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Marquez edges out Navarro for Moto2™ pole

Championship leader beats Free Practice pacesetter by less than a tenth to claim his third 2019 pole position

A relentless Alex Marquez (EG 0,0 Marc VDS) continued to take the 2019 Moto2™ Championship by storm after snatching pole position at the GoPro British Grand Prix, the Spaniard beating Free Practice pacesetter Jorge Navarro (Campetella Speed Up) by 0.043 as Augusto Fernandez (FlexBox HP 40) makes it an all-Spanish intermediate class front row at Silverstone.

It was Navarro – like he had done for pretty much the entire weekend – who set the early pace in Q2, his time just fractionally slower than his lap record. However, Fernandez was then leading the way after the Kalex man was able to set new fastest ever lap around Silverstone, with Marquez slotting himself into P2 behind his fellow countryman. Navarro was then improving but so was Marquez, and it was the latter who set the better time – a 2:04.374 was marginally better than Navarro’s effort of a 2:04.417 and with two minutes left on the clock, Marquez had provisional pole.

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Moto2™ Q2 at the British GP: Don't miss the battle for pole

And that’s how it would stay, Marquez would upset Speed Up’s hopes of a Silverstone pole as the duo had a cushion to the rest of the field. Fernandez finished 0.213 off Marquez to complete a tasty looking front row, with Remy Gardner (ONEXOX TKKR SAG Team) continuing his good weekend to spearhead the second row in fourth. EG 0,0 Marc VDS have two bikes in the top five thanks to Xavi Vierge’s 2:04.770, the Spaniard claiming his best Q2 result since Assen. Luca Marini (SKY Racing Team VR46) will be aiming to make up for his crash in Austria as he goes racing from P6 – his best start since Germany.

Tetsuta Nagashima (ONEXOX TKKR SAG Team) didn’t let an FP3 crash faze him to take P7 at the British GP on Saturday, the Japanese rider will lineup alongside Q1 graduate and Austrian GP race winner Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Ajo) again after the two sat next to each other on the front row at the Red Bull Ring. On his last flying lap, home hero Sam Lowes (Federal Oil Gresini Moto2) ensured he’ll start from the outside of Row 3 in P9, with rookie Fabio Di Giannantonio (Campetella Speed Up) completing the top 10.

Can anyone stop Marquez from taking a sixth win of the season? Navarro and Speed Up will certainly fancy their chances after the pace they’ve shown – and it won’t be just them either. Remember, the schedule change sees Moto2™ race after the MotoGP™ battle. 14:30 local time (GMT+1) is the time you need to see the intermediate class tackle Silverstone on Sunday!

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