MotoGP Silverstone: Free Practice Report

MotoGP Practice

MotoGP returns to the famous Silverstone circuit this weekend for the first time since 1986, before this season’s championship leader Jorge Lorenzo was even born.

However it didn’t take long for Fiat Yamaha’s Spaniard to learn its new layout, ending the day as the fastest rider as the AirAsia British Grand Prix weekend got underway in cloudy conditions.

The Spaniard set his best lap in a time of 2’05.991 with just over 11 minutes to go, but it was not long before the session came to an early end as rain hit the Northamptonshire track.

A winner here on a very different national circuit nearly a decade ago, Casey Stoner (Ducati Marlboro) was second on the timesheet. The Australian completed 18 laps on his Desmosedici GP10, the final of which registered his best time at 0.142s off Lorenzo.

Andrea Dovizioso (Repsol Honda), fresh off the back of a home podium finish at Mugello, continued his momentum as he timed in at just under four-tenths off Lorenzo’s early weekend marker. Frenchman Randy de Puniet (LCR Honda) had set the pace at the start of the session and eventually placed fourth on the timesheet, fractionally under a tenth off Dovizioso as he displayed a consistent race pace.

Ben Spies (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) will be hoping to take advantage of the fact that this is a new track for all and the rookie was fifth. His first run on the layout placed him 1.259s off Lorenzo and he will take great encouragement from the session, in which he placed ahead of Mugello race winner Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa by almost four-tenths. Marco Melandri (San Carlo Honda Gresini Team) was only two-thousandths further back in seventh.

Top ten times were also recorded by Aleix Espargaró (Pramac Racing), Marco Simoncelli (San Carlo Honda Gresini Team) and Nicky Hayden (Ducati Marlboro), and the riders will continue their adaptation to the track in the second practice session which gets underway at 9.55am local time on Saturday morning.

Silverstone, Friday, June 18, 2010

Pos.Num.RiderNationTeamBikeKm/hTimeGap 1st/Prev.
199Jorge

LORENZO
SPAFiat Yamaha TeamYamaha307.12’05.991
227Casey

STONER
AUSDucati TeamDucati307.82’06.1330.142 / 0.142
34Andrea

DOVIZIOSO
ITARepsol Honda TeamHonda309.52’06.3470.356 / 0.214
414Randy DE

PUNIET
FRALCR Honda MotoGPHonda305.72’06.4390.448 / 0.092
511Ben SPIESUSAMonster

Yamaha Tech 3
Yamaha300.82’07.2501.259 /

0.811
626Dani

PEDROSA
SPARepsol Honda TeamHonda310.82’07.5861.595 / 0.336
733Marco

MELANDRI
ITASan Carlo Honda GresiniHonda308.02’07.5881.597 / 0.002
841Aleix

ESPARGARO
SPAPramac Racing TeamDucati302.52’07.9271.936 / 0.339
958Marco

SIMONCELLI
ITASan Carlo Honda GresiniHonda299.72’07.9511.960 / 0.024
1069Nicky

HAYDEN
USADucati TeamDucati300.82’08.3002.309 / 0.349
1140Hector

BARBERA
SPAPaginas Amarillas AsparDucati295.72’08.4522.461 / 0.152
125Colin

EDWARDS
USAMonster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha301.92’08.5252.534 / 0.073
1319Alvaro

BAUTISTA
SPARizla Suzuki MotoGPSuzuki303.92’08.6662.675 / 0.141
147Hiroshi

AOYAMA
JPNInterwetten Honda MotoGPHonda305.32’09.6393.648 / 0.973
1565Loris

CAPIROSSI
ITARizla Suzuki MotoGPSuzuki303.22’09.8053.814 / 0.166
1636Mika KALLIOFINPramac

Racing Team
Ducati301.32’10.2274.236 /

0.422

Moto2

Shoya Tomizawa took top spot on the timesheet in the first free practice at Silverstone on Friday, setting a fastest lap of 2’28.020 on a wet track as the rain that had started to fall lightly at the end of the MotoGP session turned heavier throughout the Moto2 hour.

The Technomag-CIP rider, who is currently second in the Championship standings, was 0.582s faster than Australian Anthony West (MZ Racing) in the complicated conditions, with Xavier Simeon – who is substituting for the injured Yannick Guerra on the Holiday Gym G22 team this weekend – third at just over a tenth further back.

Karel Abraham (Cardion AB Motoracing) handled the wet well to place fourth, whilst Alex de Angelis (RSM Team Scot) set the fifth best time before falling right at the very end of the session.

British rider Scott Redding (Marc VDS Racing) got his weekend off to a confident start with sixth spot, and Alex Baldolini (Caretta Technology Race Dept) and Dominique Aegerter (Technomag-CIP) completed the top eight. Championship leader Toni Elías (Gresini Racing Moto2) was 22nd in the session, with third placed Simone Corsi (JiR Moto2) one spot ahead of him in 21st.

