Title hunter Raul Fernandez was fastest overall in Moto2 on the opening day of the Great Britain Grand Prix at Silverstone.
The Red Bull KTM Ajo rider set a best lap time of 2: 04.501 in FP2 and that was enough to win Jorge Navarro only to leave 0.017 seconds behind. Navarro led morning practice and seems to have the pace to challenge this weekend.
Sam Lowes recovered from a crash in FP1 and ended the day a third of the overall standings. The Brit, who wanted to become the first British winner at Silverstone since Danny Kent in 2015, crashed in Brooklands this morning.
Eleven Marc VDS team-mate Augusto Fernandez finished fourth and built on his good form which gave him a possible Moving to Red Bull KTM Ajo in the next season. The championship leader Remy Gardner completed the top 5, only 0.414 seconds behind the pace of Raul Fernandez.
Fabio di Giannantonio was sixth overall ahead of Marco Bezzecchi and Joe Roberts. Bezzecchi had a bad fall in Barn towards the end of FP2, but luckily got away unharmed.
Nicolo Bulega and Aron Canet completed the top 10, while Xavi Vierge, Ai Ogura and Bo Bendsneyder currently hold the remaining automatic Q2 qualifying places. As things stand, the best of the rest is rookie Albert Arenas, who is just 0.040 seconds back in 14th place.
Tomorrow’s Moto2-FP3 session will start at 10:55 am, followed by Q1 and Q2 at 3:10 pm and 3:10 pm respectively 3:35 pm.
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Romano Fenati is the man to beat in Moto3 at Silverstone before the weekend after setting a new lap record in the lightweight class.Fenati led both training sessions on Friday and set a best overall lap time of 2: 11.334. The previous record was 2: 11,631, set by Tony Arbolino in 2019. Ayumu Sasaki and Niccolo Antonelli were also below the lap record and completed the top three today.
The top trio was covered by just 0.199 seconds, while Riccardo Rossi and Dennis Foggia completed the top 5. Rossi and Foggia were the last riders to dive into the 2:11 at Silverstone.
Darryn Binder, heavily associated with a move to MotoGP, was the leading Petronas Sprinta Racing rider in sixth place. Deniz Oncu and Lorenzo Fellon finished seventh and eighth, respectively, the latter suffering a fall during FP1 on the farm.
The championship leader Pedro Acosta finished his first day of action at Silverstone in ninth place. Gabriel Rodrigo completed the top 10 for Indonesian Racing Gresini. Jaume Masia missed a top 10 place by 0.061 seconds ahead of Izan Guevara and Stefano Nepa. Carlos Tatay currently holds the last automatic Q2 qualifier before the FP3 session on Saturday.
John McPhee is just outside the top 15 of the standings, but remarkably the Scot drove exactly the same lap time as Tatay, a 2: 12.286. McPhee’s FP1 session only lasts a few minutes due to a major crash on the farm.
Championship hunter Sergio Garcia, winner of the Austrian GP, has work to do tomorrow morning if he wants to avoid Q1, with the GASGAS Aspar driver is currently 17th.
Tomorrow’s Moto3 FP3 session starts at 9:00 a.m., followed by Q1 at 12:35 p.m. and Q2 at 1:00 p.m.
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