Marquez puts quali stamp on UK
MARC MARQUEZ: Yet another MotoGP pole - this time for the British GP at Silverstone. Image: AFP
Honda's wunderkind, Marc Marquez, took yet another pole start from the 2013 MotoGP series ahead of Sunday's Silverstone race.
Spain's MotoGP championship leader Marc Marquez saw off a fierce challenge from World champion and compatriot Jorge Lorenzo to put his Honda on pole for Sunday's British MotoGP at Silverstone.
If he wins, he'll make history.
Home-hope Cal Crutchlow, who fell twice during morning practice, joined the battling Spaniards on the front row with a late quick lap on his non-factory Tech3 Yamaha.
Germany's Stefan Bradl will start fourth on the LCR Honda ahead of Spaniard Dani Pedrosa, Marquez's team mate, with Yamaha's Italian Valentino Rossi completing the second row.
FIVE IN A ROW?
Italian Andrea Dovizioso, who will make his 100th MotoGP start on Sunday, will line up seventh.
Marquez will be chasing a fifth consecutive win on Sunday after becoming the first rookie to win four in a row in the top category. If he succeeds the 20-year-old will become only the seventh rider in the 65-year history of motorcycle grand prix racing to take five successive victories in the leading class - as well as the youngest.
He secured his fifth pole of the year, and third from five races, with a best lap of 2min00.691 on a sunny afternoon at Silverstone.
Lorenzo's best lap on the factory Yamaha was 2min00.819 and the top five times were covered by less than a second.
Spain's Aleix Espargaro missed final qualifying after injuring his neck and a finger in a fall during final practice. He will have a medical check on Sunday to see whether he can race.
1 Marc MARQUEZ (SPA) Honda 2min00.691
2 Jorge LORENZO (SPA) Yamaha 2min00.819
3 Cal CRUTCHLOW (GBR) Yamaha 2min01.425
4 Stefan BRADL (GER) Honda 2min01.558
5 Dani PEDROSA (SPA) Honda 2min01.624
6 Valentino ROSSI (ITA) Yamaha 2min02.109
7 Andrea DOVIZIOSO (ITA) Ducati 2min02.123
8 Alvaro BAUTISTA (SPA) Honda 2min02.252
9 Nicky HAYDEN (USA) Ducati 2min02.289
10 Bradley SMITH (GBR) Yamaha 2min02.409
1 Takaaki Nakagami (Japan) Kalex 2min07.039
2 Scott Redding (Britain) Kalex 2min07.078
3 Johann Zarco (France) Suter 2min07.079
4 Esteve Rabat (Spain) Kalex 2min07.127
5 Thomas Luethi (Switzerland) Suter 2min07.152
6 Pol Espargaro (Spain) Kalex 2min07.213
7 Mika Kallio (Finland) Kalex 2min07.393
8 Dominique Aegerter (Switzerland) Suter 2min07.620
9 Xavier Simeon (Belgium) Kalex 2min07.738
10 Jordi Torres (Spain) Suter 2min07.927
1 Maverick Vinales (Spain) KTM 2min13.507
2 Alex Rins (Spain) KTM 2min13.699
3 Luis Salom (Spain) KTM 2min13.948
4 Jack Miller (Australia) FTR 2min14.523
5 Jonas Folger (Germany) Kalex 2min14.531
6 Alex Marquez (Spain) KTM 2min14.609
7 Isaac Vinales (Spain) FTR 2min14.623
8 Miguel Oliveira (Portugal) Mahindra 2min14.679
9 Niccolo Antonelli (Italy) FTR 2min14.887
10 Alexis Masbou (France) FTR 2min14.995