Augusto Fernandez claimed Moto2 glory at Silverstone this afternoon, seeing off Jorge Navarro and Brad Binder in a late race battle to victory.
Having qualified third on the grid on Saturday, the Flexbox HP 40 rider made slow start and had to battle his way to the front, taking the lead in the final two laps on the exit of Club Corner.
Campetella Speed Up’s Navarro had taken the lead with 12 laps left to run after championship leader Alex Marquez crashed out, losing the front at turn 16. The Marc VDS rider now sits 35 points ahead of Fernandez in the standings.
This then led to a three-way battle for the win between Navarro, Binder and Fernandez, with Australian, Remy Gardner, joining the trio in the dying stages to contest for the final spot on the podium.
Momentarily passing Binder for third, the Onexox TKKR Sag rider eventually finished 0.738 seconds down on the winner. Behind him came his teammate Tetsuta Nagashima, ending the race a further 2.538 seconds back.
Away from the leaders, it was a hard day for home riders Sam Lowes and Bradley Smith, both crashing out of the race in separate incidents. Weekend wildcard Smith crashed at Luffield corner with nine to go, with Lowes sliding out of contention on the last lap.
This left Jake Dixon as top Brit, finishing his debut home grand prix in twenty third place, behind the American Racing KTM of Joe Roberts.
Moto2: Marquez takes Silverstone pole ahead of Navarro
Alex Marquez has claimed Moto2 pole position at Silverstone ahead of the British GP at Silverstone with a lap time of 2’04.374, a new lap record.
FP3’s fastest man Jorge Navarro came a close second, 0.043 seconds slower with Augusto Fernandez finishing off the front row in 3rd with a time of 2’04.587.
The second row is made up of Remy Gardner, Xavi Vierge and Luca Marini. Britain’s Sam Lowes will start from the third row in 9th with a best time of 2’04.916 just behind Brad Binder who had to come through Q1.
Wildcard Brit Bradley Smith will start from 25th position having failed to move through from Q1 with a best time of 2’06.352.
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Moto2: Navarro fastest in FP3
Campetella Speed Up’s Jorge Navarro has topped the time sheets in Moto2 FP3 at Silverstone, leading Italian Mattia Pasini by just 0.001 seconds.
Setting a fastest time of 2’04.648, the Spanish rider went 0.345 seconds faster than his best time in FP2 on Friday, which was also the fastest lap in that session.
Rounding out the top three was Australian Remy Gardner, who looked poised to go fastest, however struggled in the final sector of the lap. He was able to produce a best lap of 2’04.679, with the top three split by just 0.031 seconds.
Championship leader Alex Marquez ended the session in fifth place, lapping the 3.67-mile track at a time of 2’04.787.
Top Brit honours once again went to Sam Lowes, who powered his Federal Oil Gresini machine to 6th fastest with a best time of 2’04.910, 0.1262 seconds off the pace. Fellow Englishman, Jake Dixon, ended the session in 23rd, mustering a best lap of 2’06.116.
Wildcard Bradley Smith continued to improve on his early free practice times, with a best lap of 2’06.359 good enough for 25th place.
Navarro fastest in FP2
Jorge Navarro has gone fastest in FP2 ahead of the British round of Moto2 at Silverstone. Remy Gardner and Augusto Fernandez round out the top three with this morning's fastest rider, Di Giannantonio demoted to 12th.
Brit rider, Sam Lowes moved up to fifth ahead of championship leader Alex Marquez. Wildcard, Bradley Smith improved two places over his FP1 performance and moves to 27th.
Di Giannantonio heads FP1
Fabio Di Giannantonio was fastest in Moto2 FP1, finishing less than a tenth of a second ahead of Camptella teammate Jorge Navarro. Thomas Luthi rounds out the top three with Alex Marquez 4th.
Britain's Sam Lowes finished 13th and Jake Dixon was 20th. Wildcard Bradley Smith could only manage 29th.