The Frenchman was faster than the Australian Jack Miller and the Spanish Jorge Martín, despite suffering a fall
The Frenchman Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha), leader of the MotoGP World Championship, dominated the first two free practice sessions of the British Grand Prix, the twelfth race of the season, despite his crash suffered this Friday at the Silverstone circuit.
In the free seconds, the 22-year-old French rider sprained his ankle when he hit the ground at Turn 8. Even with pain, he managed to get up on his own foot, before getting back on the bike minutes later and improving his time .
With a lap given in 1 minute 59 seconds and 317 thousandths, he was faster than Australian Jack Miller (Ducati) by 512 thousandths and Spanish Jorge Martín (Ducati-Pramac) by 622 thousandths counting the combined times. They follow the Honda of the Spanish Pol Espargaró and Marc Márquez, who suffered a fall at 274 km / h, at 718 and 734 thousandths respectively.
Two title contenders are out of the Top-10 qualifying for the second part of the qualifications (Q2) on Saturday: Spain’s Joan Mir (Suzuki, thirteenth) and Frenchman Johann Zarco (Ducati-Pramac, fourteenth).
Silverstone, one of the longest and fastest circuits on the calendar, was not on the World Cup calendar in 2020 due to the covid-19 pandemic, but returns this year behind closed doors.