A sunny Silverstone played host to a magnificent day of action on Saturday as Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) and Valentino Rossi (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) went head-to-head for GoPro British Grand Prix pole position.
Now, to set yourself up for race day, check out 10 statistics:
1. Marquez has qualified on pole position for the fifth time in the MotoGP™ class at Silverstone.
2. This is the 60th pole position for Marquez for what is his 120th start in the premier class, meaning he has qualified on pole position in exactly half of the races he has competed in since he stepped up to the premier class of Grand Prix racing back in 2013.
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3. Rossi has qualified in second place as the highest-placed Yamaha rider on the grid. This is Rossi’s second front row start of the season so far, along with Austin, which was the last time he has stood on the podium.
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4. Jack Miller (Pramac Racing) completes the front row as the highest-placed Ducati and Independent Team rider. This is Miller’s third front-row start of the season, along with Le Mans and Brno.
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5. Fabio Quartararo (Petronas Yamaha SRT), who topped the first three practices at Silverstone, has qualified in fourth place on the grid. If Quartararo wins the race in Silverstone (20 years and 127 days old), he will be the second-youngest rider to win a premier class race behind Marquez, who was 20 years and 63 days old when he won at the Americas GP in 2013.
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6. After passing through Q1, Alex Rins (Team Suzuki Ecstar) has qualified in fifth place, which is the second-best qualifying result for a Suzuki rider at Silverstone in the MotoGP™ class after Maverick Viñales (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) was third in 2016 on his way to giving Suzuki their second victory in the class since its introduction back in 2002.
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7. The second Ducati rider, in seventh place, is Ducati Team’s Andrea Dovizioso, who joined Q1 for the fourth time this year. Dovizioso won at Silverstone in 2017, which was the only win for a Ducati rider at the track.
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8. After crashing in Q2, Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda Castrol), who is scheduled to start the 150th race in his Grand Prix career at Silverstone, has qualified in ninth place as the second-placed Honda rider after a crash in Q2. This is Crutchlow’s worst qualifying performance at Silverstone since he was 15th in 2014 riding a Ducati.
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9. Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini) has qualified in 12th place, which is the best qualifying result for an Aprilia rider since he was ninth fastest in Le Mans earlier this season.
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10. Jorge Lorenzo (Repsol Honda Team), who qualified on pole position at Silverstone last year, starts from 21st place on the grid on his return from injury, equalling his worst qualifying result in the premier class from Assen in 2017 when riding a Ducati.
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