2019 MotoGP
Round 12 – Silverstone


Fabio Quartararo’s (Petronas Yamaha SRT) record breaking 1m59.225s gave the rookie the advantage on Friday at the GoPro British Grand Prix. It was not without conjecture though as that crucial stunning lap was initially disallowed before a photo review. The Frenchman was also fastest in FP1 to make it a full Friday house for him on British soil, and with a significant advantage in both sessions.

Fabio Quartararo – P1

“The lap was really good and I’m pleased with the result – I gave it everything on the lap and I’m glad they gave both Valentino [Rossi] and I back our times. You can always go faster and there was a rider in front of me on my fastest lap, so we can go even quicker in qualifying. I think it’ll be possible to set the first 1’58 lap. The new asphalt is really flat and smooth and has a lot of grip; they’ve done a really good job with it.”

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Fabio Quartararo

Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) sits as Quartararo’s closest challenger, 0.251 back, with Maverick Viñales (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) completing the top three as Yamaha stormed the timesheets.

Marc Marquez – P2

“As soon as I went out this morning I felt like it was another track! I enjoyed riding it a lot more and I think so did everyone else. Last year we complained, but this year we have to say congratulations to the circuit because they did a great job. The lap times are coming, we are working in a good way and did one very good lap. But as always the most important thing is that we keep trying everything we need to. I had a small crash in my first run in FP2 because I am pushing and I couldn’t quite save this one! Aside from this it was a very good day.”

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Marc Marquez

Maverick Viñales – P3

“I think the new surface is much better, we are riding much faster. The bumps are nearly all gone. There are just a couple in the last sector, but the rest of the track is really good. I had a small issue with the front tyre in FP1, which resulted in a crash, but we understood it pretty fast, so the problem is now solved. We need to keep working on the electronics to make them more consistent. Getting on the front row tomorrow in qualifying will be very important, so I expect to be close to it and start the race from one of those front places.”

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Maverick Viñales

Qualifying Report

FP1 started under cloudy Silverstone skies as the MotoGP riders got their first taste of the new asphalt, and it was Quartararo who came into FP2 with a half-second advantage over the rest. Marquez was again his nearest rival in the opening session and it was the number 93 who instantly led FP2, cutting Quartararo’s advantage to two-tenths on the overall timesheets.

Other early improvers were home hero Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda Castrol), the British rider dipping into the 2:00s, while Pol Espargaro (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing), Miguel Oliveira (Red Bull KTM Tech 3) and Crutchlow’s teammate Takaaki Nakagami (LCR Honda Idemitsu) climbed into the top 10 as well.

Temperatures in England – believe it or not – were soaring and it seemed the riders were struggling to improve their times from FP1 at first, with Marquez’ benchmark putting him over seven-tenths clear of the field for the first half of FP2. However, it wasn’t plain sailing for the seven-time Champion as at the Vale complex, Marquez crashed for the first time since Le Mans Q2 – but was instantly up and okay. FP1 P4 finisher Alex Rins (Team Suzuki Ecstar) then moved into second in the session, but then came Quartararo to cut the gap.

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Alex Rins and Marc Marquez

With eight-minutes left, the time-sheets lit up as fresh Michelin rubber was slotted in for a thrilling time attack. Riders like Jack Miller (Pramac Racing) – 10th in FP1 – had slipped down to the lower ends of the timing screens, but the Australian soon jumped up to fourth overall and the two Yamahas were on barnstormers. Valentino Rossi (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) looked set to go top overall and he did so with a new lap record, but ‘The Doctor’ didn’t stay there long as rookie Quartararo then hammered in his stunning 1m59.225s: the quickest ever lap we’ve seen around Silverstone.

Viñales then got overhauled by Marquez as he beat his compatriot with a 1m59.476s, with Rossi’s time putting him in fourth.

Valentino Rossi – P4

“It‘s a good start, it‘s a good Friday, because in both sessions I had a good pace and good feeling with the bike. At the end I did a good lap, but I was really on the limit with the white line, but from the bike I had the feeling that anyway I touched it. In fact, they had to review the image and then they gave me back my lap time, which is very important for tomorrow morning. We need to work to improve, but it looks like we‘re in good shape. Being in P4 is not too bad and the track is great. They did a very good job with the asphalt, there are fewer bumps and more grip, so it‘s a great pleasure and we will try to continue riding like this.”

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Valentino Rossi

Crutchlow and Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) moved up into fifth and sixth respectively, with Franco Morbidelli (Petronas Yamaha SRT) strong on fresh tyres to end the day seventh on the combined times.

