Silverstone MotoGP: Marquez leads Yamaha duo in first practice

Marc Marquez set the pace in the opening MotoGP practice session for this weekend's British Grand Prix at Silverstone.

The Honda rider's best time of 2:03.111 put him over three tenths of a second off Yamaha's championship leader Jorge Lorenzo.

Teammate Valentino Rossi was third quickest after a late surge, although he was nearly a full second off Marquez's best.

Andrea Iannone and Andrea Dovizioso completed the top five on the works Ducatis.

Local hero Scott Redding had a strong start to the weekend, posting the sixth fastest time on the Marc VDS Honda, ahead of fellow Briton Bradley Smith on the Tech 3 Yamaha.

Dani Pedrosa finished down in eighth position, over 1.2 seconds off teammate Marquez's pace.

Under clear skies, Rossi was the first man to appear on the timesheets, but it did not take long before Lorenzo took first place, although the Spaniard was soon relegated by Iannone on the Ducati.

In a busy start to the session, Marquez jumped to the top seven minutes in, setting the pace with a lap of 2:05.179.

As the times continued to tumble, the Honda rider lost P1 momentarily before he posted a 2:03.829 lap that put him nearly a full second clear of teammate Pedrosa 10 minutes after the start of the session.

Lorenzo closed the gap to Marquez moments later, but the championship leader could still not join his rival in the 2:03s.

The Yamaha rider improved his time with 18 minutes left, but Marquez went even quicker seconds later and, with the soft tyre in front, the Honda rider set a time of 2:03.111 to stay clear of his rival.

Lorenzo reduced the gap with some 11 minutes to go, but was still over three tenths slower than Marquez.

With less than four minutes left on the clock, Rossi jumped up three places to put himself in third position, albeit over eight tenths off Marquez's pace.

The 45 minutes of running were pretty much incident free.

 Pos  Rider   Bike   Time   Gap   Laps 
Marc Marquez Honda 2'03.111   16
Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 2'03.499 0.388 15
Valentino Rossi Yamaha 2'03.967 0.856 16
Andrea Iannone Ducati 2'04.072 0.961 15
Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 2'04.115 1.004 14
Scott Redding Honda 2'04.170 1.059 16
Bradley Smith Yamaha 2'04.313 1.202 16
Daniel Pedrosa Honda 2'04.347 1.236 15
Pol Espargaro Yamaha 2'04.364 1.253 17
10  Cal Crutchlow Honda 2'04.413 1.302 15
11  Danilo Petrucci Ducati 2'04.659 1.548 14
12  Maverick Vinales Suzuki 2'04.728 1.617 15
13  Aleix Espargaró Suzuki 2'04.816 1.705 15
14  Yonny Hernández Ducati 2'04.817 1.706 14
15  Eugene Laverty Honda 2'05.170 2.059 16
16  Alvaro Bautista Aprilia 2'05.290 2.179 17
17  Loris Baz Yamaha Forward 2'05.403 2.292 16
18  Stefan Bradl Aprilia 2'05.956 2.845 16
19  Nicky Hayden Honda 2'05.987 2.876 15
20  Alex de Angelis ART/Aprilia 2'06.045 2.934 14
21  Karel Abraham Honda 2'06.154 3.043 12
22  Jack Miller Honda 2'06.478 3.367 15
23  Mike Di Meglio Ducati 2'06.482 3.371 13
24  Hector Barbera Ducati 2'07.820 4.709 13
25  Claudio Corti Yamaha Forward 2'08.286 5.175 15

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Series MotoGP
Event British GP
Track Silverstone
Article type Practice report