2019 Silverstone MotoGP Qualifying Result: Risky Business Pays Off

With Marc Marquez and Fabio Quartararo engaged in a remote battle for domination throughout practice, all eyes were on the two of them from the moment the traffic light went green at the end of pitlane. The world champion dealt the first blow with a personal best on lap one but the Frenchman immediately hit back by half a tenth and so the tango started.

Quartararo started the final charge as the prey to Marquez’s hunter but both riders had their obstacles to overcome. The Yamaha man was alarmed by a warning light on his dash, which slowed his exit for the second run, while Marquez found himself in a game of cat and mouse with Valentino Rossi and Jack Miller. Quartararo was getting ever faster while the feisty trio was busy not giving each other a tow but they just about snuck in one final lap and let their speed do the talking. Rossi led the caravan that helped Marquez serve match point, score his 60th pole position and break the all-time lap record – for the n-th time this weekend, but if they’re not tired of doing it, I’m not tired of writing it.

Rossi surrendered to Marquez by four tenths of a second but front row would have looked a lot further away a few hours ago. With Miller as third carriage in the Rossi-Marquez train, the Pramac rider tagged along all the way to third grid position. Quartararo missed out on front row by only one hundredth of a second and will be disappointed with fourth grid position, given his speed throughout the weekend. Alex Rins escaped the dangers of Q1 and climbed all the way to fifth, being joined on row two by Maverick Vinales.

Andrea Dovizioso was the other Q1 escapee and despite setting an identical time to the Yamaha ahead, the Italian had to settle for row three, ahead of Franco Morbidelli and Cal Crutchlow. The LCR man will hope for a bit of a home race comeback, after a late crash at turn seven limited his progress on the grid. Nakagami rounded out the top ten and will open row four ahead of Danilo Petrucci and Aleix Espargaro, with the KTM’s of Pol Espargaro and Johann Zarco as best of the rest in Q1.


Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 1'58.168    
2 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 1'58.596 0.428 0.428
3 43 Jack MILLER Ducati 1'58.602 0.434 0.006
4 20 Fabio QUARTARARO Yamaha 1'58.612 0.444 0.010
5 42 Alex RINS Suzuki 1'58.670 0.502 0.058
6 12 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha 1'58.762 0.594 0.092
7 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 1'58.762 0.594  
8 21 Franco MORBIDELLI Yamaha 1'59.096 0.928 0.334
9 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 1'59.243 1.075 0.147
10 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Honda 1'59.427 1.259 0.184
11 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 1'59.487 1.319 0.060
12 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia 1'59.620 1.452 0.133
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Q2 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 1'58.944    
Q2 42 Alex RINS Suzuki 1'59.190 0.246 0.246
13 44 Pol ESPARGARO KTM 1'59.549 0.605 0.359
14 5 Johann ZARCO KTM 1'59.648 0.704 0.099
15 88 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM 1'59.758 0.814 0.110
16 53 Tito RABAT Ducati 1'59.916 0.972 0.158
17 29 Andrea IANNONE Aprilia 2'00.240 1.296 0.324
18 63 Francesco BAGNAIA Ducati 2'00.362 1.418 0.122
19 50 Sylvain GUINTOLI Suzuki 2'00.660 1.716 0.298
20 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN KTM 2'00.700 1.756 0.040
21 99 Jorge LORENZO Honda 2'01.562 2.618 0.862
22 17 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati 2'04.845 5.901 3.283
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Watching it, I couldnt help but feel that MM knew he couldn't get pole without a tow/follow. Unlucky for VR that it was him.

It struck me as duplicitous, to the point that they could both have been penalised and it would have been the fault of 93. IMHO.

Even as a dyed-in-the-wool VR46 fan, I’d say Vale first tried to get position to the tow off MM, who was having none of it, and Vale blinked first. Not surprisingly, by the way, tomorrow looks like Vale’s best shot at a win for ages, or at least a podium, so long as he is front row, while MM probably thought he can at least podium no matter where he started.

I did wonder whether they’d both be penalised though - which would have been a shame as we’re set for a cracking race with a bit of luck.

Jack was the lucky one , just sat there at the back.