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31 August 2013

Marquez blitzes lap record en route to Silverstone pole

Repsol Honda's rookie to start a race from pole for the fifth time this season after an intense duel with Jorge Lorenzo in Qualifying

Amaan Ahmed
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With the sun beating down on the tarmac, the stage was set for a dazzling qualifying session at Silverstone. The warmer conditions would help the riders no end, and just as in the practice sessions, it looked like Jorge Lorenzo was making the most hay while the sun shone brightly, as he broke Casey Stoner's qualifying record at the circuit on his very first lap.

In the next few seconds that followed though, Marc Marquez resigned Lorenzo's brand-spanking-new lap time to the garbage can. Marquez had set the pace during practice earlier today morning, and then snatched provisional pole from the world champion within minutes of the start of Q2. After a couple of laps, all riders headed in for change of tyres, and right after that, Lorenzo threw the kitchen sink at Marquez's time, and became the first rider ever to lap Silverstone in just over 2 minutes.

But even if Lorenzo had hurled the entire kitchen along with the sink, it wouldn't make a difference, because Marquez matched his every move, countering massive slides with a twist of the throttle, going on to post a lap time of 2'00.691 - a tenth of a second faster than the man on the big blue Yam.

Cal Crutchlow, having suffered two hurtful crashes during practice this morning, managed to put together a lap that landed him the third spot on the front row, and Stefan Bradl finished Q2 with a bang, pushing Dani Pedrosa down to fifth place. Won't be particularly chuffed with the outcome, Dani, having complained about "terrible asphalt" at the circuit on Friday, finding it difficult to get going again today.

Valentino Rossi just can't seem to break into the top five during qualifying at the moment, and he will start the race from the second row, ahead of Andrea Dovizioso, Alvaro Bautista and Nicky Hayden on the third. Bradley Smith, in his first MotoGP race at his home circuit, qualified in tenth, followed by CRT chart-topper Colin Edwards in eleventh place.

Five wins, fifth pole position of the season today, and the fastest-ever lap on two wheels around Silverstone. Can Marquez make it five wins on the trot tomorrow? Wouldn't be too surprised if he did, honestly...

Qualifying:
1. Marc Marquez
2. Jorge Lorenzo
3. Cal Crutchlow
4. Stefan Bradl
5. Dani Pedrosa
6. Valentino Rossi
7. Andrea Dovizioso
8. Alvaro Bautista
9. Nicky Hayden
10. Bradley Smith
11. Colin Edwards
12. Aleix Espargaro
13. Randy De Puniet
14. Hector Barbera   
15. Michele Pirro
16. Andrea Iannone
17. Yonny Hernandez
18. Danilo Petrucci   
19. Michael Laverty   
20. Claudio Corti   
21. Hiroshi Aoyama   
22. Lukas Pesek
23. Bryan Staring

Tags: cal crutchlow, valentino rossi, jorge lorenzo, dani pedrosa, repsol honda, marc marquez, moto gp, motogp, silverstone