Cal Crutchlow has taken an impressive home pole position as the LCR rider continues his incredible wet weather form from the Czech GP, this is the Brit’s second ever career pole and he becomes the first British rider to do so at his home Grand Prix since Barry Sheene did so in 1977. Valentino Rossi continues his strong weekend with a brilliant second position with Maverick Viñales completing the front row in a shock third position as the Suzuki is notorious to struggle in wet conditions.
Dani Pedrosa showed great pace to put his Repsol Honda on the second row in fourth surprisingly pipping his teammate Marc Marquez who suffered a big crash near the end of the session similar to the crash he had 12 months ago in last years race. Marquez will be disappointed with qualifying in P5 as he has had strong pace all weekend and was on the front row for most of the qualifying session but will be confident that he can put in a strong race tomorrow and extend his championship lead. Ireland’s Eugene Laverty who made his way through from Q1 put in his best Motogp qualifying position with P6 on the grid but the Aspar rider will be disappointed as he was on target for a sensational pole position but unfortunately was hindered by mechanical issues which proved costly when the Irishman hit the deck on his final flying lap while he was a tenth up on Crutchlow’s pole lap.
Scott Redding will start his home race on the third row in P7 recovering from a big crash in FP4. Andrea Iannone had an anonymous session to qualify his Ducati in P8 with reigning World Champion Jorge Lorenzo rounding out the third row in P9. Iannone’s teammate Andrea Dovizioso rounds out the top 10 but suffered a huge crash towards the end of the session and the Italian had to go to the medical center to get checked out. Aleix Espargaro was P11 ahead Jack Miller who was making his Q2 debut but came down in the horrible conditions and will start from P12.
The MotoGP race gets underway at 15:30 local time (GMT+1) tomorrow with the weather looking set to improve overnight.
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