Miller fastest overall in MotoGP practice in Britain
Saturday 28th August, 2021 - 8:49pm
Jack Miller has set the pace in MotoGP practice at the British Grand Prix.
The Ducati Lenovo Team rider secured direct passage to Qualifying 2 with a 1:59.288s with just over 10 minutes remaining in Free Practice 3, while tailing Suzuki Ecstar’s Alex Rins around the Silverstone Circuit.
Fabio Quartararo found no improvement on combined times but ended up second-quickest after final practice with the 1:59.317s which he had set aboard his Monster Energy Yamaha on the afternoon prior.
Quartararo had looked a threat to reclaim top spot after the chequered flag in FP3 but lost three seconds in Sector 2 alone, the reason for which was not apparent on broadcast.
Aprilia Gresini’s Aleix Espargaro took third on a 1:59.386s, ahead of Jorge Martin (Pramac Ducati), and Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati Lenovo).
Pol Espargaro (Repsol Honda) wound up sixth, but looked like improving further on his 1:59.515s before a late crash at Stowe.
Valentino Rossi finished seventh-quickest but could well have snatched top spot until he rolled out of his hot lap after the chequered flag.
The Petronas SRT Yamaha rider had undercut Miller to Sector 1 and was only 0.025s away at Sector 2 but then slowed, possibly due to the presence of a yellow flag which would have seen his time cancelled anyway.
Rounding out the top 10 were Joan Mir (Suzuki Ecstar), Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM), and Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda).
Johann Zarco (Pramac Ducati) was fastest of those who have to go into Qualifying 1, a group which includes Rins.
The Spaniard was 14th when he crashed his GSX-RR with less than four minutes to go, leaving no time to return to pit lane and hop aboard his second bike.
Free Practice 4 starts at the later time of 22:30 AEST, leading into Qualifying 1 at 23:10.
Practice: British MotoGP Combined times
|1||43||J.MILLER||AUS||Ducati Lenovo Team||Ducati||1:59.288||FP3|
|2||20||F.QUARTARARO||FRA||Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha||1:59.317||FP2|
|3||41||A.ESPARGARO||SPA||Aprilia Racing Team Gresini||Aprilia||1:59.386||FP3|
|5||63||F.BAGNAIA||ITA||Ducati Lenovo Team||Ducati||1:59.515||FP3|
|6||44||P.ESPARGARO||SPA||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||1:59.515||FP3|
|7||46||V.ROSSI||ITA||Petronas Yamaha SRT||Yamaha||1:59.553||FP3|
|8||36||J.MIR||SPA||Team SUZUKI ECSTAR||Suzuki||1:59.651||FP3|
|9||33||B.BINDER||RSA||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM||1:59.671||FP3|
|10||93||M.MARQUEZ||SPA||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||1:59.683||FP3|
|12||30||T.NAKAGAMI||JPN||LCR Honda IDEMITSU||Honda||2:00.053||FP3|
|13||35||C.CRUTCHLOW||GBR||Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha||2:00.075||FP3|
|14||73||A.MARQUEZ||SPA||LCR Honda CASTROL||Honda||2:00.157||FP3|
|15||42||A.RINS||SPA||Team SUZUKI ECSTAR||Suzuki||2:00.337||FP3|
|16||27||I.LECUONA||SPA||Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing||KTM||2:00.359||FP3|
|17||9||D.PETRUCCI||ITA||Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing||KTM||2:00.545||FP3|
|18||10||L.MARINI||ITA||SKY VR46 Avintia||Ducati||2:00.548||FP3|
|20||88||M.OLIVEIRA||POR||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM||2:00.883||FP3|
|21||96||J.DIXON||GBR||Petronas Yamaha SRT||Yamaha||2:02.601||FP2|
|22||32||L.SAVADORI||ITA||Aprilia Racing Team Gresini||Aprilia||2:05.138||FP2|