Quartararo crucifies lap record to take control on Friday

However, the quick times were about to be posted. With eight minutes remaining, fresh Michelin rubber was slotted in as a thrilling time attack then played out. Riders like Jack Miller (Pramac Racing) – 10th in FP1 – had slipped down to the lower ends of the timing screens, but the Australian jumped up to fourth overall which set the tone. Two Yamahas were on barnstormers. Valentino Rossi (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) looked set to go top overall – and he did, a new lap record for the Italian. But ‘The Doctor’ didn’t stay there long as rookie Quartararo then hammered in his stunning 1:59.225. The quickest ever lap we’d seen around Silverstone – the new asphalt, Michelin tyres and the Yamaha seemingly on song. However, the duo’s lap times were then cancelled due to track limits – but there was drama to follow after the session had finished.

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