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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. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time Gap 1

valignt">st/Prev.

1 99 Jorge

LORENZO

SPA Fiat Yamaha Team Yamaha 307.1 2’05.991
2 27 Casey

STONER

AUS Ducati Team Ducati 307.8 2’06.133 0.142 / 0.142
3 4 Andrea

DOVIZIOSO

ITA Repsol Honda Team Honda 309.5 2’06.347 0.356 / 0.214
4 14 Randy DE

PUNIET

FRA LCR Honda MotoGP Honda 305.7 2’06.439 0.448 / 0.092
5 11 Ben SPIES USA Monster

Yamaha Tech 3

Yamaha 300.8 2’07.250 1.259 /

0.811

6 26 Dani

PEDROSA

SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 310.8 2’07.586 1.595 / 0.336
7 33 Marco

MELANDRI

ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 308.0 2’07.588 1.597 / 0.002
8 41 Aleix

ESPARGARO

SPA Pramac Racing Team Ducati 302.5 2’07.927 1.936 / 0.339
9 58 Marco

SIMONCELLI

ITA San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 299.7 2’07.951 1.960 / 0.024
10 69 Nicky

HAYDEN

USA Ducati Team Ducati 300.8 2’08.300 2.309 / 0.349
11 40 Hector

BARBERA

SPA Paginas Amarillas Aspar Ducati 295.7 2’08.452 2.461 / 0.152
12 5 Colin

EDWARDS

USA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 301.9 2’08.525 2.534 / 0.073
13 19 Alvaro

BAUTISTA

SPA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP Suzuki 303.9 2’08.666 2.675 / 0.141
14 7 Hiroshi

AOYAMA

JPN Interwetten Honda MotoGP Honda 305.3 2’09.639 3.648 / 0.973
15 65 Loris

CAPIROSSI

ITA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP Suzuki 303.2 2’09.805 3.814 / 0.166
16 36 Mika KALLIO FIN Pramac

Racing Team

Ducati 301.3 2’10.227 4.236 /

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. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time Gap 1st/Prev.
1 48 Shoya

TOMIZAWA

JPN Technomag-CIP Suter 252.9 2’28.020
2 8 Anthony

WEST

AUS MZ Racing Team MZ-RE Honda 249.9 2’28.602 0.582 / 0.582
3 19 Xavier

SIMEON

BEL Holiday Gym G22 Moriwaki 252.3 2’28.733 0.713 / 0.131
4 17 Karel

ABRAHAM

CZE Cardion AB Motoracing FTR 249.5 2’28.759 0.739 / 0.026
5 15 Alex DE

ANGELIS

RSM RSM Team Scot Force GP210 250.0 2’29.189 1.169 / 0.430
6 45 Scott

REDDING

GBR Marc VDS Racing Team Suter 251.9 2’29.267 1.247 / 0.078
7 25 Alex

BALDOLINI

ITA Caretta Technology Race Dept I.C.P. 253.3 2’29.342 1.322 / 0.075
8 77 Dominique

AEGERTER

SWI Technomag-CIP Suter 254.1 2’29.364 1.344 / 0.022
9 41 Arne TODE GER Racing

Team Germany

Suter 254.5 2’29.658 1.638 /

0.294

10 16 Jules

CLUZEL

FRA Forward Racing Suter 252.9 2’29.659 1.639 / 0.001
11 12 Thomas

LUTHI

SWI Interwetten Moriwaki Moto2 Moriwaki 253.0 2’29.745 1.725 / 0.086
12 71 Claudio

CORTI

ITA Forward Racing Suter 250.0 2’29.923 1.903 / 0.178
13 21 Vladimir

LEONOV

RUS Vector Kiefer Racing Suter 247.6 2’29.965 1.945 / 0.042
14 52 Lukas PESEK CZE Matteoni

