–Álvaro Bautista has qualified on pole for the first time in the MotoGP class. His previous best was 4th fastest in qualifying at Phillip Island last year when he was promoted to the front row due to Jorge Lorenzo withdrawing from the race.
-In second place on the grid is Ben Spies – his best qualifying result since the Indianapolis Grand Prix last year.
–Casey Stoner, who takes the final place on the front row, won at Silverstone last year by 15 seconds.
–Jorge Lorenzo heads the second row of the grid. He has finished either first or second in the opening five races of the year.
–Dani Pedrosa missed the British GP last year due to injury sustained in his crash at Le Mans, and in 2010 finished eighth at Silverstone.
-The highest-placed Ducati rider is Hector Barbera in sixth on the grid, which equals his previous best qualifying performances; at the German GP in 2010 and in Qatar last year.
-For the first time ever in the MotoGP class there are four Spanish riders qualified in the top six places on the grid.
–Nicky Hayden is starting from seventh place on the grid, which equals his qualifying result last year at Silverstone when he set the fastest lap of the race on his way to finishing fourth.
–Andrea Dovizioso is the eighth-fastest qualifier – his lowest grid position so far in 2012. Dovizioso is the only rider to finish on the podium for both of the last two years in MotoGP at Silverstone.
-Ninth on the grid, Stefan Bradl won the Moto2 race last year at Silverstone.
–Valentino Rossi starts from tenth place on the grid, which is three places higher than last year at Silverstone when he went on to finish sixth in the race.
-The highest-placed CRT rider in qualifying is Aleix Espargaro in tenth, with a time just 0.867 seconds slower than Rossi.
–Cal Crutchlow is aiming to become the first British rider ever to win a race in the blue-riband class at Silverstone.
–Pol Espargar0 starts from pole for the first time since moving up to the Moto2 class.
-In second place on the grid is Andrea Iannone, his best qualifying result since he was on pole at Aragon in 2010. Following his victory in Catalunya, he will be aiming to take back-to-back Moto2 wins for the first time.
-Scott Redding starts from the front row for the second time this year. Redding has never finished lower than fifth in his four starts at the British GP.
-Bradley Smith heads the second row of the grid. This is the first time that two British riders have qualified in the top four places on the grid for an intermediate-class Grand Prix since the Silverstone race in 1977, when Tom Herron was second on the grid and Mick Grant third.
–Scott Redding, Bradley Smith and Gino Rea will be aiming to become the first British rider to win an intermediate-class Grand Prix at his home GP since Tom Herron won the 250cc race in the Isle of Man in 1976.
-After four successive pole positions, Marc Marquez has qualified in fifth on the grid.
–Maverick Viñales starts from pole for the third successive race. He qualified on pole for the 125cc race at Silverstone last year, his first pole position in Grand Prix racing, but crashed on the 12th lap.
–Efren Vazquez has qualified on the front row for the second time this year; he was second on the grid at Le Mans but was unable to start the race after suffering mechanical issues on the warm-up lap.
–Alexis Masbou has qualified on the front row for the first time in his GP career, in what will be his 101st Grand Prix start.
-Heading the second row is Sandro Cortese, who has finished on the podium six times in the last eight races starting with his victory at the Australian GP last year.
-In fifth place on the grid is Danny Kent, who will be looking to finish in the top six for the first time in 2012.
–Luis Salom, in the final slot on the second row, finished fourth at Silverstone last year, which was his best-ever Grand Prix result at that time.
–Jonas Folger, the winner of the 125cc race at Silverstone last year, has qualified down in 19th place on the grid.