Marc Marquez made the most of a newly resurfaced Silverstone to go under the old lap record while Jorge Lorenzo returned to riding the Repsol Honda Team RC213V for the first time since Assen.

2018’s torrential rain was nowhere to be seen as the opening day of practice began at Silverstone for round 12 of the 2019 MotoGP World Championship. The round marked a return to action for Jorge Lorenzo while Marc Marquez continued 2019’s theme of working towards race day during Friday sessions. Track temperature increased to 40°C as the day went on and fans were treated to a classic British summer’s day.

The newly resurfaced Silverstone circuit was immediately fast, Marquez able to consistently lap in the mid-2’00s throughout Free Practice 1. A harmless crash at Turn 8 during FP2 saw the championship leader miss just a few minutes of the session as he quickly returned to work. Taking advantage of the super-smooth Silverstone circuit and the hot afternoon conditions, Marquez improved on his own lap record to set a lap of 1’59.476 to end Friday practice second overall and put the crash behind him.

A recovering Jorge Lorenzo took a cautious approach to the opening day of practice but was still able to improve his lap times by close to one and a half seconds between FP1 and FP2. Ending the day 21st in FP2 and 22nd overall, Jorge Lorenzo is looking to make the most of his British GP weekend but knows it will be a balancing act between maintaining his physical condition and pushing to be closer to the front.

Home hero Cal Crutchlow posted the fifth fastest time aboard his LCR Honda machine.

A positive weekend forecast means riders should be greeted with sunshine when they head out for FP3 at 09:55 local time tomorrow, Saturday August 24. Qualifying begins later in the day at 14:10 for the MotoGP class.

Marc Marquez

Marc Marquez 93

As soon as I went out this morning I felt like it was another track! I enjoyed riding it a lot more and I think so did everyone else. Last year we complained, but this year we have to say congratulations to the circuit because they did a great job. The lap times are coming, we are working in a good way and did one very good lap. But as always the most important thing is that we keep trying everything we need to. I had a small crash in my first run in FP2 because I am pushing and I couldn’t quite save this one! Aside from this it was a very good day.

Repsol Honda Team
Jorge Lorenzo

Jorge Lorenzo 99

Today it has been a hard day, but I guess that little by little I will get my pace back and I will feel better on the bike. It's been very tough, because I still feel a lot of pain in my back and I’m missing a lot of the habits of riding. I lost a lot of muscle mass and being on the bike is very physically demanding, so it makes it difficult to be competitive. Regarding the new surface, I'm very happy.

Repsol Honda Team
GoPro British Grand Prix

Silverstone, United Kingdom

MotoGP 2019, Round 12

Sunny / 25
Friday 23 Aug 2019, 15:14 UTC
  • Track Condition: Dry
  • Air Temp: 25°C
  • Humidity: 55%
  • Ground Temp: 40°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Fabio Quartararo 20 FRA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 1'59.225
2 Marc Marquez 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda +0.251
3 Maverick Viñales 12 SPA Yamaha Factory Racing Team Yamaha +0.540
4 Valentino Rossi 46 ITA Yamaha Factory Racing Team Yamaha +0.712
5 Cal Crutchlow 35 GBR LCR Honda Honda +0.768
6 Andrea Dovizioso 4 ITA Ducati Team Ducati +0.885
7 Franco Morbidelli 21 ITA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha +0.958
8 Miguel Oliveira 88 POR KTM Tech 3 Racing KTM +1.135
9 Jack Miller 43 AUS Alma Pramac Racing Ducati +1.167
10 Danilo Petrucci 9 ITA Ducati Team Ducati +1.203
11 Takaaki Nakagami 30 JPN LCR Honda Honda +1.267
12 Aleix Espargaro 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia +1.272
13 Pol Espargaro 44 SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +1.366
14 Johann Zarco 5 FRA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +1.439
15 Alex Rins 42 SPA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki +1.441
16 Francesco Bagnaia 63 ITA Alma Pramac Racing Ducati +1.563
17 Andrea Iannone 29 ITA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia +1.682
18 Tito Rabat 53 SPA Reale Avintia Racing Ducati +2.364
19 Karel Abraham 17 CZE Reale Avintia Racing Ducati +2.967
20 Sylvain Guintoli 50 FRA Suzuki Test Team Suzuki +3.015
21 Hafizh Syahrin 55 THA KTM Tech 3 Racing KTM +3.192
22 Jorge Lorenzo 99 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda +3.682
Rider Standings
Sunday, 11 Aug 2019 - Open world standings grid
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr.
1 Marc MARQUEZ 93 SPA 230 Repsol Honda Team Honda
2 Andrea DOVIZIOSO 4 ITA 172 Ducati Team Ducati
3 Danilo PETRUCCI 9 ITA 136 Ducati Team Ducati
4 Alex RINS 42 SPA 124 Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki
5 Valentino ROSSI 46 ITA 103 Yamaha Factory Racing Team Yamaha
6 Maverick VIñALES 12 SPA 102 Yamaha Factory Racing Team Yamaha
7 Fabio QUARTARARO 20 FRA 92 Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha
8 Jack MILLER 43 AUS 86 Alma Pramac Racing Ducati
9 Cal CRUTCHLOW 35 GBR 78 LCR Honda Honda
10 Takaaki NAKAGAMI 30 JPN 62 LCR Honda Honda
11 Pol ESPARGARO 44 SPA 61 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
12 Franco MORBIDELLI 21 ITA 58 Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha
13 Joan MIR 36 SPA 39 Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki
14 Aleix ESPARGARO 41 SPA 33 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia
15 Miguel OLIVEIRA 88 POR 26 KTM Tech 3 Racing KTM
16 Francesco BAGNAIA 63 ITA 24 Alma Pramac Racing Ducati
17 Johann ZARCO 5 FRA 22 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
18 Andrea IANNONE 29 ITA 21 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia
19 Jorge LORENZO 99 SPA 19 Repsol Honda Team Honda
20 Stefan BRADL 6 GER 16 Repsol Honda Team Honda
21 Tito RABAT 53 SPA 14 Reale Avintia Racing Ducati
22 Michele PIRRO 51 ITA 9 Ducati Test Team Ducati
23 Karel ABRAHAM 17 CZE 4 Reale Avintia Racing Ducati
24 Hafizh SYAHRIN 55 THA 3 KTM Tech 3 Racing KTM
25 Sylvain GUINTOLI 50 FRA 3 Suzuki Test Team Suzuki