2017 Silverstone MotoGP FP2 Result: Crutchlow Keen On Home Heroics

After the morning session offered some insight into the soft and medium rear tyres, it was the hard’s time to shine in FP2. And its time in the sun started with a dramatic high-side for the reigning world champion, Marc Marquez thrown off his Honda in fast turn four, on his first timed lap.

Meanwhile, Cal Crutchlow was the first rider of the day into the 2:01s, on the same hard tyre combination as his factory colleague. After limping away and getting straight aboard his second machine, Marquez gave it another go on a medium rear and only needed two laps to join Crutchlow in the top two. Two more laps and the world champion was into the lead, as if determined to prove to himself he doesn’t scare easily. More to that point, Marquez went out on the final run on the tyres he crashed on, got within a tenth of his best time and then slipped off harmlessly again in the final minute.

Crutchlow was keen on some home headlines by putting on a hard front with a soft rear in the final few minutes and grabbing the lead once again, this time keeping it to the flag.

Back in the Yamaha camp, Valentino Rossi sampled the hard rear option early in the session, while teammate Maverick Viñales opted for the soft, both posting similar times. Both riders stuck to their tyre choices for their second run and while Viñales sneaked ahead of his teammate on the timesheets, Rossi was posting some consistent mid 2:02s. The Italian was eager to ensure a top ten position by putting on a soft rear in the final few minutes and going second, two tenths down on Crutchlow. Viñales finished third, only three hundredths of a second behind his teammate.

Aleix Espargaro was a welcome addition to the top four, despite getting a mid-session doctor’s visit due to a rib injury he mysteriously acquired. Marquez had to settle for fifth place and missed the proposed flag-to-flag procedure practice having crashed both of his bikes.

Ducati proved to be only the fourth fastest factory of the afternoon, the Italian team led by Jorge Lorenzo into sixth spot, seven tenths down on the leader. Pol Espargaro threw a KTM into the top seven mix, nine tenths slower than the LCR Honda rider at the top.

Johann Zarco finally put his beloved soft shoes on and scored a top eight, Andrea Dovizioso and Scott Redding adding two Ducatis to complete the top ten. Suzuki probably had better ideas to celebrate their 1-year win anniversary but Andrea Iannone and Alex Rins made a step from FP1 and finished just outside the top ten, one second down, but faster than Dani Pedrosa, who seemed to struggle in seventeenth position.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 2'00.897    
2 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 2'01.138 0.241 0.241
3 25 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha 2'01.168 0.271 0.030
4 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia 2'01.592 0.695 0.424
5 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 2'01.611 0.714 0.019
6 99 Jorge LORENZO Ducati 2'01.655 0.758 0.044
7 44 Pol ESPARGARO KTM 2'01.832 0.935 0.177
8 5 Johann ZARCO Yamaha 2'01.885 0.988 0.053
9 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 2'01.893 0.996 0.008
10 45 Scott REDDING Ducati 2'01.933 1.036 0.040
11 29 Andrea IANNONE Suzuki 2'01.974 1.077 0.041
12 42 Alex RINS Suzuki 2'02.072 1.175 0.098
13 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Ducati 2'02.097 1.200 0.025
14 17 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati 2'02.098 1.201 0.001
15 76 Loris BAZ Ducati 2'02.202 1.305 0.104
16 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 2'02.250 1.353 0.048
17 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda 2'02.408 1.511 0.158
18 43 Jack MILLER Honda 2'02.507 1.610 0.099
19 94 Jonas FOLGER Yamaha 2'02.580 1.683 0.073
20 8 Hector BARBERA Ducati 2'02.735 1.838 0.155
21 53 Tito RABAT Honda 2'02.860 1.963 0.125
22 22 Sam LOWES Aprilia 2'03.475 2.578 0.615
23 38 Bradley SMITH KTM 2'04.429 3.532 0.954

 

Round Number: 
12
2017
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Comments

Oh how sweet to see Aprilia and KTM up with the big boys. Espargaro-a-go-go! Satellite Honda topping the sheet by a couple tenths? Nice!

Interesting that Lorenzo w his "feel" style is doing well w the bumps. They are in braking zones. He is used to not maximizing braking loads on his bike, so he isn't inclined to be focused on gaining time in that part of the corner or needing as much traction. The Ducati also does well trail braking through the apex if a rider were to carry a bit of speed past the normal (bumpy) braking zone where an unsettled bike couldn't get enough from the binders.

Lorenzo and the Ducati are adapting in an interesting manner. We have often said Marquez would be the best fit for the Ducati (or that we would like to see it). In this dynamic perhaps not. Marquez and his Honda have been at the other extreme, the braking zone with maximized load and a loose bike wagging a rear. Marquez is asking a lot of the parts bins at Silverstone.

So..."Hey Marc - sincere caring...it is brilliantly wonderful to witness your exploring of limits with relentless boldness. The crashes are an area you have been getting away with something. Not just a few times. I can easily recall two career enders that you just squeaked through the eye of the needle on. Optimizing risk here calls for the smallest adjustment back towards center. That time is now. You already did this once in a larger fashion two seasons ago and it did not slow you down. That just isn't where a champion finds the extra tenth consistently. That is where a young rider doesn't get to reach their sweet spot, let alone be a seasoned champ."

Keeping my eye on Valentino and Vinales for a good fight. Crutchlow, might be your weekend too mate!

On close observation the trial bike change appeared to work well,what has me confused is the large number of people wandering around pit lane without helmets on their heads.I know that the mechanics now have to be wearing them incase of accidental contact, so why not everyone that is in pit lane.Surely if Dorna are serious about safety then the only people in pit lane should be team mechanics,not photographers,ladies in high heals and team bosses all vying for a look at the riders change over.I may be synical but in F1 the general public does not have access to pit lane when the track is hot.