2016 Silverstone MotoGP Qualifying Result: Long Live The Rain King

Some more rain was on the menu for the MotoGP class, the drizzle of Q1 turning into a serious downpour for Q2. The smart choice was to go out early and set a fast lap before the weather worsened and that’s exactly what Cal Crutchlow managed to do, the Brno winner setting a sensational lap, a full second ahead of the rest by the time the checkered flag dropped.

Valentino Rossi enjoyed his best position of the weekend, grabbing second place on the grid, the front row completed by Maverick Viñales, the Spanish rider getting over Suzuki’s rain complex to snatch third.

Dani Pedrosa will be encouraged by a great performance in the wet, the Honda rider finishing fourth, narrowly ahead of teammate Marc Marquez, the championship leader suffering a carbon copy of his crash last year at this very track. The Spaniard was uninjured and watched over the tyre barrier as he dropped to fifth. The second row of the grid was completed by Q1 graduate Eugene Laverty, the Irishman on his way to a potential pole as he crashed out on the final lap.

Scott Redding will open the third row, followed by Andrea Iannone and Jorge Lorenzo., the world champion over two seconds down on the poleman. Andrea Dovizioso set a good time early on but crashed out towards the end of the session, apparently worsening the knee injury he was carrying.

The Italian will be joined on the fourth row by Aleix Espargaro and the second Q1 survivor, Jack Miller, who suffered an early spill before even setting a time in Q2.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 2'19.265    
2 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 2'20.263 0.998 0.998
3 25 Maverick VIÑALES Suzuki 2'20.514 1.249 0.251
4 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda 2'20.742 1.477 0.228
5 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 2'20.779 1.514 0.037
6 50 Eugene LAVERTY Ducati 2'20.821 1.556 0.042
7 45 Scott REDDING Ducati 2'21.074 1.809 0.253
8 29 Andrea IANNONE Ducati 2'21.446 2.181 0.372
9 99 Jorge LORENZO Yamaha 2'21.687 2.422 0.241
10 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 2'22.420 3.155 0.733
11 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Suzuki 2'25.285 6.020 2.865
  43 Jack MILLER Honda      
    Q1        
Q2 50 Eugene LAVERTY Ducati 2'18.193    
Q2 43 Jack MILLER Honda 2'18.531 0.338 0.338
3 76 Loris BAZ Ducati 2'18.552 0.359 0.021
4 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 2'18.657 0.464 0.105
5 44 Pol ESPARGARO Yamaha 2'18.871 0.678 0.214
6 22 Alex LOWES Yamaha 2'18.900 0.707 0.029
7 6 Stefan BRADL Aprilia 2'19.115 0.922 0.215
8 8 Hector BARBERA Ducati 2'19.125 0.932 0.010
9 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Aprilia 2'20.299 2.106 1.174
10 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ Ducati 2'21.255 3.062 0.956
11 53 Tito RABAT Honda 2'21.774 3.581 0.519

 

Round Number: 
12
2016
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Comments

Cal did that lap at just the right time, Awesome job!

 

Crutchlow - one second gap! Mixed conditions Sunday afternoon, Cal on Silverstone...looking good for #35.

MM93 - just before he crashed he had 2 moments where the bike was going away on him. Eugene Laverty, holy crap what a lap he was putting together! Very aggressive, nearly pulled it off but bit off just a bit too much.

Wet tires have been interesting, looks like we get a "part 2" of Brno. I continue to explore the possibilities of the intermediates, particularly the manner in which riders aren't. While they are not familiar they have a set of conditions for which that type of tire is best. The odd part for me is that the wets could be able to hold up on a drying track and become an option, even the soft.

Consensus has been that the difference between soft and hard wet compounds has been too great. AND that they don't wish to use the intermediate. Against recommendation teams choose the soft in drying conditions and when some tires begin to come apart near the end after having had the shite run out of them for 3/4 race distance there is consideration of their safety. Michelin, what do you do with that? The hard wet with initial patience was the choice for Brno.

Similar forecast for Silverstone. With all the bumps we are likely to see fallers. And tire complaints? So much focus on tires, I don't envy the Michelin staff's job this weekend. But I do like what is possible this season.

Make it 2 in a row Cal!

Here is 11 to 12 minutes of Q highlights w wonderful elevator music accompaniment.
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=3vZxn0qyqy8

I do hope that Cal, if he doesn't ride over his head" can put it on the podium again. The forecast is wet or sunny tomorrow? Oh wait it's England, we will probably get both tomorrow. It should be a suspenseful race if wet.