Zarco on Silverstone pole, bruised Espargaro salvages sixth

Pramac Ducati rider Johann Zarco will begin MotoGP’s British Grand Prix from pole place after topping a qualifying session the place Aleix Espargaro bounced again from a follow crash to qualify sixth.

Espargaro suffered a daunting crash at Farm curve throughout FP4 lower than an hour earlier than the beginning of Q2 and needed to be stretchered away from the monitor. He was left with “contusions on each ankles” however no fractures, which means he was allowed to participate in qualifying.

Subsequently, he hobbled again onto his bike in Q2 and after a gentle first run on used tyres, Espargaro smashed the lap file together with his last flying lap, setting the primary sub-1m58s lap of the Silverstone weekend.

That put him on provisional pole, however he was finally shuffled right down to the tip of the second row in sixth place.

Zarco was the quickest of the 5 riders to beat him as he earned his second pole place of the season and the eighth of his thus far winless top-flight profession.

He was 0.098s forward of Maverick Vinales, who achieved his finest qualifying outcome since becoming a member of Aprilia final 12 months.

The entrance row will likely be accomplished by Jack Miller, who edged championship chief Fabio Quartararo by simply 0.007s.

Yamaha’s Quartararo, who must take a long-lap penalty on Sunday, regarded visibly pissed off after the session. He’ll begin alongside Dutch TT winner Francesco Bagnaia and his closest championship rival Espargaro.

Marco Bezzecchi, who earned his first premier class podium at Assen, progressed via Q1 after which claimed seventh on the grid in Q2 for the VR46 Ducati squad.

He’ll share the third row with fellow Q1 graduate Enea Bastianini and Zarco’s team-mate Jorge Martin, whose pole problem confronted after robust early Q2 tempo.

Luca Marini made it two VR46 riders within the prime 10 and he’ll be joined on the fourth row by Suzuki riders Alex Rins and Joan Mir.

Not one of the KTM or Honda riders managed to make it to Q2 with manufacturing facility KTM riders Miguel Oliveira and Brad Binder the closest in thirteenth and 14th.

They had been adopted by Bastianini’s team-mate Fabio Di Giannantonio, Tech3 KTM rider Remy Gardner and Alex Marquez, who crashed coming into the Flip 8/9 Vale chicane.

LCR Honda’s Marquez appeared angered by Bezzecchi following the crash after the 2 jostled for monitor place earlier than Marquez misjudged the braking for the chicane and ended up within the gravel.

Marquez managed to get again on monitor and he certified as Honda’s prime rider in seventeenth place forward of manufacturing facility riders Stefan Bradl and Pol Espargaro.

Quartararo’s Yamaha team-mate Franco Morbidelli suffered his tenth straight Q1 exit as he struggled to twentieth forward of the second LCR Honda of Takaaki Nakagami who crashed in FP4.

Raul Fernandez suffered engine points in FP4 and certified eight tenths adrift of team-mate Gardner in twenty second place.

He will likely be joined on the again row of the grid by RNF Yahama duo Darryn Binder and Andrea Dovizioso.

Qualifying Outcomes

Pos Title Workforce Bike Group 1 Group 2
1 Johann Zarco Pramac Racing Ducati 1m57.767s
2 Maverick Viñales Aprilia Racing Aprilia 1m57.865s
3 Jack Miller Ducati Lenovo Workforce Ducati 1m57.931s
4 Fabio Quartararo Monster Power Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1m57.938s
5 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati Lenovo Workforce Ducati 1m57.961s
6 Aleix Espargaró Aprilia Racing Aprilia 1m57.966s
7 Marco Bezzecchi Mooney VR46 Racing Workforce Ducati 1m58.756s 1m58.101s
8 Enea Bastianini Gresini Racing MotoGP Ducati 1m58.609s 1m58.106s
9 Jorge Martin Pramac Racing Ducati 1m58.174s
10 Luca Marini Mooney VR46 Racing Workforce Ducati 1m58.317s
11 Alex Rins Workforce SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki 1m58.318s
12 Joan Mir Workforce SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki 1m58.543s
13 Miguel Oliveira Pink Bull KTM Manufacturing unit Racing KTM 1m58.853s
14 Brad Binder Pink Bull KTM Manufacturing unit Racing KTM 1m58.932s
15 Fabio Di Giannantonio Gresini Racing MotoGP Ducati 1m58.948s
16 Remy Gardner Tech3 KTM Manufacturing unit Racing KTM 1m59.12s
17 Alex Marquez LCR Honda Castrol Honda 1m59.288s
18 Stefan Bradl Repsol Honda Workforce Honda 1m59.339s
19 Pol Espargaró Repsol Honda Workforce Honda 1m59.367s
20 Franco Morbidelli Monster Power Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1m59.39s
21 Takaaki Nakagami LCR Honda IDEMITSU Honda 1m59.614s
22 Raul Fernandez Tech3 KTM Manufacturing unit Racing KTM 1m59.92s
23 Darryn Binder WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Workforce Yamaha 1m59.931s
24 Andrea Dovizioso WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Workforce Yamaha 2m0.232s

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