Alvaro Bautista claimed the first premier class pole position of his career after an incident packed qualifying hour at Silverstone.
The former 125cc world champion timed his lap to perfection just before rain started to fall on the track. While the shower was not heavy, just a light sprinkling, it was enough to cause Ben Spies to run wide at Beckets while on a fast lap. The American however was very satisfied with the second fastest time in the session and it was clear that this was a turning point for him.
Having struggled with the Yamaha throughout the season he has looked much more competitive this weekend and has been in the top three in each dry weather session.
Casey Stoner’s run of consecutive podiums ended in Barcelona but he has put himself in position to challenge for the win tomorrow by starting on the outside of the front row. The reigning champion, and Jorge Lorenzo, both tried to improve their times late in the session but the shower made it impossible to do so; Lorenzo will line up fourth.
Dani Pedrosa was fifth fastest and will line up alongside Hector Barbera who equalled his career best qualifying position with sixth. The Pramac Ducati rider set his time in the early stages of qualifying and ended the session easily the fastest Ducati.
Nicky Hayden and Valentino Rossi both crashed at Club corner having tucked the front with little warning and had to settle for seventh and ninth positions respectively.
With Cal Crutchlow unable to take part in qualifying it fell to Andrea Dovizioso to represent the Tech 3 team. The Italian looked out of sorts and wound up eighth on the grid for tomorrow’s race.