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. Jack Miller’s final flying lap reduced that gap to a still significant half a second, while Jorge Martin joined them in the top three after a slower start to his session.

Pol Espargaro looked like Quartararo’s main rival in the final time attack, before getting pushed back by the Ducatis, but the Honda man enjoyed his best Friday of the season in fourth position. Teammate Marc Marquez was more cautious to start the session after the big tumble in FP1 and was the last rider to improve his time but managed to climb into fifth, ahead of Pecco Bagnaia and Aleix Espargaro. Brad Binder also enjoyed an uncharacteristically good Friday up in 8th place and as the final rider to post a time within a second of the leader.

Alex Rins and Valentino Rossi also secured top 10 placements, with Iker Lecuona missing out by one hundredth of a second. The likes of Joan Mir, Johann Zarco and Takaaki Nakagami will be looking forward to challenging that hierarchy tomorrow morning, the trio about a second and a half behind the leader.


Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1'59.317    
2 43 Jack Miller Ducati 1'59.829 0.512 0.512
3 89 Jorge Martin Ducati 1'59.939 0.622 0.110
4 44 Pol Espargaro Honda 2'00.035 0.718 0.096
5 93 Marc Marquez Honda 2'00.051 0.734 0.016
6 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 2'00.102 0.785 0.051
7 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 2'00.219 0.902 0.117
8 33 Brad Binder KTM 2'00.315 0.998 0.096
9 42 Alex Rins Suzuki 2'00.392 1.075 0.077
10 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 2'00.400 1.083 0.008
11 27 Iker Lecuona KTM 2'00.413 1.096 0.013
12 23 Enea Bastianini Ducati 2'00.548 1.231 0.135
13 36 Joan Mir Suzuki 2'00.725 1.408 0.177
14 5 Johann Zarco Ducati 2'00.810 1.493 0.085
15 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 2'00.870 1.553 0.060
16 35 Cal Crutchlow Yamaha 2'00.882 1.565 0.012
17 10 Luca Marini Ducati 2'01.058 1.741 0.176
18 9 Danilo Petrucci KTM 2'01.405 2.088 0.347
19 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 2'01.412 2.095 0.007
20 73 Alex Marquez Honda 2'01.496 2.179 0.084
21 96 Jake Dixon Yamaha 2'02.601 3.284 1.105
22 32 Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia 2'05.138 5.821 2.537
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Fabio's knee looked to me to take the brunt of the impact from the bike. I'm betting on ligament damage which shouldn't stop him from riding. GSXR-1100 took my ACL 35 years ago this month and it's been no problem for me.

I broke my PCL getting T-Boned by an emu 20 years ago.  Knee is fine now, other than being able to move in directions it shouldn't, but I couldn't bend my knee for about a month at the time it happened.

Lots of fast crashes today (although fabs' was slow).

Glad everyone is ok (relatively).

Hard Men indeed.