British MotoGP, Free Practice Results | Quartararo quickest despite vicious fall

Fabio Quartararo walks away from a nasty crash after going a full half second quicker than anyone during Friday free practice for the British MotoGP

Fabio Quartararo - Yamaha Factory Racing

Fabio Quartararo set the quickest time in Friday free practice for the British MotoGP despite a gnarly crash that was lucky to leave him unscathed.

The championship leading Frenchman was in fine form over a single lap as ever but was fortunate not to suffer bigger injuries when he high-sided at Turn 8. However in the process of the fall as the Yamaha flicked round, it gave Quartararo a good kick on the way down.

Though he was able to walk away from the incident, it was with a limp rather than a stroll.

Nonetheless, his 1m 59.317secs lap was comfortably quicker than the opposition, headed up by Ducati’s Jack Miller and Red Bull Ring standout Jorge Martin.

Honda enjoyed a positive start to proceedings with Pol Espargaro up in fourth place, just ahead of FP1 pace setter Marc Marquez, who was soon back up to speed despite a gargantuan 170mph get off at Maggotts towards the end of the morning session. 

Pecco Bagnaia turned in the sixth best time on the second of the factory Ducatis from Aleix Espargaro and Austrian MotoGP race winner Brad Binder. Alex Rins and Valentino Rossi rounded out the top ten.

Elsewhere, title contender and reigning champion Joan Mir enjoyed a modest start to proceedings as he got his head around Silverstone on a MotoGP bike for the first time. The Spaniard didn’t compete in 2019 - a race won by his team-mate Rins - after an injury in testing, but showed solidly for 13th best in FP2.

With two Brits on the grid this weekend, Cal Crutchlow marked his Yamaha Factory debut - in place of the disgraced Maverick Vinales - with 16th best, while Jake Dixon was 21st, 3.3secs off the top spot as he got to grips with the Petronas SRT Yamaha M1 for the first time.

2021 British MotoGP | Silverstone | Friday Free Practice RESULTS | Round 12 / 19
PosRiderNat.MotoGP TeamMotoGP BikeTiming
1Fabio QuartararoFRAMonster Energy Yamaha Yamaha YZF-M11m 59.317
2Jack MillerAUSDucati Lenovo TeamDucati GP211m 59.829
3Jorge MartinESPPramac RacingDucati GP211m 59.939
4Pol EspargaroESPRepsol Honda TeamHonda RC213V2m 00.035
5Marc MarquezESPRepsol Honda TeamHonda RC213V2m 00.051
6Francesco BagnaiaITADucati Lenovo TeamDucati GP212m 00.102
7Aleix EspargaroESPAprilia Racing Team GresiniAprilia RS-GP2m 00.219
8Brad BinderRSARed Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM RC162m 00.315
9Alex RinsESPTeam Suzuki EcstarSuzuki GSX-RR2m 00.392
10Valentino RossiITAPetronas Yamaha SRTYamaha YZF-M12m 00.400
11Iker LecuonaESPTech3 KTM Factory RacingKTM RC162m 00.413
12Enea BastianiniITAAvintia EsponsoramaDucati GP192m 00.548
13Joan MirESPTeam Suzuki EcstarSuzuki GSX-RR2m 00.725
14Johann ZarcoFRAPramac RacingDucati GP212m 00.810
15Takaaki NakagamiJPNLCR Honda IdemitsuHonda RC213V2m 00.870
16Cal CrutchlowGBRMonster Energy Yamaha Yamaha YZF-M12m 00.882
17Luca MariniITASky VR46 EsponsoramaDucati GP192m 01.058
18Danilo PetrucciITATech3 KTM Factory RacingKTM RC162m 01.405
19Miguel OliveiraPORRed Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM RC162m 01.412
20Alex MarquezESPLCR Honda CastrolHonda RC213V2m 01.496
21Jake DixonGBRPetronas Yamaha SRTYamaha YZF-M12m 02.601
22Lorenzo SavadoriITAAprilia Racing Team GresiniAprilia RS-GP2m 05.138