Silverstone MotoGP: Lorenzo remains on top, four tenths clear of Marquez

Jorge Lorenzo continued to set the pace in British Grand Prix build-up at Silverstone, leaving Marc Marquez and the rest of his rivals in his dust in FP3.

Silverstone MotoGP: Lorenzo remains on top, four tenths clear of Marquez
Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi, Yamaha Factory Racing
Jorge Lorenzo, Yamaha Factory Racing
Jorge Lorenzo, Yamaha Factory Racing
Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Team
Andrea Dovizioso, Ducati Team
Maverick Viñales, Team Suzuki MotoGP

The Yamaha rider spent most of the session in second, but posted a late lap to ensure a sizable margin out front at the chequered flag.

Lorenzo's benchmark lap from Friday was surpassed almost right away as Marquez went half a second clear, posting a 2m01.888s.

Meanwhile, Lorenzo himself dipped below his Friday time on multiple laps during his first run, his new best effort 0.084s adrift of the session lead. His teammate and joint championship leader Valentino Rossi also improved after a difficult Friday showing, but was a further nine tenths off.

Any improvements were few and far between as the session approached and passed halfway point, with Briton Bradley Smith's FP2 time keeping him in third place on the combined leaderboards.

Finally, as qualifying simulations began, other local man Cal Crutchlow stormed from outside of the top ten to third, albeit Smith responded, retaking the spot by 0.009s.

Rossi and Dani Pedrosa then took turns as best of the rest behind Marquez and Lorenzo before Andrea Dovizioso broke up the domination of the two Spaniards, briefly slotting into P2.

But it wouldn't last as Lorenzo posted a brutal time of 2m01.429s, going four tenths clear and wrapping up the top spot, with Marquez unable to respond.

Dovizioso settled for third, ahead of Pedrosa and a late-improving Scott Redding, who finished as the top British rider.

Other Brits Smith and Crutchlow also made the Q2 cut in sixth and eighth respectively, split by Rossi, while Pol Espargaro and Andrea Iannone completed the top ten.

The Suzuki duo of Maverick Vinales and Aleix Espargaro were the two big names to miss out on an automatic Q2 berth, the latter also enduring a mid-session tumble at Turn 12.

Pos Rider Bike Time Gap
Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 2'01.429  
Marc Márquez Honda 2'01.888 0.459
Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 2'01.969 0.540
Dani Pedrosa
Honda 2'02.020 0.591
Scott Redding Honda 2'02.119 0.690
Bradley Smith Yamaha 2'02.125 0.696
Valentino Rossi Yamaha 2'02.203 0.774
Cal Crutchlow Honda 2'02.341 0.912
Pol Espargaro Yamaha 2'02.346 0.917
10  Andrea Iannone Ducati 2'02.443 1.014
11  Maverick Vinales Suzuki 2'02.476 1.047
12  Aleix Espargaro Suzuki 2'02.482 1.053
13  Danilo Petrucci Ducati 2'02.842 1.413
14  Yonny Hernandez Ducati 2'02.981 1.552
15  Eugene Laverty Honda 2'03.120 1.691
16  Hector Barbera Ducati 2'03.263 1.834
17  Loris Baz Yamaha Forward 2'03.363 1.934
18  Alvaro Bautista Aprilia 2'03.444 2.015
19  Jack Miller Honda 2'03.626 2.197
20  Nicky Hayden Honda 2'03.833 2.404
21  Mike Di Meglio Ducati 2'04.030 2.601
22  Stefan Bradl Aprilia 2'04.152 2.723
23  Alex de Angelis ART/Aprilia 2'04.689 3.260
24  Karel Abraham Honda 2'05.203 3.774
25  Claudio Corti Yamaha Forward 2'05.947 4.518

 

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