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MotoGP Silverstone: Lorenzo pips Marquez in FP2

Jorge Lorenzo fastest during Free Practice 2 for the British MotoGP at Silverstone.
Jorge Lorenzo turned the tables on Marc Marquez by just 0.033s during Free Practice 2 for the British MotoGP.

The Spaniards have fought for Silverstone glory for the past two seasons and again look the riders to beat after dominating a dry day one at the 2015 event.

Meanwhile home star Bradley Smith made significant afternoon gains to jump up to third place for the satellite Tech 3 Yamaha team, just under two-tenths from Lorenzo.

Second to Marquez by 0.388s in the morning, title leader Lorenzo made a storming start to FP2 - beating Marquez's FP1 best by 0.6s on only his second lap. Continuing his rhythm, the Movistar Yamaha rider went on to find a further two-tenths and was never headed from the fifth minute onwards.

Marquez's posted his fastest time on lap 10 of 17, with Smith's best coming on lap 13 of 17. Smith had taken third from Marquez's Repsol Honda team-mate Dani Pedrosa and was on target to take the top spot on his final flying lap, only to drop two-tenths in the final sector.

Ducati's Andrea Dovizioso rounded out the top five by finding a 1.5s between the two free practice sessions.

Team-mate Andrea Iannone became the first faller of the race weekend midway through the afternoon session after suffering a lowside at Stowe. The Italian's upgraded GP15 appeared to sustain just minimal damage and he was able to pick the bike up and re-join the circuit to return to the pits, but was unable to match the pace of the leading punch and ended the day eighth.

Team Suzuki Ecstar's Aleix Espargaro pipped brother Pol into sixth with the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rider in seventh. Brit Scott Redding enjoyed a successful day finding improvements on his Honda, but slipped down to ninth after initially rising to fourth but was still able to edge out joint-championship leader Valentino Rossi (+0.989s).

But Rossi's tenth place could prove crucial if rain arrives on Saturday morning, since he currently holds the final place for direct Qualifying 2 access. As it stands the likes of Danilo Petrucci, Maverick Vinales and Cal Crutchlow would be heading for Qualifying 1.

Hector Barbera was the top Open class rider in 13th, with Jack Miller one place behind the Ducati rider and ahead of LCR team-mate Crutchlow. Aspar's Eugene Laverty enjoyed a promising Silverstone MotoGP debut with 16th out of the 25 riders.

1. Jorge Lorenzo
2. Marc Marquez
3. Bradley Smith
4. Dani Pedrosa
5. Andrea Dovizioso
6. Aleix Espargaro
7. Pol Espargaro
8. Andrea Iannone
9. Scott Redding
10. Valentino Rossi
11. Danilo Petrucci
12. Maverick Viñales
13. Hector Barbera
14. Jack Miller
15. Cal Crutchlow
16. Eugene Laverty
17. Yonny Hernandez
18. Loris Baz
19. Mike Di Meglio
20. Stefan Bradl
21. Alvaro Bautista
22. Nicky Hayden
23. Karel Abraham
24. Alex De Angelis
25. Claudio Corti

Tagged as: Yamaha , Lorenzo

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August 28, 2015 4:15 PM

Looking like 99 vs 93 again. Marquez seems a bit closer to Lorenzo than he was in Brno, so hopefully he can hang on to him this time and give us a good battle. It's only friday though anything can still happen, especially rain.

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