MotoGP: Marc Marquez on pole for British Grand Prix
Last Updated: 30/08/14 4:56pm
Marc Marquez continued his dominance of the MotoGP season as he roared to his 10th pole position of the year at the British Grand Prix.
The runaway championship leader scorched round the Silverstone circuit in a time of two minutes, 0.829 seconds to take pole ahead of Andrea Dovizioso and Jorge Lorenzo.
The Spaniard, who finished fourth in Brno two weeks ago having won the first 10 races of the year, was undeterred by a minor crash early on Saturday as he put in a flying final qualifying lap to ensure his place at the head of the front row.
"It was only a small crash but I was still careful in qualifying," said the reigning champion after clinching the 46th pole of his MotoGP career.
"I'm happy with the bike and hoping for a good day on Sunday and fighting for victory,"
Ducati’s Dovizioso was 0.311 seconds behind the Honda ace, while two-time world champion Lorenzo overcame his disappointing practice sessions to claim third.
Brno winner Dani Pedrosa, the closest challenger to team-mate Marquez for the world title despite being 77 points adrift, managed only fifth while Valentino Rossi will start from sixth.
Bradley Smith is the leading home rider in seventh, one place ahead of Monster Yamaha stablemate Pol Espargaro.
But Carl Crutchlow failed to advance beyond Q1, while Leon Camier escaped injury after a crash towards the end of the first qualifying session and will start in 18th place.