Silverstone MotoGP: Crutchlow fastest, Marquez crashes twice

Cal Crutchlow topped second free practice for MotoGP's British Grand Prix at Silverstone, with championship leader Marc Marquez crashing twice

Silverstone MotoGP: Crutchlow fastest, Marquez crashes twice

LCR Honda rider Crutchlow, who took pole position at Silverstone last year, knocked Maverick Vinales off top spot seven minutes into the 45-minute session.

He was then relegated to second by Marquez, who had high-sided at the fast Becketts left-hander early in the session before returning to the track after a bike change.

Crutchlow improved to a 2m00.897s with four minutes remaining and that was good enough to be fastest by 0.241s from Yamaha's Valentino Rossi, who posted his time in the final minute to relegate Vinales to third.

Aleix Espargaro also improved to fourth late on ahead of Marquez, who dropped his Honda at the entry to the Village right-hander in the closing stages.

Marquez was able to restart and recover to the pits, but had to settle for fifth fastest ahead of Jorge Lorenzo.

Ducati rider Lorenzo stopped at Luffield after the end of the session and was pushed back to the pits by Bradley Smith's KTM.

Pol Espargaro and Johann Zarco both had brief stints in third place before a late flurry of improvements and ended up seventh and eighth.

Andrea Dovizioso ended up ninth for Ducati ahead of Pramac's Scott Redding.

Suzuki pairing Andrea Iannone and Alex Rins rarely troubled the upper echelons of the timing screens and ended up 11th and 12th respectively.

At the end of the session, riders participated in a test of a proposed new bike change procedure for use in flag-to-flag races.

This required them to stop their first bike in a specific place relative to the second, preventing them from jumping directly from one to the other.

FP2 times

Pos Rider Team Time Gap Laps
1 Cal Crutchlow LCR Honda 2m00.897s - 15
2 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 2m01.138s 0.241s 18
3 Maverick Vinales Yamaha 2m01.168s 0.271s 17
4 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 2m01.592s 0.695s 13
5 Marc Marquez Honda 2m01.611s 0.714s 13
6 Jorge Lorenzo Ducati 2m01.655s 0.758s 17
7 Pol Espargaro KTM 2m01.832s 0.935s 17
8 Johann Zarco Tech3 Yamaha 2m01.885s 0.988s 18
9 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 2m01.893s 0.996s 17
10 Scott Redding Pramac Ducati 2m01.933s 1.036s 16
11 Andrea Iannone Suzuki 2m01.974s 1.077s 16
12 Alex Rins Suzuki 2m02.072s 1.175s 18
13 Alvaro Bautista Aspar Ducati 2m02.097s 1.200s 18
14 Karel Abraham Aspar Ducati 2m02.098s 1.201s 16
15 Loris Baz Avintia Ducati 2m02.202s 1.305s 16
16 Danilo Petrucci Pramac Ducati 2m02.250s 1.353s 18
17 Dani Pedrosa Honda 2m02.408s 1.511s 15
18 Jack Miller MVDS Honda 2m02.507s 1.610s 16
19 Jonas Folger Tech3 Yamaha 2m02.580s 1.683s 14
20 Hector Barbera Avintia Ducati 2m02.735s 1.838s 17
21 Tito Rabat MVDS Honda 2m02.860s 1.963s 19
22 Sam Lowes Aprilia 2m03.475s 2.578s 14
23 Bradley Smith KTM 2m04.429s 3.532s 17

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