Vinales takes pole at Silverstone


Maverick Vinales stormed to the first pole position of his career with a stunning lap at the end of qualifying at Silverstone.

Vinales was on the pace throughout the session but it was Nico Terol who topped the times for the majority of the session, ultimately the championship leader had to settle for the second fastest time just 0.036s adrift of Vinales.

Even though Vinales will start from pole position the fact that his Aprilia is almost 5 kmp/h slower through the speed trap could tip the balance in Terol’s favour during the race. Vinales though has shown a clear head throughout his rookie season, highlighted by a superb tactical victory at Le Mans, so there is no reason to discount another victory tomorrow.

Johann Zarco snook onto the front row in the dying moments to end the session a shade quicker than his teammate, Efren Vazquez.

Zarco will be keen to make amends for his Barcelona penalty and finally win his first Grand Prix. The Frenchman has been in good form over the course of the weekend and should be able to challenge the leaders tomorrow. Whether Vazquez can also run at the front remains to be seen. The Spaniard has been inconsistent throughout 2011 but his spirits are sure to be buoyed following his qualifying success.

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