Márquez and Morbidelli qualify on the front row at Silverstone
Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS riders Álex Márquez and Franco Morbidelli will both start from the front row of the grid for tomorrow’s Moto2 race at Silverstone.
Márquez will bid for his third win of the season in the British Grand Prix after qualifying second fastest, while teammate Morbidelli starts from position three.
Both Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS riders were within 0.245s of pole position, taken by Mattia Pasini in a tightly contested session.
But it is the race pace displayed by Márquez that has the young Spaniard full of confidence for the 18-lap race on the sweeping 5.9km Silverstone Circuit.
Márquez set his fastest lap in the opening minutes of the session but then found no improvement when he switched to the harder compound tyre.
And even with a late switch back to a soft compound Dunlop tyre Márquez failed to improve on his sizzling performance earlier in the session.
In what was surely a dress rehearsal for tomorrow’s race Morbidelli tagged along with Pasini in an absorbing late session contest as both riders attempted to improve their lap times.
The winner of seven out of 11 races this season Morbidelli was delighted with his front row performance and his improved pace after being unhappy with his speed in the opening practice sessions on Friday.
Conditions for qualifying were near perfect, with clear weather and a warm track temperature of 35 degrees.
Álex Márquez: 2nd – 2’06.794
“I did my fast lap early in the session pushing alone on the soft tyre and then tried the hard tyre but it didn’t work for me. But I’m really happy for my race pace and I have a really good base for a strong race tomorrow, where I hope to improve my position in the championship. I am confident I can go for the victory in this race.”
Franco Morbidelli: 3rd – 2’06.817
“In the final minutes of the session I was running with Mattia Pasini, we were playing a little bit, and perhaps this was a preview of the race. I am happy with third place and with the improvement to the set-up for my race pace because I struggled in practice on Friday. I was not fast enough. Thanks to my crew for a really good job and hopefully we can find another small step in the warm-up and have a good race.”
Michael Bartholemy: Team Principal
“I’m happy with the front row positions for both Álex and Franco especially as our race pace is usually stronger than our competitors. Mattia Pasini got pole position and he was right on the limit but I think we are in the perfect position to see a nice race from the Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS riders. I expect to see both Álex and Franco on the podium tomorrow.”