At sunny Silverstone today Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team RC213V) produced another magical performance to take pole position, his 60th from his 120 MotoGP starts. This extends the reigning MotoGP king’s amazing qualifying record ahead of Honda’s five-times 500cc World Champion Mick Doohan, who took 59 poles from 137 starts.

The 26-year-old Spaniard used a perfect strategy in the final stages of this afternoon’s Q2 qualifying session, racing the all-important last lap with Valentino Rossi and Jack Miller, who qualified second and third to complete the front row. His advantage over Rossi was a mighty four tenths of a second.

Marquez was in scintillating form on that final lap – the sole of his left boot smoking on the asphalt and his rear tyre in the air as he braked into the Vale left-hander, the slowest corner at this ultra-fast circuit.

The winner of six of the first 11 races of the year – which brings him to round 12 with a 58-point championship lead – has worked hard throughout this weekend, getting to know a circuit that has been very much changed by an all-new surface that has increased grip and decreased bumps. After the first three practice sessions he was third fastest behind Fabio Quartararo and Rossi, then he was quickest in FP4 and by the end of Q2 his pole lap was 1.7 seconds better than his previous Silverstone pole record.

Tomorrow Marquez expects a big fight for victory at this fast and open circuit, which is famed for providing close, thrilling action. Despite his impressive points advantage, he will try everything in his power to win the British round, just as he did in Austria two weeks ago, where he fought with great rival Andrea Dovizioso to the final corner, losing out by a fraction of a second.

Home-hero Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda CASTROL RC213V) was determined to join his fellow HRC rider on the front row, but his hopes went awry during Q2 when he slid off at the high-speed Stowe right-hander, at the end of the Hangar Straight. The 33-year-old Briton was uninjured in the tumble, which left him ninth fastest and on the third row of the grid

While Marquez will tomorrow aim for his first British GP success since 2014, Crutchlow will be determined to climb the Silverstone podium in front of his legions of fans for the first time since 2016.

Takaaki Nakagami (LCR Honda IDEMITSU RC213V) has enjoyed another excellent two days of practice and qualifying, always on the pace aboard his 2018-spec RC213V. The 27-year-old from Chiba went straight through to the Q2 qualifier and will start tomorrow’s race from tenth on the grid, one place and one row behind his team-mate. The 2017 Silverstone Moto2 winner ended the session less than two tenths of a second off the third row, despite making an error on his fastest lap. Tomorrow will be Nakagami’s first Silverstone MotoGP race, because all races at last year’s British GP were cancelled due to poor race-day track conditions.

Marquez’s team-mate Jorge Lorenzo (Repsol Honda Team RC213V) returned to action yesterday after a two-month lay off following an injurious crash during practice for June’s Dutch round of the session. The heavy tumble left the 32-year-old three-times MotoGP World Champion with a long recuperation. Lorenzo says he is in some pain and that riding the bike isn’t easy, because he’s lost so much muscle mass during his eight-week recuperation period.

This is therefore a tentative return to racing which allows the Spaniard to slowly rebuild confidence and strength, while he step by step regains his former speed. Tomorrow he will start a Grand Prix start from the back of the grid for the first time in his career, but this is all just part of the process of getting used to riding and racing again.

Tomorrow’s race schedule is different to the usual format. The Moto3 race will get underway at 11:20 UK time, followed by the MotoGP race at 13:00 and the Moto2 at 14:30.

Marc Marquez

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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.

Repsol Honda Team
Jorge Lorenzo

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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.

Repsol Honda Team
Cal Crutchlow

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I will try my best, that’s all I can do. There’s not a lot of room here before the first corner to make up places, so I expect to be deep on the first lap and will have to pick my way through the field. I think we have to throw the chips all-in on the first few laps to get towards the front, because otherwise the race will split. I don’t want to get caught out early on. Things almost never go to plan, but let’s see tomorrow. The crash was completely my fault, but that’s what happens when you’re trying to go for pole. It was a bit of a rookie mistake. I braked too far into the corner, but I had nobody in front of me and a bit of a headwind and thought I could brake a bit deeper. When I braked I didn’t brake enough initially and just carried too much speed in. I tried to hold it instead of running off, so it’s just one of those things. Everyone is so fast in MotoGP at the moment and pushing so hard, I wanted desperately to be up at the front, and this is what can happen.

LCR Honda
Takaaki Nakagami

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I was trying to follow another rider, but I did a big mistake in sector two, at turn eight before the chicane, and I lost a lot of time by going off line. This lap was eventually the best lap for me. I’m a little bit disappointed because I couldn’t put the perfect lap in. Everybody is so fast here, and I didn’t expect so many to drop into the 1m 58s bracket. It’s another top ten, but I’m frustrated to miss out on the front three rows. Let’s see tomorrow, because the weather forecast is good, and it will be warm. In FP4 I think we’ve found our race tyres, and I got a positive feeling from them, so let’s see how it pans out.

