Marc Marquez tops thrilling British GP Qualifying session

2019 MotoGP
Round 12 – Silverstone Qualifying

Repsol Honda Team’s Marc Marquez took pole number 60 of his career to steal P1 in a Q2 Silverstone stunner, with everything going down to the wire and a three-man freight train of Marquez, Valentino Rossi (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) and Jack Miller (Pramac Racing) fighting it out in the final seconds of the session. Miller the fastest Ducati at the British GP.

MotoGP Rnd Silverstone QP Miller
Jack Miller

Over the line it was Marquez who took the upper hand, with Rossi set to start P2 after taking his first front row since Austin, and Miller alongside the two men on the front row in third. Turn 1 is going to be a stunner.

MotoGP Rnd Silverstone QP MotoGP pole Marquez
2019 British GP Silverstone Qualifying results:
1 – Marc Marquez (SPA – Honda) 1’58.168
2 – Valentino Rossi (ITA – Yamaha) +0.428
3 – Jack Miller* (AUS – Ducati) +0.434

Marc Marquez – P1

“With the first tyre I felt really, really good and I just tried to find a good lap and I did my first lap alone. When we went out with the second tyre there was a fair bit of traffic, I was on top in the results so I did not want to push first. We were then waiting a bit and playing with our strategy and then on the last lap the tyres were ready and we made a really good lap. Valentino was ahead, maybe a little too far because I couldn’t profit fully from the slipstream. I think we can be strong in the race tomorrow, but for sure there are many rivals for tomorrow.”

MotoGP Rnd Silverstone QP Rossi Marquez
Marc Marquez and Valentino Rossi

Valentino Rossi

“I‘m very happy, because starting from the front row is important now, it‘s crucial for the race. We worked well, I feel good with the bike, and also the pace is quite good. I hit some traffic and I had to wait, there was some confusion, but then I said to myself ’I can‘t start from the back, I have to do everything I can in one lap‘ and I enjoyed it very much, it was a great lap. I feel good on this track. For the second part of the season we changed something on the bike and I feel better, race by race I‘m getting more competitive. I have a quite good pace, we need to make the right tyre choice, but I feel good with the bike and I want to make it a good race. We hope that we will also have good weather tomorrow, and we‘ll try to be ready.”

MotoGP Rnd Silverstone QP Rossi
Valentino Rossi

Jack Miller – P3

“That was a really good qualifying. I am very satisfied with this result. It was a nice duel with Valentino and Marc. I probably had the best position to try and get pole position but I made a couple of small mistakes. I think we can have a good race tomorrow even though the competition is big.”

MotoGP Rnd Silverstone QP Marquez Miller
Jack Miller and Marc Marquez

Qualifying Report

It was Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) and Alex Rins (Team Suzuki Ecstar) who made it through from Q1 after finding themselves outside the top ten on Saturday morning, with the number 04 ultimately topping the session by 0.246 to set himself up for an assault on Q2. That Q2 didn’t disappoint, with the grid in the air until the final few seconds.

After the first run it was Free Practice pacesetter Fabio Quartararo (Petronas Yamaha SRT) who was on provisional pole, but the Frenchman came under threat once the final assault began. Rossi needed a lap time after having his maiden lap cancelled for track limits and ‘The Doctor’, Marquez and Miller came out of pitlane at the same time as a cat and mouse game proceeded on the out-lap, with no one wanting to lead.

After they’d almost ground to a halt on the Wellington Straight, it had to be go-time and needing a lap time the most, Rossi had to bolt. Marquez and Miller slotted into the tow, and all three were up in the first sector. And the second…and then the third – but Marquez was the man with the biggest margin, the reigning Champion a few tenths under Quartararo’s time by the final sector.

As the three barrelled round the final corner, Rossi was first over the line to take over at the top, before being deposed by Marquez just behind him. A split second later Miller stole third, leaving Quartararo relegated to fourth and a Marquez-Rossi-Miller front row.

As it transpired, an alarm on the dash had caused the Frenchman to switch to his number two bike and there wasn’t time to change the front tyre. So Q2 may have been out of reach, but El Diablo’s FP4 pace says he’ll be guns blazing on Sunday afternoon…

Alongside Quartararo on the second row is Rins after a solid session despite the Suzuki rider’s journey through Q1, with Maverick Viñales (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) slotting into sixth after he’s shown good speed all weekend at the track that saw him take his first premier class win. Dovizioso, who topped Q1, will line up seventh and will be gunning for another characteristic stunner of a start, although the Italian’s fastest laptime was identical to that of Viñales.

