Lorenzo Makes Impressive Start To Silverstone Weekend


Jorge Lorenzo sent out a strong message to Marc Marquez that he won’t surrender his MotoGP crown without a fight by comfortably topping the timesheets on Friday at Silverstone. The reigning champion, who trails Marquez by 44 points, was quickest for the entire second session with Marquez only able close the gap to 0.224s by the chequered flag.

With his first lap of the afternoon, a 2:03.226, Lorenzo was already quicker than Marquez had been in the morning to the tune of eight tenths of a second but his next lap was even faster, knocking half a second off his own benchmark to break into the 2:02s. No-one else would do the same until Marquez’s late improvement and Lorenzo is confident he has the package to threaten the championship leader for 20 laps on Sunday.

“I started very fast because I improved almost one second and a half in the beginning; I was surprised with the improvement. At this track, when the rear tyre starts to drop it’s very difficult to keep the same pace so we have to work hard to make a constant bike that works over long distance. I’m satisfied because I think we have the possibility to fight for the victory this time.”

Although he couldn’t make an impression on Lorenzo, Marquez was still a quarter of a second clear of Dani Pedrosa on the other Repsol Honda with the elder Spaniard complaining of a lack of rear grip on the harder tyre. Alvaro Bautista, returning to the scene of his maiden MotoGP pole a year ago, was fourth ahead of Valentino Rossi with home favourites Cal Crutchlow and Bradley Smith sixth and eight respectively, sandwiching Andrea Dovizioso’s Ducati.

Stefan Bradl and Nicky Hayden will have to up their game in FP3 to ensure their places in Q2, sitting on the edge of the top ten, with Aleix Espargaro and Yonny Hernandez waiting to pounce on any mistakes having outpaced the Pramac Ducatis today. Karel Abraham won’t be a threat though having pulled out before the weekend started due to injury.

 

 Hertz British Grand Prix – Combined Friday Practice Classification
Pos Rider Bike Team Best Time
1  Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha Yamaha Factory Racing 2:02.734
2  Marc Marquez Honda Repsol Honda Team 2:02.958
3  Dani Pedrosa Honda Repsol Honda Team 2:03.192
4  Alvaro Bautista Honda GO&FUN Honda Gresini 2:03.463
5  Valentino Rossi Yamaha Yamaha Factory Racing 2:03.480
6  Cal Crutchlow Yamaha Monster Yamaha Tech 3 2:03.505
7  Andrea Dovizioso Ducati Ducati Team 2:03.658
8  Bradley Smith Yamaha Monster Yamaha Tech 3 2:03.750
9  Stefan Bradl Honda LCR Honda MotoGP 2:03.784
10  Nicky Hayden Ducati Ducati Team 2:04.089
11  Aleix Espargaro ART Power Electronics Aspar 2:04.145
12  Yonny Hernandez ART Paul Bird Motorsport 2:04.476
13  Andrea Iannone Ducati Energy T.I. Pramac Racing 2:05.052
14  Randy de Puniet ART Power Electronics Aspar 2:05.069
15  Hector Barbera FTR Avintia Blusens 2:05.266
16  Michele Pirro Ducati Ignite Pramac Racing 2:05.438
17  Colin Edwards FTR Kawasaki NGM Mobile Forward Racing 2:05.484
18  Claudio Corti FTR Kawasaki NGM Mobile Forward Racing 2:05.506
19  Danilo Petrucci Ioda Suter Came IodaRacing Project 2:05.657
20  Michael Laverty PBM Paul Bird Motorsport 2:05.977
21  Hiroshi Aoyama FTR Avintia Blusens 2:06.038
22  Bryan Staring FTR Honda GO&FUN Honda Gresini 2:07.854
23  Lukas Pesek Ioda Suter Came Ioda Racing Project 2:09.209
  • Two Bob

    Delivering a fast lap does not win a good old fashioned dogfight!

  • Louis Suddaby

    I think we’ll see one on Sunday though, Lorenzo definitely fancies this one! Must-win for Jorge surely?