2016 Silverstone Saturday MotoGP Round Up: Tires Wet & Dry, Losing FP4, and a Fast Dutchman

The year of weird weather continues. After a fine Friday, and a foggy but dry start to Saturday, the rain moved in during practice for Moto2, and increased in intensity for qualifying, varying on and off during MotoGP FP4 and then the two qualifying sessions. Tomorrow will most likely be dry, though there are threats of a very light rain at various points throughout the day.

Then again, we are at Silverstone in September. It can hot and sunny, or cold, wet, and windy, sometimes all on the same day. But add a wet qualifying to the rain in Assen, the Sachsenring, and Brno, and the weather is having a serious effect on the championship. Saturday was no exception.

With FP4 wet, the MotoGP grid lost their main practice session, where the teams work solely on the race without worrying about whether they would get through to Q2 or not. But the session was useful nonetheless. Michelin had brought three different front wet tires, and a couple of wet compounds for the rear.

2016 Silverstone MotoGP FP4 Result: Honda VS Ducati

With the MotoGP class facing rain for the first time this weekend, the last practice session helped them get a feel in the wet but also gave Honda some more time in the limelight, with Marc Marquez beating the Ducati of Andrea Dovizioso by one hundredth of a second.

The two factories took over the top five, with Cal Crutchlow four tenths ahead of Dani Pedrosa, early leader Andrea Iannone close by in fifth spot.

2016 Silverstone Moto2 FP3 Result: Another Parade Lap For Lowes

The intermediate class learned their lesson from Friday and made the most of the first minutes of the session, before – almost like clockwork – the rain flags came out after about fifteen minutes. Luckily, the rain eased up quickly to allow more track time and some competitive times.

Sam Lowes paid his dues to the paying public by being the only rider to circulate around the track once things got wet and got rewarded with a first position over three tenths ahead after a series of red hot laps in the final minutes of FP3.


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