Franco Morbidelli (Petronas Yamaha SRT) was eighth fastest and starts just ahead of Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda Castrol) after the home hero suffered a crash in Q2, with his teammate Takaaki Nakagami (LCR Honda Idemitsu) completing the top ten.

Danilo Petrucci (Ducati Team) had a tough day at the track where he took his first podium and was P11, ahead of Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini) and the Red Bull KTM Factory racing duo of Pol Espargaro and Johann Zarco. Red Bull KTM Tech 3’s Miguel Oliveira was only just off the factory duo in P15.

Jorge Lorenzo continued his efforts in returning to pre-injury form, improving his lap time with each session on track. Able to set a 2’01.562 during Q1, the still recovering Lorenzo has improved his pace by almost three-seconds since Friday. Given his physical condition, Jorge Lorenzo is aware of the challenge a full distance MotoGP race at Silverstone presents on Sunday.

Jorge Lorenzo

“I am still limited a lot by my physical condition, tomorrow will be a difficult day but I want to race to test myself. I’m realistic about what to expect from the race, it’s not something I have experienced before in my career but I am the only rider on track with this kind of injury. It’s important to finish this weekend because it means I can be physically and mentally more prepared for the next test and races. We will try our hardest tomorrow and avoid any unnecessary risks.”

MotoGP Rnd Silverstone QP Lorenzo
Jorge Lorenzo

MotoGP Combined Qualifying Results

Pos Rider Bike Q Time
1 Marc Marquez HONDA Q2 1m58.168
2 Valentino Rossi YAMAHA Q2 1m58.596
3 Jack Miller DUCATI Q2 1m58.602
4 Fabio Quartararo YAMAHA Q2 1m58.612
5 Alex Rins SUZUKI Q2 1m58.670
6 Maverick Viñales YAMAHA Q2 1m58.762
7 Andrea Dovizioso DUCATI Q2 1m58.762
8 Franco Morbidelli YAMAHA Q2 1m59.096
8 Cal Crutchlow HONDA Q2 1m59.243
10 Takaaki Nakagami HONDA Q2 1m59.427
11 Danilo Petrucci DUCATI Q2 1m59.487
12 Aleix Espargaro APRILIA Q2 1m59.620
13 Pol Espargaro KTM Q1 1m59.549
14 Johann Zarco KTM Q1 1m59.648
15 Miguel Oliveira KTM Q1 1m59.758
16 Tito Rabat DUCATI Q1 1m59.916
17 Andrea Iannone APRILIA Q1 2m00.240
18 Francesco Bagnaia DUCATI Q1 2m00.362
19 Sylvain Guintoli SUZUKI Q1 2m00.660
20 Hafizh Syahrin KTM Q1 2m00.700
21 Jorge Lorenzo HONDA Q1 2m01.562
22 Karel Abraham DUCATI Q1 2m04.845


Alex Marquez (EG 0,0 Marc VDS) continued to take the 2019 Moto2 Championship by storm after snatching pole position at the GoPro British Grand Prix, the Spaniard beating Free Practice pacesetter Jorge Navarro (Campetella Speed Up) by 0.043 as Augusto Fernandez (FlexBox HP 40) makes it an all-Spanish intermediate class front row at Silverstone.

MotoGP Rnd Silverstone QP Alex Marquez
Alex Marquez

It was Navarro – like he had done for much of the weekend – who set the early pace in Q2, his time just fractionally slower than his lap record. Fernandez took over next with a new fastest ever lap around Silverstone, with Marquez slotting himself into P2 behind his countryman. Navarro was then improving and it looked like he could be on for pole, but so was Marquez and it was the latter who set the better time. With two minutes left on the clock, Marquez had provisional pole.

Ultimately, that’s how it would remain. Marquez held on to upset Speed Up’s hopes of a Silverstone pole as the duo had a cushion to the rest of the field, with Fernandez finishing the day 0.213 off Marquez to complete a tasty looking front row.