Cal Crutchlow – P5

“I’m happy to be here in Silverstone at the British GP, it’s always special and always a pleasure to ride, but it’s definitely hard work. I’m trying my best and felt quite good this afternoon, although I’m not as strong over one fast lap as I was in previous years, when it was one of my strong points. I think age must be setting in, I take time to get going! The new track surface seems good, although there are still a few bumps out there. We have to give the circuit credit though, they have done a good job. We need to be on the front two rows tomorrow in qualifying. I know how long the race is and how it works. They will all be going hard in the first laps as the grip is there for us to do it, so you need to be there in case it breaks up. We’ll give it a go tomorrow and see how we get on.”

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Cal Crutchlow

Andrea Dovizioso – P6

“It’s nice to race here at Silverstone with the new asphalt and now the track is in a much better condition than last year. I’ve got a good feeling with my Desmosedici GP but we’ve still got a lot of work to do. In the afternoon the temperature went up considerably and it looks like tomorrow and Sunday it could be even warmer so it’ll be important to understand tomorrow what tyre choice to make. Today we focussed mainly on set-up work: we’ve improved some aspects but I’m sure there’s still some more margin. As I expected, there are a lot of quick riders out there, with a fast pace as well, but it’s still too early to see who is looking good for the race.”

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Andrea Dovizioso

Franco Morbidelli – P7

“Today we’ve worked to improve the amount of feedback I’m getting from the rear tyre. There’s still room to improve, but for the first day it’s gone really well. I hope that I can improve some more tomorrow, because there’s still a few areas where I don’t feel great. My speed is already good with both used and new tyres, but we can do better still. The new surface is quite nice; it’s smooth and nice to ride because you can really enjoy it now that there’s no bumps.”

Oliveira once again impressed to lead the KTM charge in P8, the Portuguese rider improving from P16 in the opening 45 minutes, with Miller’s aforementioned time enough to give him ninth overall. Danilo Petrucci (Ducati Team) took tenth.

Miguel Oliveira – P8

“It was a positive day for us. Obviously, we started again with a good FP2 inside the top 10. We did a decent job today, understanding the new asphalt, the tyres, so it was quite interesting to go and really feel this new tarmac. Despite the small issue we had this morning, I could do well on each lap. It was just a matter of understanding what could be our pace, but anyway we know, the lap times will drop tomorrow, so we have to keep focused on trying to find more speed in order to be in Q2 directly tomorrow morning after FP2.”

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Miguel Oliveira

Jack Miller – P9

“We did a good job today especially on the race pace and exploring many combinations of tires. I am satisfied with the way things went. In tomorrow morning’s FP3 we will focus on the time attack to try to qualify directly for Q2. The asphalt? They did a really great job.”

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Jack Miller

Danilo Petrucci – P10

“I’m quite satisfied, above all for the feeling that I had this morning. The track with the new asphalt is in an excellent condition, and in the afternoon we did some tyre testing to see which direction to take tomorrow and Sunday. Unfortunately, at the end of the session I wasn’t able to make the best use of the soft tyre to do a better lap time, unlike the other riders. We’ve still got some work to do to finalize a few details and above all see which tyre to choose for the race, but all in all it’s been a positive start.”

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Danilo Petrucci

Takaaki Nakagami, another who had their laptime reinstated, ended the day in P11, just ahead of Aleix Espargaro. Espargaro just missed out after the lap-time reinstatements despite managing to get back out on his Aprilia Racing Team Gresini machine after his first bike cut out completely heading into Brooklands corner, the Spaniard ending the day in P12.

Aleix Espargaro – P12

“Today went rather well. I worked with two different bikes in terms of settings, but I was comfortable with both of them. We had a technical problem in FP2, but we were still able to do a good job. Staying in the top 10 here will not be simple. We will have to give it our all. The track has improved greatly compared to last year. There are not many tracks like Silverstone and the new asphalt does it justice.”

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Aleix Espargaro

Pol Espargaro, team-mate Johann Zarco and Alex Rins (Team Suzuki Ecstar) completed the fastest fifteen.

A recovering Jorge Lorenzo took a cautious approach to the opening day of practice but was still able to improve his lap times by close to one and a half seconds between FP1 and FP2. Ending the day 21st in FP2 and 22nd overall, Jorge Lorenzo is looking to make the most of his British GP weekend but knows it will be a balancing act between maintaining his physical condition and pushing to be closer to the front.

Jorge Lorenzo – P22

“Today it has been a hard day, but I guess that little by little I will get my pace back and I will feel better on the bike. It’s been very tough, because I still feel a lot of pain in my back and I’m missing a lot of the habits of riding. I lost a lot of muscle mass and being on the bike is very physically demanding, so it makes it difficult to be competitive. Regarding the new surface, I’m very happy.”