Silverstone, Friday, June 18, 2010

Pos.Num.RiderNationTeamBikeKm/hTimeGap 1st/Prev.
148Shoya

TOMIZAWA
JPNTechnomag-CIPSuter252.92’28.020
28Anthony

WEST
AUSMZ Racing TeamMZ-RE Honda249.92’28.6020.582 / 0.582
319Xavier

SIMEON
BELHoliday Gym G22Moriwaki252.32’28.7330.713 / 0.131
417Karel

ABRAHAM
CZECardion AB MotoracingFTR249.52’28.7590.739 / 0.026
515Alex DE

ANGELIS
RSMRSM Team ScotForce GP210250.02’29.1891.169 / 0.430
645Scott

REDDING
GBRMarc VDS Racing TeamSuter251.92’29.2671.247 / 0.078
725Alex

BALDOLINI
ITACaretta Technology Race DeptI.C.P.253.32’29.3421.322 / 0.075
877Dominique

AEGERTER
SWITechnomag-CIPSuter254.12’29.3641.344 / 0.022
941Arne TODEGERRacing

Team Germany
Suter254.52’29.6581.638 /

0.294
1016Jules

CLUZEL
FRAForward RacingSuter252.92’29.6591.639 / 0.001
1112Thomas

LUTHI
SWIInterwetten Moriwaki Moto2Moriwaki253.02’29.7451.725 / 0.086
1271Claudio

CORTI
ITAForward RacingSuter250.02’29.9231.903 / 0.178
1321Vladimir

LEONOV
RUSVector Kiefer RacingSuter247.62’29.9651.945 / 0.042
1452Lukas PESEKCZEMatteoni

CP Racing
Moriwaki251.92’29.9721.952 /

0.007
152Gabor

TALMACSI
HUNFimmco Speed UpSpeed Up254.22’29.9921.972 / 0.020
1668Yonny

HERNANDEZ
COLBlusens-STXBQR-Moto2252.52’30.0412.021 / 0.049
1763Mike DI

MEGLIO
FRAMapfre Aspar TeamSuter248.92’30.2142.194 / 0.173
186Alex DEBONSPAAeroport

de Castello – Ajo
FTR247.62’30.3862.366 /

0.172
1975Mattia

PASINI
ITAJIR Moto2Motobi251.92’30.9182.898 / 0.532
2060Julian

SIMON
SPAMapfre Aspar TeamSuter251.62’31.0152.995 / 0.097
213Simone

CORSI
ITAJIR Moto2Motobi253.42’31.2363.216 / 0.221
2224Toni ELIASSPAGresini

Racing Moto2
Moriwaki254.42’31.4073.387 /

0.171
2372Yuki

TAKAHASHI
JPNTech 3 RacingTech 3248.82’31.7963.776 / 0.389
2455Hector

FAUBEL
SPAMarc VDS Racing TeamSuter248.72’32.0544.034 / 0.258
259Kenny NOYESUSAJack

& Jones by A.Banderas
Promoharris250.82’32.1324.112 / 0.078
2635Raffaele

DE ROSA
ITATech 3 RacingTech 3251.52’32.2694.249 / 0.137
2729Andrea

IANNONE
ITAFimmco Speed UpSpeed Up253.32’32.4814.461 / 0.212
2861Vladimir

IVANOV
UKRGresini Racing Moto2Moriwaki239.82’32.6614.641 / 0.180
2940Sergio

GADEA
SPATenerife 40 PonsPons Kalex249.62’32.9264.906 / 0.265
3014Ratthapark

WILAIROT
THAThai Honda PTT Singha SAGBimota250.02’32.9294.909 / 0.003
3165Stefan

BRADL
GERViessmann Kiefer RacingSuter248.42’33.2005.180 / 0.271
3253Valentin

DEBISE
FRAWTR San Marino TeamADV249.82’33.5845.564 / 0.384
3376Bernat

MARTINEZ
SPAMaquinza-SAG TeamBimota243.12’33.7755.755 / 0.191
3459Niccolo

CANEPA
ITARSM Team ScotForce GP210244.02’34.5206.500 / 0.745
355Joan OLIVESPAJack

& Jones by A.Banderas
Promoharris249.72’34.5506.530 / 0.030
3610Fonsi NIETOSPAHoliday

Gym G22
Moriwaki242.82’34.6286.608 /

0.078
3796Anthony

DELHALLE
FRABlusens-STXBQR-Moto2238.62’34.7956.775 / 0.167
3844Roberto

ROLFO
ITAItaltrans S.T.R.Suter246.52’35.5067.486 / 0.711
3954Kev COGHLANGBRMonlau

Joey Darcey
FTR240.72’35.7497.729 /

0.243
4039Robertino

PIETRI
VENItaltrans S.T.R.Suter246.12’36.2638.243 / 0.514
80Axel PONSSPATenerife

40 Pons
Pons Kalex250.22’38.45810.438 /

2.1

125cc GP

In form and coming off the back of his first ever World Championship GP win at Mugello, Marc Márquez (Red Bull Ajo Motorsport) was quick off the mark at Silverstone as he set the best time in the opening 125cc practice session with a lap of 2’15.835 on the new circuit.

