(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)