Silverstone, Great Britain

2021 Silverstone MotoGP FP3 Result: Miller Makes His Move

The cool conditions in Silverstone saw a lot of fresh soft rubber out to play in FP3 and a long fight for the top 10 positions, started, as usual, by the world champion attacking the timesheets halfway through the session. However, things didn’t really hot up – metaphorically more than literally – until Jack Miller demoted Fabio Quartararo from the lead of the combined standings for the final 12 minutes of FP3.

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2021 Silverstone Moto3 FP3 Result: Fenati Showing Off

Another cold morning in Silverstone meant that riders were slow to get up to speed and challenge for Q2 positions. Times eventually started to rival FP2 ones in the final 15 minutes of the session and the final shootout for the top 14 got underway with five minutes remaining, when Romano Fenati, who didn’t even need to go out to secure a Q2 ticket, did so regardless and casually improved his own all-time lap record by over half a second.

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Silverstone MotoGP Friday Round Up: Cold Crashes, Risk vs Reward, Ducati's Big Step, And Why Silverstone Is Such A Tough Track

It's only Friday, so the times don't mean all that much. You don't win MotoGP races on Friday. But you can certainly lose them, and even lose championships if you're not careful. Especially on a Friday.

That was the lesson of Silverstone, as both Marc Marquez and Fabio Quartararo found to their cost. Marc Marquez had a fairly simple lowside, but managed to do so at 274 km/h at one of the fastest parts of the circuit. Quartararo's crash was much, much slower – 75 km/h, rather than 274 – but could have been much more serious. The Frenchman lost the rear, then the bike tried to flick him up and over the highside, twisting his ankle in the process.

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2021 Silverstone Moto2 FP2 Result: Fernandez Fast As Ever

The final session of the day got underway under pretty dark cloud cover, but it did not impact on proceedings for the intermediate class. Despite it being only his second outing around Silverstone on a Moto2 machine, rookie Raul Fernandez claimed Friday’s fastest time in the final couple of minutes of the session. After a solid showing in the morning session, Jorge Navarro replicated that in FP2, climbing to the top of the timesheets until Fernandez demoted him by one hundredth of a second, the two Spaniards three tenths ahead of the Marc VDS duo led by Sam Lowes.

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2021 Silverstone MotoGP FP2 Result: Quartararo Limps To The Limelight

The cooler conditions ensured another rodeo show in Silverstone and Fabio Quartararo was the lead actor, the championship leader starting his afternoon quite dramatically with a slow tumble at turn 8. He was limping away after a hard rear tyre experiment went wrong but was straight back out on his second machine for the final half of the session and placed himself at the top of the timesheets with a small advantage. By the time the shootout came, the Frenchman extended that to eight tenths of a second and posted the first 1:59 time of the weekend.

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2021 Silverstone Moto3 FP2 Result: Fenati Sets The Pace

The lightweight class opened the matinee performance at Silverstone and Romano Fenati put on a bit of a show as he improved the all-time lap record, leaving rivals with eight tenths of a second to find in the final time attack. The last handful of minutes of the session were a pretty hectic affair but Ayumu Sasaki managed to reduce the gap to only one tenth and made do with second position, narrowly ahead of the recovering Niccolò Antonelli. Compatriots Riccardo Rossi and Dennis Foggia joined him in the top five.

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2021 Silverstone Moto2 FP1 Result: Navarro Nails It

The intermediate class were last to take a ride around Silverstone after a pretty lengthy wait and Jorge Navarro was quickest in the cool and overcast conditions. Augusto Fernandez was his main challenger, the Marc VDS rider one tenth of a second behind his compatriot and almost half a second ahead of the KTM Ajo duo of Remy Gardner and Raul Fernandez. Joe Roberts climbed into the top five ahead of Sam Lowes, who did limited running after a late tumble at turn 18.

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2021 Silverstone MotoGP FP1 Result: Marquez Leads But Prompts Red Flag

Silverstone welcomed MotoGP back with cool and overcast conditions, but it was not dark enough to cause concern and the premier class got refamiliarised with the circuit during FP1. After Fabio Quartararo started the session at the top, Marc Marquez looked increasingly comfortable as he took over with the only 2:00 time of the session, although his session ended with a big tumble into turn 2 that caused a red flag for the final couple of minutes. The Spaniard gingerly walked away, leaving a fairly battered Honda in the middle of the track but kept prime spot to the checkered flag.

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2021 Silverstone Moto3 FP1 Result: Fenati Fights Back

The show returns to Silverstone after a bit of a break and it was no surprise to see one of the veterans of the lightweight class leading the way, with Romano Fenati holding onto a six tenths advantage for most of the session. The Gresini duo of Jeremy Alcoba and Gabriel Rodrigo were his closest challengers in the chilly conditions, while Ayumu Sasaki and Pedro Acosta were the final riders to post a time within a second of the leader, with the championship leader also the quickest rookie on his first trip to Silverstone.

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Silverstone MotoGP Preview: Unknown Favorites At A Glorious Track

It is hard to overstate just how different Silverstone is from Spielberg, where the last two MotoGP rounds were held. Sure, both have very high average speeds – Silverstone at 179.7 km/h is among the fastest tracks on the calendar, and Spielberg's 188 km/h is the fastest of the season – but that is pretty much where the similarity ends.

Silverstone has 18 corners, where Spielberg has only 10. The Austrian circuit is 4.3km long, while Silverstone is 5.9 kilometers. The Red Bull Ring is three fast straights with a bunch of corners holding them together, while Silverstone is a complex of flowing corners and combinations of turns which present a real challenge to get right. Oh, and Spielberg has steep climbs and sweeping drops, built on the side of a mountain (the clue is in the name, SpielBERG), while Silverstone is pretty much flat as a pancake, built around an old airfield on the top of a hill.

The way you make the lap time at Silverstone is very different to Austria. Carrying speed through the fast, flowing sections such as out of Luffield and through Woodcote and Copse is crucial, as is negotiating the changes of direction at places like Maggotts and Becketts, or the section through Abbey, Farm, and into Village. There are places to make up ground on the brakes – into Stowe, through Vale, and into Brooklands – but the surest route to success is by having a bike which carries corner speed and changes direction willingly.

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