Fabio Quartararo dominates British MotoGP FP1, Jorge Lorenzo 22nd on return

Fabio Quartararo just missed out on snatching the MotoGP Silverstone lap record as he flew to the fastest time in first practice for the British Grand Prix.

Quartararo worked his way slowly up the leaderboard across the 45 minute session, before winding up for a final flyer in the closing minutes.

The Frenchman lit up the timing screen to go over half-a-second faster than long-time leader Marc Marquez, posting a 1:59.952 to lap just 0.011 away from Marquez’s lap record from 2017-the Honda riders’ pole time that year.

Marquez himself settled for second fastest, unable to improve on his own 2:00.538 tour towards the end and thus closing out the session 0.586 down on Quartararo’s incredible time.

Maverick Vinales managed third despite a crash mid-way through the session, the Yamaha rider tucking the front of his M1 into Stowe.

He had just come off the back off two successive fast laps in which he had narrowed then-leader Marquez’s advantage to just over a tenth, but pushed too hard on his third effort and slid into the gravel on the exit of Stowe.

Alex Rins was the first rider to lap more than a second away from Quartararo in fourth, while the second SRT Petronas machine of Franco Morbidelli rounded out the top five.

Andrea Dovizioso managed sixth fastest for Ducati ahead of Valentino Rossi’s Yamaha, as home hero Cal Crutchlow posted the eighth quickest lap for LCR Honda-1.443 from the leading pace.

Danilo Petrucci and Jack Miller completed the top ten runners on their GP19 Ducatis.

Aprilia had an encouraging session, Aleix Espargaro spending much of the session in the top five before slipping to 12th by the conclusion of the session with team-mate Andrea Iannone backing him up just behind in 13th.

The returning Jorge Lorenzo managed the 22nd and slowest time- 4.4 seconds from the pace-setting Quartararo- as he focussed on bedding himself back in having not ridden a MotoGP machine since his crash back at the Dutch TT in June.

Karel Abraham suffered an identical crash to Vinales at Stowe just minutes earlier, also re-joining later in the session, while Joan Mir’s Suzuki replacement Sylvain Guintoli also had a spill late on, going down at Turn 14.

Great Britain - Practice 1

Pos Driver Team Time Gap
1 Flag   Fabio Quartararo Petronas Yamaha SRT 1:59.952
2 Flag   Marc Marquez Repsol Honda Team 2:00.538 0.586
3 Flag   Maverick Vinales Monster Energy Yamaha 2:00.692 0.740
4 Flag   Alex Rins Team Suzuki Ecstar 2:00.979 1.027
5 Flag   Franco Morbidelli Petronas Yamaha SRT 2:01.002 1.050
6 Flag   Andrea Dovizioso Mission Winnow Ducati 2:01.005 1.053
7 Flag   Valentino Rossi Monster Energy Yamaha 2:01.298 1.346
8 Flag   Cal Crutchlow LCR Honda 2:01.395 1.443
9 Flag   Danilo Petrucci Mission Winnow Ducati 2:01.438 1.486
10 Flag   Jack Miller Alma Pramac Racing 2:01.535 1.583
11 Flag   Tito Rabat Reale Avintia Racing 2:01.589 1.637
12 Flag   Aleix Espargaro Aprilia Racing Gresini 2:01.658 1.706
13 Flag   Andrea Iannone Aprilia Racing Gresini 2:01.810 1.858
14 Flag   Francesco Bagnaia Alma Pramac Racing 2:01.852 1.900
15 Flag   Johann Zarco Red Bull KTM Factory 2:01.860 1.908
16 Flag   Miguel Oliviera Red Bull KTM Tech 3 2:01.865 1.913
17 Flag   Pol Espargaro Red Bull KTM Factory 2:02.028 2.076
18 Flag   Takaaki Nakagami LCR Honda 2:02.062 2.110
19 Flag   Karel Abraham Reale Avintia Racing 2:02.192 2.240
20 Flag   Sylvain Guintoli Team Suzuki Ecstar 2:02.557 2.605
21 Flag   Hafizh Syahrin Red Bull KTM Tech 3 2:03.058 3.106
22 Flag   Jorge Lorenzo Repsol Honda Team 2:04.354 4.402