Remy Gardner (ONEXOX TKKR SAG Team) continued his good weekend to spearhead the second row in fourth, and EG 0,0 Marc VDS have two bikes in the top five thanks to Xavi Vierge’s 2:04.770, the Spaniard claiming his best Q2 result since Assen in P5. Luca Marini (Sky Racing Team VR46), meanwhile, will be aiming to make up for his crash in Austria as he goes racing from P6.

Tetsuta Nagashima (ONEXOX TKKR SAG Team) didn’t let an FP3 crash faze him to take P7 at the British GP on Saturday, the Japanese rider will lineup alongside Q1 graduate and Austrian GP race winner Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Ajo) again after the two sat next to each other at the Red Bull Ring, although then it was on the front row. On his last flying lap, home hero Sam Lowes (Federal Oil Gresini Moto2) ensured he’ll start from inside the top 10 in P9, with rookie Fabio Di Giannantonio (Campetella Speed Up) completing that top 10 just behind him.

MotoGP Rnd Silverstone QP Moto Pole Alex Marquez
2019 British GP Silverstone Qualifying results:
1 – Alex Marquez (SPA – Kalex) 2’04.374
2 – Jorge Navarro (SPA – Speed Up) +0.043
3 – Augusto Fernandez (SPA – Kalex) +0.213

Another rookie, Nicolo Bulega (Sky Racing Team VR46), was 11th, and he got the better of Championship contender Tom Lüthi (Dynavolt Intact GP), who ended up P12 after a crash in Q2. He’s just ahead of his teammate Marcel Schrötter, with Mattia Pasini (Tasca Racing Scuderia Moto2) and Iker Lecuona (American Racing KTM) completing the fastest 15.

Moto2 Combined Qualifying Results

Pos Rider Bike Q Time
1 Alex Marquez KALEX Q2 2m04.374
2 Jorge Navarro SPEED UP Q2 2m04.417
3 Augusto Fernandez KALEX Q2 2m04.587
4 Remy Gardner KALEX Q2 2m04.703
5 Xavi Vierge KALEX Q2 2m04.770
6 Luca Marini KALEX Q2 2m04.778
7 Tetsuta Nagashima KALEX Q2 2m04.845
8 Brad Binder KTM Q2 2m04.901
9 Sam Lowes KALEX Q2 2m04.916
10 Fabio Di Giannantoni   Ita SPEED UP Q2 2m04.959
11 Nicolo Bulega KALEX Q2 2m05.058
12 Thomas Luthi KALEX Q2 2m05.071
13 Marcel Schrotter KALEX Q2 2m05.116
14 Mattia Pasini KALEX Q2 2m05.179
15 Iker Lecuona KTM Q2 2m05.347
16 Andrea Locatelli KALEX Q2 2m05.381
17 Stefano Manzi MV AGUSTA Q2 2m05.399
18 Lorenzo Baldassarri KALEX Q2 2m06.080
19 Jorge Martin KTM Q1 2m05.401
20 Dominique Aegerter MV AGUSTA Q1 2m05.498
21 Bo Bendsneyder NTS Q1 2m05.601
22 Somkiat Chantra KALEX Q1 2m05.606
23 Jake Dixon KTM Q1 2m05.612
24 Marco Bezzecchi KTM Q1 2m06.037
25 Bradley Smith KALEX Q1 2m06.352
26 Philipp Oettl KTM Q1 2m06.414
27 Lukas Tulovic KTM Q1 2m07.082
28 Steven Odendaal NTS Q1 2m07.457
29 Teppei Nagoe KALEX Q1 2m07.595
30 Xavi Cardelus KTM Q1 2m20.035
31 Joe Roberts KTM FP3 2m06.839


VNE Snipers’ Tony Arbolino converted his Friday pace into pole position on Saturday at the GoPro British Grand Prix, just escaping the clutches of Championship leader Lorenzo Dalla Porta (Leopard Racing) to take his third pole of the year by 0.079. Behind the duel at the front, an impressive rookie performance from rookie Raul Fernandez (Sama Qatar Angel Nieto Team) saw the Spaniard take P3 and his second career front row.

