Silverstone MotoGP: Lorenzo tops Marquez, Rossi struggles again

MotoGP points leader Jorge Lorenzo topped the second free practice session for the British Grand Prix at Silverstone, but only by three-hundredths of a second from reigning champion Marc Marquez.

Silverstone MotoGP: Lorenzo tops Marquez, Rossi struggles again
Jorge Lorenzo, Yamaha Factory Racing and Bradley Smith, Yamaha Tech 3
Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Team
Bradley Smith, Monster Yamaha Tech 3
Bradley Smith, Tech 3 Yamaha and Andrea Iannone, Ducati Team
Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Team
Valentino Rossi, Yamaha Factory Racing
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Yamaha’s Lorenzo set a storming pace right from the start, setting an early P1 time of 2m02.525s on his opening lap, almost beating it with a 2m02.635s on his next flyer, then doing so with a 2m02.338s on his third tour. That would stand as the fastest time of the day.

Honda’s Marquez’s best effort at that point was a 2m02.517s, but his sector times suggested he had the potential to go quicker. His Repsol Honda teammate Dani Pedrosa was right behind on 2m02.573s.

Marquez improved to 2m02.371s on his second run, just 0.033s off Lorenzo, but stayed in second place. His mechanics were seen working hard on the front-end of the bike between runs.

Local hero Bradley Smith grabbed third with five minutes to go on his Tech 3 Yamaha, laying down a 2m02.531s – and looked like he might even grab the top time with his final lap, but just lost vital hundredths over the final corners.

Rossi struggles again

Lorenzo’s title rival, Yamaha teammate Valentino Rossi, again struggled to match the frontrunning pace at a track that’s not one of his favourites. Just as in the first session, he was almost a second off Lorenzo’s time with a 2m03.327s.

They are currently locked together on 211 points at the top of the championship, but Lorenzo is the de facto leader by dint of scoring more race wins.

Behind Pedrosa in fourth, Andrea Dovizioso used the soft tyre that Ducati are allowed to use over the leading marques, but could only manage a 2m02.761s for fifth.

Aleix Espargaro did likewise to improve to sixth on his Suzuki with a 2m02.872s, ahead of brother Pol on his Tech 3 Yamaha.

Andrea Iannone took the session’s only tumble, dropping his Ducati at high speed at Stowe, but apparently without injury to add to his existing ones. He was up to fourth fastest just before he did so, but dropped back to eighth.

Scott Redding also gave the home crowd something to cheer about with the ninth-fastest time, although Cal Crutchlow was a disappointing 15th.

Pos Rider  Bike   Time  Gap
Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 2m02.338  
Marc Marquez Honda 2m02.371 0.033
Bradley Smith Yamaha 2m02.531 0.193
Dani Pedrosa Honda 2m02.573 0.235
Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 2m02.761 0.423
Aleix Espargaro Suzuki 2m02.872 0.534
Pol Espargaro Yamaha 2m02.972 0.634
Andrea Iannone Ducati 2m03.219 0.881
Scott Redding Honda 2m03.284 0.946
10  Valentino Rossi Yamaha 2m03.327 0.989
11  Danilo Petrucci Ducati 2m03.339 1.001
12  Maverick Vinales Suzuki 2m03.391 1.053
13  Hector Barbera Ducati 2m03.618 1.280
14  Jack Miller Honda 2m03.656 1.318
15  Cal Crutchlow Honda 2m03.748 1.410
16  Eugene Laverty Honda 2m03.877 1.539
17  Yonny Hernandez Ducati 2m03.878 1.540
18  Loris Baz Yamaha Forward 2m03.977 1.639
19  Mike Di Meglio Ducati 2m04.216 1.878
20  Stefan Bradl Aprilia 2m04.416 2.078
21  Alvaro Bautista Aprilia 2m04.885 2.547
22  Nicky Hayden Honda 2m05.295 2.957
23  Karel Abraham Honda 2m05.396 3.058
24  Alex de Angelis ART/Aprilia 2m05.820 3.482
25  Claudio Corti Yamaha Forward 2m06.275 3.937
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