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Jorge Lorenzo

A fast and furious couple of sessions on Friday now sets us up nicely for Saturday. FP3 should be dry, so there’s still time for the top 10 to change ahead of qualifying. 

MotoGP Combined Times

Pos Rider Bike Time
1 F.Quartararo YAMAHA 1m59.225
2 M.Marquez HONDA 1m59.476
3 M.Viñales YAMAHA 1m59.765
4 V.Rossi YAMAHA 1m59.937
5 C.Crutchlow HONDA 1m59.993
6 A.Dovizioso DUCATI 2m00.110
7 F.Morbidelli YAMAHA 2m00.183
8 M.Oliveira KTM 2m00.360
9 J.Miller DUCATI 2m00.392
10 D.Petrucci DUCATI 2m00.428
11 T.Nakagami HONDA 2m00.492
12 A.Espargaro APRILIA 2m00.497
13 P.Espargaro KTM 2m00.591
14 J.Zarco KTM 2m00.664
15 A.Rins SUZUKI 2m00.666
16 F.Bagnaia DUCATI 2m00.788
17 A.Iannone APRILIA 2m00.907
18 T.Rabat DUCATI 2m1.589
19 K.Abraham DUCATI 2m02.192
20 S.Guintoli SUZUKI 2m02.240
21 H.Syahrin KTM 2m02.417
22 J.Lorenzo HONDA 2m02.907

 


 

Moto2

Campetella Speed Up’s Jorge Navarro went one better than he did in FP1 to finish Friday at the GoPro British Grand Prix as the fastest man in Moto2, setting a new lap record of 2:04.993 to edge out Remy Gardner (ONEXOX TKKR SAG Team) and FlexBox HP 40’s Augusto Fernandez on Day 1.

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Jorge Navarro

FP1 saw Navarro and teammate Fabio Di Giannantonio sit pretty at the top of the times as Speed Up got off to a perfect start at Silverstone, but it was Navarro who came out all guns blazing in FP2 as he went 0.8 quicker than the fastest FP1 time with 33 minutes left on the clock. And that was all she wrote in the fight for P1 on Friday.

Gardner and Fernandez moved up the timesheets later, with Lorenzo Baldassarri (Flexbox HP 40) ultimately completing the top four ahead of a solid showing from home hero Sam Lowes (Federal Oil Gresini Moto2) in P5. The Brit has been on pole at Silverstone twice before.

Championship leader Alex Marquez (EG 0,0 Marc VDS) ended the day in sixth despite a tip off, rider ok, with Austria polesitter Tetsuta Nagashima (ONEXOX TKKR SAG Team) for close company. Marquez’ key title rival Tom Lüthi (Dynavolt Intact GP) was P8, ahead of Austria winner Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Ajo) and veteran Mattia Pasini (Tasca Racing Scuderia Moto2).

High profile replacement rider Bradley Smith put his Petronas Sprinta Racing machine in P27 on Day 1, but the Brit cut 1.3 seconds off his laptime from FP1 and there’ll surely be more to come on Saturday…

Moto2 Combined Times

Pos Rider Bike Time
1 J.Navarro SPEED UP 2m04.993
2 R.Gardner KALEX 2m05.122
3 A.Fernandez KALEX 2m05.282
4 L.Baldassarri KALEX 2m05.307
5 S.Lowes KALEX 2m05.321
6 A.Marquez KALEX 2m05.418
7 T.Nagashima KALEX 2m05.510
8 T.Luthi KALEX 2m05.588
9 B.Binder KTM 2m05.658
10 M.Pasini KALEX 2m05.696
11 N.Bulega KALEX 2m05.725
12 F.Di Giannanto SPEED UP 2m05.764
13 M.Schrotter  KALEX 2m05.773
14 S.Manzi MV AGUSTA 2m05.783
15 S.Chantra KALEX 2m05.842
16 X.Vierge KALEX 2m05.963
17 J.Martin KTM 2m05.971
18 A.Locatelli KALEX 2m06.123
19 L.Marini KALEX 2m06.160
20 D.Aegerter MV AGUSTA 2m06.367
21 B.Bendsneyde NTS 2m6.387
22 J.Dixon KTM 2m06.534
23 I.Lecuona KTM 2m06.614
24 E.Bastianini KALEX 2m06.649
25 M.Bezzecchi KTM 2m06.845
26 J.Roberts KTM 2’m7.151
27 B.Smith KALEX 2m07.314
28 S.Odendaal NTS 2m07.341
29 P.Oettl KTM 2m07.381
30 L.Tulovic KTM 2m08.023
31 T.Nagoe KALEX 2m09.460
32 X.Cardelus KTM 2m09.850

 


Moto3

Tony Arbolino (VNE Snipers) set a new fastest-ever lap of Silverstone Circuit on Friday at the GoPro British Grand Prix, putting in 2:12.008 in FP1 and remaining unassailable come the end of FP2. The Italian’s half a second advantage was halved in the afternoon, however, thanks to Sama Qatar Angel Nieto’s Albert Arena as the Spaniard went quickest in FP2. Championship leader Lorenzo Dalla Porta (Leopard Racing) was third quickest, just 0.028 off Arenas.