It was Kaito Toba (Honda Team Asia) who topped Q1 to lead the troops through into Q2, with the Japanese rider joined by Fernandez, Ayumu Sasaki (Petronas Sprinta Racing) and the man leading the Rookie of the Year standings, Celestino Vietti (Sky Racing Team VR46) to do battle for the top 18 positions on the grid. The sun was shining, the stage was set and the field were ready to fight it out.

In that fight, a first run left Arbolino fastest and the clock ticking down as the field returned to pitlane. The plan? One final dash, with most the field leaving it late and having only seconds to spare as they streamed over the line for a final fast lap. But in such a huge group squabble, there were few able to improve…and Arbolino’s 2’11:631 was a goalpost too far for the field. The Italian took his third pole of the year, setting him up for an assault on a third win of the year.

Dalla Porta was the only man in the same postcode and the Italian was just 0.079 off his compatriot’s pole position, doing what he needed to do to start from the front row as he pushes to stretch his Championship lead ahead of Aron Canet (Sterilgarda Max Racing Team). Canet, one of the only riders to improve on his second run, which he opted to do in clear air, was 12th.

Raul Fernandez impressed to go from Q1 to the front row, four tenths off Dalla Porta, with Ayumu Sasaki another building on Q1 to impress in Q2. The Japanese rider heads up Row 2, ahead of Niccolo Antonelli (SIC58 Squadra Corse), who crashed in Q2 but had already done enough. Home hero John McPhee (Petronas Sprinta Racing) completes Row 2 as he prepares for battle on Sunday.

Celestino Vietti (Sky Racing Team VR46) qualified ahead of fellow rookie – and key rival in the fight for Rookie of the Year – Ai Ogura (Honda Team Asia), with Marcos Ramirez (Leopard Racing) locking out the third row.

MotoGP Rnd Silverstone QP Moto Pole Tony Arbolino
2019 British GP Silverstone Qualifying results:
1 – Tony Arbolino (ITA – Honda) 2’11.631
2 – Lorenzo Dalla Porta (ITA – Honda) +0.079
3 – Raul Fernandez (SPA – KTM) +0.481

Sergio Garcia (Estrella Galicia 0,0) impressed to complete the top ten on his debut at Silverstone, finishing ahead of Tatsuki Suzuki (SIC58 Squadra Corse) and Canet. The three all bucked the trend and improved on their final runs. Jaume Masia (Bester Capital Dubai) and Romano Fenati (VNE Snipers) complete the fastest fifteen.

Moto3 Combined Qualifying Results

Pos Rider Bike Q Time
1 Tony Arbolino HONDA Q2 2m11.631
2 Lorenzo Dalla Porta HONDA Q2 2m11.710
3 Raul Fernandez KTM Q2 2m12.112
4 Ayumu Sasaki HONDA Q2 2m12.328
5 Niccolò Antonelli HONDA Q2 2m12.363
6 John Mcphee HONDA Q2 2m12.388
7 Celestino Vietti KTM Q2 2m12.496
8 Ai Ogura HONDA Q2 2m12.542
9 Marcos Ramirez HONDA Q2 2m12.566
10 Sergio Garcia HONDA Q2 2m12.608
11 Tatsuki Suzuki HONDA Q2 2m12.621
12 Aron Canet KTM Q2 2m12.665
13 Jaume Masia KTM Q2 2m12.932
14 Romano Fenati HONDA Q2 2m13.106
15 Andrea Migno KTM Q2 2m13.152
16 Albert Arenas KTM Q2 2m13.402
17 Darryn Binder KTM Q2 2m13.929
18 Kaito Toba HONDA Q2 2m15.543
19 Makar Yurchenko KTM Q1 2m13.168
20 Dennis Foggia KTM Q1 2m13.170
21 Alonso Lopez HONDA Q1 2m13.243
22 Jeremy Alcoba HONDA Q1 2m13.281
23 Stefano Nepa KTM Q1 2m13.538
24 Filip Salac KTM Q1 2m13.633
25 Can Oncu KTM Q1 2m13.778
26 Kazuki Masaki KTM Q1 2m13.782
27 Riccardo Rossi HONDA Q1 2m14.565
28 Maximilian Kofler KTM Q1 2m14.569
29 Jakub Kornfeil KTM Q1 2m14.619
30 Brandon Paasch KTM Q1 2m14.742
31 Tom Booth-Amos KTM Q1 2m14.966


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