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MotoGP Silverstone: Marquez fastest from Ducatis in FP1

Marc Marquez fastest during Free Practice 1 for the British MotoGP at Silverstone.
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MotoGP champion Marc Marquez responded to his first defeat of the year by dominating Free Practice 1 for the British MotoGP at a cool, cloudy and slightly damp Silverstone.

With weather a question mark for the weekend, few were surprised when light drizzle arrived at the midway stage of the 45 minutes. But the moisture soon passed, barely impacting on the track action.

Marquez, who saw his ten-race win streak end at the hands of Repsol Honda team-mate Dani Pedrosa last time at Brno, held a clear 0.7s advantage for much of the session.

Pramac Ducati's Andrea Iannone reduced the gap to the Repsol Honda rider by moving into second on his final lap, only for Marquez to push it back up to 0.661s on his own last effort.

Marquez's time of 2m 3.208s was 1.3s off the official race lap record.

Marquez's session was not without incident as the 21-year-old was forced to run off at the end of the Wellington Straight after almost clipping the back of Pol Espargaro under braking.

While Iannone took a late second, it had been 2015 Factory Ducati team-mate Andrea Dovizioso who was closest to Marquez for most of the 45-minutes. Dovizioso finished third, 0.183s from Iannone and 0.844s from Marquez.

Alvaro Bautista is yet to confirm his 2015 MotoGP plans, being linked with a move to Aprilia, and the Spaniard made an encouraging start to the British weekend with fourth place for Gresini Honda. Bautista was the final rider within one-second of Marquez.

Top Open class rider Aleix Espargaro took fifth on his final lap, edging out 2015 Forward Yamaha replacement Stefan Bradl (LCR Honda) and last year's Silverstone winner Jorge Lorenzo. Lorenzo was the leading M1 rider this morning.

Movistar Yamaha team-mate Valentino Rossi was 0.041s behind Lorenzo with Pramac's Yonny Hernandez also within 0.1s of Aleix Espargaro's fifth place time.

Pedrosa completed a top ten covered by 1.130s.

Bradley Smith was the leading home rider in eleventh for Tech 3 Yamaha, just ahead of team-mate Pol Espargaro and Ducati's Cal Crutchlow. Directly behind Crutchlow was fellow Briton Scott Redding, the rookie in 14th and again the top Open class Honda rider.

Leon Camier began his third weekend in place of Nicky Hayden at Aspar with 19th place in front of his home fans.

The PBM team's final British MotoGP began with a mechanical issue for Michael Laverty, forcing the Ulsterman to park his ART-powered machine with ten minutes to go and leaving him at the bottom of the timesheets.

Free Practice 1:
1. Marc Marquez
2. Andrea Iannone
3. Andrea Dovizioso
4. Alvaro Bautista
5. Aleix Espargaro
6. Stefan Bradl
7. Jorge Lorenzo
8. Valentino Rossi
9. Yonny Hernandez
10. Dani Pedrosa
11. Bradley Smith
12. Pol Espargaro
13. Cal Crutchlow
14. Scott Redding
15. Karel Abraham
16. Hiroshi Aoyama
17. Alex De Angelis
18. Danilo Petrucci
19. Leon Camier
20. Hector Barbera
21. Mike Di Meglio
22. Broc Parkes
23. Michael Laverty

Tagged as: Honda , Marquez

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