Schrotter tops chilly FP3 at Silverstone from Marquez and Navarro

by Alice Cipolat
Marcel Schrotter Silverstone FP3 2018

Marcel Schrotter set the pace in FP3 this morning at the British GP, setting a lap time of 2:08.182. Last year, the fastest time in this session was 2:06.993, but the weather in 2017 was hot and sunny as opposed to cold and windy this year with spots of rain.

Alex Marquez was also quick in this session, finishing 2nd just over a tenth away from Schrotter. Jorge Navarro completed the top 3.  In FP1 and FP2, Schrotter and Marquez were fastest respectively so look the strongest heading into qualifying, although FP2 times were unrepresentative due to rain disruption.

Sam Lowes again looked strong at his home race, finishing in 6th just half a second off the pace. Things didn’t go so well for the other British riders, though; Danny Kent finished 27th and wildcard Josh Owens crashed during the session.

Other crashes in FP3 came from Khairul Idham Pawi, Joe Roberts, Navarro and Joan Mir, the latter of which had looked strong and temporarily faster than his team-mate prior to the crash. Mir returned to the track and eventually finished in 8th place. Navarro took 3rd place in the standings but crashed right at the end of the session.

We learned just before FP3 started that Isaac Viñales has been declared unfit for the rest of the British GP, after a crash yesterday left him with a broken right wrist. Xavi Vierge is also suffering from a broken wrist, but his has had two weeks to heal and he seemed more comfortable with it in this session than he did yesterday. Vierge completed 10 laps and finished 20th.

In terms of the championship battle, Francesco Bagnaia again looked faster than Miguel Oliveira. Bagnaia finished 7th and Oliveira 12th, though the session was quite close and Oliveira has definitely made an improvement from yesterday.

The forecast for today was completely dry, but typically of Silverstone there was some rain flags waved during the session. The rain didn’t seem to affect the track too much though, and was nowhere near the deluge that is forecast for tomorrow.


2018 Moto2 GoPro British Grand Prix (FP3)

PosRiderConstructorTeamBest Time
123. Marcel SchrotterKalexDynavolt Intact GP2:08.182
273. Alex MarquezKalexEG 0.0 Marc VDS2:08.349
39. Jorge NavarroKalexFederal Oil Gresini Moto22:08.386
410. Luca MariniKalexSky Racing Team VR462:08.477
520. Fabio QuartararoSpeed Up+Ego - Speed Up Racing2:08.502
622. Sam LowesKTMSwiss Innovative Investors2:08.690
742. Francesco BagnaiaKalexSky Racing Team VR462:08.718
836. Joan MirKalexEG 0.0 Marc VDS2:08.829
927. Iker LecuonaKTMSwiss Innovative Investors2:08.941
1077. Dominique AegerterKTMKiefer Racing2:08.946
1187. Remy GardnerTech 3Tech 3 Racing2:08.981
1244. Miguel OliveiraKTMRed Bull KTM Ajo2:09.021
1354. Mattia PasiniKalexItaltrans Racing Team2:09.078
1440. Augusto FernandezKalexPons HP402:09.126
1513. Romano FenatiKalexMarinelli Snipers Team2:09.138
165. Andrea LocatelliKalexItaltrans Racing Team2:09.152
1741. Brad BinderKTMRed Bull KTM Ajo2:09.162
1862. Stefano ManziSuterForward Racing Team2:09.234
197. Lorenzo BaldassarriKalexPons HP402:09.344
2097. Xavi ViergeKalexDynavolt Intact GP2:09.555
2164. Bo BendsneyderTech 3Tech 3 Racing2:09.899
224. Steven OdendaalNTSNTS RW Racing GP2:10.061
2345. Tetsuta NagashimaKalexIDEMITSU Honda Team Asia2:10.108
2416. Joe RobertsNTSNTS RW Racing GP2:10.378
2566. Niki TuuliKalexSIC Racing Team2:10.466
2624. Simone CorsiKalexTasca Racing Scuderia Moto22:10.754
2752. Danny KentSpeed Up+Ego - Speed Up Racing2:10.841
2895. Jules DaniloKalexNashi Argan SAG Team2:11.272
2955. Alejandro MedinaKalexSAG Team2:11.605
3065. Josh OwensKalexTickhill Labour and Plant2:12.550
3118. Xavi CardelusKalexTeam Stylobike2:12.629
3289. Khairul Idham PawiKalexIDEMITSU Honda Team Asia2:13.124
3321. Federico FuligniKalexTasca Racing Scuderia Moto22:13.234
3432. Isaac VinalesSuterForward Racing TeamNo Time

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