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Silverstone MotoGP: Marc Marquez crashes but still quickest

Marc Marquez, Honda, Silverstone MotoGP 2014

Marc Marquez remained the man to beat in Saturday morning MotoGP practice for the British Grand Prix, despite suffering a late-session crash.

The championship leader went to the top of the order on the first lap of his second run, setting a weekend best of 2m01.906s, before the front of his Honda gave way the next time around at The Loop.

Marquez and his bike slid into the gravel in unison and the Spaniard trudged his way back to the pits unharmed.

He managed to resume running on his second machine with five minutes of the session remaining, but was unable to make further gains, unlike those behind him.

Andrea Dovizioso emerged as his nearest rival and came within a whisker of matching Marquez's time, but finished the session just 0.034 seconds adrift. His Ducati was in the middle of a Honda sandwich with Dani Pedrosa claiming third.

Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo comfortably made it into the top 10, which was a stark contrast to their Friday performance where the pair lamented that the tyres were not giving them lean angle that they needed.

Pol Espargaro finished behind the factory Yamaha duo in sixth, while Stefan Bradl, who crashed in the dying moments of the session, claimed seventh on the LCR Honda.

Tech 3's Bradley Smith continued to be the top Briton in eighth, with Andrea Iannone and Aleix Espargaro rounding off the top 10.

Alvaro Bautista and Yonny Hernandez both missed the Q2 cut-off by just 0.026s and will aim to go faster in the first qualifying session to progress to the pole position shootout.

Pos  Rider             Team/Bike             Time       Gap
 1.  Marc Marquez      Honda                 2m01.906s
 2.  Andrea Dovizioso  Ducati                2m01.940s  +0.034s
 3.  Dani Pedrosa      Honda                 2m02.116s  +0.210s
 4.  Valentino Rossi   Yamaha                2m02.243s  +0.337s
 5.  Jorge Lorenzo     Yamaha                2m02.359s  +0.453s
 6.  Pol Espargaro     Tech 3 Yamaha         2m02.368s  +0.462s
 7.  Stefan Bradl      LCR Honda             2m02.564s  +0.658s
 8.  Bradley Smith     Tech 3 Yamaha         2m02.605s  +0.699s
 9.  Andrea Iannone    Pramac Ducati         2m02.726s  +0.820s
10.  Aleix Espargaro   Forward Yamaha        2m02.886s  +0.980s
11.  Alvaro Bautista   Gresini Honda         2m02.912s  +1.006s
12.  Yonny Hernandez   Pramac Ducati         2m02.912s  +1.006s
13.  Scott Redding     Gresini Honda         2m03.368s  +1.462s
14.  Karel Abraham     Cardion Honda         2m03.845s  +1.939s
15.  Cal Crutchlow     Ducati                2m04.319s  +2.413s
16.  Hiroshi Aoyama    Aspar Honda           2m04.350s  +2.444s
17.  Alex de Angelis   Forward Yamaha        2m04.655s  +2.749s
18.  Leon Camier       Aspar Honda           2m04.735s  +2.829s
19.  Michael Laverty   PBM-Aprilia           2m05.732s  +3.826s
20.  Danilo Petrucci   Ioda Aprilia          2m06.021s  +4.115s
21.  Hector Barbera    Avintia FTR-Kawasaki  2m06.053s  +4.147s
22.  Mike di Meglio    Avintia FTR-Kawasaki  2m06.909s  +5.003s
23.  Broc Parkes       PBM-Aprilia           2m07.648s  +5.742s
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