Repsol Honda pilot Marc Marquez has racked up his sixth pole position of the season with a stunning pole time that set Silverstone alight.
It was a good day for the Repsol Honda team at Silverstone today, with teammate Dani Pedrosa qualifying third.
The reigning MotoGP World Champion made his intentions clear from his first exit, taking the lead with a time of 2’00.564. During his second and final outing, Marquez lowered his time to stop the clock at 2’00.234, a record breaking pole position time which he previously set in 2013 (2’00.691), surpassing Jorge Lorenzo who qualified second by almost three tenths.
Marquez said: “It was a good qualifying session. When I did the first lap I noticed that if put together the perfect lap, maybe I could get very close to 1’59.00. But I noticed I was right on the limit a couple of times, and especially in the last sector I was missing a little something under braking. In the end what counts is that we took pole position! You can always improve, but it was a very good lap.”
This is Marc’s 28th pole in the MotoGP class, the only Spanish rider with more poles in the premier-class is Lorenzo with 31.
Pedrosa joins his teammate on the front row in the third position, after being overtaken by Lorenzo in the closing stages of the session. The Respol Honda rider was less than two tenths off second position and less than half of a second off pole with his time of 2’00.716.
The British Grand Prix, round twelve of the season, will be held tomorrow at 13h00 local time.