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MotoGP Silverstone FP2 LIVE: Fabio Quartararo wins, Godzilla arrives…

That’s it, the MotoGP world championship is emerging from its summer torpor due to the cancellation of the Finnish Grand Prix to make us gasp again in front of the best riders in the world in search of the supreme title!

And what more could you ask for than a confrontation with an uncertain outcome, Fabio Quartararo only leading by 21 points ahead of a Alex Espargaro in full positive spiral on his Aprilia RS-GP?

The icing on the cake, it happens at Silverstone, the place of the first podium of the firm of Noale in MotoGP, and to make the thing even more interesting the competent authorities judged thatEl Diablo behaved badly by delaying his main opponent Assen, and therefore imposed a Long Lap penalty at Silverstone which is, to say the least, controversial. However, we know the winning tactic of the French rider, namely to take the lead as quickly as possible and escape so as not to be blocked behind an opponent who is difficult to overtake with the power available to the Yamaha YZR-M1…

There, with the Long Lap which must be done at the very start of the race at turn #14, it seems certain that the reigning Silverstone winner, Fabio Quartararo, will not be able to apply its winning strategy and, therefore, opens the door to a possible good rise inAlex Espargaro in the general classification! To see if the rule of 3 turns receives an arrangement…

There is no shortage of other topics of interest, starting with Johann Zarco, third in the championship and still best Ducati rider, although this time not invited to an official press conference. Why ? Even the Pramac communication department could not provide us with an answer…
Perhaps because more potential is given to Francesco Bagnaia4th in the general classification despite 4 white results and thanks to 3 victories, in the genre ” hit or miss “, facing the French Diesel which currently regulates on the second step of the podium and does not have lasting memories of Silverstone in MotoGP (fall in 2019, 11th in 2021). Last year, the summer break was not beneficial to the French driver: will it be the opposite in 2022? We wish him!

Fabio Quartararo

This morning in an eventful FP1, the Pramac driver also set the best time, after falling during the session. Finally, Johann Zarco, Francesco Bagnaia, Alex Rins, Fabio Quartararo, Takaaki Nakagami, Aleix Espargaro, Maverick Vinales, Joan Mir, Jorge Martin and Brad Binder are currently pre-qualified for Qualification 2, but all the Moto3 riders have just improved their times in FP2….

The news, in addition Mark Marquez still recovering and replaced by Stefan Bradlis marked by the programmed renunciation ofAndrea Dovizioso and, consequently, the return of Cal Cructhlow after Misano.

The rest, we will discover now, during this second free practice session of 45 minutes which will take place with a mild sky and temperatures of 19° in the air and 35° on the asphalt. Let’s take advantage of these few live moments thanks to the official MotoGP.com website:

Here are the past references:

Silverstone MotoGP™

2021

2022

FP1

2’00.941 Marc Marquez (See here)

1’59.893 Johann Zarco (See here)

FP2

1’59.317 Fabio Quartararo (See here)

1’58.946 Fabio Quartararo (See here)

FP3

1’59.288 Jack Miller (See here)

FP4

2’00.002 Fabio Quartararo (See here)

Q1

1’59.288 Johann Zarco (See here)

Q2

1’58.889 Pol Espargaro (See here)

Warm Up

2’00.325 Aleix Espargaro (See here)

Race

Quartararo, Rins, Aleix Espargaro (See here)

Record

1’58.168 Marc Marquez (2019) (See here)

When the red lights go out… Franco Morbidelli perpetuates the French tradition launching the first, just like Fabio Quartararo who takes the track last.

At the tire level, the rear midrange continues to be favored by all riders except Brad Binder, Alex Rins and Jack Miller who prefer the hard this afternoon. Up front, everyone chose medium except Stefan Bradl which rolls with a tender.

Fabio Quartararo seems embarrassed at the level of his left arm and makes several movements during the warm-up lap.

At the end of the first flying lap, it is Miguel Oliveira who put his name at the top of the ranking in 2’00.863 ahead of Johann Zarcoand suddenly pre-qualifies provisionally, while Darryn Binder minor fall at turn #6.

On the next pass, the two Aprilias of Maverick Vinales and Alex Espargaro took command in 2’00.484 ahead of Fabio Quartararo.

The track is visibly faster than this morning, and Alex Espargaro recorded 1’59.681, best time of the day at this moment, in his third flying lap. He precedes his teammate by 56/1000.

Fabio Quartararo continues to borrow the Long Lap, as much to familiarize itself as to clean it…

At the end of the first run, the morning hierarchy is already upset and now presents Aleix Espargaro, Maverick Vinales, Fabio Quartararo, Alex Rins, Takaaki Nakagami, Jorge Martin, Brad Binder, Johann Zarco and Marco Bezzecchi, all pre-qualified for Q2, just like Francesco Bagnaia who however did not improve his morning time.

Combined, this gives Aleix Espargaro, Maverick Vinales, Johann Zarco, Francesco Bagnaia, Fabio Quartararo, Alex Rins, Takaaki Nakagami, Jorge Martin, Brad Binder and Marco Bezzecchi.

On recovery, Joan Mir enters the top 10 then his teammate Alex Rins establishes a new reference of the day in 1’59.351 thanks to a soft/soft ride!

The 2019 winner drives the point home in 1’59.246 on the next lap, when Jack Miller minor fall at turn #7.

Fabio Quartararo in turn tests the soft front tire.

Before the final rush, the combined top 10 presents Alex Rins, Aleix Espargaro, Jack Miller, Maverick Vinales, Miguel Oliveira, Johann Zarco, Francesco Bagnaia, Fabio Quartararo, Takaaki Nakagami and Jorge Martinbut Johann Zarco and Francesco Bagnaia still haven’t improved their morning times.

Godzilla is among us! Luigi Dall’Igna’s imagination has no limits…

At the start of the last run, Joan Mir comes to position himself in second place, just behind his teammate.

Alex Espargaro is inserted between the two Suzukis but Joan Mir achieves the best time in 1’59.100.

One minute before the flag drops, Fabio Quartararo took the lead in 1’58.946 before Johann Zarco fits between the two Aprilias.

For now, Fabio Quartararo, Joan Mir, Maverick Vinales, Johann Zarco, Aleix Espargaro, Miguel Oliveira, Alex Rins, Enea Bastianini, Jack Miller and Marco Bezzecchi are pre-qualified for Q2.

See you tomorrow at 10:55 a.m. for FP3!

MotoGP British Grand Prix FP2 results:

Classification credit: MotoGP.com

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