MotoGP Silverstone FP1 LIVE: Johann Zarco falls and shines! Fabio Quartararo is down and 4th.

That’s it, the MotoGP world championship has emerged from its summer torpor due to the cancellation of the Finnish Grand Prix so that we can once again face the best riders in the world in the pursuit of the supreme title!

And what more could you ask for than a confrontation with an uncertain outcome, Fabio Quartararo just 21 points ahead of a Alex Espargaro in full positive spiral on his Aprilia RS-GP?

The icing on the cake, it happens in Silverstone, the place of the first podium of the Noale company in MotoGP, and to make the matter more interesting that the competent authorities decided that.El Diablo bad conduct by delaying his main rival Assen, and was therefore given a Long Lap penalty at Silverstone which was, to say the least, controversial. However, we know the winning tactic of the French rider, which is to get ahead as soon as possible and escape in order not to be stopped behind a rival that is difficult to overtake with the power available on the Yamaha YZR-M1…

There, with the Long Lap to be done at the start of the race at turn #14, it seemed certain that the reigning Silverstone winner, Fabio Quartararo, unable to use his winning strategy and, therefore, open the door to a possible good climbAlex Espargaro in the general classification! To find out if the rule of 3 turns received an arrangement…

There is no shortage of other topics of interest, starting with Johann Zarco, third in the championship and best Ducati rider, although this time was not invited to an official press conference. Why? Even the communication department of Pramac could not give us an answer…
Maybe because more potential is given Francesco Bagnaia4th in the general classification despite 4 white results and thanks to 3 victories, in the genre “hit or miss”, facing the French Diesel who currently regulates the second step of the podium and has no lasting memory at Silverstone in MotoGP (fall 2019, 11th in 2021). Last year, the summer vacation was not beneficial to the French driver: will it be the opposite in 2022? We hope he…

Fabio Quartararo

The news, moreover Mark Marquez still recovered and replaced by Stefan Bradlmarked by programmed rejection ofAndrea Dovizioso and, thus, the return of Cal Cructhlow after Misano.

The rest, we will find out today, in the first 45-minute free practice session that will take place with a mild sky and a temperature of 16 ° in the air and 27 ° on the asphalt. Let’s enjoy some live moments thanks to the official MotoGP.com website:

Here are the previous references:

Silverstone MotoGP™

2021

2022

FP1

2’00.941 Marc Marquez (See here)

1’59.893 Johann Zarco (See here)

FP2

1’59.317 Fabio Quartararo (See here)

FP3

1’59.288 Jack Miller (See here)

FP4

2’00.002 Fabio Quartararo (See here)

Q1

1’59.288 Johann Zarco (See here)

Q2

1’58.889 Pol Espargaro (See here)

Warming up

2’00.325 Aleix Espargaro (See here)

Race

Quartararo, Rins, Aleix Espargaro (See here)

Recording

1’58.168 Marc Marquez (2019) (See here)

When the red light goes out… Joan Mir rushed to the front Franco Morbidelliwhile Fabio Quartararo remained true to his strategy at the start of the last, this time behind the two Aprilias.

At the tire level, the soft tire is praised at the front, the medium at the rear.

Franco Morbidelli scored the first reference in 2’05.019 but after the first flying lap Fabio Quartararo won at the top of the time sheet in 2’03.631 ahead Johann Zarco.

The following passage shows Alex Rins at 2’02.252 ahead Jack Miller, Francesco Bagnaia and Johann Zarco while Fabio Quartararo made a first Long Lap test.

One more turn and Jack Miller is 2’01.432 ahead Johann Zarco, Maverick Vinales and Aleix Espargaro while that Francesco Bagnaia crashed at high speed at turn #4.

At this time, Fabio Quartararo it looks like there was a mechanical breakdown (engine off) and he started pushing his engine again and then pushed it Jack Miller.

Coming to the first quarter of an hour, we will see Alex Rins at the top of the classification at 2’00.961 ahead Takaaki Nakagami, Aleix Espargaro, Marco Bezzecchi, Jorge Martin and Johann Zarco.

Maverick Vinales then achieve the best time of 2’00.827 before almost everyone returns to the box for a first quick debriefing.

The hierarchy then consists of Maverick Vinales, Alex Rins, Takaaki Nakagami, Aleix Espargaro, Marco Bezzecchi, Miguel Oliveira, Alex Márquez, Jorge Martin, Johann Zarco, Jack Miller, Brad Binder, Raul Fernandez, Pol Espargaro, Enea Bastianini, Joan Mir, Remy Gardner, Andrea Dovizioso , Luca Marini, Francesco Bagnaia, Franco Morbidelli, Stefan Bradl, Fabio Di Giannantonio, Darryn Binder and Fabio Quartararo.

In recovery, Alex Rins regained command in 2’00.728 while Fabio Quartararo regained second position.

15 minutes from the checkered flag, Johann Zarco made a mistake at high speed in turn #7 after lighting the first sector on red, which was not serious for the French driver.

Fabio Quartararo made a second Long Lap test while Alex Rins improved to 2’00.527 before stopping in his box.

Six minutes from the end of the session, Alex Espargaro inserted between Alex Rins and Fabio Quartararo, when Johann Zarco his second motorcycle hit the track again.

Four minutes later, Fabio Quartararo seized the order of 2’00.438 before it was handed over to Francesco Bagnaia at 2’00.291 then at Alex Rins in 2’00.220.

Johann Zarco then erased his fall in a beautiful way, by giving himself the best time of 1’59.893!

At the end of this first session, the top 10 is composed of Johann Zarco, Francesco Bagnaia, Alex Rins, Fabio Quartararo, Takaaki Nakagami, Aleix Espargaro, Maverick Vinales, Joan Mir, Jorge Martin and Brad Binder with a noticeably raised front exhaust cylinder on the KTM.

MotoGP British Grand Prix FP1 results:

Classification credit: MotoGP.com

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