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MotoGP Silverstone: Lorenzo lays down FP3 marker as home riders shine

Jorge Lorenzo posts a stunning late lap to put almost half a second between himself and Marc Marquez in Silverstone MotoGP FP3, three British riders in the top ten
Jorge Lorenzo replicated his heroics of Mugello and Brno by setting a stunning late lap in FP3 to put clear daylight between himself and Marc Marquez on Saturday morning at the British MotoGP.

The championship leader's fastest time was a full half second under Dani Pedrosa's two-year old lap record at the end of a session which saw each of the four home riders impress.

Repsol Honda star Marquez started proceedings off in ominous fashion by dipping under the lap record on his first lap with a 2m 1.888s lap. But the reigning world champion was unable to lower than time, his late attempts frustrated as Lorenzo forged clear.

Behind the front two, late improvements and a soft tyre combination helped Ducati's Andrea Dovizioso jump to third, which pushed Dani Pedrosa back to fourth.

Sitting strongly inside the top six through the majority of the session, Scott Redding was in danger of missing the cut late on as he slipped outside the top ten for Marc VDS Honda.

However, the 22-year old jumped to fifth on his final lap, meaning he automatically qualifies for Q2 for only the second time in 2015.

Tech 3 Yamaha's Bradley Smith and Movistar Yamaha's Valentino Rossi - tied with Lorenzo for the points lead - followed in sixth and seventh. LCR Honda's Cal Crutchlow finished eighth after spending much of the session outside the top twelve.

Eugene Laverty continued his impressive free practice pace, ending FP3 in 15th and the top 'Open' rider for the Aspar team.

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

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August 29, 2015 11:24 AM

Stellar: Rossi has never been that quick around here anyway. CoTA, Indy, Silverstone and Aragon are the weakest tracks on the calendar for him, having said that to win championship you need to be quick on them all and he hasn't stepped it up on his weaker ones. I'm sure his preferred tracks will come soon but it could be too late as Lorenzo is stamping his authority on the lead. His only hope is that it rains tomorrow, otherwise Lorenzo will at the very least make 9 points on him this weekend.
You sounding like a farmer, mate. Hope it rains... come on. Is this how VR is going to win the WC, counting on rainy days? Look at JL FP3 time sheet, compare it with VR timesheet... JL has stepped up after the break, big time.

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