 2013 – Marc Márquez claimed pole position at the end of a pulsating qualifying session for the British Grand Prix, the Repsol Honda rider smashing the previous circuit record by one and a half seconds with a time of 2:00.691. Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo was 0.128s further back in second, with home favourite Cal Crutchlow completing the front row.
The final fifteen minutes of Q2 followed a pattern set throughout the previous practice sessions, with Márquez and Lorenzo continually trading fastest times. Cooling air temperatures and a warm track surface meant that conditions were ideal for the riders, with Lorenzo beating Casey Stoner’s old circuit record on his very first attempt. Márquez responded almost immediately, before his compatriot usurped him once more with five minutes left to run.
Lorenzo looked to have done enough on his final lap, becoming the first rider to break into the 2m00s bracket. But Márquez again defied the odds, extracting enough speed from his squirming Honda machine to post the session’s best time in the closing moments. The 20-year-old's qualifying record in the top echelon now stands at an impressive six pole positions in 12 races.
Stefan Bradl rode strongly on his way to fourth, while Dani Pedrosa was forced to abandon his last flying lap attempt following an error, and will start tomorrow’s race from fifth. Valentino Rossi was next up, followed by the Ducati of Andrea Dovizioso.
Álvaro Bautista had to settle for eighth position after failing to deliver on his promising practice pace, with Nicky Hayden lining up in ninth. British rider Bradley Smith completed the top ten, having been over a second ahead of the rest of the Q1 field.
Final warm-up at Silverstone starts at 9.30am local time (GMT +1) on Sunday