|British MotoGP, Silverstone – Free Practice (3) Results|
|1||^4||Aleix Espargaro||SPA||Aprilia Racing (RS-GP)||1’58.254s||10/14||338 k|
|2||^11||Jorge Martin||SPA||Ducati bow (GP22)||+0.028s||17/17||336 k|
|3||^6||Jack Miller||AUS||Ducati Lenovo (GP22)||+0.078s||9/14||338 k|
|4||=||Johann Zarco||FRA||Ducati bow (GP22)||+0.090s||14/16||336 k|
|5||˅2||Maverick Viñales||SPA||Aprilia Racing (RS-GP)||+0.321s||14/15||335 k|
|6||˅5||Fabio Quartararo||FRA||Monster Yamaha (YZR-M1)||+0.365s||15/16||331 k|
|7||^4||Francesco Bagnaia||AND THAT||Ducati Lenovo (GP22)||+0.371s||15/16||339 k|
|8||˅6||Joan Mir||SPA||Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)||+0.403s||16/17||333k|
|9||^3||Luca Marini||AND THAT||Mooney VR46 Ducati (GP22)||+0.409s||15/17||334k|
|10||˅3||Alex Rins||SPA||Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)||+0.475s||14/16||333k|
|11||˅1||Marco Bezzecchi||AND THAT||Mooney VR46 Ducati (GP21)*||+0.657s||16/18||336 k|
|12||˅4||Enea Bastianini||AND THAT||Gresini Ducati (GP21)||+0.673s||15/15||338 k|
|13||^7||Franco Morbidelli||AND THAT||Monster Yamaha (YZR-M1)||+0.752s||12/13||333k|
|14||˅8||Miguel Oliveira||PORT||Red Bull KTM (RC16)||+0.812s||16/17||332 k|
|15||˅1||Alex Marquez||SPA||LCR Honda (RC213V)||+0.856s||15/18||332 k|
|16||=||Paul Espargaro||SPA||Repsol Honda (RC213V)||+0.971s||14/16||335 k|
|17||^2||Andrea Dovizioso||AND THAT||WithU Yamaha RNF (YZR-M1)||+0.986s||17/18||330 k|
|18||˅1||Fabio Di Giannantonio||AND THAT||Gresini Ducati (GP21)*||+1.231s||12/16||336 k|
|19||^2||Brad Binder||RSA||Red Bull KTM (RC16)||+1.277s||15/16||331 k|
|20||˅2||Takaaki Nakagami||JPN||LCR Honda (RC213V)||+1.369s||12/15||332 k|
|21||^1||Remy Gardner||AUS||KTM Tech3 (RC16)*||+1.395s||15/15||331 k|
|22||˅7||Stefan Bradl||GER||Repsol Honda (RC213V)||+1.561s||16/18||332 k|
|23||^1||Raul Fernandez||SPA||KTM Tech3 (RC16)*||+1.811s||9/14||331 k|
|24||˅1||Darryn Binder||RSA||WithU Yamaha RNF (YZR-M1)*||+2.385s||11/15||329 k|
^X Rider is X positions higher than FP2.
= Rider is in the same position as FP2.
˅X Rider is X positions lower than FP2.
Official Silverstone MotoGP records:
Marc Marquez SPA Honda 1m 58.168s (2019)
Fastest race lap:
Marc Marquez SPA Honda 1m 59.936s (2019)
Aleix Espargaro and Aprilia moved to the top during Free Practice 3 for the British MotoGP at Silverstone, with day one leader Fabio Quartararo dropping to sixth.
Quartararo’s 1m 58.695s Friday best lasted until Aprilia team-mates Maverick Vinales and Espargaro fitted soft tires with 15mins to go and promptly took over first and second on the combined timesheets.
The RS-GP show continued, with Quartararo’s title rival Espargaro taking over from former Silverstone winner Vinales, until the Ducatis of Jack Miller and Johann Zarco split the pair heading into the final ten minutes.
Bagnaia and Espargaro then exchanged hang signals as the Italian overtook at Turn 13, Bagnaia presumably felt he had been held up while the Spaniard was adamant he had not. The issue was later settled during a quick chat before their practice started.
Another Ducati rider, Zarco, suffered a bigger late setback, crashing out in the closing minutes and thus bringing out the yellow flags.
Fortunately, the incident had been cleared in time for Pramac teammate Jorge Martin to snatch a late second place, ahead of Miller and Zarco, with Vinales in fifth and Quartararo sixth.
Bagnaia was seventh, with the Suzukis of Joan Mir and Alex Rins slipping down the order but still making the top ten for direct Qualifying 2 access, either side of Luca Marini’s VR46 Ducati.
Fabio Quartararo starts the British MotoGP, the first event after the summer break, with a reduced 21-point lead over Aleix Espargaro after suffering a first DNF of the season at Assen.
Crucially, the French star will also need to serve a Long Lap penalty in Sunday’s Silverstone race as punishment for forcing Espargaro off-track during the misjudged pass, which ended with the Yamaha rider on the ground before a second accident ended his Dutch drama.
