British MotoGP: Marquez fastest in FP1 despite high-speed crash

Marc Marquez topped a red-flagged FP1 for the MotoGP British Grand Prix at Silverstone despite suffering a scary 274km/h crash on his Honda.

British MotoGP: Marquez fastest in FP1 despite high-speed crash

The Honda rider had been in control for much of the first session of the Silverstone weekend but brought FP1 to a premature end when he tucked the front of his RC213V on the entry to the fast Maggotts left-hander and his wrecked bike ended up in the middle of the track.

Marquez walked away from the incident, but with only 1m57s left on the clock and a vast clean-up operation needed to be had on track he would not be knocked off top spot when the session restarted to allow riders to complete some practice starts.

Maverick Vinales’ ousting from the factory Yamaha squad last week means British fans have two home riders to cheer on this weekend in the form of Cal Crutchlow at the factory Yamaha squad and debutant Jake Dixon at Petronas SRT – who is taking over from Crutchlow in replacing the injured Franco Morbidelli.

Marquez set the early benchmark pace at a 2m05.208s, though was quickly usurped by championship leader Fabio Quartararo with a 1m03.147s.

The Yamaha rider improved on his following tour to a 2m02.646s, before Marquez returned to the top of the order just over 10 minutes into the 45-minute session with a 2m02.281s.

Quartararo and Marquez continued to trade fastest laps over the next 15 minutes, with Pramac’s Johann Zarco on his works Ducati also serving a brief stint at the top of the pile.

Fabio Quartararo, Yamaha Factory Racing

Fabio Quartararo, Yamaha Factory Racing

Photo by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images

With half an hour of the session remaining, Marquez stood at the top of the order with a 2m01.135s, which he would improve on to a 2m01.020s 15 minutes later.

Marquez’s annexation of top spot in FP1 continued into the final 10 minutes when he dipped underneath the 2m01s for the first time, firing in a 2m00.941s to extend his advantage at the head of the pack to 0.360 seconds.

In the closing stages some time attacks were put in, but Marquez’s crash at Maggotts meant no more improvements would be had in FP1.

Aprilia’s Aleix Espargaro claimed second with a 2m01.191s, with Quartararo completing the top three ahead of the sister works team Honda of Pol Espargaro.

Ducati’s Jack Miller rounded out the top five ahead of LCR’s Takaaki Nakagami, with 2019 Silverstone winner Alex Rins the leading Suzuki rider in seventh from Ducati’s Francesco Bagnaia, Zarco and LCR Honda’s Alex Marquez – who had a crash at Farm curve midway through FP1.

Crutchlow ended his first session as a factory Yamaha rider 1.025s off the pace in 12th between Tech3’s Danilo Petrucci and Pramac rookie Jorge Martin – who also had a crash at Farm.

Martin headed two more Silverstone debutants in Styrian GP winner Brad Binder on the KTM and reigning world champion Joan Mir, with the Suzuki rider not racing at the British venue since his Moto3 days in 2017.

Valentino Rossi ran as high as third at one point of FP1, but was shuffled down to 17th on his Petronas SRT Yamaha, with team-mate Jake Dixon 2.9s off the pace in 21st ahead of the returning Aprilia rider Lorenzo Savadori after breaking his ankle in his fiery Styrian GP crash.

British MotoGP - FP1 results

Cla Rider Bike Laps Time Gap
1 Spain Marc Marquez Honda 16 2'00.941  
2 Spain Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 15 2'01.191 0.250
3 France Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 18 2'01.301 0.360
4 Spain Pol Espargaro Honda 19 2'01.336 0.395
5 Australia Jack Miller Ducati 15 2'01.409 0.468
6 Japan Takaaki Nakagami Honda 17 2'01.422 0.481
7 Spain Alex Rins Suzuki 17 2'01.596 0.655
8 Italy Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 18 2'01.783 0.842
9 France Johann Zarco Ducati 15 2'01.795 0.854
10 Spain Alex Marquez Honda 15 2'01.870 0.929
11 Italy Danilo Petrucci KTM 16 2'01.956 1.015
12 United Kingdom Cal Crutchlow Yamaha 17 2'01.966 1.025
13 Spain Jorge Martin Ducati 14 2'02.102 1.161
14 South Africa Brad Binder KTM 18 2'02.111 1.170
15 Spain Joan Mir Suzuki 16 2'02.219 1.278
16 Italy Valentino Rossi Yamaha 17 2'02.334 1.393
17 Spain Iker Lecuona KTM 18 2'02.400 1.459
18 Italy Enea Bastianini Ducati 15 2'02.526 1.585
19 Portugal Miguel Oliveira KTM 16 2'02.620 1.679
20 Italy Luca Marini Ducati 15 2'03.196 2.255
21 United Kingdom Jake Dixon Yamaha 17 2'03.939 2.998
22 Italy Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia 11 2'07.699 6.758
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