Factory Yamaha star Jorge Lorenzo believed he had done enough to secure pole position for the British MotoGP – but the reigning world champion was usurped by Honda rival Marc Marquez.
Lorenzo smashed the circuit record on his opening lap in Q2 with a time of 2m 01.497s, but championship leader Marquez responded almost immediately, hitting back to take the top spot.
Each time Lorenzo raised the bar, Marquez had something in reserve and in the end the Yamaha rider had to settle for second place on the front row at Silverstone, albeit only 0.128 seconds behind the Repsol Honda rider, who obliterated Casey Stoner's pole record by a massive 1.329s.
“It's not fantastic because we didn't make pole position. I was surprised about the improvement from the pace lap to the qualifying lap, it was a big jump, almost one second and a half,” said Lorenzo.
“When I saw my lap time on my bike I thought I made pole position but when I saw the classification I saw P2 and was disappointed as I put all my effort into the lap, but it wasn't enough.
“Race pace is good but we have to see where the others are tomorrow.”