Despite five weeks of truce, nothing has changed. Leader of the MotoGP World Championship, Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha) still appears to be the man to beat. The Frenchman dominated the first free practice of the British Grand Prix at Silverstone on Friday. Winner here last year, the defending champion took the best time after the first two practice sessions, aware that he will need, more than usual, to do well in qualifying on Saturday (from 3:10 p.m. French). Grand Prix de France Penalized three places, Zarco will start 9th14/05/2022 At 6:21 p.m. Because on Sunday, he will start with a handicap. Sanctioned for his accident at the end of June in the Netherlands with Aleix Espargaro, his runner-up in the championship, he will have to perform a “long lap” penalty, a detour to take once during the first three laps. So the Yamaha rider practiced. We have seen him take this long turn several times, so that in the race, this penalty is as painless as possible. Quartararo was the only one to fall under the minute and 59 seconds (1’58″946), ahead of Joan Mir (Suzuki) and Maverick Viñales (Aprilia) by 0″154 and 0″177. It is above all to have been able to “take the rhythm” over several laps. His bike will also have to hold up, that it does not play the trick of breaking down like during the first morning practice session. Without gas, he had to be towed to the garage by the Australian Jack Miller, always ready to make his Ducati a taxi for the colleagues. This first session had been marked by the falls of the other Frenchman Johann Zarco (Ducati-Pramac ) and the Italian Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati), 3rd and 4th in the championship.The two had nevertheless reassured themselves by taking the two best times of the session.Bagnaia, vice-world champion in title, returned to 4th place after his success in the Netherlands, but remains 66 points behind Quartararo before the 12th round out of 20. The Italian will have to whip on Saturday after being ejected was in the Top 10 at the end of the day. Otherwise, he will have to go through Q1 in qualifying.
Welcome! Log into your account
Recover your password
A password will be e-mailed to you.