2016 Silverstone MotoGP FP1 Result: Hurricane Viñales In Control

Ok, maybe it wasn’t quite as dramatic as the headline suggests but flags on the merchandise stalls were waving with more fervour than the most devoted fanclub could ever manage. That saw Maverick Viñales take a late turn at the top of the standings, the Suzuki enjoying the cool conditions to go significantly faster than the field, only Jorge Lorenzo within a second of his fellow Spaniard.

Marc Marquez was the early leader after the first run, the championship leader then becoming the first faller in the class, crashing into turn twelve on the following outlap. A change of leathers later, the Honda rider went back out to reclaim his top spot, before being bumped down to third.

Running the new frame tested in Brno, Valentino Rossi started steadily, climbing his way into the top four in the final part of the session. Ducati will be quite satisfied with their morning as well, with Andrea Dovizioso and Andrea Iannone leading the timesheets on occasion. Ultimately, they finished fifth and seventh, with Iannone also finishing in a puff of smoke.

The two were separated by Pol Espargaro in sixth position, the Spaniard raising his game against his new teammate. Dani Pedrosa, Scott Redding and Danilo Petrucci ended the top ten, over a second and a half down on Viñales.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 25 Maverick VIÑALES Suzuki 2'02.483    
2 99 Jorge LORENZO Yamaha 2'02.765 0.282 0.282
3 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 2'03.563 1.080 0.798
4 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 2'03.591 1.108 0.028
5 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 2'03.637 1.154 0.046
6 44 Pol ESPARGARO Yamaha 2'03.714 1.231 0.077
7 29 Andrea IANNONE Ducati 2'04.027 1.544 0.313
8 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda 2'04.037 1.554 0.010
9 45 Scott REDDING Ducati 2'04.138 1.655 0.101
10 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 2'04.170 1.687 0.032
11 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 2'04.247 1.764 0.077
12 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Suzuki 2'04.443 1.960 0.196
13 50 Eugene LAVERTY Ducati 2'04.473 1.990 0.030
14 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ Ducati 2'04.491 2.008 0.018
15 6 Stefan BRADL Aprilia 2'04.905 2.422 0.414
16 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Aprilia 2'05.134 2.651 0.229
17 8 Hector BARBERA Ducati 2'05.196 2.713 0.062
18 76 Loris BAZ Ducati 2'05.540 3.057 0.344
19 43 Jack MILLER Honda 2'05.662 3.179 0.122
20 53 Tito RABAT Honda 2'06.016 3.533 0.354
21 22 Alex LOWES Yamaha 2'06.225 3.742 0.209

 

Round Number: 
12
2016
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