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British MotoGP: Marquez starts Silverstone on top

Marc Marquez fastest during Free Practice 1 for the British MotoGP at Silverstone.
Rookie title leader Marc Marquez, winner of the past four races, began the British MotoGP weekend on top, by leading opening Friday practice at Silverstone.

Completing his first ever laps of the fast Northamptonshire circuit on an RCV, Marquez took over at the top from Jorge Lorenzo at the half-hour mark of the 45-minutes.

Marquez finished the session with an advantage of 0.219s over Yamaha's reigning double world champion.

Home star Cal Crutchlow, injured in both his previous British GP appearances, claimed a late third place for Monster Yamaha Tech 3, with a lap time just 0.228s from Marquez.

A gap then followed to Dani Pedrosa (+0.615s) in fourth, with last year's pole sitter Alvaro Bautista (Gresini Honda) and Lorenzo's team-mate Valentino Rossi completing a top six covered by 0.866s.

Stefan Bradl was seventh quickest for Honda LCR, with Nicky Hayden the top Ducati in eighth, home rookie Bradley Smith (Tech 3) ninth and Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati) tenth).

CRT leader Aleix Espargaro set the privateer pace in eleventh place (+1.709s), while Ulsterman Michael Laverty began his and the PBM team's home weekend with 21st - out of 23 riders - in FP1.

Marquez starts this weekend with a 26-point title lead over Pedrosa and a 44-point advantage over Lorenzo.

Ducati test rider Michele Pirro is again replacing the re-injured Ben Spies at Pramac. Cardion AB's Karel Abraham is also absent through to injury, but has not been replaced.

FP2 takes place this afternoon.

Free Practice 1:
1. Marc Marquez
2. Jorge Lorenzo
3. Cal Crutchlow
4. Dani Pedrosa
5. Alvaro Bautista
6. Valentino Rossi
7. Stefan Bradl
8. Nicky Hayden
9. Bradley Smith
10. Andrea Dovizioso
11. Aleix Espargaro
12. Andrea Iannone
13. Hector Barbera
14. Randy De Puniet
15. Colin Edwards
16. Michele Pirro
17. Hiroshi Aoyama
18. Yonny Hernandez
19. Danilo Petrucci
20. Claudio Corti
21. Michael Laverty
22. Bryan Staring
23. Lukas Pesek

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August 30, 2013 1:16 PM

What a load of BS! Give Marquez the credit he deserves!! The guy is on a different level. The last race of last years Moto2 proved that. His top speed down the straight was between 5 and 10 km/h slower than the rest yet he out raced and out braked every other guy on track to go from 33 (last on the grid) to 1st to win the race. Marquez does have an excellent machine but he still needs to ride it. Pedrosa has been on the factory Honda for 8 years and has not achieved what Marquez has achieved in his rookie year. Respect to all the riders, but Marquez is something special. Rossi is 14 years older than this guy so give him a break as well. We're lucky to be watching this level of racing :)

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