2017 Silverstone MotoGP Qualifying Result: Records Broken Under The Sun

Beautiful sunshine with harmless clouds welcomed the premier class riders for their qualifying session and they repayed the weather gods with some stellar performances.

Marc Marquez might have been on the floor twice on Friday and almost down in turn eight on his first run but in typical Marquez fashion, the Spaniard put on the soft rear tyre and fired in a pole record time on his very first lap. A 1:59 time was the next challenge set for the second run and tantalizingly close, the world champion making quick work of it on the first lap of his next outing. The Honda man broke his own pole time record at the circuit to start the British Grand Prix in prime position.

Valentino Rossi was very close to snatching the headlines away from his arch-enemy but the Italian still scored an impressive second position on the grid, getting as close as two hundredths of a second of a 1:59 time of his own.

Not quite the pole of last year but, as his compatriots have learned to do over the years, Cal Crutchlow also made every sunny minute count and is set to start in elite company from the front row of the grid.

Four tenths down on the poleman, Maverick Viñales will keep a close eye on Marquez from fourth spot. Jorge Lorenzo was the first Ducati on the second row of the grid, with teammate Andrea Dovizioso saving a poor first run with a sixth position at the flag.

Dani Pedrosa gave himself a lot of work on Saturday afternoon, having to get through Q1 after struggling all throughout practice. The Spaniard saved his day with a seventh grid position, joined on the third row by Johann Zarco and Aleix Espargaro.

Jonas Folger was the other Q1 survivor, the German showing good speed after recovering from illness, but could only do tenth on the grid the second time around. Pol Espargaro was trying to keep up with the poleman when he crashed his KTM and had to settle for eleventh, on the fourth row, ahead of home boy Scott Redding.

Alex Rins looked to have learned a few things following Marquez around in FP4 and was only a tenth away from Q2, the Spaniard eventually ending up thirteenth. Danilo Petrucci learned from Marquez too and crashed in turn twelve, before even posting a lap in Q1. The Italian could not do any better than eighteenth on his second run, behind the likes of Alvaro Bautista and Andrea Iannone but giving us a fair few battles to expect lower down the grid.


Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 1'59.941    
2 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 2'00.025 0.084 0.084
3 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 2'00.106 0.165 0.081
4 25 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha 2'00.341 0.400 0.235
5 99 Jorge LORENZO Ducati 2'00.399 0.458 0.058
6 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 2'00.572 0.631 0.173
7 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda 2'00.578 0.637 0.006
8 5 Johann ZARCO Yamaha 2'00.622 0.681 0.044
9 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia 2'00.764 0.823 0.142
10 94 Jonas FOLGER Yamaha 2'00.829 0.888 0.065
11 44 Pol ESPARGARO KTM 2'01.378 1.437 0.549
12 45 Scott REDDING Ducati 2'01.994 2.053 0.616
    Q1 Results:        
Q2 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda 2'00.830    
Q2 94 Jonas FOLGER Yamaha 2'01.162 0.332 0.332
13 42 Alex RINS Suzuki 2'01.285 0.455 0.123
14 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Ducati 2'01.340 0.510 0.055
15 29 Andrea IANNONE Suzuki 2'01.567 0.737 0.227
16 8 Hector BARBERA Ducati 2'01.669 0.839 0.102
17 43 Jack MILLER Honda 2'01.672 0.842 0.003
18 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 2'01.770 0.940 0.098
19 38 Bradley SMITH KTM 2'02.017 1.187 0.247
20 17 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati 2'02.037 1.207 0.020
21 76 Loris BAZ Ducati 2'02.185 1.355 0.148
22 53 Tito RABAT Honda 2'02.211 1.381 0.026
23 22 Sam LOWES Aprilia 2'02.787 1.957 0.576


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JLo99 seems to be running the aero fairing but not the maximum aero that Petrucci used? what about Andrea Dovizioso ? Jorge is about Eight kilometres per hour down on top speed compared to Dovi? is that just the extra drag of the different fairings or what? Can Lorenzo afford to give away top speed considering Dovi is able to do very similar laptimes anyway?

Lorenzo is prepared to sacrifice top speed because of the extra feeling from the front he gets from the aero fairing. Dovi doesn't like it so much, because it makes the bike more physical to throw from side to side. 

For Lorenzo, the aero fairing helps keep the front wheel on the ground, in corners too. That extra pressure on the front is what makes all the difference to Lorenzo.