LCR Honda
GoPro British Grand Prix

Silverstone, United Kingdom

MotoGP 2019, Round 12

Sunny / 28
Saturday 24 Aug 2019, 15:28 UTC
  • Track Condition: Dry
  • Air Temp: 28°C
  • Humidity: 30%
  • Ground Temp: 42°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Marc Marquez 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1'58.168
2 Valentino Rossi 46 ITA Yamaha Factory Racing Team Yamaha +0.428
3 Jack Miller 43 AUS Alma Pramac Racing Ducati +0.434
4 Fabio Quartararo 20 FRA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha +0.444
5 Alex Rins 42 SPA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki +0.502
6 Maverick Viñales 12 SPA Yamaha Factory Racing Team Yamaha +0.594
7 Andrea Dovizioso 4 ITA Ducati Team Ducati +0.594
8 Franco Morbidelli 21 ITA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha +0.928
9 Cal Crutchlow 35 GBR LCR Honda Honda +1.075
10 Takaaki Nakagami 30 JPN LCR Honda Honda +1.259
11 Danilo Petrucci 9 ITA Ducati Team Ducati +1.319
12 Aleix Espargaro 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia +1.452
13 Pol Espargaro 44 SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +0.605
14 Johann Zarco 5 FRA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +0.704
15 Miguel Oliveira 88 POR KTM Tech 3 Racing KTM +0.814
16 Tito Rabat 53 SPA Reale Avintia Racing Ducati +0.972
17 Andrea Iannone 29 ITA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia +1.296
18 Francesco Bagnaia 63 ITA Alma Pramac Racing Ducati +1.418
19 Sylvain Guintoli 50 FRA Suzuki Test Team Suzuki +1.716
20 Hafizh Syahrin 55 THA KTM Tech 3 Racing KTM +1.756
21 Jorge Lorenzo 99 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda +2.618
22 Karel Abraham 17 CZE Reale Avintia Racing Ducati +5.901
Sunny / 25
Friday 23 Aug 2019, 15:14 UTC
  • Track Condition: Dry
  • Air Temp: 25°C
  • Humidity: 55%
  • Ground Temp: 40°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Fabio Quartararo 20 FRA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 1'59.225
2 Marc Marquez 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda +0.251
3 Maverick Viñales 12 SPA Yamaha Factory Racing Team Yamaha +0.540
4 Valentino Rossi 46 ITA Yamaha Factory Racing Team Yamaha +0.712
5 Cal Crutchlow 35 GBR LCR Honda Honda +0.768
6 Andrea Dovizioso 4 ITA Ducati Team Ducati +0.885
7 Franco Morbidelli 21 ITA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha +0.958
8 Miguel Oliveira 88 POR KTM Tech 3 Racing KTM +1.135
9 Jack Miller 43 AUS Alma Pramac Racing Ducati +1.167
10 Danilo Petrucci 9 ITA Ducati Team Ducati +1.203
11 Takaaki Nakagami 30 JPN LCR Honda Honda +1.267
12 Aleix Espargaro 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia +1.272
13 Pol Espargaro 44 SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +1.366
14 Johann Zarco 5 FRA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +1.439
15 Alex Rins 42 SPA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki +1.441
16 Francesco Bagnaia 63 ITA Alma Pramac Racing Ducati +1.563
17 Andrea Iannone 29 ITA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia +1.682
18 Tito Rabat 53 SPA Reale Avintia Racing Ducati +2.364
19 Karel Abraham 17 CZE Reale Avintia Racing Ducati +2.967
20 Sylvain Guintoli 50 FRA Suzuki Test Team Suzuki +3.015
21 Hafizh Syahrin 55 THA KTM Tech 3 Racing KTM +3.192
22 Jorge Lorenzo 99 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda +3.682
Rider Standings
Sunday, 11 Aug 2019 - Open world standings grid
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr.
1 Marc MARQUEZ 93 SPA 230 Repsol Honda Team Honda
2 Andrea DOVIZIOSO 4 ITA 172 Ducati Team Ducati
3 Danilo PETRUCCI 9 ITA 136 Ducati Team Ducati
4 Alex RINS 42 SPA 124 Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki
5 Valentino ROSSI 46 ITA 103 Yamaha Factory Racing Team Yamaha
6 Maverick VIñALES 12 SPA 102 Yamaha Factory Racing Team Yamaha
7 Fabio QUARTARARO 20 FRA 92 Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha
8 Jack MILLER 43 AUS 86 Alma Pramac Racing Ducati
9 Cal CRUTCHLOW 35 GBR 78 LCR Honda Honda
10 Takaaki NAKAGAMI 30 JPN 62 LCR Honda Honda
11 Pol ESPARGARO 44 SPA 61 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
12 Franco MORBIDELLI 21 ITA 58 Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha
13 Joan MIR 36 SPA 39 Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki
14 Aleix ESPARGARO 41 SPA 33 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia
15 Miguel OLIVEIRA 88 POR 26 KTM Tech 3 Racing KTM
16 Francesco BAGNAIA 63 ITA 24 Alma Pramac Racing Ducati
17 Johann ZARCO 5 FRA 22 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
18 Andrea IANNONE 29 ITA 21 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia
19 Jorge LORENZO 99 SPA 19 Repsol Honda Team Honda
20 Stefan BRADL 6 GER 16 Repsol Honda Team Honda
21 Tito RABAT 53 SPA 14 Reale Avintia Racing Ducati
22 Michele PIRRO 51 ITA 9 Ducati Test Team Ducati
23 Karel ABRAHAM 17 CZE 4 Reale Avintia Racing Ducati
24 Hafizh SYAHRIN 55 THA 3 KTM Tech 3 Racing KTM
25 Sylvain GUINTOLI 50 FRA 3 Suzuki Test Team Suzuki