MotoGP champion Marc Marquez made it four poles in a row and became the first rider to break the two-minute barrier at Silverstone on Saturday.

The Repsol Honda star admitted to feeling sore after Friday's big highside at Becketts and also began Saturday with handling issues to solve after the 'stable' set-up, which worked so well in Austria, didn't suit the fast and flowing British circuit.

That meant creating a more unstable bike, but this time the Spaniard was able to feel the limit and use his talent to deliver the lap time.

"When I woke up this morning my body was a bit 'lazy' because after yesterday’s crash, especially the first one, it was a little bit painful everywhere," Marquez said. "But during the day we improve a lot. I was feeling better with the bike, so for that reason I was able to take a little bit more risk.

"In the last races, I was able to have a more stable bike, easier to ride and also competitive, even in the Misano test. But already yesterday I saw that here was not working well. I was able to be fast, but I was struggling with the feeling. As soon as I take a risk I crash.

"Then we changed completely the set-up. This created a bike that is a little bit more unstable, but we improve a little bit that feeling. Same speed and better feeling, so this is the most important."

Marquez insisted he didn't expect to break the two-minute barrier.

"Honestly I didn’t expect to go 1:59, but when I put the soft rear I felt extra grip and then I was pushing my maximum of course. Here it's so difficult to make the perfect lap when you are alone because it’s a very long lap, many corners. But anyway we did, but the most important for tomorrow is that the rhythm is not so bad.

"At the moment in 5,6,7 laps, I can keep a good rhythm like in FP4. The bike is shaking, but the lap time is coming. If it’s shaking and the lap time is coming, then it's not a problem.

"Still we need to improve a few points in the warmup. Try to do another step, and on the race it will be difficult because many riders have a good pace. The top four riders in the championship have a good rhythm, plus Cal that here is riding really good, really fast.

"Will be a tough race. It depends on the weather. It depends on the track temperature. I think it will be a long race. 20 laps here is difficult because you need to take care about the bumps, about many things.

"In the end, I will race the same here as in Austria," he added, referring to his last-turn attempt to pass Andrea Dovizioso. "All points are important and if you can get one more point, you need to try. "

Valentino Rossi and Cal Crutchlow will start alongside Marquez on the front row.



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