Not to be outdone, his fellow Spaniard Pol Espargaró (Tuenti Racing) was just 0.016s further back as he also displayed a strong pace, making himself the only other rider to get under the 2’16” mark in the hour-long session.

Efrén Vázquez (Tuenti Racing) was third fastest and made it an all-Derbi top three, with home rider Bradley Smith (Bancaja Aspar) fourth and his team-mate and Championship leader Nico Terol fifth. The trio were all separated by less than a tenth of a second.

Randy Krummenacher (Stipa-Molenaar Racing) and Tomoyoshi Koyama (Racing Team Germany) have been impressive this season and they took sixth and seventh respectively. Another home rider Danny Webb (Andalucia Cajasol) completed the top eight. The highest placing wildcard was Red Bull MotoGP Rookie rider Danny Kent (Aztec GP) in 24th.

Silverstone, Friday, June 18, 2010

Pos.Num.RiderNationTeamBikeKm/hTimeGap 1st/Prev.
193Marc

MARQUEZ
SPARed Bull Ajo MotorsportDerbi225.72’15.835
244Pol

ESPARGARO
SPATuenti RacingDerbi223.42’15.8510.016 / 0.016
37Efren

VAZQUEZ
SPATuenti RacingDerbi224.22’16.0380.203 / 0.187
438Bradley

SMITH
GBRBancaja Aspar TeamAprilia224.62’16.2680.433 / 0.230
540Nicolas

TEROL
SPABancaja Aspar TeamAprilia222.22’16.5340.699 / 0.266
635Randy

KRUMMENACHER
SWIStipa-Molenaar Racing GPAprilia220.62’17.5611.726 / 1.027
771Tomoyoshi

KOYAMA
JPNRacing Team GermanyAprilia222.22’18.2302.395 / 0.669
899Danny WEBBGBRAndalucia

Cajasol
Aprilia222.32’18.4072.572 /

0.177
914Johann

ZARCO
FRAWTR San Marino TeamAprilia223.62’18.4212.586 / 0.014
1011Sandro

CORTESE
GERAvant Mitsubishi AjoDerbi222.32’18.6132.778 / 0.192
115Alexis

MASBOU
FRAOngetta TeamAprilia216.92’18.6412.806 / 0.028
1223Alberto

MONCAYO
SPAAndalucia CajasolAprilia218.82’18.7422.907 / 0.101
1339Luis SALOMSPAStipa-Molenaar

Racing GP
Aprilia224.42’18.9543.119 /

0.212
1412Esteve

RABAT
SPABlusens-STXAprilia220.92’19.3543.519 / 0.400
1553Jasper

IWEMA
NEDCBC CorseAprilia221.12’19.6963.861 / 0.342
1694Jonas

FOLGER
GEROngetta TeamAprilia219.02’19.7113.876 / 0.015
1726Adrian

MARTIN
SPAAeroport de Castello – AjoAprilia218.62’19.8333.998 / 0.122
1815Simone

GROTZKYJ
ITAFontana RacingAprilia219.72’19.8544.019 / 0.021
1950Sturla

FAGERHAUG
NORAirAsia – Sepang Int. CircuitAprilia215.52’19.8894.054 / 0.035
2078Marcel

SCHROTTER
GERInterwetten Honda 125Honda219.62’20.2174.382 / 0.328
2169Louis ROSSIFRACBC

Corse
Aprilia216.92’21.0955.260 /

0.878
2284Jakub

KORNFEIL
CZERacing Team GermanyAprilia218.92’21.1445.309 / 0.049
2332Lorenzo

SAVADORI
ITAMatteoni CP RacingAprilia212.22’21.2845.449 / 0.140
2452Danny KENTGBRAztec

Grand Prix
Honda205.82’21.4215.586 /

0.137
2560Michael

VAN DER MARK
NEDLambretta Reparto CorseLambretta212.12’21.4295.594 / 0.008
2674James LODGEGBRRS

Earnshaws Motorcycles
Honda209.42’22.9627.127 /

1.533
2773Taylor

MACKENZIE
GBRKRPHonda212.62’23.5037.668 / 0.541
2887Luca

MARCONI
ITAOngetta TeamAprilia215.52’23.6537.818 / 0.150
2975Deane BROWNGBRColin

Appleyard/Macadam Racing
Honda208.52’23.9568.121 /

0.303
3072Marco

RAVAIOLI
ITALambretta Reparto CorseLambretta211.72’24.0588.223 / 0.102
77Andrew REIDIRLAztec

Grand Prix
Honda204.22’27.81011.975 /

3.752
63Zulfahmi

KHAIRUDDIN
MALAirAsia – Sepang Int. CircuitAprilia207.42’29.22513.390 / 1.41