Frenchman Johann Zarco (Ducati-Pramac), 3rd in the MotoGP World Championship, will start the British Grand Prix after signing pole position and a new Silverstone circuit record on Saturday.
One of the most experienced riders in the discipline, Zarco, still looking for his first victory in the elite of motorcycle speed, will be accompanied on the front row on Sunday by the Spaniard Maverick Vinales (Aprilia) and the Australian Jack Miller ( Ducati).
The other Frenchman Fabio Quartararo, leader of the championship, will start 4th.
POLE POSITION FOR @JohannZarco1!
The lap record has been SMASHED!
🙌#BritishGP 🇬🇧 pic.twitter.com/upWjIRSvwn
— MotoGP™🏁 (@MotoGP) August 6, 2022
This is the second time this season that Zarco has set the fastest qualifying time.
The 8th pole position in the queen category for the 32-year-old from Cannes.
This one, he took it with style: in 1 min 57 sec and 767/1000 he pulverized the old circuit record held by Spaniard Marc Marquez (1:58.168), who is still recovering after his another arm operation.
On the second row with Quartararo, we will find the Italian Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati), 4th in the World Championship, and the Spaniard Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia), 2nd in the championship 21 points behind the Frenchman, who had suffered a heavy fall during the fourth and final free practice session.
Very big fall for Aleix Espargaro 💥
The Spaniard suffered a huge highside, and is leaving on a stretcher, but he is well aware 😩#BritishGP 🇬🇧 |
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— CANAL+ MotoGP™ (@CanalplusMotoGP) August 6, 2022
Espargaro had been thrown off his motorcycle while gliding into a fast corner.
Evacuated on a stretcher at first, the 33-year-old driver then got up, visibly stunned, then joined by walking, supported by two people, the Silverstone circuit medical center which had declared him fit for the future. .