Honda’s Marc Marquez suffered more Silverstone heartache after once again crashing in front of the Valentino Rossi stand.
The Spaniard had shown great pace and had recorded the fastest time both in the morning’s dry FP3 and in the afternoon’s wet FP4, and was improving his best qualifying effort when he crashed at Copse, causing him to miss the last five minutes of the session.
The current championship leader took a heavy impact and looked winded, standing at the side of the track to watch the rest of the session, but his lap was still good enough to place him fifth on the grid. The incident echoed his crash in last year’s race, when he lost the front at the same corner.
He said: “My feeling was very good both in the dry and wet, but we implemented a small change to the set-up for the rain that didn’t work as expected.
“I went out in Q2 and couldn’t feel the rear tyre too much, nor did I have the confidence I had in FP4, but I decided to push and try to do a good lap.
“When I was about to do the next, final lap, I ended up crashing. Nevertheless, I’m pleased because in general the feeling was very good and we just need to return to the previous setup tomorrow.”