Quartararo recovers from crash to top MotoGP practice

Fabio Quartararo

MotoGP championship leader Fabio Quartararo endured a mixed opening day at the British Grand Prix, comfortably topping practice despite crashing heavily.

The Frenchman clocked a pace-setting 1:59.317s to gap the field by more than half a second, with Australia’s Jack Miller his nearest rival.

But as much as anything, it was a crash in FP2 which left Quartararo in visible pain that caught attention.

“Everything is okay. My left foot is a little bit sore, but it’s nothing too serious,” he reported.

“I’ve been to the medical centre and went back on the bike, and it was okay.

“On the bike it’s not an issue, just when I’m walking I have quite a lot of pain. But, honestly, the most important thing is that on the bike I have no pain.

“I knew I was going to be fast with the soft tyre. I wasn’t pushing to the limit on the medium tyre. I was doing my own pace, and I was quite impressed by my lap times.

“In that moment I knew that with the softs I could be much faster. I knew I was going to be fighting for the top three positions, but I never expected to be first by half a second.

“I need to go back to the Clinica Mobile later. I kind of twisted my ankle, so they will put some ice on it and tape it to strengthen it. It should be fine tomorrow.”

Quartararo wasn’t alone in crashing, with Marc Marquez, Jorge Martin and Alex Marquez (twice) also finding trouble.

MotoGP qualifying takes place tonight from 23:10 (AEST), following another two practice sessions starting 18:55 and 22:30.

Meanwhile, in Moto2, points leader Remy Gardner was fifth fastest in practice, 0.414s adrift of Red Bull KTM Ajo team-mate Raul Fernandez.

Friday practice: British MotoGP Combined times

Pos Num Rider Nat Team Bike Time Session
1 20 F.QUARTARARO FRA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1:59.317 FP2
2 43 J.MILLER AUS Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati 1:59.829 FP2
3 89 J.MARTIN ESP Pramac Racing Ducati 1:59.939 FP2
4 44 P.ESPARGARO ESP Repsol Honda Team Honda 2:00.035 FP2
5 93 M.MARQUEZ ESP Repsol Honda Team Honda 2:00.051 FP2
6 63 F.BAGNAIA ITA Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati 2:00.102 FP2
7 41 A.ESPARGARO ESP Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 2:00.219 FP2
8 33 B.BINDER RSA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 2:00.315 FP2
9 42 A.RINS ESP Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki 2:00.392 FP2
10 46 V.ROSSI ITA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 2:00.400 FP2
11 27 I.LECUONA ESP Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing KTM 2:00.413 FP2
12 23 E.BASTIANINI ITA Avintia Esponsorama Ducati 2:00.548 FP2
13 36 J.MIR ESP Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki 2:00.725 FP2
14 5 J.ZARCO FRA Pramac Racing Ducati 2:00.810 FP2
15 30 T.NAKAGAMI JPN LCR Honda IDEMITSU Honda 2:00.870 FP2
16 35 C.CRUTCHLOW GBR Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 2:00.882 FP2
17 10 L.MARINI ITA SKY VR46 Avintia Ducati 2:01.058 FP2
18 9 D.PETRUCCI ITA Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing KTM 2:01.405 FP2
19 88 M.OLIVEIRA POR Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 2:01.412 FP2
20 73 A.MARQUEZ ESP LCR Honda CASTROL Honda 2:01.496 FP2
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

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