One of the biggest events on the motorcycling calendar will get underway at Silverstone today.
Moto GP is expected to attract up to 100,000 fans, some of whom started arriving at campsites near the Northamptonshire racetrack on Friday (15 June).
Spaniard Alvaro Bautista claimed a shock pole position after home favourite Cal Crutchlow sprained an ankle in a crash during practice yesterday morning. He lost control of his Yamaha at high speed in turn 13 in cold and wet conditions, resulting in him missing the afternoon qualifying session.
Spaniard Bautista (San Carlo Honda Gresini) clocked two minutes 3.303 seconds to top qualifying ahead of American Ben Spires (Yamaha Factory) and Australia's defending champion Casey Stoner (Repsol Honda).
Championship leader Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha Factory), who leads the standings by 20 points from Stoner, was fourth fastest.
Ducati Nicky Hayden and Valentino Rossi both suffered crashes at Vale corner during qualifying.
Hayden posted a time good enough for seventh on the grid before crashing out, while Rossi recovered from a crash at the start of the session to qualify in 10th.