The first free practice session of the British Grand Prix, this Friday morning, looked like a warm-up at the end of the holidays. After a five-week break from MotoGP, the riders were looking for benchmarks and the lap times took a long time to go down, in these sunny but fairly cool conditions.
The session got carried away at the end and, in this game, it was Johann Zarco who set the best time. Despite a fall mid-session, the Frenchman from Pramac completed a lap in 1’59”893. He beat Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati, +0”027), who had also fallen before.
Fabio Quartararo’s Yamaha suffered a breakdown at the start of the session but the world champion got back on track. He ranked fourth (+0.545), behind Alex Rins but ahead of Takaaki Nakagami (LCR Honda, 6th) and Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia, 7th). The French took care to train several times to achieve a long lap, which corresponds to a sanction pronounced after his fall at the GP of the Netherlands, on June 26.
Free practice 2 will take place between 3:10 p.m. and 4:10 p.m.