Silverstone MotoGP: Vinales tops FP1, Marquez recovers from crash

Suzuki's Maverick Vinales set the pace in first practice for MotoGP's British Grand Prix at Silverstone

Silverstone MotoGP: Vinales tops FP1, Marquez recovers from crash

Vinales was already third in the order when he turned a 2m02.483s lap with three minutes to go in a session run in cool and overcast conditions.

At the time that was more than a second clear of the field, but Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo was also on a flying lap, and quickly narrowed that gap to Vinales' eventual margin of 0.282 seconds.

Championship leader Marc Marquez crashed at Farm corner in the first half of the session after losing the front end of his Honda, but he improved from eighth to third and then top spot on his final run, before Vinales and Lorenzo's improvements.

Marquez wound up third, 1.080s slower than Vinales, while Yamaha's Valentino Rossi jumped up to fourth from the bottom half of the top 10 with his final lap.

Andrea Dovizioso led the way before Marquez and Vinales' gains in the final 10 minutes and ended up the best Ducati rider in fifth, two spots ahead of Andrea Iannone, whose Desmosedici appeared to release a sizeable puff of engine smoke on his way back to the pits.

Pol Espargaro split them on his Tech3 Yamaha, while Dani Pedrosa in eighth and Pramac Ducati pair Scott Redding and Danilo Petrucci completed the top 10.

Czech Grand Prix winner Cal Crutchlow was 11th fastest for LCR Honda, as one second covered third to 14th in the order.

Marc VDS Honda's Jack Miller is returning to action after missing the Austrian and Czech GPs, and wound up 19th.

Preparing for his MotoGP debut standing in for injured Tech3 Yamaha rider Bradley Smith, Alex Lowes finished at the foot of the timesheets in the 21st, 3.742s off the pace set by Vinales.

The British rider fell in the closing minutes and was only pipped by Miller's team-mate Tito Rabat after that.

FP1 TIMES

Pos Rider Team Gap Laps
1 Maverick Vinales Suzuki 2m02.483s 15
2 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 0.282s 14
3 Marc Marquez Honda 1.080s 13
4 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1.108s 16
5 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1.154s 13
6 Pol Espargaro Tech3 Yamaha 1.231s 17
7 Andrea Iannone Ducati 1.544s 17
8 Dani Pedrosa Honda 1.554s 16
9 Scott Redding Pramac Ducati 1.655s 15
10 Danilo Petrucci Pramac Ducati 1.687s 16
11 Cal Crutchlow LCR Honda 1.764s 16
12 Aleix Espargaro Suzuki 1.960s 15
13 Eugene Laverty Aspar Ducati 1.990s 14
14 Yonny Hernandez Aspar Ducati 2.008s 16
15 Stefan Bradl Aprilia 2.422s 15
16 Alvaro Bautista Aprilia 2.651s 16
17 Hector Barbera Avintia Ducati 2.713s 11
18 Loris Baz Avintia Ducati 3.057s 15
19 Jack Miller Marc VDS Honda 3.179s 16
20 Tito Rabat Marc VDS Honda 3.533s 17
21 Alex Lowes Tech3 Yamaha 3.742s 13


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