2019 Silverstone MotoGP FP1 Result: Quartararo Steals Last Minute Headline

MotoGP was back at the scene of the last year’s rain-washed debacle, this time on a fresh surface that’s flatter than a yoga soundtrack. Fabio Quartararo made the most of the conditions, hitting the track with new tyres for the final couple of laps and getting within a hundredth of a second of Marc Marquez’s lap record. The world champion will be aiming to improve on his own record in FP2, after leading the way for most of FP1 but sticking to a longer trial of used medium rubber and therefore settling for second, half a second off his younger nemesis.

Maverick Viñales was edging ever closer to the lead throughout the session but perhaps pushed too hard into Stowe corner and lost the front halfway through FP1. The Yamaha man recovered to finish inside the top three. Alex Rins’ fourth place was over a second slower than the leader, the Suzuki closely matched by Franco Morbidelli’s Yamaha and Andrea Dovizioso’s Ducati. Valentino Rossi made a sensible start in the top seven, ahead of Cal Crutchlow and Danilo Petrucci, with Jack Miller rounding out the top ten.

Jorge Lorenzo was welcomed back to the action like a long lost cousin you’re eager to see but have many questions for. The one about his rehabilitation wasn’t quite answered on track, the Spaniard easing his way into proceedings, last on the timesheets and four seconds slower than Quartararo.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 20 Fabio QUARTARARO Yamaha 1'59.952    
2 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 2'00.538 0.586 0.586
3 12 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha 2'00.692 0.740 0.154
4 42 Alex RINS Suzuki 2'00.979 1.027 0.287
5 21 Franco MORBIDELLI Yamaha 2'01.002 1.050 0.023
6 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 2'01.005 1.053 0.003
7 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 2'01.298 1.346 0.293
8 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 2'01.395 1.443 0.097
9 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 2'01.438 1.486 0.043
10 43 Jack MILLER Ducati 2'01.535 1.583 0.097
11 53 Tito RABAT Ducati 2'01.589 1.637 0.054
12 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia 2'01.658 1.706 0.069
13 29 Andrea IANNONE Aprilia 2'01.810 1.858 0.152
14 63 Francesco BAGNAIA Ducati 2'01.852 1.900 0.042
15 5 Johann ZARCO KTM 2'01.860 1.908 0.008
16 88 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM 2'01.865 1.913 0.005
17 44 Pol ESPARGARO KTM 2'02.028 2.076 0.163
18 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Honda 2'02.062 2.110 0.034
19 17 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati 2'02.192 2.240 0.130
20 50 Sylvain GUINTOLI Suzuki 2'02.557 2.605 0.365
21 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN KTM 2'03.058 3.106 0.501
22 99 Jorge LORENZO Honda 2'04.354 4.402 1.296
Round Number: 
12
2019
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