LONDON (AFP) – French rookie Fabio Quartararo outshone seven-time world champion Marc Marquez by breaking the track record in practice for the British MotoGP on Friday on a newly laid surface at Silverstone.
Quartararo was quickest in the first session of the day, but the fireworks came in the afternoon as he posted a new record time of one minute and 59.225 seconds.
The 20-year-old’s joy seemed short-lived when that time was originally ruled out for exceeding track limits. However, a photo review after the second session had finished, cleared Quartararo to edge him ahead of Marquez.
Former world champion Valentino Rossi, on another Yamaha, also fell foul of the same ruling before being similarly reprieved.
Marquez, who is well on course to add a sixth premier class world title to his list of honours this season, suffered a crash for the first time in seven races.