Silverstone MotoGP: Marc Marquez heads first practice session

Marc Marquez stayed out of Jorge Lorenzo's reach to top the first practice session of MotoGP's British Grand Prix at Silverstone

Silverstone MotoGP: Marc Marquez heads first practice session

Honda's world champion set an early pace of 2m05.179s before improving to a 2m03.829s, with current points leader Lorenzo continually edging closer to him on his Yamaha.

In the second half of the session Marquez, who stuck with the soft Bridgestones while the Yamahas tried the extra-soft available this weekend, lowered the benchmark to 2m03.111s, briefly extending his advantage to seven tenths of a second from the previous half a tenth.

Lorenzo again gave chase, closing the gap twice in the final minutes but ending up 0.388s down.

Valentino Rossi was a lower-key presence at the tail of the top six until his last run, when he edged out the Ducatis of Andrea Iannone and Andrea Dovizioso for third.

A late flying lap from Scott Redding took him to sixth place and top British rider honours for Marc VDS.

He pipped Tech 3 Yamaha rider Bradley Smith to that accolade by a tenth and a half.

The second works Honda of Dani Pedrosa and Smith's team-mate Pol Espargaro both had long spells in the top three before falling to eighth and ninth as others improved.

Cal Crutchlow completed the top 10, with the Suzukis of Maverick Vinales and Aleix Espargaro back in 12th and 13th behind Danilo Petrucci's Pramac Ducati.

FIRST PRACTICE TIMES:

Pos Rider Team Bike Time Gap Laps
1 Marc Marquez Honda Honda 2m03.111s - 16
2 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha Yamaha 2m03.499s 0.388s 15
3 Valentino Rossi Yamaha Yamaha 2m03.967s 0.856s 16
4 Andrea Iannone Ducati Ducati 2m04.072s 0.961s 15
5 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati Ducati 2m04.115s 1.004s 14
6 Scott Redding Marc VDS Honda 2m04.170s 1.059s 16
7 Bradley Smith Tech 3 Yamaha 2m04.313s 1.202s 16
8 Dani Pedrosa Honda Honda 2m04.347s 1.236s 15
9 Pol Espargaro Tech 3 Yamaha 2m04.364s 1.253s 17
10 Cal Crutchlow LCR Honda 2m04.413s 1.302s 15
11 Danilo Petrucci Pramac Racing Ducati 2m04.659s 1.548s 14
12 Maverick Vinales Suzuki Suzuki 2m04.728s 1.617s 15
13 Aleix Espargaro Suzuki Suzuki 2m04.816s 1.705s 15
14 Yonny Hernandez Pramac Racing Ducati 2m04.817s 1.706s 14
15 Eugene Laverty Aspar Honda 2m05.170s 2.059s 16
16 Alvaro Bautista Aprilia Gresini Aprilia 2m05.290s 2.179s 17
17 Loris Baz Forward Racing Yamaha Forward 2m05.403s 2.292s 16
18 Stefan Bradl Aprilia Gresini Aprilia 2m05.956s 2.845s 16
19 Nicky Hayden Aspar Honda 2m05.987s 2.876s 15
20 Alex de Angelis IodaRacing Project ART/Aprilia 2m06.045s 2.934s 14
21 Karel Abraham AB Motoracing Honda 2m06.154s 3.043s 12
22 Jack Miller LCR Honda 2m06.478s 3.367s 15
23 Mike Di Meglio Avintia Racing Ducati 2m06.482s 3.371s 13
24 Hector Barbera Avintia Racing Ducati 2m07.820s 4.709s 13
25 Claudio Corti Forward Racing Yamaha Forward 2m08.286s 5.175s 15


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