MotoGP: Home Hero Crutchlow Secures Pole at Silverstone

LCR Honda Rider the First Briton on Pole for a Home GP Since Barry Sheene in 1977

LCR Honda MotoGP Team - Silverstone Circuit

Cal Crutchlow #35

Cal Crutchlow Silverstone Circuit Qualifying Action ShotPhoto courtesy of LCR Honda

Just two weeks after a maiden victory in the Czech Republic, the LCR Honda Team had more reason to celebrate at the British Grand Prix at Silverstone on Saturday, as their home rider Cal Crutchlow took his third career pole-position in the MotoGP World Championship, and first since 2013, before joining LCR.

With rain hitting the Northamptonshire circuit just minutes before the qualifying session, the 30 year-old was in his element as he steered his Honda RC213V through the puddles, eventually stopping the clock in a best time of 2’19.265, a second quicker than anybody else could manage in the treacherous conditions.

Crutchlow was already fourth-fastest in the dry but chilly morning practice, so is hopeful he can perform whatever the weather for Sunday’s race. He will start the 20-lap event as the first Briton on pole for a home MotoGP race since Barry Sheene did so in 1977, and the first for the LCR Honda Team since Stefan Bradl at Laguna Seca in 2013.

LCR Honda MotoGP Team - Silverstone Circuit

Cal Crutchlow #35

Cal Crutchlow Celebrates Third Career MotoGP World Championship Pole-PositionPhoto courtesy of LCR Honda

#35 Cal Crutchlow – 1st (2’19.265)

“We’ve all worked so hard for this, so it doesn’t come as a great surprise in the wet. In the dry or the wet though my pace is good, and I have felt great all weekend. I’ve been doing some small tests for Honda and it has been difficult jumping from bike to bike. Then in qualifying I made sure I pushed to the maximum to make sure I kept the front tyre up to temperature because we went with the harder option.”

“When I set the fastest lap we were three seconds clear and the rain was getting worse so I didn’t take any more risks after that because I didn’t want to crash out on the last lap. I was pleased with the way it went with the limited track time we had in the rain.”

“It’s a really good result for the LCR Honda Team, they are one of the hardest working outfits in the whole paddock. They never complain, and they keep backing me, so it’s great to be able to reward them today. I’m proud to get the pole position in the British Grand Prix and although it’s going to be long and difficult, I will be giving my best whatever.”

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