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British MotoGP, Silverstone Practice | Espargaro kicks off second-half of season on top

Aleix Espargaro, Aprilia Racing, Aprilia RS-GP, 2023 MotoGP, British MotoGP, Silverstone, action [credit - Gold & Goose]

Aleix Espargaro returned himself and Aprilia Racing to the top of the timesheets after Friday’s two Practice sessions for the British MotoGP at Silverstone.

The Spaniard shook out on top as MotoGP debuted its tweaked race weekend format, which sees Practice 2 determine which ten riders will progress directly to Q2, rather than combine P2 with the times from Practice 1.

Placing the emphasis on the afternoon session, Espargaro perfected his time attack in the closing stages to lead the way with a 1m 58.183secs.


He commanded a huge margin over the opposition too, Espargaro finding a gap to put some six tenths between himself and the opposition.

On the other side of that margin was Jorge Martin, the Pramac rider leading the Ducati contingent in second place, while KTM’s Brad Binder made it three different manufacturers inside the top three, just four hundredths adrift.

A strong day all round for Aprilia, Maverick Vinales on the second of the factory RS-GPs sits poised in fourth place, slotting in ahead of a trio of Ducatis, Johann Zarco heading championship leading Pecco Bagnaia and his title rival Marco Bezzecchi.

Though he progresses through to Q2, it was a bruising end to Bezzecchi’s day after a crash in the closing stages of the session.

He will be joined in the pole position shootout by Jack Miller, eighth fastest on the second of the factory KTM RC16s, plus Luca Marini and Alex Marquez.

With rain forecast on Saturday, those outside the top ten face a nervous wait to see what the weather brings in the morning.

These include both Yamaha riders, Fabio Quartararo and Franco Morbidelli, plus all four Honda riders, with Marc Marquez the best of the latter in 13th.

2023 British MotoGP | Silverstone, UK | Practice 2 Results | Round 9 of 20
1Aleix Espargaro🇪🇦Aprilia RacingAprilia RS-GP1m 58.183
2Jorge Martin🇪🇦Prima Pramac RacingDucati GP231m 58.854
3Brad Binder🇿🇦Red Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM RC161n 58.898
4Maverick Vinales🇪🇦Aprilia RacingAprilia RS-GP1m 58.904
5Johann Zarco🇨🇵Prima Pramac RacingDucati GP231m 58.943
6Pecco Bagnaia🇮🇹Ducati Leonovo TeamDucati GP231m 58.973
7Marco Bezzecchi🇮🇹Mooney VR46 RacingDucati GP221m 59.018
8Jack Miller🇦🇺Red Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM RC161m 59.201
9Luca Marini🇮🇹Mooney VR46 RacingDucati GP221m 59.246
10Alex Marquez🇪🇦Gresini Racing MotoGPDucati GP221m 59.298
11Fabio Quartararo🇨🇵Monster Energy YamahaYamaha M11m 59.425
12Franco Morbidelli🇮🇹Monster Energy YamahaYamaha M11m 59.454
13Marc Marquez🇪🇦Repsol Honda TeamHonda RC213V1m 59.455
14Miguel Oliveira🇵🇹CryptoData RNF RacingAprilia RS-GP1m 59.665
15Enea Bastianini🇮🇹Ducati Leonovo TeamDucati GP231m 59.693
16Fabio di Giannantonio🇮🇹Gresini Racing MotoGPDucati GP221n 59.714
17Raul Fernandez🇪🇦CryptoData RNF RacingAprilia RS-GP1m 59.726
18Joan Mir🇪🇦Repsol Honda TeamHonda RC213V2m 00.357
19Augusto Fernandez🇪🇦GasGas Factory Racing Tech3KTM RC162m 00.542
20Takaaki Nakagami🇯🇵LCR Honda IDEMITSUHonda RC213V2m 00.623
21Pol Espargaro🇪🇦GasGas Factory Racing Tech3KTM RC162m 00.809
22Iker Lecuona🇪🇦LCR Honda CastrolHonda RC213V2m 01.122

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