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Marc Marquez became the first motorcycle rider to break the two-minute lap time at Silverstone, on his way to a close pole position for the British MotoGP.

The reigning world champion and 2017 title leader was visibly on the limit, making multiple saves as both the front and rear of his Repsol Honda cried enough before putting it all together for the new lap record.

But it was only enough to beat Valentino Rossi by just 0.084s, while home hero Cal Crutchlow completed a front row covered by just 0.165s.

 

 

While Honda riders Marquez and Crutchlow both chose the hard front and soft rear tyre combination, while Rossi ran the medium front.

Row two of the grid will be formed by Rossi's Movistar Yamaha team-mate Maverick Vinales(medium-soft), plus the factory Ducatis of Jorge Lorenzo (medium-soft) and Andrea Dovizioso (hard-soft).

Johann Zarco, Aleix Espargaro and Jonas Folger were the final riders within one-second of Marquez.

Pol Espargaro will start tenth for KTM tenth, after a fall, while Scott Redding begins his final home grand prix for Pramac Ducati from twelfth on the grid.

Team-mate Danilo Petrucci was among the riders to miss out on Qualifying 2, falling during Qualifying 1, in which Dani Pedrosa and Jonas Folger were fastest.

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