Still cool, still windy and with an added dash of dark cloud cover – that was the welcome the premier class got for their second outing of the day. Riders gave their best to beat the rain and book a provisional place into Q2 while still putting in long runs to gather sufficient data for the race. The weather proved kind and allowed Andrea Dovizioso and Marc Marquez to resume their remote duel for top honours. Their first battle ended in a stalemate for second best once Valentino Rossi slowly nipped at the benchmark and set himself at the top of the timesheets in the final ten minutes.
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If the first session of the day came with a side of sun, it was looking like a much more familiar sight for FP2, a big dark cloud spreading over the circuit and biding its time. The Moto3 line-up was out to play and managed to sneak in a handful of laps before the threat of rain became reality halfway through the session.
The last men to sample the new surface in Silverstone were the intermediate class riders and Marcel Schrotter immediately took to it, the German flying the flag for Dynavolt at the top of the timesheets for most of the session. The most recent polemen at the track battled for runner up position and Mattia Pasini came out on top by two tenths of a second. Back on familiar terrain and with his near future secured, Sam Lowes threatened the leader but could only get within half a second of Schrotter and settled for third.
The sun decided to have a look at the premier class as they prepared to hit the track for the first time this weekend and not only the weather turned but also Yamaha’s fortune. In a flashback to last year, Maverick Viñales looked happy for a change as the Spaniard set camp at the top of the timesheets, with his Yamaha in its element in sector four. To help the mood in the garage, teammate Valentino Rossi made it a one-two, finishing under two tenths of a second behind Viñales.
It was a classic British welcome that started a scarf trend in pitlane before the first session of the weekend got off to a start. The lightweight class were tasked with testing the new track surface in chilly and windy conditions – quite uncharacteristic to this season – so they tip-toed their way around the bumps in the initial stages.
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With the track still sporting some damp patches to begin with, the final practice session for the premier class was also their one opportunity for the day to find a race setup in the dry. Unlike FP3, Marc Marquez took no time to start putting in the laps on a soft rear tyre and riding around consistently in the 1:24s. The Spaniard took the lead and never let it go, with only Jorge Lorenzo getting in his comfort zone and the rest of the pack over seven tenths down halfway through FP4.
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