Motorcycling: Crutchlow on pole for home British GP

Sat Sep 3, 2016 10:18am EDT
 
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(Reuters) - British rider Cal Crutchlow followed up his Czech Grand Prix victory with pole position in a wet qualifying for his home MotoGP race at Silverstone on Saturday.

The first Briton in 35 years to win in the top category of grand prix motorcycling put his non-works LCR Honda on the front of the grid with Italian great Valentino Rossi second for Yamaha.

Spaniard Maverick Vinales completed the front row on a Suzuka.

Championship leader Marc Marquez, on a Honda, qualified only fifth fastest after a late crash while Yamaha's reigning world champion Jorge Lorenzo starts a distant ninth.

The pole was Crutchlow's third in MotoGP.

(Reporting by Alan Baldwin in Monza, editing by Rex Gowar)

 
LCR Honda MotoGP rider Cal Crutchlow of Britain rides during free practice 3 before the Australian Grand Prix on Phillip Island, October 17, 2015. REUTERS/Brandon Malone