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Tony Arbolino

Sunny skies at Silverstone saw everyone able to stretch their legs, and most riders improved in the afternoon. Darryn Binder (CIP – Green Power) was one of those who took the biggest leap forward, with the South African ending the day fourth overall as he cut more than two and a half seconds off his laptime. Tatsukia Suzuki (SIC58 Squadra Corse) also made big gains and completed the top five, just ahead of title contender Aron Canet (Sterilgarda Max Racing Team).

Kaito Toba (Honda Team Asia) was the second rider in the top ten, alongside Arbolino, who didn’t improve in the afternoon but he ends Day 1 in seventh, just 0.007 ahead of Austria winner Romano Fenati (VNE Snipers).

Replacement rider Jeremy Alcoba (Kömmerling Gresini Moto3) impressed to end Friday in ninth, 0.014 off Fenati, with Stefano Nepa (Reale Avintia Arizona 77) another impressive performer on Day 1 as he took tenth.

Niccolo Antonelli (SIC58 Squadra Corse), Ayumu Sasaki (Petronas Sprinta Racing), and Andrea Migno (Bester Capital Dubai) were next up, ahead of home hero John McPhee (Petronas Sprinta Racing), who also renewed his contract on Friday. Jakub Kornfeil (Redox PrüstelGP) locked out the fastest fifteen.

McPhee and Kornfeil both crashed in the morning, and there was an incident that saw Kazuki Masaki (BOE Skull Rider Mugen Race) hit Dennis Foggia (Sky Racing Team VR46) in FP1. Raul Fernandez (Sama Qatar Angel Nieto Team) and Makar Yurchenko (BOE Skull Rider Mugen Race) also went down in the afternoon.

Moto3 Combined Times

Pos Rider Bike Time
1 T.Arbolino HONDA 2m12.008
2 A.Arenas KTM 2m12.224
3 L.Dalla Porta   Ita HONDA 2m12.252
4 D.Binder KTM 2m12.287
5 T.Suzuki HONDA 2m12.415
6 A.Canet KTM 2m12.652
7 K.Toba HONDA 2m12.682
8 R.Fenati HONDA 2m12.689
9 J.Alcoba HONDA 2m12.703
10 S.Nepa KTM 2m12.740
11 N.Antonelli HONDA 2m12.754
12 A.Sasaki HONDA 2m12.770
13 A.Migno KTM 2m12.884
14 J.Mcphee HONDA 2m13.001
15 J.Kornfeil KTM 2m13.140
16 A.Lopez HONDA 2m13.147
17 S.Garcia HONDA 2m13.226
18 J.Masia KTM 2m13.291
19 M.Ramirez HONDA 2m13.319
20 A.Ogura HONDA 2m13.435
21 F.Salac KTM 2m13.538
22 R.Fernandez KTM 2m13.543
23 D.Foggia KTM 2m13.579
24 K.Masaki KTM 2m13.651
25 T.Booth-Amos KTM 2m13.701
26 M.Yurchenko KTM 2m13.839
27 C.Oncu KTM 2m14.027
28 C.Vietti KTM 2m14.400
29 R.Rossi HONDA 2m14.820
30 M.Kofler KTM 2m15.179
31 B.Paasch KTM 2m16.057

 


 

 

Silverstone track

Silverstone Lap

Silverstone MotoGP Schedule

Sunday’s schedule will have a different running order and timetable to usual, with the main event preceding Moto2 this weekend and getting underway at 1300 local with equates to 2200 for those of us on Australia’s eastern seaboard. 

Time Class Session
1800 Moto3 FP1
1855 MotoGP FP1
1955 Moto2 FP1
2215 Moto3 FP2
2310 MotoGP FP2
0010 Moto2 FP2
Time Class Session
1800 Moto3 FP3
1855 MotoGP FP3
1955 Moto2 FP3
2135 Moto3 Q1
2200 Moto3 Q2
2230 MotoGP FP4
2310 MotoGP Q1
2335 MotoGP Q2
0005 Moto2 Q1
0030 Moto2 Q2
Time Class Session
1800 Moto3 WUP
1839 Moto2 WUP
1900 MotoGP WUP
2020 Moto3 Race
2200 MotoGP Race
2330 Moto2 Race
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