For the first time since 2019 MotoGP action returned to Silverstone today, where PETRONAS Yamaha Sepang Racing Team’s Valentino Rossi ended the day tenth, while Jake Dixon, making his MotoGP debut at the BritishGP as stand-in for Franco Morbidelli, was 21st.
The start of FP1 saw Rossi post a 2mins 2.334secs time, which put him third momentarily and saw him stay inside the top-ten for a while. A red flag at the end of the session meant that he was not able to improve upon this and he ended FP1 16th. The afternoon’s FP2 session got off to a steadier start for the Italian, but a series of strong laps towards the end of the 45 minutes saw him sit as high as seventh. With a fastest lap of 2mins 0.400secs Valentino ended the day tenth.
Dixon made consistent progress throughout FP1, his first session aboard the Yamaha YZR-M1, and steadily improved his times. Using the 45 minutes to adjust to the premier class machine, he ended FP1 21st – 2mins 3.939secs. The Brit continued to make further improvements in front of his home fans in FP2: increasing his experience and bettering his morning time by 1.3secs. At the end of the BritishGP opening day Jake was 21st with a 2mins 2.601secs lap time.
Rossi and Dixon will be back out on track tomorrow at 9.55am local time (4.55pm MYT) for FP3, ahead of the two MotoGP Qualifying sessions that get underway at 2.10pm local time (9.10pm MYT).