Silverstone MotoGP: Vinales leads Rossi, Marquez crashes

Maverick Vinales led a Yamaha one-two ahead of team-mate Valentino Rossi in opening practice for MotoGP's British Grand Prix, while Marc Marquez crashed

Silverstone MotoGP: Vinales leads Rossi, Marquez crashes

Vinales set the early pace at 2m05.861s, though he was soon usurped by home hero Cal Crutchlow - the LCR rider dragging his Honda to a 2m04.692s to go half a second clear.

Pramac's Jack Miller and Vinales traded top spot moments later, with the Ducati edging ahead by 0.005 seconds with a 2m03.787s.

With just over 13 minutes of the session gone, Marquez notched up the first crash of the weekend despite his best efforts to save it when he tucked the front of his Honda into Brooklands.

At the same time, Miller extended his advantage at the head of the timesheets to 0.081s, before Andrea Iannone put his Suzuki four tenths clear.

Vinales reclaimed top spot in the middle of the session with a 2m02.713s, his lead close to half a second over the field before Miller slashed it to just over two tenths with 13 minutes remaining.

Crutchlow took over from Vinales in the latter stages with a 2m02.427s, with 2017 Silverstone winner Andrea Dovizioso demoting the Briton moments later by two tenths.

Vinales leaped back up to first place with a 2m02.165s, which he improved to a 2m02.073s on his final tour to go 0.189s clear of Rossi in second.

Dovizioso held onto third, with Crutchlow splitting the Italian from Ducati stablemates Miller, Jorge Lorenzo and Tito Rabat (Avintia).

Early pacesetter Iannone was shuffled back to eighth at the chequered flag, while Johann Zarco put his Tech3 M1 into ninth ahead of Marquez - who was able to rejoin after his spill in the opening stages.

Ducati World Superbike-bound Alvaro Bautista was two tenths outside of Marquez in 11th, as Bradley Smith opened his home event in 12th on the KTM.

Countryman Scott Redding encountered an early issue with his Aprilia, but returned to the session on his second bike to go 18th behind the second works Honda of Dani Pedrosa. Aleix Espargaro also hit technical troubles on his RS-GP late on.

With Smith's team-mate Pol Espargaro still out with injury, former MotoGP rider Loris Baz has been called up to replace him this weekend. The Frenchman brought up the rear of the 24-rider field, 4.6s off the pace.

FP1 times

Pos Rider Team Bike Time Gap Laps
1 Maverick Vinales Yamaha Yamaha 2m02.073s - 16
2 Valentino Rossi Yamaha Yamaha 2m02.262s 0.189s 16
3 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati Ducati 2m02.263s 0.190s 15
4 Cal Crutchlow LCR Honda Honda 2m02.401s 0.328s 17
5 Jack Miller Pramac Ducati Ducati 2m02.973s 0.900s 16
6 Jorge Lorenzo Ducati Ducati 2m03.115s 1.042s 14
7 Tito Rabat Avintia Ducati Ducati 2m03.136s 1.063s 17
8 Andrea Iannone Suzuki Suzuki 2m03.207s 1.134s 17
9 Johann Zarco Tech3 Yamaha Yamaha 2m03.243s 1.170s 16
10 Marc Marquez Honda Honda 2m03.699s 1.626s 16
11 Alvaro Bautista Aspar Ducati Ducati 2m03.886s 1.813s 15
12 Bradley Smith KTM KTM 2m04.013s 1.940s 15
13 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia Aprilia 2m04.105s 2.032s 13
14 Takaaki Nakagami LCR Honda Honda 2m04.112s 2.039s 15
15 Danilo Petrucci Pramac Ducati Ducati 2m04.170s 2.097s 16
16 Alex Rins Suzuki Suzuki 2m04.567s 2.494s 17
17 Dani Pedrosa Honda Honda 2m04.601s 2.528s 16
18 Scott Redding Aprilia Aprilia 2m04.966s 2.893s 15
19 Thomas Luthi MVDS Honda Honda 2m05.013s 2.940s 17
20 Franco Morbidelli MVDS Honda Honda 2m05.146s 3.073s 15
21 Karel Abraham Aspar Ducati Ducati 2m05.389s 3.316s 13
22 Hafizh Syahrin Tech3 Yamaha Yamaha 2m05.448s 3.375s 17
23 Xavier Simeon Avintia Ducati Ducati 2m06.214s 4.141s 13
24 Loris Baz KTM KTM 2m06.731s 4.658s 18


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