MotoGP Silverstone FP1: Marc Marquez leads FP1 with a 170mph crash
Marc Marquez suffered an incredibly fast crash during FP1, a session he led.
Marc Marquez led the way in the FP1 MotoGP session, the eight-time champion is looking incredibly strong at Silverstone with pace to battle for the race win this weekend, unfortunately the session was marred and red-flagged following from a pretty terrifying 170mph crash for Marc Marquez who was able to walk away from the crash unharmed in relatively good shape, a quick medical centre check-up will determine if there is any damage before he heads back out in FP2 this afternoon.
Marquez led a pretty rapid Aprilia ridden by Aleix Espargaro by 0.250 seconds, the Aprilia rider running as high as second place last time out in Styria and is once again showing that Aprilia have the pace to fight for a podium, now with Maverick Vinales on their roster the podium probably isn’t too far away. In third place was Fabio Quartararo then Pol Espargaro, the Repsol Honda rider really having a torrid time this year barely scoring any points with only 41 to his name at the time of writing, hopefully Silverstone can be the place he turns his season around.
Rounding out the top five was Jack Miller, the Aussie rider has been adopted by us Brits as one of our own so hopefully he will be able to use a ‘home boost’ this weekend to his advantage given the faux British status he has been given, a home-away-from-home round.
Surprisingly we’ve seen all four Honda’s within the top 10 with Takaaki Nakagami in P6 and Alex Marquez in P10, the younger Marquez only 0.929 seconds from his brother in P1. Between the LCR Honda boys were Alex Rins, Francesco Bagnaia and Johann Zarco, Alex Rins won here last time out battling Marc Marquez for the victory, a strong result this weekend will turn Rins’ season around following many crashes.
Cal Crutchlow made his Monster Yamaha debut in a very strong P12 making lots of progress throughout the session only 1.025 seconds from the leader Marc Marquez, another debutant was Jake Dixon who has made the step up from Moto2 for this weekend only. His first lap was 11 seconds off the pace but lap by lap he has gotten more comfortable and finished within 2.998 seconds of P1, an unbelievably strong result in his first session on the bike.
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