Marquez on top as Brits shine at Silverstone

Author: Bike Social Sports Reporter Posted: 29 Aug 2014

Marquez was fastest on Day 1

After losing out last time in Brno, Marc Marquez has come out of the blocks on fire as his factory rivals struggled on the opening day of the British Grand Prix at Silverstone.  

The Spaniard set the fastest time in both of the day’s free practice sessions, half a second clear of his nearest challengers. With temperatures relatively low, a surge of open class bikes (plus the Ducatis) made their way into the top ten using the softer option tyre in this afternoon’s session, including impressive performances from Yonny Hernandez and Scott Redding in fifth and sixth respectively.

Winner last time out, Dani Pedrosa languished in ninth position after struggling with grip issues in the low track temperatures. Meanwhile the day was not far off disastrous for the Movistar Yamaha squad with both riders outside the top ten. Both Jorge Lorenzo (11th) and Valentino Rossi (14th) struggled with a lack of feel in the front end of their Yamaha YZR-M1s on corner entry.

Redding impressed on day 1

There were no issues for Britain’s Bradley Smith, the Oxfordshire lad setting the fourth fastest time to place lead Yamaha. Leon Camier continued to impress on the Drive M7 Aspar bike, the lanky Brit was just two tenths slower than teammate Hiroshi Aoyama. Cal Crutchlow, fourteenth fastest, says he’s struggling to change his riding style to suit the bike around the 3.6 mile Northamptonshire circuit.

The forecast for Saturday is dry although it’s unclear whether temperatures will rise, which could play into the hands of the open category machines who will continue to be able to run the softer option tyre. Should Rossi, Lorenzo and Crutchlow be unable to improve their times tomorrow morning all three of them will have to fight in Q2 to progress to the final stage of qualifying.

Free Practice Results




1
Marc Marquez 93
ESP HONDA 2'02.126
2
Stefan Bradl 6
GER HONDA 2'02.635
3
Andrea Dovizioso 4
ITA DUCATI 2'03.011
4
Bradley Smith 38
GBR YAMAHA 2'03.070
5
Yonny Hernandez 68
COL DUCATI 2'03.327
6
Scott Redding 45
GBR HONDA 2'03.333
7
Andrea Iannone 29
ITA DUCATI 2'03.353
8
Alvaro Bautista 19
ESP HONDA 2'03.391
9
Dani Pedrosa 26
ESP HONDA 2'03.410
10
Aleix Espargaro 41
ESP YAMAHA 2'03.468
11
Jorge Lorenzo 99
ESP YAMAHA 2'03.500
12
Pol Espargaro 44
ESP YAMAHA 2'03.542
13
Valentino Rossi 46
ITA YAMAHA 2'03.952
14
Cal Crutchlow 35
GBR DUCATI 2'04.057
15
Alex De Angelis 15
RSM YAMAHA 2'04.411
16
Hiroshi Aoyama 7
JPN HONDA 2'04.762
17
Leon Camier 2
GBR HONDA 2'04.928
18
Karel Abraham 17
CZE HONDA 2'05.002
19
Danilo Petrucci 9
ITA IODA-SUTER 2'05.827
20
Michael Laverty 70
GBR ART & PBM 2'06.335
21
Hector Barbera 8
ESP FTR-KAWASAKI 2'06.369
22
Broc Parkes 23
AUS PBM 2'07.855
23
Mike Di Meglio 63
FRA FTR-KAWASAKI 2'08.397


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