Aleix Espargaro Runs Fastest in Practice at Silverstone

August 4, 2023Ray Milton

MotoGP lands in Silverstone this weekend for the British Grand Prix. Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia Racing) came out swinging after after running sixth fastest in FP1. The lap times dropped dramatically from FP1 to Open Practice with most dropping 2-3 seconds off of their opening lap times. Based on the new qualifying format the top 10 in Open Practice will progress to Q2. In uncharacteristic fashion, championship leader Francesco Bagnaia had no answer for the 1:58.183 lap time set by Espargaro. Jorge Martin (Prima Pramac Racing) ran second fastest ahead of Brad Binder (KTM Racing) in third.

The top 5 in open practice is a familiar bunch with Binder and Martin still in the running for the MotoGP Championship. Currently Martin sits in seconds place one point ahead of Marco Bezzecchi (Mooney VR46 Racing Team) at 159 points. Binder is a bit further back at 114 points. Regardless, any rider in the top 5 has a good chance at the title depending on how the season ends. Full open practice results are available below. Qualifying begins tomorrow.

Full Open Practice Results