Results and summary of qualifying for the MotoGP class at Silverstone:
Alvaro Bautista has secured his first ever pole position in MotoGP, timing his fast run perfectly before a light shower put an end to proceedings in the last few minutes of qualifying. Bautista sits ahead of Ben Spies and Casey Stoner on the front row of the grid for Sunday's MotoGP race.
Qualifying looked like being a settled in a straight contest between Jorge Lorenzo and Casey Stoner, the two taking it in turns to top the timesheet, but at the halfway mark of the session, Ben Spies posted a lap to take over provisional pole. Alvaro Bautista was the first rider to put in a serious attempt at pole, securing the top spot with 19 minutes to go, and a few minutes later, the first spots of rain started to appear. With 8 minutes to, the rain turned more serious, thwarting any attempt to depose Bautista from pole, but the San Carlo Gresini Honda man had done more than enough to earn his first pole in MotoGP. Spies ended up in 2nd, a tenth behind Bautista, and just a hundredth ahead of Casey Stoner on the Repsol Honda.
Jorge Lorenzo will start tomorrow's race at the head of the second row, with fellow Spaniards Dani Pedrosa and Hector Barbera alongside him in 5th and 6th respectively. Nicky Hayden heads up the 3rd row, and is the last man within a second of Bautista, taking 7th despite a heavy crash towards the end of the session. Andrea Dovizioso will start from alongside Hayden in 8th, while Stefan Bradl sits in 9th, riding despite having injured his finger during this morning's free practice. Valentino Rossi will start from 10th, after crashing in exactly the same spot that Nicky Hayden would later, locking up the front under braking at Vale.
While the Ducatis were crashing at Vale, Turn 16, the rest of the field were going down on the entrance to Brooklands at Turn 6. Nobody was seriously hurt in the crashes, though both Hayden and Rossi looked a little shook up when they crashed. Cal Crutchlow, who did not ride during qualifying, will be allowed to start the race on Sunday, though he will line up at the back of the grid. The Englishman damaged his ankle during FP3 this morning, and was undergoing further checks at a local hospital during QP.
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* Has qualified for the race having achieved a time within 107 % of the fastest rider in a free practice session.