Pol ahead of Aleix Expargaró – this time the younger of the two brothers was faster on his Repsol Honda and took a sensational pole position for the British Grand Prix.

Pol on pole in front of Bagnaia and Quartararo

The fairy tale of the supposedly uncompetitive 2020 Honda RC213V persisted this season as well. However, it was a pure invention, as we have been making clear over and over again for exactly one year. Invented by HRC test driver Stefan Bradl and then gratefully adopted by various sensational journalists. Honda team boss Alberto Puig made it clear several times that this was total nonsense. They would have the only problem with their riders, and yet this year this nonsense kept coming up on the table. Since Marquez’s victory in Sachsenring, voices in this regard have been a little quieter, and now it was his new team-mate, of all people, who made such claims ad absurdum. Pol Espargaró surprisingly starts from pole position in the Grand Prix of England on Sunday.

Johann Zarco (Pramac Ducati Racing) was the fastest man in Q1 and in the second qualifying the fast Frenchman made it into the third row, beating both Suzuki drivers and the best KTM with Binder.

Old master Rossi showed many boys the rear wheel

While Aleix Espargaró made sure that an Aprilia is also represented in the front rows with P6, Valentino Rossi once again demonstrated his qualities. The veteran will start the race from row three on one of his five favourite tracks, according to his own statement. Right in front of him is his former nemesis Marc Marquez, and behind him harassed by a number of young savages such as Brad Binder, Joan Mir, Enea Bastianini and half-brother Luca Marini. The least convincing on Saturday was KTM ace Miguel Oliveira, who has looked battered since his crash in Spielberg. It is very difficult to make a prognosis for the race on Sunday because qualifying often gives little information about the racing pace of different drivers. That’s why you shouldn’t write off the people on row 4 too early. In this respect, the men in the first two rows are not automatically the top favourites for the Grand Prix of England, which certainly increases the tension.

Fabio Quartararo was not satisfied with qualifying because he felt a lot of unrest in the chassis of his Monster Energy Yamaha and was therefore unable to fully attack. But the fast man from Nice is quite confident for Saturday.

The starting grid of all 3 classes at a glance

In Moto3, there was the biggest surprise when World Championship leader Pedro Acosta started in 22nd place. But in the smallest class, this does not mean that the young Spaniard has no chance for the race. Despite the violent crash on Friday, the brave Marco Bezzecchi managed to take pole position in Moto2, while Remy Gardner and Raul Fernandez, who are currently leading in the World Championship, have to make do with the second row of the grid. As in the premier class, very exciting races can be expected in the middle and junior categories. Despite the partly dark clouds in Silverstone, it should stay dry, as on the first two days.

The sky over the Silverstone Circuit on Friday afternoon was often quite dark, but it stayed dry and according to the prognosis this should stay that way on Sunday.

The Silverstone Circuit

The status of all classes in the World Championship at a glance

The schedule for the GP of England

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