Martin Snatches Silverstone Pole after Late Scramble

by Louis Suddaby
Jorge Martin - Silverstone - Pole Position

Jorge Martin grabbed his seventh pole position of the 2018 Moto3 season after a frantic finish to qualifying at Silverstone. The Gresini rider found grip where others couldn’t after a mid-session rain shower, enabling him to edge out Jaume Masia and Lorenzo Dalla Porta. Championship leader Marco Bezzecchi paid the price for a crash on his last lap, winding up eleventh.

With this morning’s session largely inconclusive due to overnight rain, there was very little form to work with heading into qualifying but the championship contenders were both keen to get a banker lap in. It appeared as though the two both had the same idea though as Martin attempted to let Bezzecchi pass, thus using the KTM for a slipstream, but the strategy certainly did not gain approval from the Italian.

Bezzecchi’s initial lap had given him provisional pole, his time of 2:13.962 already faster than the free-practice benchmark, but the PruestelGP rider dropped back behind Fabio Di Giannantonio and Gabriel Rodrigo who both set faster lap times before the rain clouds opened. With that, the session appeared to be over, with Aron Canet even venturing out on wet tyres, but there would be one last sting in the tail.

With the sun back out, the riders flooded back on track for one last attempt and red sectors began to illuminate the timing screens. Martin’s were the fastest of all though as he clocked a 2:13.292 to secure another stunning pole position, with Jaume Masia and Lorenzo Dalla Porta completing a surprising front row after also exploiting the grip of the track late on.

Albert Arenas will start fourth after edging out long-time polesitter Di Giannantonio while Tatsuki Suzuki relegated Rodrigo to seventh after the Argentine crashed moments before the chequered flag. Enea Bastianini and Nicolo Bulega make up the rest of row three, just ahead of Marcos Ramirez, while Bezzecchi must come through from eleventh to preserve his championship lead.

 

2018 Moto3 GoPro British Grand Prix (Qualifying)

PosRiderConstructorTeamBest Time
188. Jorge MartinHondaDel Conca Gresini Moto32:13.292
25. Jaume MasiaKTMBester Capital Dubai2:13.293
348. Lorenzo Dalla PortaHondaLeopard Racing2:13.313
475. Albert ArenasKTMAngel Nieto Team Moto32:13.443
521. Fabio Di GiannantonioHondaDel Conca Gresini Moto32:13.574
624. Tatsuki SuzukiHondaSIC58 Squadra Corse2:13.819
719. Gabriel RodrigoKTMRBA BOE Skull Rider2:13.839
833. Enea BastianiniHondaLeopard Racing2:13.885
98. Nicolo BulegaKTMSky Racing Team VR462:13.899
1042. Marcos RamirezKTMBester Capital Dubai2:13.940
1112. Marco BezzecchiKTMRedox PruestelGP2:13.962
1223. Niccolo AntonelliHondaSIC58 Squadra Corse2:14.009
1344. Aron CanetHondaEstrella Galicia 0,02:14.035
1465. Philipp OettlKTMSudmetal Schedl GP Racing2:14.052
157. Adam NorrodinHondaPetronas Sprinta Racing2:14.060
1622. Kazuki MasakiKTMRBA BOE Skull Rider2:14.140
1784. Jakub KornfeilKTMRedox PruestelGP2:14.183
1814. Tony ArbolinoHondaMarinelli Snipers Team2:14.284
1917. John McPheeKTMCIP - Green Power2:14.311
2071. Ayumu SasakiHondaPetronas Sprinta Racing2:14.370
2110. Dennis FoggiaKTMSky Racing Team VR462:14.603
2272. Alonso LopezHondaEstrella Galicia 0,02:14.946
2377. Vicente PerezKTMReale Avintia Academy 772:15.022
2441. Nakarin AtiratphuvapatHondaHonda Team Asia2:15.058
2516. Andrea MignoKTMAngel Nieto Team Moto32:15.134
2627. Kaito TobaHondaHonda Team Asia2:15.171
2740. Darryn BinderKTMRed Bull KTM Ajo2:15.424
2869. Tom Booth-AmosHondaLeopard Racing2:15.969
2981. Stefano NepaKTMCIP - Green Power2:16.098
3020. Jake ArcherKTMCity Lifting RS Racing2:17.227

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