Intermittent heavy downpours disrupted Saturday’s usual proceedings at Silverstone. The MotoGP FP4 session was red-flagged when several riders crashed in a matter of seconds, due to a pool of water created by the rain at the braking point of turn seven.

After several delays due to the track’s safety conditions, QP1 took place on a wet surface; unfortunately, Dani Pedrosa failed to improve enough to qualify for QP2 and will start the race from the sixth row of the grid.

QP2 was also delayed before finally taking place on a partially wet track. With the fifth-fastest time, Marc Marquez secured a second-row start for tomorrow’s British GP, which has had its start time moved forward to 11:30 a.m. due to the risk of heavy rain in the afternoon.

Marc Marquez

5th 2'11.083

“I’m satisfied with the result because the conditions were very special today, in that it wasn’t as a ‘flag-to-flag’ situation, with the track passing from dry to wet or vice-versa. Here, we had one part of the track completely wet and the other part completely dry. I struggled a bit, maybe because my riding style is somewhat aggressive, or maybe I wasn’t able to find the right balance. Anyway, we saved the day and we’re on the second row, just a few metres from the front, which is positive. It looks like tomorrow could be another tricky day, possibly with heavy rain, so it will be important to analyse the track conditions and try to stay up there. We also must consider that if the conditions are like what we had at the end of FP4, we cannot race. The aquaplaning was very dangerous; I nearly crashed, and many other riders fell almost one after the other. Depending on the situation, Race Direction needs to evaluate what to do, but they have a lot of experience and I’m sure they’ll make the best decision.”

Dani Pedrosa

16th 2'14.866

“I missed the passage to Q2, and it was my mistake; the team had done a great job. I was feeling good because when the track is half and half, the tyres warm up a lot in the dry sector and get into a good temperature by the time you hit the wet part. Actually, they even had too much temperature, and that’s why I slowed down before going for a final flying lap. Watching the big screen, I calculated that I could make it, but I missed it by just a fraction—my fault completely. Now we’ll see what happens tomorrow. Forecasts are for steady rain, and that can be a problem. I wasn’t on track at the end of FP4 when the aquaplaning problem arose, but I saw what happened and Marc said it was very dangerous out there. We must wait and see what conditions there are tomorrow.”

MotoGP 2018
Qualifying Round 12   Great Britain

Qualifying Results

Mixed
Humidity
59%
Track Temp
24°C
Air Temp
16°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Lorenzo Jorge 99 SPA Ducati Team Ducati 2'10.155
2 Dovizioso Andrea 4 ITA Ducati Team Ducati 2'10.314 / 0.159
3 Zarco Johann 5 FRA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 2'10.439 / 0.284
4 Crutchlow Cal 35 GBR LCR Honda Honda 2'10.615 / 0.460
5 Marquez Marc 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 2'11.083 / 0.928
6 Petrucci Danilo 9 ITA Alma Pramac Racing Ducati 2'11.317 / 1.162
7 Iannone Andrea 29 ITA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 2'11.495 / 1.340
8 Smith Bradley 38 GBR Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 2'11.514 / 1.359
9 Miller Jack 43 AUS Alma Pramac Racing Ducati 2'12.173 / 2.018
10 Rins Alex 42 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 2'12.504 / 2.349
11 Vinales Maverick 25 SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 2'12.514 / 2.359
12 Rossi Valentino 46 ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 2'13.504 / 3.349
13 Morbidelli Franco 21 ITA EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 2'13.945 Q1
14 Redding Scott 45 GBR Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 2'14.171 / 0.831
15 Luthi Tom 12 SWI EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 2'14.198 / 0.858
16 Pedrosa Dani 26 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 2'14.866 / 1.526
17 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 2'15.141 / 1.801
18 Baz Loris 76 FRA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 2'15.299 / 1.959
19 Nakagami Takaaki 30 JPN LCR Honda Honda 2'15.377 / 2.037
20 Abraham Karel 17 CZE Angel Nieto Team Ducati 2'15.721 / 2.381
21 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA Angel Nieto Team Ducati 2'16.106 / 2.766
22 Simeon Xavier 10 BEL Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 2'16.451 / 3.111
23 Syahrin Hafizh 55 MAL Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 2'16.483 / 3.143
24 Rabat Tito 53 SPA Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 2'02.640 FP3
Location Information

The Silverstone Circuit is long, fast and flowing, with a lot of fast changes of direction and a mixture of corners: the stadium section from Abbey through the Loop to Aintree is tight and technical, Woodcote and Copse are long and fast, the Maggotts/Becketts complex a bit of both. It… read more.

Length 5.900 kilometres / 3.666 miles
Width 17 metres
Left corners 8
Right corners 10
Longest straight 0.770 kilometres / 0.478 miles
Constructed 1948
Modified 2011

Silverstone Circuit, Towcester, United Kingdom - View in Google Maps

www.silverstone.co.uk

Records

Pole Position 1m 59.941s (177.0 km/h) Marc Marquez (Honda, 2017)
Race Lap 2m 01.560s (174.7 km/h) Marc Marquez (Honda, 2017)
Race Time 40m 45.496s (173.7 km/h) Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati, 2017)
2017 Race Winner Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati)