Zarka breaks the Silverstone circuit record on pole

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Stunning Q2: Eight drivers break Marco Marquez’s old lap record as Aleix Espargaro rescues second row after FP4 epic crash

Johann Zarka (Prima Pramac Racing) will start from pole position for the Monster Energy British Grand Prix after setting a new all-time lap record at Silverstone. With a superb 1:57.767, the Frenchman was 0.098s clear of second-placed Maverick Viñales (Aprilia Racing), while Jack Miller (Ducati Lenovo Team) took the front row in P3. And after a huge crash in FP4, Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia Racing) salvaged a heroic P6 to finish just 0.199s from pole – sensational for the Spaniard.

In the battle for pole position, Alex Marquez (LCR Honda Castrol) saw early drama unfold when the Spaniard crashed at the Vale chicane. Enea Bastianini (Gresini Racing MotoGP™) was fastest and went faster again on his final flying lap to seal 1st place, while Ducati teammate Marco Bececki (Mooney VR46 Racing Team) snatched 2nd place from Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) on ​​his final lap to advance to Q2.

Stunning 2nd block in Silverstone

After a huge climb at Turn 12 in FP4, a bruised Aleix Espargaro returned to the track after medicals confirmed he had no fractures. Meanwhile, after the first few flying laps, Martin produced a quality early banker to edge out team-mate Zarc by less than a tenth – 1:58.377 was the time to take the win.

Quartarara then improved his time by 0.118s, while Miller moved up to P2, 0.001s behind the Frenchman. Espargar’s first attempt was 1.6 seconds off the pace of Quartararo, but it was just a practice run to see how he felt. New tires were fitted and the number 41 was brought back to see how far it could go up the grid – just being there was impressive enough.