SILVERSTONE: Honda's Spanish rider Alvaro Bautista will start from pole in today's British MotoGP after posting the fastest time in qualifying here yesterday.
Bautista earned his first MotoGP pole position by edging out American Ben Spies on a Yamaha by 106 thousandths of a second with Australian world champion Casey Stoner taking third at 0.120s.
The 2006 125cc world champion posted a time 0.2s outside the track record set by former MotoGP champion Jorge Lorenzo in 2010.
Lorenzo came in fourth fastest in qualifying, less than half a second behind his compatriot.
Former multiple champion Valentino Rossi could manage only 10th in the dry conditions.
British rider Cal Crutchlow is in danger of missing his home race for the second successive year after suffering a heavy crash on his Yamaha in final practice.
Crutchlow lost control of his bike at Chapel corner and after landing awkwardly was initially diagnosed with a left-ankle sprain.
He was taken to hospital after the ankle swelled up to undergo further tests.
Although he missed qualifying there is still a chance he could start the race from the back of the grid.
Crutchlow was unable to take part in last year's race after crashing in qualifying. AFP