Johann Zarco and Pecco Bagnaia took the top spots in MotoGP’s opening British Grand Prix practice session at Silverstone despite both Ducati riders crashing.

Johann Zarco made the best first impression following the MotoGP summer break by dominating the opening free practice session for the British Grand Prix at Silverstone.

The Pramac Ducati rider spent the majority of the practice session not pursuing the fastest laptime as competitors like Suzuki’s Alex Rins and Aprilia’s Maverick Vinales alternated at the top. However, after colliding earlier at Turn 7, Zarco decided to put on a new set of tires in the final moments to try and set the fastest time.

Despite an early crash, teammate Desmosedici rider Francesco Bagnaia was the only other rider to lap in the 1:59s and was only 0.027s behind him after a strong second half of the Silverstone circuit saw him clock in a 1:59.893s, the first sub 2:00 time of the weekend.

The factory Ducati champion skidded off the front of his machine at the fast Turn 4, requiring a return to the pits on a scooter to grab his backup bike. Rins finished third ahead of series leader Fabio Quartararo while Takaaki Nakagami rounded out the top five on his LCR Honda.

Aleix Espargaro and Vinales of Aprilia finished sixth and seventh, respectively, in front of Joan Mir on the second Suzuki GSX-RR. Jorge Martin made a last-ditch effort to finish ninth, barely ahead of Brad Binder on the quickest KTM.

The fastest rookie was Marco Bezzecchi, who finished 13th overall on his VR46-powered Ducati, barely ahead of Miguel Oliveira’s second factory KTM and behind Jack Miller.

Enea Bastinaini, driving the first Gresini Ducati, finished just 16th, while Andrea Dovizioso, who will shortly retire after Misano MotoGP round finished 20th on his RNF Yamaha and was only ahead of his fellow countryman Franco Morbidelli, driving the sister factory M1.

2022 BRITISH MOTOGP FREE PRACTICE 1 RESULTS

PosNameTeamBikeGap NextGap LeaderBest Time
1Johann ZarcoPramac RacingDucati1m59.893s
2Francesco BagnaiaDucati Lenovo TeamDucati+0.027s+0.027s1m59.92s
3Alex RinsTeam SUZUKI ECSTARSuzuki+0.3s+0.327s2m0.22s
4Fabio QuartararoMonster Energy Yamaha MotoGPYamaha+0.218s+0.545s2m0.438s
5Takaaki NakagamiLCR Honda IDEMITSUHonda+0.01s+0.555s2m0.448s
6Aleix EspargaróAprilia RacingAprilia+0.182s+0.737s2m0.63s
7Maverick ViñalesAprilia RacingAprilia+0.169s+0.906s2m0.799s
8Joan MirTeam SUZUKI ECSTARSuzuki+0.044s+0.95s2m0.843s
9Jorge MartinPramac RacingDucati+0.105s+1.055s2m0.948s
10Brad BinderRed Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM+0.046s+1.101s2m0.994s
11Pol EspargaróRepsol Honda TeamHonda+0.046s+1.147s2m01.04s
12Jack MillerDucati Lenovo TeamDucati+0.015s+1.162s2m01.055s
13Marco BezzecchiMooney VR46 Racing TeamDucati+0.057s+1.219s2m01.112s
14Miguel OliveiraRed Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM+0.008s+1.227s2m01.12s
15Alex MarquezLCR Honda CastrolHonda+0.054s+1.281s2m01.174s
16Enea BastianiniGresini Racing MotoGPDucati+0.045s+1.326s2m01.219s
17Remy GardnerTech3 KTM Factory RacingKTM+0.32s+1.646s2m01.539s
18Raul FernandezTech3 KTM Factory RacingKTM+0.039s+1.685s2m01.578s
19Luca MariniMooney VR46 Racing TeamDucati+0.029s+1.714s2m01.607s
20Andrea DoviziosoWithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP TeamYamaha+0.141s+1.855s2m01.748s
21Franco MorbidelliMonster Energy Yamaha MotoGPYamaha+0.027s+1.882s2m01.775s
22Stefan BradlRepsol Honda TeamHonda+0.287s+2.169s2m02.062s
23Fabio Di GiannantonioGresini Racing MotoGPDucati+0.117s+2.286s2m02.179s
24Darryn BinderWithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP TeamYamaha+0.386s+2.672s2m02.565s

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