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Monster Espargaro lap puts Aprilia on top at Silverstone

by Valentin Khorounzhiy
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Aprilia rider Aleix Espargaro led the way in the second Friday practice session of the British Grand Prix weekend at Silverstone, producing a monster lap late on.


Key moments:

> Espargaro nearly seven tenths clear

> Six Ducatis, two Aprilias, two KTMs in Q2

> Quartararo and Marquez miss out

> Nasty crash for Bezzecchi


Espargaro sat seventh as the chequered flag was shown, but produced a stunning effort – featuring a remarkable gain of four tenths in the final sector – to take over out front by a sublime margin of 0.671s.

The Aprilia rider’s 1m58.183s was just four tenths short of Johann Zarco’s all-time record at the venue, and came at the end of a session that was otherwise dominated by Ducati.

Indeed, six of the eight Ducati Desmosedicis secured their spots in Q2 on Saturday morning.

Pramac Ducati’s Jorge Martin had led before Espargaro’s late improvement, and wound up second, followed by KTM’s Brad Binder and Espargaro’s Aprilia team-mate Maverick Vinales.

Vinales had an off at Vale earlier in the season and seemed to be in some pain afterwards, but was back on pace in time for the late-session time attacks.

Lap record holder Zarco was fifth for Pramac, followed by fellow Ducati riders Pecco Bagnaia and Marco Bezzecchi – with VR46 Ducati rider Bezzecchi getting launched high into the air at Luffield in a highside crash that was a similar but more violent version version of Franco Morbidelli’s opening-practice shunt.

Jack Miller (KTM), Luca Marini (VR46 Ducati) and Alex Marquez (Gresini Ducati) secured the final Q2 spots on offer. Like team-mate Bezzecchi, Marini had a crash of his own, falling off his bike at the fast Stowe corner.

Yamaha rider Fabio Quartararo posted a last-second improvement while chasing a Q2 spot but came up a tenth short, albeit did narrowly jump ahead of team-mate Morbidelli.

Marc Marquez was the lead Honda in 13th – both Japanese manufacturers missing out in full on the top 10 – after tracking Miller (and Pol Espargaro) on his fastest lap.

Tech3 Gas Gas returnee Espargaro was 21st, 2.6s off the pace and three tenths up on LCR Honda stand-in Iker Lecuona. LCR regular Takaaki Nakagami was half a second up on Lecuona and two places ahead, having spent much of the day trialling a new Ducati-style aero package introduced by Honda.

Practice 2 Results

Pos Name Team Bike Gap Next Gap Leader Best Time
1 Aleix Espargaró Aprilia Racing Aprilia 1m58.183s
2 Jorge Martin Prima Pramac Racing Ducati +0.671s +0.671s 1m58.854s
3 Brad Binder Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +0.044s +0.715s 1m58.898s
4 Maverick Viñales Aprilia Racing Aprilia +0.006s +0.721s 1m58.904s
5 Johann Zarco Prima Pramac Racing Ducati +0.039s +0.76s 1m58.943s
6 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati +0.03s +0.79s 1m58.973s
7 Marco Bezzecchi Mooney VR46 Racing Team Ducati +0.045s +0.835s 1m59.018s
8 Jack Miller Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +0.183s +1.018s 1m59.201s
9 Luca Marini Mooney VR46 Racing Team Ducati +0.045s +1.063s 1m59.246s
10 Alex Marquez Gresini Racing MotoGP Ducati +0.052s +1.115s 1m59.298s
11 Fabio Quartararo Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha +0.127s +1.242s 1m59.425s
12 Franco Morbidelli Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha +0.029s +1.271s 1m59.454s
13 Marc Marquez Repsol Honda Team Honda +0.001s +1.272s 1m59.455s
14 Miguel Oliveira CryptoDATA RNF MotoGP Team Aprilia +0.21s +1.482s 1m59.665s
15 Enea Bastianini Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati +0.028s +1.51s 1m59.693s
16 Fabio Di Giannantonio Gresini Racing MotoGP Ducati +0.021s +1.531s 1m59.714s
17 Raul Fernandez CryptoDATA RNF MotoGP Team Aprilia +0.012s +1.543s 1m59.726s
18 Joan Mir Repsol Honda Team Honda +0.631s +2.174s 2m0.357s
19 Augusto Fernandez GASGAS Factory Racing Tech3 KTM +0.185s +2.359s 2m0.542s
20 Takaaki Nakagami LCR Honda IDEMITSU Honda +0.081s +2.44s 2m0.623s
21 Pol Espargaró GASGAS Factory Racing Tech3 KTM +0.186s +2.626s 2m0.809s
22 Iker Lecuona Repsol Honda Team Honda +0.313s +2.939s 2m01.122s
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