Sam Lowes has made it two pole positions at the British Grand Prix in two years, after continuing his domination at Silverstone into this afternoon’s qualifying session to take the top spot from title rival Johann Zarco by nearly half a second.
However, with intermittent rain throughout the session, Lowes left it to the last minutes of the day to take the top spot, setting a time that was unassailable by anyone.
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With him and Zarco clear of the field, it was left to the wet weather experts of the Moto2 class to dice it out for the final front row spot, with Brno winner Jonas Folger taking the place by a tiny 0.004 from a resurgent Alex Marquez.
Hafizh Syahrin was fifth, ahead of Franco Morbidelli, while the third row consisted of Isaac Viñales, Lorenzo Baldassarri and Simone Corsi.
Importantly for the title fight, second-place man Alex Rins was a distant 19th, as he struggles with a collarbone broken during training last week, while reigning Moto3 world champion and winner of last year’s British Grand prix in that class Danny Kent was 12th
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