Moto2 rookie Marc Marquez has taken pole position for the British Moto2 Grand Prix at Silverstone, ahead of home hero Scott Redding.

Marquez and Redding battled for pole for most of the session, but the Le Mans winner finished with 0.497sec in hand over his fellow Suter rider.

World championship leader Stefan Bradl, who had been on pole for all five previous rounds this year, snatched the last place on the front row on his penultimate lap.

A big crash for Axel Pons then reduced the chances of final lap improvements and the front row remained unchanged.

Jules Cluzel will head row two, alongside Simone Corsi and Michele Pirro, who were also the final riders within one-second of Marquez.

Bradley Smith suffered a torrid session in font of his home fans, with suspected electrical problems preventing his Tech 3 machine from running properly - forcing him back into the pits time and time again.

The Englishman did his best to keep his frustration under control, but didn't please the officials by riding the wrong way down pit lane.

Tech 3's MotoGP mechanics pitched in to try and cure the mystery problem, and Smith was able to get a few laps in at the very end of the session, putting him 28th on the grid.

While Smith's problems were clear, 2011 race winner Andrea Iannone could only qualify 33rd, despite completing 17 laps.

Qualifying - Silverstone:

1. Marquez (Suter) 2m 8.101s
2. Redding (Suter) +0.497s
3. Bradl (Kalex) +0.517s
4. Cluzel (Suter) +0.822s
5. Corsi (FTR) +0.875s
6. Pirro (Moriwaki) +0.920s
7. A. Espargaro (Pons Kalex) +1.115s
8. Krummenacher (Kalex) +1.314s
9. di Meglio (Tech 3) +1.426s
10. de Angelis (MotoBI) +1.545s

24. Coghlan (FTR) +2.450s
28. Smith (Tech 3) +2.703s


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