Crutchlow storms to wet Silverstone pole

Cal Crutchlow will start the British MotoGP from pole position having survived a late challenge from Eugene Laverty, who crashed on his final lap.

On a cold and very wet afternoon at Silverstone, Crutchlow delighted the British fans as he pushed hard on his opening lap to slide into P1 with a 2:19.265.

With the rain growing heavier and conditions worsening, none of his rivals were able to even get close to his lap time, at least not until Laverty's final lap.

The Aspar MotoGP rider was up on Crutchlow's time through the second sector only to crash at Turn 12.

He finished P6 while Valentino Rossi and Maverick Vinales joined Crutchlow on the front row of the grid.

Dani Pedrosa, Marc Marquez, who was thrown from his Honda at Copse corner, and Laverty will make up the second row of the grid.

Scott Redding, Andrea Iannone, Jorge Lorenzo and Andrea Dovizioso completed the top ten.

Dovizioso, though, is a concern as the factory Ducati rider crashed at Turn 15 and may have re-injured his knee.

Jack Miller was another rider to crash in Q2 as all his hard work in making it through Q1 came to naught. He finished P12 on the day.

Meanwhile Monster Tech 3 Yamaha rider Alex Lowes, who is making his MotoGP debut as he stands in for the injured Bradley Smith, qualified in 16th place.

1 Cal CRUTCHLOW LCR Honda 2'19.265    
2 Valentino ROSSI Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 2'20.263 0.998
3 Maverick VIÑALES Team SUZUKI ECSTAR 2'20.514 1.249
4 Dani PEDROSA Repsol Honda Team 2'20.742 1.477
5 Marc MARQUEZ Repsol Honda Team 2'20.779 1.514
6 Eugene LAVERTY Pull & Bear Aspar Team 2'20.821 1.556
7 Scott REDDING OCTO Pramac Yakhnich 2'21.074 1.809
8 Andrea IANNONE Ducati Team 2'21.446 2.181
9 Jorge LORENZO Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 2'21.687 2.422
10 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati Team     2'22.420 3.155
11 Aleix ESPARGARO Team SUZUKI ECSTAR 2'25.285 6.020
12 Jack MILLER Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS no time
13 Loris BAZ Avintia Racing 2'18.552
14 Danilo PETRUCCI OCTO Pramac Yakhnich 2'18.657
15 Pol ESPARGARO Monster Yamaha Tech 3 2'18.871
16 Alex LOWES Monster Yamaha Tech 3 2'18.900
17 Stefan BRADL Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 2'19.115
18 Hector BARBERA Avintia Racing 2'19.125
19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 2'20.299
20 Yonny HERNANDEZ Pull & Bear Aspar Team 2'21.255
21 Tito RABAT Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS 2'21.774