Ben Spies secured his first front row start of the season with a close second place in qualifying for the British MotoGP.

The Texan, just eleventh in the championship after five troublesome rounds, has been strong throughout the Silverstone weekend and led the qualifying session at the halfway stage.

Alvaro Bautista then moved ahead and Spies saw what would be his final run spoilt when he misjudged his entry to the fast Maggotts section.

The arrival of light rain then ended any hopes of a further pole attack, leaving Spies 0.106s from Bautista.

"It was difficult conditions today again, like yesterday but it was the same for everybody. We tried our hardest, I'm happy for the team as they gave me a great bike and we set our best time with the hard rear tyre," said the Factory Yamaha star.

"When I put the soft one on we were a couple of tenths up then I made a mistake and hit the curb, I had a good lap going but messed it up. I'm just happy to be on the front row and working well with the team, let's see what tomorrow brings."

"The front row is very important. I think it could have been possible to get pole but unfortunately Ben ran off so we lost the opportunity," added team director Massimo Meregalli.

"The pace of our bikes is very good and everything is working pretty well, including the weather forecast for tomorrow. We'll wait and see how it is but we're optimistic and looking forward to the race."

Spies, who took his first MotoGP podium at Silverstone in 2010, has finished a bets of eighth so far this year.

Team-mate and title leader Jorge Lorenzo will start from fourth place.


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