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British GP | Jorge Lorenzo bolts to pole position in delayed and wet qualifying

Ducati locked out the front row at Silverstone, after qualifying was delayed due to the helicopter being away from the track.

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British GP | Jorge Lorenzo bolts to pole position in delayed and wet qualifying
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Jorge Lorenzo claims his 67th pole position, emerging from a rather frustrating (and soggy) qualifying session in Great Britain, which was delayed due to safety concerns.

The Spaniard managed to grab the top spot for tomorrow, along with his teammate Andrea Dovizioso. Championship leader Marc Marquez finished in 5th, whereas the Yamaha duo is down in 11th and 12th.

Bradley Smith found a proper way to ignite his home crowd at Silverstone, as he conquered the top spot in Q1 to advance to the fight for pole. The first eliminatory was delayed owing to rain and unsafe track conditions. Alex Rins was able to sneak into Q2, bouncing back handsomely from his aquaplaning crash in FP4. Speaking about crashes, Tito Rabat ruled himself out of the weekend as he fell and suffered a huge impact with Franco Morbidelli's bike right after, in the closing practice session. The Reale Avintia Racing rider was transferred to the Coventry University Hospital and was promptly sedated, as the pain he was feeling in his legs was excruciating. Further reports provided thorougher information on his state: Rabat was hospitalised apparently with fractured tibia, fibula and femur.

A hefty break between Q1 and Q2 followed, as there was no air ambulance available to get the clock flowing. The pole shootout was affected by the track being still heavily drenched, which did not allow any riders to attempt a gamble on slicks in the first stages. The man who braved the tricky conditions was Jack Miller on his Alma Pramac Ducati.

In the end Jorge Lorenzo came out on top, 0159s clear of his teammate Andrea Dovizioso, to conquer a surprise pole at Silverstone. Johann Zarco completed the front row with his Yamaha Tech 3. The first Honda is Cal Crutchlow's, as the Briton cruises to P4 ahead of reigning world champion Marc Marquez. Danilo Petrucci closes the second row ahead of Suzuki's Iannone and Bradley Smith.

Jack Miller and Alex Rins round up the top 10 in front of the Yamaha duo, once again bewildered by the lack of performance from their M1.
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