CP Racing

Moriwaki 251.9 2’29.972 1.952 /

0.007

15 2 Gabor

TALMACSI

HUN Fimmco Speed Up Speed Up 254.2 2’29.992 1.972 / 0.020
16 68 Yonny

HERNANDEZ

COL Blusens-STX BQR-Moto2 252.5 2’30.041 2.021 / 0.049
17 63 Mike DI

MEGLIO

FRA Mapfre Aspar Team Suter 248.9 2’30.214 2.194 / 0.173
18 6 Alex DEBON SPA Aeroport

de Castello – Ajo

FTR 247.6 2’30.386 2.366 /

0.172

19 75 Mattia

PASINI

ITA JIR Moto2 Motobi 251.9 2’30.918 2.898 / 0.532
20 60 Julian

SIMON

SPA Mapfre Aspar Team Suter 251.6 2’31.015 2.995 / 0.097
21 3 Simone

CORSI

ITA JIR Moto2 Motobi 253.4 2’31.236 3.216 / 0.221
22 24 Toni ELIAS SPA Gresini

Racing Moto2

Moriwaki 254.4 2’31.407 3.387 /

0.171

23 72 Yuki

TAKAHASHI

JPN Tech 3 Racing Tech 3 248.8 2’31.796 3.776 / 0.389
24 55 Hector

FAUBEL

SPA Marc VDS Racing Team Suter 248.7 2’32.054 4.034 / 0.258
25 9 Kenny NOYES USA Jack

& Jones by A.Banderas

Promoharris 250.8 2’32.132 4.112 / 0.078
26 35 Raffaele

DE ROSA

ITA Tech 3 Racing Tech 3 251.5 2’32.269 4.249 / 0.137
27 29 Andrea

IANNONE

ITA Fimmco Speed Up Speed Up 253.3 2’32.481 4.461 / 0.212
28 61 Vladimir

IVANOV

UKR Gresini Racing Moto2 Moriwaki 239.8 2’32.661 4.641 / 0.180
29 40 Sergio

GADEA

SPA Tenerife 40 Pons Pons Kalex 249.6 2’32.926 4.906 / 0.265
30 14 Ratthapark

WILAIROT

THA Thai Honda PTT Singha SAG Bimota 250.0 2’32.929 4.909 / 0.003
31 65 Stefan

BRADL

GER Viessmann Kiefer Racing Suter 248.4 2’33.200 5.180 / 0.271
32 53 Valentin

DEBISE

FRA WTR San Marino Team ADV 249.8 2’33.584 5.564 / 0.384
33 76 Bernat

MARTINEZ

SPA Maquinza-SAG Team Bimota 243.1 2’33.775 5.755 / 0.191
34 59 Niccolo

CANEPA

ITA RSM Team Scot Force GP210 244.0 2’34.520 6.500 / 0.745
35 5 Joan OLIVE SPA Jack

& Jones by A.Banderas

Promoharris 249.7 2’34.550 6.530 / 0.030
36 10 Fonsi NIETO SPA Holiday

Gym G22

Moriwaki 242.8 2’34.628 6.608 /

0.078

37 96 Anthony

DELHALLE

FRA Blusens-STX BQR-Moto2 238.6 2’34.795 6.775 / 0.167
38 44 Roberto

ROLFO

ITA Italtrans S.T.R. Suter 246.5 2’35.506 7.486 / 0.711
39 54 Kev COGHLAN GBR Monlau

Joey Darcey

FTR 240.7 2’35.749 7.729 /

0.243

40 39 Robertino

PIETRI

VEN Italtrans S.T.R. Suter 246.1 2’36.263 8.243 / 0.514
80 Axel PONS SPA Tenerife

40 Pons

Pons Kalex 250.2 2’38.458 10.438 /

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. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time Gap 1

