MotoGP title leader Fabio Quartararo returns to the top during final practice for the 2021 British MotoGP at Silverstone, ahead of Pol Espargaro, Francesco Bagnaia and Marc Marquez.

With Maverick Vinales splitting from Yamaha after Austria, test rider Cal Crutchlow has been moved from Petronas Yamaha to the Monster Yamaha team at Silverstone.

As a result of Crutchlow's move, SRT has called-up Moto2 rider Jake Dixon to make a MotoGP debut in front of his home fans this weekend, riding in place of the injured Franco Morbidelli on the team's 2019-based A-Spec bike.

After a fall this morning Dixon made a big step in FP4, finding 0.6s to outpace Luca Marini and close to within +2.054s of Quartararo.

Aprilia's Lorenzo Savadori abandoned his return from ankle injuries due to pain during Friday practice.

This weekend's event marks MotoGP's first visit to Silverstone since before the Covid pandemic, in 2019.

Qualifying 1, for those outside the top ten after third free practice, including Alex Rins and Johann Zarco, will now get underway.

British MotoGP, Silverstone - Free Practice (4) Results
PosRiderNatTeamTime/DiffLapMax
1Fabio QuartararoFRAMonster Yamaha (YZR-M1)2'00.002s3/12329k
2Pol EspargaroSPARepsol Honda (RC213V)+0.251s11/13334k
3Francesco BagnaiaITADucati Team (GP21)+0.299s5/12336k
4Marc MarquezSPARepsol Honda (RC213V)+0.317s6/11331k
5Alex RinsSPASuzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)+0.450s5/11330k
6Jack MillerAUSDucati Team (GP21)+0.699s5/13338k
7Aleix EspargaroSPAAprilia Gresini (RS-GP)+0.727s7/15335k
8Valentino RossiITAPetronas Yamaha (YZR-M1)+0.736s11/13326k
9Johann ZarcoFRAPramac Ducati (GP21)+0.765s9/11336k
10Alex MarquezSPALCR Honda (RC213V)+0.806s6/12333k
11Enea BastianiniITAAvintia Ducati (GP19)*+0.853s5/12334k
12Cal CrutchlowGBRMonster Yamaha (YZR-M1)+0.969s10/12330k
13Brad BinderRSARed Bull KTM (RC16)+1.021s4/11331k
14Miguel OliveiraPORRed Bull KTM (RC16)+1.161s11/13330k
15Iker LecuonaSPAKTM Tech3 (RC16)+1.252s5/10327k
16Danilo PetrucciITAKTM Tech3 (RC16)+1.278s5/12330k
17Jorge MartinSPAPramac Ducati (GP21)*+1.296s9/11338k
18Joan MirSPASuzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)+1.346s10/11329k
19Takaaki NakagamiJPNLCR Honda (RC213V)+1.501s3/12328k
20Jake DixonGBRPetronas Yamaha (YZR-M1)+2.054s5/12321k
21Luca MariniITASky VR46 Avintia Ducati (GP19)*+2.251s3/12330k

* Rookie
Fastest Practice time:
Jack Miller
AUS Ducati 1m 59.288s

Official Silverstone MotoGP records:
Best lap:
Marc Marquez SPA Honda 1m 58.168s (2019)
Fastest race lap:
Marc Marquez SPA Honda 1m 59.936s(2019)

By Peter McLaren