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30 August 2014

MotoGP: Marquez bags pole at Silverstone

The champ takes the first spot on the grid for the British leg of the season

Amaan Ahmed
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As you may remember, Marc Marquez failed to win the previous race, having won all 10 rounds this season prior to the Czech GP. He admitted to things not being perfect that weekend, but if today's performance is anything to go by, that was just a teeny hiccup. Because he's back on pole for the race in Great Britain.

Jorge Lorenzo was, as usual, the one to set the ball rolling, being the first rider to head out in Q2. He would've taken provisional pole on his first lap itself, but behind him was a factory Ducati, and unsurprisingly, it wasn't that of Cal Crutchlow.

Andrea Dovizioso beat Lorenzo's time to go top of the sheets, and then retired to the pits as the others set about trying to unseat him from pole.

Marquez went next, but his first lap time was good only to fetch him third. He went for another lap, though, and this time, he pushed Dovizioso down to second.

After a visit to the pits, Lorenzo headed back out to edge Marquez out for pole, but that didn't last very long as Marquez immediately snatched the position away from the two-time premier-class champion with a lap time that breached the 2-minute mark. The Yamaha man was pushed further down into third as Dovizioso nailed his last run and secured second.

NGM's Aleix Espargaro had slotted into second before he was nudged into fourth in the closing stages of Q2, ahead of Dani Pedrosa. Valentino Rossi improved greatly towards the end to dislodge Pol Espargaro from sixth place. It got worse for Pol, as soon after Rossi had pushed him down, his team-mate Bradley Smith plucked seventh place from him.

Andrea Iannone was on a flying lap that could've gotten him pole position, but he overcooked it, taking a tumble to take tenth. Still, his was the second fastest Ducati on the track today, and the slowest was Cal Crutchlow's, who could only take fifteenth.

Now that Marquez has been defeated once, there is some hope for the others. Will we see a different rider come out on top, or will #93 get back to his winning ways?

Qualifying:
1. Marc Marquez
2. Andrea Dovizioso
3. Jorge Lorenzo
4. Aleix Espargaro
5. Dani Pedrosa
6. Valentino Rossi
7. Bradley Smith
8. Pol Espargaro
9. Stefan Bradl
10. Andrea Iannone
11. Scott Redding
12. Alvaro Bautista
13. Yonny Hernandez
14. Karel Abraham
15. Cal Crutchlow
16. Hiroshi Aoyama
17. Alex De Angelis    
18. Leon Camier
19. Danilo Petrucci
20. Michael Laverty
21. Hector Barbera
22. Mike Di Meglio
23. Broc Parkes

Tags: yamaha, repsol honda, jorge lorenzo, marc marquez, moto gp, motogp

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