Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez finished on top this morning in MotoGP free practice with a time of 2.03.111, ahead of Movistar Yamaha duo Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi.
Cooler track temperatures meant lower lap times, as
|Lorenzo leads the way in Britain
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Marquez was 3s off the lap record pace.
Scott Redding was the top Brit aboard his EG 0,0 Marc VDS machine in sixth position, ahead of Bradley Smith in 7th with Cal Crutchlow in 10th.
Free practice two saw warmer track temperatures, as well as wind on track which saw teams drill holes in riders fairings to help combat the wind.
But it was Lorenzo who dominated the session as he set the fastest time in the opening five minutes and remained unchallenged, setting a lap time of 2.02.338.
With just over a second covering the top 11 it’s tight at the top at Silverstone as Crutchlow commented, meaning the British rider isn’t worried about his position of 15th as much as he could be. Marquez wasn’t far behind Lorenzo, as he finished the day with a lap time of 2.02.371.
“The feeling has been good from the beginning. Lorenzo said of his opening day in Britain “I didn’t expect to improve so much in the afternoon session on my first run, but my lap time was suddenly a second quicker and was fast enough for me to stay in first position. We still need to improve our pace a little bit, because the track is very cold and this made the tyre go down a little bit after every run. We need to work on the bike to make it easier on tyre-life to be able to keep up a higher pace.”
Last years race winner Marquez explained “The feeling we have is really similar like as last year, at the moment we have the same problems and the same feeling. It’s exiting the corners which is where we struggle the most. Our rhythm is not so bad, which was out weak point in Brno, after today it looks like when the tyres drop I am still able to hold the rhythm.”
Britain’s Smith finished the day top Brit in third with a time of 2.02.531 which was helped by improving track conditions: “The track improved a bit this afternoon, it rubbed in and track temp helped a lot as well as a couple of small changes. A lot of it came from the track, if you’re 5% off then it makes a big difference. It will be tough to stay in this position tomorrow as I am certainly not afraid to risk as much on a Friday. We will have to take FP3 with a pinch of salt as its so cold in the mornings but I think FP4 will give us more of an indication on the race.”
Championship leader Rossi ended his opening day in 10th position after a tough FP2, although the Italian admits it’s not a disaster: “This afternoon was a bit difficult but I expected to be stronger, the practise this morning was not so bad, we made a small improvement. We suffer a lot with the degradation of the rear tyre, we tried to change the setting of the bike to be more constant. I am not strong enough and I am not fast enough, we need to continue more like this morning. I lose a lot of positions in the end because I didn’t concentrate much on the lap time and some guys put in a soft tyre as they want to be in Q2 with the risk of rain. At the end of the day we concentrate on pace and the position is quite bad but it is not a disaster.”