2014 Silverstone MotoGP Qualifying Result: Hard Fight To The Very End

Result and summary of qualifying below:

Marc Marquez has taken his tenth pole position of the season, falling just short of his lap record from last year. The Repsol Honda rider displaced Jorge Lorenzo from pole on his penultimate lap, to claim his tenth pole of the year and the fourth in a row. 

Andrea Dovizioso bumped Lorenzo further down the order, the factory Ducati rider posting a number of impressive laps. Dovizioso set the fastest time in his first run behind Jorge Lorenzo, but he set the lap with which he claimed 2nd completely on his own. Dovizioso's time leaves Lorenzo in 3rd, but after his disastrous start on Friday, starting from the front row will be good enough for the Movistar Yamaha rider.

Aleix Espargaro heads up the second row, the Forward Yamaha rider making optimum use of the softer tire. Dani Pedrosa starts from fifth, with Valentino Rossi alongside rounding out the second row. Qualifying has been Rossi's weakness, so starting from the second row puts him in with a chance in the race.

Impressive was also Scott Redding, the Go&Fun Gresini rider showing great speed to get through to Q2 from Q1. Redding made good use of a tow from his teammate on his first run in Q1, but then improved his time without a tow, to finish ahead of Alvaro Bautista. Both men had run through their softer tires in Q1, leaving them with a tougher task in Q2. 

Results of Q2 and Q1:

Pos No Rider Bike Time Diff Prev  
1 93 Marc Marquez Honda 2'00.829      
2 4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 2'01.140 0.311 0.311  
3 99 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 2'01.175 0.346 0.035  
4 41 Aleix Espargaro Forward Yamaha 2'01.448 0.619 0.273  
5 26 Dani Pedrosa Honda 2'01.464 0.635 0.016  
6 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 2'01.550 0.721 0.086  
7 38 Bradley Smith Yamaha 2'01.593 0.764 0.043  
8 44 Pol Espargaro Yamaha 2'01.747 0.918 0.154  
9 6 Stefan Bradl Honda 2'01.973 1.144 0.226  
10 29 Andrea Iannone Ducati 2'02.064 1.235 0.091  
11 45 Scott Redding Honda 2'02.116 1.287 0.052 From Q1
12 19 Alvaro Bautista Honda 2'03.618 2.789 1.502 From Q1
Q1 Result:
13 68 Yonny Hernandez Ducati 2'03.046 0.407 0.347  
14 17 Karel Abraham Honda 2'03.206 0.567 0.160  
15 35 Cal Crutchlow Ducati 2'03.407 0.768 0.201  
16 7 Hiroshi Aoyama Honda 2'03.563 0.924 0.156  
17 15 Alex De Angelis Forward Yamaha 2'03.686 1.047 0.123  
18 2 Leon Camier Honda 2'03.696 1.057 0.010  
19 9 Danilo Petrucci ART 2'04.755 2.116 1.059  
20 70 Michael Laverty PBM 2'04.836 2.197 0.081  
21 8 Hector Barbera Avintia 2'04.957 2.318 0.121  
22 63 Mike Di Meglio Avintia 2'05.451 2.812 0.494  
23 23 Broc Parkes PBM 2'06.106 3.467 0.655  


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Great work turning around the dismal FP into good QP Lorenzo and crew! Whatever you just did is amazing.

Redding, good on ya. A. Espargaro continues to impress punching so far above his weight. Even if you account for the super soft tire (4 tenths say?) look where he is putting that underpowered Open machine. So wishing he could be on a front running bike next season!

And speaking of front running bike, hats off to Ducati and Dovi. Impressive.

I am going to go out on a limb and back Marquez for the win.

I'd love to have seen Redding get an extra set of tyres for q1. Quite clearly this rule has been kept to stop Ducati exploiting the Open rules, but for Redding to win Q1 and then not be able to race in Q2 is a joke.

Dovi: 326.4
Aleix: 314.5
Scott: 310.4
Everybody else: >320

Now how you can draw the line between Aleix and Scott and state that the open yamaha doesn't lack power while the open honda does, is hard for me to understand. Bradl has exactly 5 km/h on Lorenzo in top speed, but that doesn't make it hard for Jorge to outpace him in the race.

Truth is both Aleix and Scott are on underpowered bikes, the honda, obviously, even more so. But that shouldn't mean that having a race between those two is prevented by machinery, hell no. In fact I hope they will both be competing for top ten today and I would even bet that Scott will finish top open bike. He certainly has the hang of Silverstone.