2014 Silverstone MotoGP Qualifying Results

The biggest news in MotoGP over the past two weeks was Marc Marquez’s loss at Brno MotoGP – his first after winning the opening 10 rounds.

But the Repsol Honda rider immediately went to work at Silverstone in the UK Friday at the opening day of free practice, leading the grid by over a half of second in both free practices.

And he carried this momentum into Saturday, leading the final two free practices and dominating qualifying. The 21-year-old Spaniard took his 10th pole of 2014 with a lap time of 2:00.829 – a new fastest lap at the Silverstone Circuit.

Joining Marquez on the front row for Sunday’s British Grand Prix is Ducati Team’s Andrea Dovizioso, who qualified 0.311 of a second back, and Movistar Yamaha MotoGP’s Jorge Lorenzo, who was 0.0346 of a second back.

“It was a difficult qualifying session, because it was hard to get heat into the front t9re. However, I am happy with pole position –more than anything because of how comfortable I am feeling this weekend,” Marquez says.

“I am finding it easy to set a fast pace, and this is important at this track, which is bumpy and long. Let’s hope that we have a sunny day tomorrow, or at least that it doesn’t rain, and we will try to fight for the win right from the first lap.”

The top open-class rider, NGM Forward Racing Yamaha’s Aleix Espargaro, qualified on top of the third row. He will be joined by the only other winner in 2014 MotoGP – Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa (Brno MotoGP) and Movistar Yamaha MotoGP’s Valentino Rossi.

The third row consists of the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 duo of Bradley Smith and Pol Espargaro, and LCR Honda’s Stefan Bradl, who crashed twice on Saturday.

Pramac Racing Ducati – and 2015 factory Ducati – pilot Andrea Ianonne also crashed, but qualified 10th on top of the third row. He will be joined by GO&FUN Honda Gresini teammates Scott Redding and Alvaro Bautista, respectively.

The American Nicky Hayden’s substitute on the Drive M7 Aspar – Leon Camier – crashed in qualify, but the Brit walked away unhurt, qualifying 18th.

The British Grand Prix gets underway around 9 a.m. ET Sunday, August 31. Fox Sports 1 will provide live coverage beginning at 8 a.m. Sunday, which includes a rerun of Brno MotoGP.

2014 Silverstone MotoGP Qualifying Results (Riders from Q1 shaded in gray):

Pos
Rider
Team
QP2 Time
Gap
1
Marc MARQUEZ
Repsol Honda Team
2’00.829
2
Andrea DOVIZIOSO
Ducati Team
2’01.140
0.311
3
Jorge LORENZO
Movistar Yamaha MotoGP
2’01.175
0.346
4
Aleix ESPARGARO
NGM Forward Racing
2’01.448
0.619
5
Dani PEDROSA
Repsol Honda Team
2’01.464
0.635
6
Valentino ROSSI
Movistar Yamaha MotoGP
2’01.550
0.721
7
Bradley SMITH
Monster Yamaha Tech 3
2’01.593
0.764
8
Pol ESPARGARO
Monster Yamaha Tech 3
2’01.747
0.918
9
Stefan BRADL
LCR Honda MotoGP
2’01.973
1.144
10
Andrea IANNONE
Pramac Racing
2’02.064
1.235
11
Scott REDDING
GO&FUN Honda Gresini
2’02.116
1.287
12
Alvaro BAUTISTA
GO&FUN Honda Gresini
2’03.618
2.789