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1 93 Marc

MARQUEZ

SPA Red Bull Ajo Motorsport Derbi 225.7 2’15.835
2 44 Pol

ESPARGARO

SPA Tuenti Racing Derbi 223.4 2’15.851 0.016 / 0.016
3 7 Efren

VAZQUEZ

SPA Tuenti Racing Derbi 224.2 2’16.038 0.203 / 0.187
4 38 Bradley

SMITH

GBR Bancaja Aspar Team Aprilia 224.6 2’16.268 0.433 / 0.230
5 40 Nicolas

TEROL

SPA Bancaja Aspar Team Aprilia 222.2 2’16.534 0.699 / 0.266
6 35 Randy

KRUMMENACHER

SWI Stipa-Molenaar Racing GP Aprilia 220.6 2’17.561 1.726 / 1.027
7 71 Tomoyoshi

KOYAMA

JPN Racing Team Germany Aprilia 222.2 2’18.230 2.395 / 0.669
8 99 Danny WEBB GBR Andalucia

Cajasol

Aprilia 222.3 2’18.407 2.572 /

0.177

9 14 Johann

ZARCO

FRA WTR San Marino Team Aprilia 223.6 2’18.421 2.586 / 0.014
10 11 Sandro

CORTESE

GER Avant Mitsubishi Ajo Derbi 222.3 2’18.613 2.778 / 0.192
11 5 Alexis

MASBOU

FRA Ongetta Team Aprilia 216.9 2’18.641 2.806 / 0.028
12 23 Alberto

MONCAYO

SPA Andalucia Cajasol Aprilia 218.8 2’18.742 2.907 / 0.101
13 39 Luis SALOM SPA Stipa-Molenaar

Racing GP

Aprilia 224.4 2’18.954 3.119 /

0.212

14 12 Esteve

RABAT

SPA Blusens-STX Aprilia 220.9 2’19.354 3.519 / 0.400
15 53 Jasper

IWEMA

NED CBC Corse Aprilia 221.1 2’19.696 3.861 / 0.342
16 94 Jonas

FOLGER

GER Ongetta Team Aprilia 219.0 2’19.711 3.876 / 0.015
17 26 Adrian

MARTIN

SPA Aeroport de Castello – Ajo Aprilia 218.6 2’19.833 3.998 / 0.122
18 15 Simone

GROTZKYJ

ITA Fontana Racing Aprilia 219.7 2’19.854 4.019 / 0.021
19 50 Sturla

FAGERHAUG

NOR AirAsia – Sepang Int. Circuit Aprilia 215.5 2’19.889 4.054 / 0.035
20 78 Marcel

SCHROTTER

GER Interwetten Honda 125 Honda 219.6 2’20.217 4.382 / 0.328
21 69 Louis ROSSI FRA CBC

Corse

Aprilia 216.9 2’21.095 5.260 /

0.878

22 84 Jakub

KORNFEIL

CZE Racing Team Germany Aprilia 218.9 2’21.144 5.309 / 0.049
23 32 Lorenzo

SAVADORI

ITA Matteoni CP Racing Aprilia 212.2 2’21.284 5.449 / 0.140
24 52 Danny KENT GBR Aztec

Grand Prix

Honda 205.8 2’21.421 5.586 /

0.137

25 60 Michael

VAN DER MARK

NED Lambretta Reparto Corse Lambretta 212.1 2’21.429 5.594 / 0.008
26 74 James LODGE GBR RS

Earnshaws Motorcycles

Honda 209.4 2’22.962 7.127 /

1.533

27 73 Taylor

MACKENZIE

GBR KRP Honda 212.6 2’23.503 7.668 / 0.541
28 87 Luca

MARCONI

ITA Ongetta Team Aprilia 215.5 2’23.653 7.818 / 0.150
29 75 Deane BROWN GBR Colin

Appleyard/Macadam Racing

Honda 208.5 2’23.956 8.121 /

0.303

30 72 Marco

RAVAIOLI

ITA Lambretta Reparto Corse Lambretta 211.7 2’24.058 8.223 / 0.102
77 Andrew REID IRL Aztec

Grand Prix

Honda 204.2 2’27.810 11.975 /

3.752

63 Zulfahmi

KHAIRUDDIN

MAL AirAsia – Sepang Int. Circuit Aprilia 207.4 2’29.225 13.390 / 1.41

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of "365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).

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