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Practice report

Silverstone MotoGP: Quartararo leads FP2 from Mir, Vinales third

Fabio Quartararo topped second practice for MotoGP’s British Grand Prix at Silverstone, leading from Suzuki’s Joan Mir. 

Fabio Quartararo, Yamaha Factory Racing

Fabio Quartararo, Yamaha Factory Racing

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The Yamaha rider spent much of the 45-minute session practicing runs with the long lap loop ahead of the penalty he will serve on Sunday. 

His first attempt, a 2m00.794s, put him into third place, behind the Aprilias of Maverick Vinales and Aleix Espargaro.  

He fell down the timesheets as others improved while he worked on improving his time around the long lap loop.  

His fifth attempt returned him to the top three, a 1m59.933s, before a last-minute attempt took him to the top of the timesheet as the only driver to set a sub-1m59s time with a 1m58.946s. 

Suzuki’s Joan Mir finished second, less than 0.1s behind the championship leader, with Vinales in third with a 1m59.123s.  

Miguel Oliveira topped the times early on in the session, the KTM man setting a 2m00.863s in the opening laps. 

Pramac Ducati rider Johann Zarco continued his quick pace from FP1, setting a 2m01.219s to slot in behind Oliveira. 

The yellow flags were waved briefly as Darryn Binder went off at Turn 6, having lost the rear of his RNF Yamaha. 

Jorge Martin was next to head into the top two, a 2m00.873s quick enough to demote teammate Zarco. 

The Aprilia pair were next to go quickest, Vinales leading Espargaro with a 2m00.484s, as Quartararo slotted into third. 

Oliveira briefly went top next before VR46 rider Marco Bezzecchi, who took his maiden podium last time out in Assen with a second-place finish, toppled him with a 2m00.204s. 

With 10 minutes of the session complete, the times began to tumble, with Alex Rins next to lead for Suzuki before the Aprilias returned to the top, despite Espargaro struggling with the rear into Copse. 

Rins went quickest on his 10th tour, a 1m59.351s quick enough to put him top, before Ducati’s Jack Miller split the Aprilias in third. 

Soon after, Miller went down at Turn 7 prompting yellow flags while his factory bike was recovered from the gravel at Stowe. 

Rins further improved several laps later, pushing him 0.4s ahead of Espargaro at the top of the combined standings. 

Teammate Mir slotted into second with a 1m59.536s, before Espargaro also improved with a 1m59.426s. 

But the Suzuki man improved again the following lap, a 1m59.100s enough to lead until Quartararo’s last ditch attempt. 

Zarco finished in fourth, with Espargaro and Oliveira in fifth and sixth respectively.  

Gresini Racing’s Enea Bastianini finished the session in eighth having trialled a radical new rear aero package, also seen on Martin’s bike, while Miller and Bezzecchi rounded off the top 10. 

Silverstone MotoGP - FP2 results:

Cla Rider Bike Time Gap
1 France Fabio Quartararo
Yamaha 1'58.946
2 Spain Joan Mir
Suzuki 1'59.100 0.154
3 Spain Maverick Viñales
Aprilia 1'59.123 0.177
4 France Johann Zarco
Ducati 1'59.134 0.188
5 Spain Aleix Espargaro
Aprilia 1'59.153 0.207
6 Portugal Miguel Oliveira
KTM 1'59.163 0.217
7 Spain Alex Rins
Suzuki 1'59.246 0.300
8 Italy Enea Bastianini
Ducati 1'59.358 0.412
9 Australia Jack Miller
Ducati 1'59.364 0.418
10 Italy Marco Bezzecchi
Ducati 1'59.378 0.432
11 Italy Francesco Bagnaia
Ducati 1'59.385 0.439
12 Italy Luca Marini
Ducati 1'59.396 0.450
13 Spain Jorge Martin
Ducati 1'59.657 0.711
14 Spain Alex Marquez
Honda 1'59.789 0.843
15 Germany Stefan Bradl
Honda 1'59.801 0.855
16 Spain Pol Espargaro
Honda 1'59.852 0.906
17 Italy Fabio Di Giannantonio
Ducati 1'59.986 1.040
18 Japan Takaaki Nakagami
Honda 2'00.003 1.057
19 Italy Andrea Dovizioso
Yamaha 2'00.043 1.097
20 Italy Franco Morbidelli
Yamaha 2'00.138 1.192
21 South Africa Brad Binder
KTM 2'00.144 1.198
22 Australia Remy Gardner
KTM 2'00.154 1.208
23 South Africa Darryn Binder
Yamaha 2'01.528 2.582
24 Spain Raúl Fernández
KTM 2'02.062 3.116

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