Marc Marquez has secured pole position for tomorrow’s Moto GP round at Silverstone Circuit in England, marking his tenth of the season in just twelve races.
The Spaniard has been in sensational form this season, claiming ten wins to give himself a 77-point lead at the top of the riders’ standings, with Moto GP being the premier class of motorcycle racing.
In fact, his fourth-place finish at the Czech Republic Grand Prix two weeks ago was his lowest-ever finish in a Moto GP race since making his debut at the beginning of last year. In 2013, he became the first rookie to win the world championship since Kenny Roberts in 1978, as well as the youngest ever world champion.
At Silverstone today, Marquez bounced back from a crash in practice to secure pole position by three-tenths of a second from Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso. Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo will start the race from third place ahead of Aleix Espargaro and Marquez’s Honda teammate and closest championship rival, Dani Pedrosa.
Nine-time world champion Valentino Rossi starts sixth ahead of Bradley Smith, who qualified as the top Briton at Silverstone.
Marquez will be hoping to extend his championship lead tomorrow by winning at Silverstone’s last Moto GP event before the planned move of the British motorcycle Grand Prix to a new circuit in Wales.
At this rate, the Spaniard looks set to clinch his second world title on home soil at Motorland Aragon at the end of September.
MotorSportsTalk continues its review of the Verizon IndyCar Series field, driver-by-driver, with a look at Ryan Briscoe. Despite not having a ride to start the year, Briscoe ended strongly courtesy of a series of strong runs at Schmidt Peterson Motorsports.
Ryan Briscoe, No. 5 Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda
- 2014: 11th Place, Best Finish 4th, Best Start 4th, 1 Top-5, 11 Top-10, 5 Laps Led, 12.8 Avg. Start, 10.6 Avg. Finish
- 2015: 18th Place (8 starts), Best Finish 5th, Best Start 2nd, 1 Top-5, 4 Top-10, 10 Laps Led, 17.8 Avg. Start, 12.0 Avg. Finish
For those who slag on Briscoe as being undeserving of top level equipment, his 2015 second half provided a friendly reminder of his overall ability level in what might be less than the best machinery.
Briscoe was thrust into the No. 5 car under trying circumstances to begin with, getting all of an hour’s worth practice replacing the injured James Hinchcliffe ahead of the Indianapolis 500. But subsequent drives on the ovals there, Texas, Fontana, Milwaukee and Iowa – even if the results were less than ideal – showcased a driver determined to show to the paddock he still had it, and then some. His defense against Juan Pablo Montoya in Sonoma was nothing short of brilliant, and courtesy of double points he actually finished ahead of full-season driver Stefano Coletti.
The Australian immediately gelled with the SPM team, engineer Allen McDonald and race strategist Robert Gue. He continues to prove he’s an asset, as he has enjoyed multiple opportunities to extend his career in various arenas of motorsport in both open-wheel and sports cars, the latter of which he won at both the Rolex 24 at Daytona and the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring with Corvette Racing this year.
Following an early retirement for Mercedes AMG Petronas teammate Nico Rosberg, Lewis Hamilton has closed even more on his third Formula 1 World Championship.
View it above in the race recap from the 2015 Russian Grand Prix.