British MotoGP 2014: Marc Marquez back in the groove to take pole at Silverstone

Unstoppable Spaniard takes his 11th pole in 12 races

silverstone

The 21-year-old Spaniard Marc Marquez will start from pole position on his Repsol Honda in the British MotoGP at Silverstone today after he dashed rivals’ hopes that his season may have peaked prematurely.

Marquez reverted to form by recording his 11th pole in 12 races, with a lap of two minutes 0.829 seconds on the 3.666-mile circuit. He slumped to an unaccustomed fourth place in the last round in the Czech Republic, after reeling off wins in the opening 10 races of the series.

“My qualifying lap was not as fast as last year, because the track is a bit slower,” Marquez said. “But I’m really happy with the bike.” The 28-year-old Italian Andrea Dovizioso will start from second, only a third of a second slower than Marquez, in a Ducati revival that has seen his V4 on the front row for the last three races.

The double MotoGP champion Jorge Lorenzo completes the front row on his Movistar Yamaha, after setting a pace only 0.346s slower than Marquez. “I used a soft tyre in qualifying, and I’ll have to use a hard tyre for the race,” he said.

The 23-year-old Oxfordshire rider Bradley Smith is best of the five Britons, with seventh place on his Yamaha Tech 3, one place behind the MotoGP legend Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha), who today starts his 246th MotoGP race, a record for any rider.

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Daily Quiz
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

Sepp Blatter resignation: The beginning of Fifa's long road to reform?

Does Blatter's departure mean Fifa will automatically clean up its act?

Don't bet on it, says Tom Peck
Charles Kennedy: The baby of the House who grew into a Lib Dem giant

The baby of the House who grew into a Lib Dem giant

Charles Kennedy was consistently a man of the centre-left, dedicated to social justice, but was also a champion of liberty and an opponent of the nanny-state, says Baroness Williams
Syria civil war: The harrowing testament of a five-year-old victim of this endless conflict

The harrowing testament of a five-year-old victim of Syria's endless civil war

Sahar Qanbar lost her mother and brother as civilians and government soldiers fought side by side after being surrounded by brutal Islamist fighters. Robert Fisk visited her
The future of songwriting: How streaming is changing everything we know about making music

The future of songwriting

How streaming is changing everything we know about making music
William Shemin and Henry Johnson: Jewish and black soldiers receive World War I Medal of Honor amid claims of discrimination

Recognition at long last

Jewish and black soldiers who fought in WWI finally receive medals after claims of discrimination
Beating obesity: The new pacemaker which helps over-eaters

Beating obesity

The new pacemaker which helps over-eaters
9 best women's festival waterproofs

Ready for rain: 9 best women's festival waterproofs

These are the macs to keep your denim dry and your hair frizz-free(ish)
Cycling World Hour Record: Nervous Sir Bradley Wiggins ready for pain as he prepares to go distance

Wiggins worried

Nervous Sir Bradley ready for pain as he prepares to attempt cycling's World Hour Record
Liverpool close in on Milner signing

Liverpool close in on Milner signing

Reds baulk at Christian Benteke £32.5m release clause
On your feet! Spending at least two hours a day standing reduces the risk of heart attacks, cancer and diabetes, according to new research

On your feet!

Spending half the day standing 'reduces risk of heart attacks and cancer'
With scores of surgeries closing, what hope is there for the David Cameron's promise of 5,000 more GPs and a 24/7 NHS?

The big NHS question

Why are there so few new GPs when so many want to study medicine?
Big knickers are back: Thongs ain't what they used to be

Thongs ain't what they used to be

Big knickers are back
Thurston Moore interview

Thurston Moore interview

On living in London, Sonic Youth and musical memoirs
In full bloom

In full bloom

Floral print womenswear
From leading man to Elephant Man, Bradley Cooper is terrific

From leading man to Elephant Man

Bradley Cooper is terrific