2015 Silverstone MotoGP FP1 Result: Marquez Scorches Into Early Lead

Marc Marquez has started Silverstone in determined mood, topping the first session of free practice for the MotoGP class from early in the session and never relinquishing his lead. Jorge Lorenzo ended the sesssion in second, but four tenths slower than Marquez, and nearly half a second faster than his teammate Valentino Rossi. A brace of Ducatis followed, Andrea Iannone ahead of his teammate Andrea Dovizioso. Scott Redding had a strong first session, ending FP1 in 6th, less than two tenths behind Rossi in 3rd, and first satellite rider. Bradley Smith put the Tech 3 Yamaha into 7th, ahead of Dani Pedrosa.

With good weather expected this afternoon, and the possibility of rain on Saturday, the FP2 session this afternoon is likely to be crucial, and hard fought. A top 10 spot will be vital in FP2 if riders are to avoid the ignominy of going through Q1.


Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Diff Previous
1 93 Marc Marquez Honda 2'03.111    
2 99 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 2'03.499 0.388 0.388
3 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 2'03.967 0.856 0.468
4 29 Andrea Iannone Ducati 2'04.072 0.961 0.105
5 4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 2'04.115 1.004 0.043
6 45 Scott Redding Honda 2'04.170 1.059 0.055
7 38 Bradley Smith Yamaha 2'04.313 1.202 0.143
8 26 Dani Pedrosa Honda 2'04.347 1.236 0.034
9 44 Pol Espargaro Yamaha 2'04.364 1.253 0.017
10 35 Cal Crutchlow Honda 2'04.413 1.302 0.049
11 9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati 2'04.659 1.548 0.246
12 25 Maverick Viñales Suzuki 2'04.728 1.617 0.069
13 41 Aleix Espargaro Suzuki 2'04.816 1.705 0.088
14 68 Yonny Hernandez Ducati 2'04.817 1.706 0.001
15 50 Eugene Laverty Honda 2'05.170 2.059 0.353
16 19 Alvaro Bautista Aprilia 2'05.290 2.179 0.120
17 76 Loris Baz Yamaha Forward 2'05.403 2.292 0.113
18 6 Stefan Bradl Aprilia 2'05.956 2.845 0.553
19 69 Nicky Hayden Honda 2'05.987 2.876 0.031
20 15 Alex De Angelis ART 2'06.045 2.934 0.058
21 17 Karel Abraham Honda 2'06.154 3.043 0.109
22 43 Jack Miller Honda 2'06.478 3.367 0.324
23 63 Mike Di Meglio Ducati 2'06.482 3.371 0.004
24 8 Hector Barbera Ducati 2'07.820 4.709 1.338
25 71 Claudio Corti Yamaha Forward 2'08.286 5.175 0.466


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I hope Marc will learn a lot from this season. I he weren't lost 'sure' points at Argentina, Italy and Catalunya he will be first in standings no matter what!

Actually, the same was at the end of last year, I mean on RSM , ARA and AUS. I mean on RSM (he would be comfortably second behind Rossi), ARA (he didn't go to pit on time) and AUS (he was over 5 seconds in the lead). These results I don't see as Yamaha resurgence.

@ Spdzlla - At the end of a season, a rider's position in the championship is a fairly good indicator of his overall talent, combined with the grade of his machine's speed and handling. The last two years, most disinterested observers would acknowledge Marquez had the best bike by some margin. This year he doesn't possess that advantage, which has revealed up his deficiencies in tactical intelligence - a crucial component of a champion.

Which makes him EXTREMELY dangerous right now. Has he not shown maturity the last 4 GP's?

Hmmmmmm, if you remember, Dani Pedrosa - healthy Dani Pedrosa - was on the same bike last year and he achieve only one victory and 4th place in the championship. On top of that, a lots of riders were cought stating that Marc makes the difference not the bike, if you check statements from last year you will find it for sure. The same story has been told for Stoner and he proved that he was the difference, not the bike.

Either way, that was not my point. I think that Marc would be first in standings by far if weren't his lust for win. I hope he will be smarter in the future and that he will settle for second if he can't get first place, that is all.

I watch and follow motorcycle racing since 1996 and I never saw a rider like Marc! He is just amazing!

Nope, Marc won't lead the championship even if he didn't crash at those three rounds.

Let's just imagine if he hold himself and finish the race. He will be 2nd in Argentina, 4th in Mugello, and 3rd in Catalunya which mean he got 49 points. it will put him at 208 points. Still 3 points down on Rossi and Lorenzo.