LONDON, England: Defending champion Jorge Lorenzo turned up the heat on his rivals as he produced the quickest time in the second free practice session yesterday ahead of the British MotoGP at Silverstone this weekend.
The Yamaha rider was almost a quarter of a second faster than second-placed Marc Marquez after clocking a lap of two minutes 02.734 seconds.
Current world championship leader Marquez, riding for Honda and having won the last four races, had beaten Lorenzo in the morning session with the two Spaniards then trading places later in the day.
Lorenzo’s fastest effort came with his first flying lap of second free practice and, although Marquez closed on the time throughout the session, he could not get within two-tenths of a second of his compatriot.
Rain had fallen during practice sessions for the supporting Moto3 race but the skies cleared before the MotoGP riders took to the track.
It was a good day for MotoGP’s Spanish contingent as Marquez’s team-mate Dani Pedrosa and compatriot Alvaro Bautista completed the top four.
Six-time MotoGP champion Valentino Rossi was the best of the rest as he took fifth place on his Yamaha with Britain’s Cal Crutchlow sixth.
Crutchlow’s team-mate and fellow Brit Bradley Smith was eighth.
Meanwhile, Crutchlow has revealed he is determined to mark the 10th anniversary of the death of Barry Sheene by standing on the top step of the MotoGP podium for the first time in his career at Silverstone.AFP