I can't remember a more intense minutes at a track. In final qualifying session Jorge Lorenzo
shattered Casey Stoner's outright lap record at Silverstone, he came in to get a new tyre and had an
iPod thrust in front of his visor. It told him that that Marquez guy had done one fast lap and was a
couple of hundredths slower. Jorge had as usual been been perfect, Marquez's fast lap included a near
highside at Woodcotenot a slow corner.
Jorge snapped his visor shut, went out again, and went faster.
So Marquez went out again and went even faster. Jorge returned to parc ferme with the look of man on
leave from the trenches of the First World War. Casey Stoner's 2011 pole time was 2min 2.020 sec.
Jorge beat it by over 1.2sec. Marquez went another 0.12sec faster.
Third-place Cal Crutchlow was a further 0.6sec further back. Valentino was 1.4sec slower than poleValentino! Jorge looked like he'd left more out on track in a 15-minute session than he usually does
in a whole GP. It was a completely and utterly epic moment that packed more drama and message than a
Pulitzer Prize winner. Jorge later tweeted that he was really happy with his days work. I'm not sure I
believe a word.
Crutchlow started the day by destroying one Yamaha in a 182mph crash then 45 minutes later he went
over the handlebars of his second bike. The Tech 3 team performed a small miracle to get one bike
ready for qualifying. Cal will race but he's repeated his arm-skinning trick from the Sachsenring and
is not in good shape. Neither is Aleix Espargaro who had his neck wrenched in several direction when
he rattled over a curb with his Aprilia on top of him. He walked away but is being very carefully
|Jorge returned to parc ferme with the look of man on
leave from the trenches of the First World War.|
Today Lorenzo and Marquez made the rest look pedestrian. Pedrosa 0.9 sec off pole? Rossi even further
back? It feels like the planets are re-aligning.