MotoGP: Crutchlow takes pole for British Grand Prix

Published: 03 September 2016

Cal Crutchlow will start tomorrow’s British Grand Prix from pole position after yet another wet weather masterclass at Silverstone.

The LCR Honda man lapped a second quicker than second placed Valentino Rossi to become the first Brit to take pole for a premier class race on home soil since Barry Sheene in 1977.

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With the rain already falling heavier than it had in the previous Q1 session, which saw Eugene Laverty and Jack Miller make it through to Q2, a cunning Crutchlow upped the wick just at the right time to lap almost three seconds quicker than Jorge Lorenzo who held provisional pole for the first few minutes.

Only Yamaha’s Valentino Rossi could get within a second of Crutchlow’s time to take second on the grid, with Maverick Vinales joining the duo on the front row.

Dani Pedrosa will start fourth and lead Repsol Honda after a crash for Marc Marquez prevented him from moving any higher than fifth.

Eugene Laverty starts sixth after a remarkable session and it could have have been even higher had he not tipped off while looking set to move onto the front row with an even quicker lap at the end of the session.

Scott Redding heads up row three as fastest Ducati, ahead of factory counterpart Andrea Iannone with Jorge Lorenzo, whose wet weather nightmare continues, in ninth.

Andrea Dovizioso recorded the tenth fastest time but was taken to the medical centre after a heavy crash at Aintree towards the end of the session. Jack Miller also slipped off but walked away unhurt. 

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