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British MotoGP: Quartararo Fires Back in Morning Warmup

The Top 14 were less than a second apart on Sunday morning at the British MotoGP, and it was now-familiar Frenchman Quartararo who returned to the top of the table. The Yamaha’s 1m59.609s lap was 0.07s better than Marc Marquez who will sit on pole for Sunday’s race. 

While Sunday morning warm-up doesn’t mean a lot when it comes to results, the Petronas Yamaha SRT will welcome the confidence boost. He was bumped from the front row of the grid late in Q1 as Marquez, Valentino Rossi, and Jack Miller formed a freight train that helped them set the top three times. 

Marquez was clearly pushing during the session, backing his RC213V into turn one aggressively enough to upset the chassis, but in Marquez style was able to wrestle the bike safely through and continue. Miller likewise pulled off a Marquez-esque save. The Aussie tucked the front on the way into turn seven but was able to save the bike on the throttle. The Ducati rider ran off into the gravel at the same spot his engine had expired on Saturday, but this time was able to rejoin. 

The news was all bad for Jorge Lorenzo, who was still unable to get under 2m02 seconds as he struggles to regain confidence. Lorenzo has admitted this weekend that he is “riding scared” after fracturing vertebrae in Assen four races ago. 

A record-breaking crowd looks set to descend on Silverstone on a day when the weather is absolutely perfect. Hot temperatures, a new surface, and frantic pace will make tire choice critical. We’ll find out who makes the right one at 8am Eastern time. 

Pos. Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time Gap 1st/Prev.
1 20 Fabio Quartararo FRA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 320.4 1’59.609
2 93 Marc Marquez SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 327.2 1’59.679 0.070 / 0.070
3 4 Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team Ducati 333.3 1’59.910 0.301 / 0.231
4 46 Valentino Rossi ITA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 323.3 1’59.995 0.386 / 0.085
5 42 Alex Rins SPA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki 323.3 2’00.053 0.444 / 0.058
6 12 Maverick Viñales SPA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 326.2 2’00.059 0.450 / 0.006
7 35 Cal Crutchlow GBR LCR Honda CASTROL Honda 327.2 2’00.163 0.554 / 0.104
8 21 Franco Morbidelli ITA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 321.4 2’00.243 0.634 / 0.080
9 9 Danilo Petrucci ITA Ducati Team Ducati 327.2 2’00.257 0.648 / 0.014
10 43 Jack Miller AUS Pramac Racing Ducati 333.3 2’00.301 0.692 / 0.044
11 30 Takaaki Nakagami JPN LCR Honda IDEMITSU Honda 324.3 2’00.370 0.761 / 0.069
12 44 Pol Espargaro SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 326.2 2’00.410 0.801 / 0.040
13 41 Aleix Espargaro SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 328.2 2’00.442 0.833 / 0.032
14 88 Miguel Oliveira POR Red Bull KTM Tech 3 KTM 322.3 2’00.532 0.923 / 0.090
15 5 Johann Zarco FRA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 321.4 2’00.682 1.073 / 0.150
16 50 Sylvain Guintoli FRA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki 322.3 2’01.368 1.759 / 0.686
17 29 Andrea Iannone ITA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 321.4 2’01.464 1.855 / 0.096
18 53 Tito Rabat SPA Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 328.2 2’01.580 1.971 / 0.116
19 55 Hafizh Syahrin MAL Red Bull KTM Tech 3 KTM 320.4 2’01.737 2.128 / 0.157
20 63 Francesco Bagnaia ITA Pramac Racing Ducati 327.2 2’01.867 2.258 / 0.130
21 17 Karel Abraham CZE Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 322.3 2’02.755 3.146 / 0.888
22 99 Jorge Lorenzo SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 324.3 2’03.083 3.474 / 0.328