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MotoGP Silverstone: Bautista takes debut pole; Rossi crashes

San Carlo Honda's Alvaro Bautista has taken his first-ever MotoGP pole position at Silverstone this afternoon as a late shower of rain was enough to keep his lap at the top of the timesheet with Ben Spies in second place and Casey Stoner third.

But it was bad news for the Ducati team as both Nicky Hayden and Valentino Rossi had identical crashes at the same corner which prevented either rider from improving their laptimes in the final classification.

Rossi went down at the appropriately-named Vale corner, losing the front on the brakes in the same place as he had a big moment this morning, and half an hour later Hayden did the exact same thing. The pair ended in tenth and seventh place respectively.

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Bautista lapped in 2'03.303 for the quickest time of a weekend that has suffered mixed weather conditions with Spies going a second faster than his best free practice but using the harder compound Bridgestones where Bautista used the softer versions.

With the works team having woes, it was left to Hector Barbera to uphold the Ducati name, getting a tow from Jorge Lorenzo to bag sixth place on his third lap of 18 while Lorenzo himself is at the top of the second row. Fellow Spaniard Dani Pedrosa finished in fifth place.

The sole Monster Yamaha of Andrea Dovizioso occupies eighth spot with Stefan Bradl, who is nursing an injured finger from this crash his morning in ninth and Rossi tenth.

Aleix Espargaro nipped ahead of his team-mate Randy De Puniet for top spot in the CRT class with Yonny Hernandez in third. Colin Edwards elevated himself to 15th with James Ellison 17th but setting his fastest lap of the weekend so far.

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