Márquez tops incident-hit warm-up
1 September 2013 – Marc Márquez rose back to the top of the timesheets in this morning’s warm-up session for the British Grand Prix at Silverstone, posting a lap of 2:02.531 to eclipse reigning World Champion Jorge Lorenzo and the Ducati of Nicky Hayden.
A quiet opening to the session saw Lorenzo hold the top spot in the early stages, before Márquez again managed to clock one of his trademark rapid lap times to move ahead. An impressive performance from Hayden was marred when the American became one of a number of riders to crash during the session, the 2006 World Champion running into the gravel at Farm corner. Yonny Hernández and Michele Pirro also suffered warm-up incidents, with all riders reportedly uninjured.
But the session's major talking point came with five minutes remaining, and was initially sparked by another incident for home favourite Cal Crutchlow, his third in two days. As the British rider was led away from the Vale gravel trap, he was forced to break into a sprint in order to avoid the tumbling Marc Márquez, who crashed moments later in exactly the same place. Both riders walked away unaided, albeit with Márquez suffering pain in his left shoulder. The Spaniard has been taken to the medical centre for further checks.
On the timing screens, Stefan Bradl finished in fourth position, ahead of Álvaro Bautista and Bradley Smith. Valentino Rossi, Dani Pedrosa and lead CRT runner Aleix Espargaró followed, while Andrea Iannone completed the top ten riders.
The British Grand Prix gets underway at 1.30pm local time (GMT +1)