Both Quartararo and Espargaro have good memories of Silverstone from last year, when Quartararo won from the Suzuki of Alex Rins and Espargaro held off the Ducati of Jack Miller to claim the RS-GP’s first-ever MotoGP podium.
Espargaro and Aprilia’s spectacular season means, despite the Assen incident and handing away another near-certain rostrum in Barcelona, the Spaniard arrives in the UK seeking a sixth podium and second win of the year.
Pramac Ducati’s Johann Zarco is best of the rest in third, albeit 58 points from Quartararo and still seeking a long overdue premier-class win, with Factory Ducati’s Francesco Bagnaia eight points behind after taking three wins and three DNFs in the last six races.
Silverstone will be Bagnaia’s first MotoGP event since his drink-driving incident in Ibiza.
Enea Bastianini (Gresini Ducati) and Jorge Martin (Pramac) remain locked in battle to be Bagnaia’s 2023 team-mate, with Silverstone likely to be their last chance to impress before an end-of-August decision is made.
Triple race winner Bastianini has slipped to fifth in the standings after his early season heroics, with 2021 winner Martin currently eleventh with two second-places.
Just two points separate Brad Binder and future KTM team-mate Miller in the fight for sixth in the championship, with the same slim margin splitting Joan Mir and Alex Rins in their last season as Suzuki team-mates.
While Rins officially confirmed a switch to LCR Honda during the summer break, Mir’s expected move to Repsol Honda in place of Pol Espargaro is still to be confirmed.
With Marc Marquez still recovering from his latest arm surgery, Espargaro – tipped to make a return to KTM and Tech3 next season – is again partnered by HRC test rider Stefan Bradl this weekend.
2022 British MotoGP, Silverstone – Race weekend schedule (UK time)
Friday August 5
9am – Moto3 Free Practice 1
9.55am – MotoGP Free Practice 1
10.55am – Moto2 Free Practice 1
1.15pm – Moto3 Free Practice 2
2.10pm – MotoGP Free Practice 2
3.10pm – Moto2 Free Practice 2
Saturday August 6
9am – Moto3 Free Practice 3
9.55am – MotoGP Free Practice 3
10.55am – Moto2 Free Practice 2
12.35pm – Moto3 Qualifying 1
1pm – Moto3 Qualifying 2
1.30pm – MotoGP Free Practice 4
2.10pm – MotoGP Qualifying 1
2.35pm – MotoGP Qualifying 2
3.10pm – Moto2 Qualifying 1
3.35pm – Moto2 Qualifying 2
Sunday August 7
9.20am – Moto3 warm-up
9.40am – MotoGP warm-up
10.10am – Moto2 warm-up
11.20am – Moto3 races
1pm – MotoGP races
2.30pm – Moto2 races
|Assen: MotoGP World Championship standings|
|1||=||Fabio Quartararo||FRA||Monster Yamaha (YZR-M1)||172|
|2||=||Aleix Espargaro||SPA||Aprilia Racing (RS-GP)||151||(-21)|
|3||=||Johann Zarco||FRA||Ducati bow (GP22)||114||(-58)|
|4||^2||Francesco Bagnaia||AND THAT||Ducati Lenovo (GP22)||106||(-66)|
|5||˅1||Enea Bastianini||AND THAT||Gresini Ducati (GP21)||105||(-67)|
|6||˅1||Brad Binder||RSA||Red Bull KTM (RC16)||93||(-79)|
|7||=||Jack Miller||AUS||Ducati Lenovo (GP22)||91||(-81)|
|8||^1||Joan Mir||SPA||Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)||77||(-95)|
|9||˅1||Alex Rins||SPA||Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)||75||(-97)|
|10||=||Miguel Oliveira||PORT||Red Bull KTM (RC16)||71||(-101)|
|11||=||Jorge Martin||SPA||Ducati bow (GP22)||70||(-102)|
|12||^2||Maverick Viñales||SPA||Aprilia Racing (RS-GP)||62||(-110)|
|13||˅1||Marc Marquez||SPA||Repsol Honda (RC213V)||60||(-112)|
|14||^3||Marco Bezzecchi||AND THAT||Mooney VR46 Ducati (GP21)*||55||(-117)|
|15||˅2||Luca Marini||AND THAT||Mooney VR46 Ducati (GP22)||52||(-120)|
|16||=||Takaaki Nakagami||JPN||LCR Honda (RC213V)||42||(-130)|
|17||˅2||Paul Espargaro||SPA||Repsol Honda (RC213V)||40||(-132)|
|18||=||Alex Marquez||SPA||LCR Honda (RC213V)||27||(-145)|
|19||=||Franco Morbidelli||AND THAT||Monster Yamaha (YZR-M1)||25||(-147)|
|20||=||Fabio di Giannantonio||AND THAT||Gresini Ducati (GP21)*||18||(-154)|
|21||=||Darryn Binder||RSA||WithU Yamaha RNF (YZR-M1)*||10||(-162)|
|22||=||Andrea Dovizioso||AND THAT||WithU Yamaha RNF (YZR-M1)||10||(-162)|
|23||=||Remy Gardner||AUS||KTM Tech3 (RC16)*||9||(-163)|
|24||=||Raul Fernandez||SPA||KTM Tech3 (RC16)*||5||(-167)|