It was in typical British summer conditions that the day started on the Silverstone circuit: gray skies and a temperature of 14 ° C, that of the asphalt remaining under the 20Â ° C bar. This freshness pushed the entire field to take to the track with a soft tire up front and a medium rear, a combination used from start to finish. the session.

Marc Márquez was the first to register his name at the top of the standings. Fabio Quartararo, eagerly awaited on this circuit which could favor the Yamaha, quickly dismissed him but Márquez regained the advantage and then set the first time of the day under the 2’02 bar, in 2’01 “981. Quartararo responded with a 0” 095 faster time.

Johann Zarco led briefly, but the distance duel between Márquez and Quartararo quickly resumed. The Niçois again took the lead before being once again beaten by the strong man from Honda. Márquez improved his benchmark twice after going through his garage, pushing Quartararo back to 0 ”360. Aleix Espargaró came in between the two men.

TO?? two minutes from the end of the session, Márquez lost the lead as he approached Maggots, a curve which opened the series of fast turns in the first sector. The Spaniard rolled over several times on the ground but was not injured. His destroyed motorcycle returned to the track, causing the red flag to come out.

The session was restarted for less than two minutes and the pilots only returned to the track for starting simulations. Marc Márquez therefore retained first place ahead of Aleix Espargaró and Fabio Quartararo. Pol Espargaró posted a reassuring fourth time after two difficult races in Austria, ahead of Jack Miller, Takaaki Nakagami and lex Rins, winner of the last race at Silverstone two years ago . Pecco Bagnaia finished eighth, ahead of Johann Zarco.

Marc Márquez is not the only driver to have faulted in this session. His tenth-time scorer, brother, crashed at high speed on turn 12, while Jorge MartÃn, 13th in the session, fell on turn 11.

Cal Crutchlow, who started on the official Yamaha team for this race following the start of Maverick Vià ± ales, took 12th place. Joan Mir was discreet with the 15th time. The reigning World Champion was making his MotoGP debut at Silverstone as he had to miss the 2019 race, due to his heavy crash in a test in Brno, and the test was over. © canceled last year.

For Jake Dixon, this session saw him make his very first run on a MotoGP machine. The Englishman, 19th in Moto2, replaces a still recovering Franco Morbidelli, a role occupied by Cal Crutchlow in the last two races.

In an exclusive interview with Motorsport.com, Marc Márquez opens up about the challenges he has faced since his injury, his desire to regain the top and the current dominance of Fabio Quartararo.

A delicate subject if ever there is one, mental health is now taken over more and more in various sporting disciplines, and motorcycle racing is no exception. Managing pressure or sluggish performance can prove particularly difficult to endure, and this is often taboo.

The lockdown of Raúl Fernández by KTM and the lack of cooperation from Yamaha mean that the Petronas SRT team have not yet been able to announce a rider for next season. After seeing the Spaniard slip away, the Malaysian squad focus on Marco Bezzecchi, but he too is in close contact with another group.

To imagine MotoGP without Danilo Petrucci is to imagine losing one of the few riders who could beat Marc Márquez at the top of his game and a boy as endearing as he was combative.

Joan Mir believes in his chances of retaining his MotoGP title, despite a first half of the season below his expectations. Motorsport.com was able to discuss with the Suzuki driver his chances in the championship, the departure of Davide Brivio and the fame brought by his world coronation in 2020.

TO?? the penalty in the last of the 2020 season, Fabio Quartararo has regained the top and dominates the championship at the halfway point. Motorsport.com spoke with the Niçois to discuss his new approach, his progress and his arrival in the Yamaha factory team, but also the great difficulties of his teammate.

In his capacity as team boss, Valentino Rossi will imminently enter a new era in his career, and this will have a considerable influence on a number of riders and drivers. championship teams. But it is precisely at Yamaha that one of the biggest impacts will be felt as the brand plays a central role in this episode and could consequently lose its links with the Doctor.

Take the wake of a rival to gain performance … or be the one who gets hooked and gives, willingly or not, an advantage to a competitor. The subject has not finished talking, but in any case creates interesting dynamics between the riders of the MotoGP field.

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