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Silverstone MotoGP: Quartararo's FP2 lap record reinstated

Silverstone MotoGP: Quartararo's FP2 lap record reinstated
Co-author: Valentin Khorounzhiy

Fabio Quartararo was reinstated as the MotoGP FP2 pace-setter at the British Grand Prix over Marc Marquez, after the Frenchman was cleared of track limits abuse.

Quartararo had fired in a 1m59.225s late on with a fresh soft rear tyre, smashing the existing Silverstone MotoGP lap record by more than seven tenths.

However, he swiftly had his laptime disallowed due to a track limits infringement at Chapel, and an error at Brooklands on his final attempt meant he had been consigned to 11th in the classification.

Marquez's 1m59.476s effort stood as the FP2 benchmark at the chequered flag instead, the reigning champion having recovered from a low-side at Vale just over 10 minutes in the session.

The crash was his first since May's Le Mans round.

Following the reversal of the Quartararo decision, the Frenchman completed a clean sweep of Friday's two practice sessions, ending up a quarter of a second clear of Marquez.


Maverick Vinales was another three tenths down in third, while his works Yamaha MotoGP rider Valentino Rossi was promoted to fourth place when he, like Quartararo, had his deleted best lap reinstated after a review.

Fifth-placed Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda) was the final rider to dip beneath the two-minute barrier, with Andrea Dovizioso just a tenth further back on the best of the Ducatis.

Franco Morbidelli was seventh aboard the last of the four Yamahas, ahead of Tech 3's Miguel Oliveira, the fastest of the KTM runners by more than two tenths.

Ducati pair Jack Miller and Danilo Petrucci made up the top 10, with Takaaki Nakagami of LCR Honda the third rider to have a fastest laptime deletion reversed, but still coming up half a tenth short of 10th place.

Jorge Lorenzo (Honda) concluded his first day of MotoGP running since June's Dutch TT in 21st place, 3.4s off the pace, only beating Karel Abraham's Avintia Ducati.

Session results:

Cla # Rider Bike Time Gap
1 20 France Fabio Quartararo
Yamaha 1'59.225
2 93 Spain Marc Marquez
Honda 1'59.476 0.251
3 12 Spain Maverick Viñales
Yamaha 1'59.765 0.540
4 46 Italy Valentino Rossi
Yamaha 1'59.937 0.712
5 35 United Kingdom Cal Crutchlow
Honda 1'59.993 0.768
6 4 Italy Andrea Dovizioso
Ducati 2'00.110 0.885
7 21 Italy Franco Morbidelli
Yamaha 2'00.183 0.958
8 88 Portugal Miguel Oliveira
KTM 2'00.360 1.135
9 43 Australia Jack Miller
Ducati 2'00.392 1.167
10 9 Italy Danilo Petrucci
Ducati 2'00.428 1.203
11 30 Japan Takaaki Nakagami
Honda 2'00.492 1.267
12 41 Spain Aleix Espargaro
Aprilia 2'00.497 1.272
13 44 Spain Pol Espargaro
KTM 2'00.591 1.366
14 5 France Johann Zarco
KTM 2'00.664 1.439
15 42 Spain Alex Rins
Suzuki 2'00.666 1.441
16 63 Italy Francesco Bagnaia
Ducati 2'00.788 1.563
17 29 Italy Andrea Iannone
Aprilia 2'00.907 1.682
18 50 France Sylvain Guintoli
Suzuki 2'02.240 3.015
19 55 Malaysia Hafizh Syahrin
KTM 2'02.417 3.192
20 53 Spain Tito Rabat
Ducati 2'02.473 3.248
21 99 Spain Jorge Lorenzo
Honda 2'02.907 3.682
22 17 Czech Republic Karel Abraham
Ducati 2'02.993 3.768
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Series MotoGP
Event British GP
Sub-event FP2
Author Jamie Klein