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Silverstone MotoGP Saturday Round Up: The Pole That Wasn't, A Reversal Of Fortunes, And Aprilia's Auto-Adjuster

In the dying minutes of the Q2 session for MotoGP, it looked like we were witnessing a miracle. Jorge Martin flashed through the second sector nearly a second and a half up on the best time at that point. If he kept up that pace, he would be on his way to destroying the Silverstone pole record held by Marc Marquez, set on the newly resurfaced track back in 2019. Martin looked to be on his way to being the first rider to break the 1'58 barrier and lap the track in the 1'57s.

He lost a little ground in the third and fourth sectors, but as he flashed across the line, he left the MotoGP world speechless: a time of 1'58.008, 0.160 faster than Marquez' record from 2019. More impressively, it was nearly nine tenths faster than the 1'58.889 which had put Pol Espargaro on provisional pole, before the Pramac Ducati rider had so thoroughly demolished his time.

Could it be true? We waited for Race Direction to cancel Martin's time, but it stood for a very long time, until well after the checkered flag had been waved. The lap was too fast, but with little time to check, we had to believe that Jorge Martin once again pulled something exceptional out of the bag.

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2021 Silverstone MotoGP FP4 Result: Quartararo Confirms His Speed Once More

The final practice session of the premier class brought a slight rise in temperature that saw more brave souls look towards the hard rear tyre but Fabio Quartararo was not one of them after his adventures on Friday. He had no need for it either, the Yamaha man setting an impressive and unrivalled pace throughout the session on the medium. The Frenchman started fast right out the gates and with a sizeable advantage that rivals steadily brought down to a quarter of a second at the checkered flag. Pol Espargaro came closest, ending the session second and closely followed by Pecco Bagnaia.

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2021 Silverstone Moto2 FP3 Result: Canet Climbs To The Top

There was a hint of sunshine for the final practice session of the intermediate class but riders were in no hurry to improve their times from Friday and it was not until the final seven minutes of FP3 that Aron Canet demoted Raul Fernandez from the lead of the combined standings. Although the Spaniard soon followed it up with a crash at turn 9 following a slight clash with his compatriot, Canet kept top spot in the session. Remy Gardner came closest to challenging that, finishing second by three hundredths of a second.

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