MotoGP British: Marc Marquez Takes His 60th Pole Position in Silverstone
- The Round 12 on MotoGP 2019, GoPro British Grand Prix ran Qualifying at Silverstone Circuit on August 24, 2019.
Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda) took pole number 60 of his career to steal P1 in a Q2 Silverstone stunner.
Valentino Rossi (Monster Yamaha) and Jack Miller (Pramac Racing) line up on the front row of the grid.
Fabio Quartararo (Petronas Yamaha) topped the first three practices, but he will start 4th place on the second row. Alex Rins (Suzuki Ecstar) advanced to Q2 from Q1 and took 5th position. Maverick Viñales (Monster Yamaha) was 6th
Austrian GP winner Andrea Dovizioso (Mission Winnow Ducati) advanced to Q2 along with Alex Rins, but he will start on the third row.
Jorge Lorenzo (Repsol Honda) came back to this event from injury, but he will start from 21st place. This marks his worst qualifying result in the premier class.
Marc Marquez said, “I am happy for the pole position because honestly speaking on Thursday I had some doubts about this track because last year we struggled a lot. But since I went out on the first lap in FP1, I said, okay. This year we are there.
This year with the new resurface we are working much better with our bike. In the qualifying practice, during the weekend we tried to work in the best way, but then on the qualifying practice time to put all in.
First run was a really good lap time. We did a good strategy to find the good place in the track without traffic, but then in the second run, second stint, everybody was there in the end of the pits.
Then I check on the screen and I saw that all of them in the group were behind me. No chance to push. Then I was waiting, waiting, waiting. Just push on the last lap. It was a good lap time, but the most important is coming tomorrow.”
Valentino Rossi said, “It’s been a long, long time; too much. In the mid-part of the season we struggled a lot, we were lost and I wasn’t able to ride the bike at the limit. So, for this reason, I’m very, very happy because we changed something with the bike and I feel better.
Race by race I’m more competitive. Starting from the front row here is crucial for the race tomorrow. We will see because I have quite a good pace. We need to make the right tyre choice, but I feel good on the bike. Starting from the front row the target is to make a good start, try to stay in front and the race is very long but I want to try fight for the podium.
It was very strategic even with the first tyre. A lot of traffic, nobody wanted to stay in front, nobody wanted to pull, everybody wanted to stay behind. So I didn’t have the lap time, I knew I had just one card.
When I re-entered the track and I saw Marquez behind I knew what was going to happen because he already had a lap. For sure, he wouldn’t go in front. He’d wait for me until dinner time tonight. I knew I had to push but it was great lap, I enjoyed it very much.”
Jack Miller said, “This front row was a little bit more different than the last one we had with slicks in the wet. I’m feeling pretty good. We had some problems with the bike in FP3 this morning and they carried on into FP4.
We were hoping it wasn’t too big, but we found out in FP4 that it’s pretty big. The second bike worked really well. The chassis is different between the two bikes and I hadn’t ridden that chassis since the Brno test. To be honest, I felt really comfortable immediately. I had to go out this morning and immediately do a time attack. It was quite scary but after half a lap I started to understand that actually it wasn’t too bad.
Really happy to be starting on the front row, especially here at Silverstone. The first sector is so tight here so mistakes can easily happen on the first lap. So, to get out with some fresh air, it’s going to be nice.
I would’ve liked to have done more laps in FP4 but as always Marquez has an amazing pace. He put in the hard for FP4 and did like six 1:59s in a row and as a rider you just ‘wow’. We’ve got our work cut out. The Yamahas are running a consistent pace also, so we have to just try to manage the tyres. I think that’ll be the biggest thing tomorrow. We’re going to go with hard so let’s see what we can do.”
GoPro British Grand Prix Qualifying Results
- Marc Marquez / Repsol Honda / 1'58.168s
- Valentino Rossi / Monster Yamaha / +0.428s
- Jack Miller / Pramac Ducati / +0.434s
- Fabio Quartararo / Petronas Yamaha / +0.444s
- Alex Rins / Suzuki Ecstar / +0.502s
- Maverick Viñales / Monster Yamaha / +0.594s
- Andrea Dovizioso / Mission Winnow Ducati / +0.594s
- Franco Morbidelli / Petronas Yamaha / +0.928s
- Cal Crutchlow / LCR Honda / +1.075s
- Takaaki Nakagami / LCR Honda / +1.259s
- Danilo Petrucci / Mission Winnow Ducati / +1.319s
- Aleix Espargaro / Factory Aprilia Gresini / +1.452s
- Pol Espargaro / Red Bull KTM Factory / 1'59.549s
- Johann Zarco / Red Bull KTM Factory / 1'59.648s
- Miguel Oliveira / Red Bull KTM Tech3 / 1'59.758s
- Tito Rabat / Reale Avintia Ducati / 1'59.916s
- Andrea Iannone / Factory Aprilia Gresini / 2'0.24s
- Francesco Bagnaia / Pramac Ducati / 2'0.362s
- Sylvain Guintoli / Suzuki Ecstar / 2'0.66s
- Hafizh Syahrin / Red Bull KTM Tech3 / 2'0.7s
- Jorge Lorenzo / Repsol Honda / 2'1.562s
- Karel Abraham / Reale Avintia Ducati / 2'4.845s
- source : MotoGP