Silverstone MotoGP: Maverick Vinales pips Jorge Lorenzo in practice

Maverick Vinales topped the first free practice session of MotoGP's British Grand Prix weekend at Silverstone, denying Jorge Lorenzo top spot in the closing moments

Silverstone MotoGP: Maverick Vinales pips Jorge Lorenzo in practice

Lorenzo moved to the head of the times on his Ducati with six minutes remaining, a tenth of a second ahead of home hero Cal Crutchlow at the time.

But Yamaha rider Vinales, who held first position before Crutchlow's lap, and then abandoned an attempt that was just 0.001 seconds down on the Briton after three sectors, reappeared at the end of the session to post a lap half a second clear of the field as the chequered flag flew.

That left Lorenzo second and Crutchlow's LCR Honda third at the end, with early-session pacesetter Marc Marquez fourth ahead of Valentino Rossi.

Alvaro Bautista was another rider to improve at the end to move up to sixth, knocking back Johann Zarco who had claimed the place moments earlier.

They were followed by Aleix Espargaro and another home rider Scott Redding, who also jumped into the top 10 at the flag.

Championship contender Andrea Dovizioso was next up, 1.2s adrift of the pace set by Vinales.

Of the frontrunning riders, Dani Pedrosa was noticeably quiet, ending the session in 14th place.

Sam Lowes was the only rider to crash in first practice, losing the front through the high-speed Farm curve.

While he rejoined on another bike later on, he ended up at the bottom of the order.

Danilo Petrucci also hit trouble towards the end, coming to a stop just before Club and pulling up at the entry to the Formula 1 pitlane.

FP1 times

Pos Rider Team Time Gap Laps
1 Maverick Vinales Yamaha 2m02.130s - 15
2 Jorge Lorenzo Ducati 2m02.649s 0.519s 15
3 Cal Crutchlow LCR Honda 2m02.769s 0.639s 16
4 Marc Marquez Honda 2m02.857s 0.727s 17
5 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 2m02.995s 0.865s 16
6 Alvaro Bautista Aspar Ducati 2m03.025s 0.895s 16
7 Johann Zarco Tech3 Yamaha 2m03.044s 0.914s 17
8 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 2m03.284s 1.154s 16
9 Scott Redding Pramac Ducati 2m03.336s 1.206s 15
10 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 2m03.337s 1.207s 14
11 Jack Miller MVDS Honda 2m03.396s 1.266s 16
12 Alex Rins Suzuki 2m03.494s 1.364s 17
13 Pol Espargaro KTM 2m03.624s 1.494s 16
14 Dani Pedrosa Honda 2m03.670s 1.540s 15
15 Loris Baz Avintia Ducati 2m03.763s 1.633s 14
16 Jonas Folger Tech3 Yamaha 2m03.939s 1.809s 14
17 Karel Abraham Aspar Ducati 2m04.102s 1.972s 17
18 Andrea Iannone Suzuki 2m04.131s 2.001s 17
19 Danilo Petrucci Pramac Ducati 2m04.162s 2.032s 11
20 Tito Rabat MVDS Honda 2m04.378s 2.248s 18
21 Bradley Smith KTM 2m04.414s 2.284s 18
22 Hector Barbera Avintia Ducati 2m04.725s 2.595s 14
23 Sam Lowes Aprilia 2m05.069s 2.939s 11


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