The British Grand Prix got underway today at the revamped Silverstone circuit with the Repsol Honda Team leading the way in the first day of free practice. Complete with new pit boxes and fresh asphalt in some areas, FP1 was held under dry conditions which helped the riders to better understand the new conditions of the track and start working on the set-up with less risks.
Casey Stoner continued his dominance over his rivals and finished the morning session at the top of the time sheets, 0.7 tenths ahead. He recorded the fastest lap in both sessions with a best time, in FP1, of 2'03.748 which places him only 0.2 off the circuit record (Jorge Lorenzo recording 2'03.526 last season) and 0.4 off the best pole position (also set by Lorenzo in 2010 with 2.03.308).
The Australian rider could not have hoped for a better start to the weekend, where he will celebrate his 150th career GP.
Andrea Dovizioso, with the fifth fastest time of the day, felt much more comfortable in the dry conditions in FP1 this morning compared to FP2 which began wet and dried out for the end of the session but still with a lot of water on track.
CASEY STONER - 1st 2'03.748
"I'm pretty happy with how the day has gone after mixed conditions, we've seen a dry track, a wet track and then a 50/50 track so it's been interesting to have these variants throughout the day, but in general the bike has worked well. We used both bikes today and in the wet one set up seems to work pretty well, but with wet weather forecast for the rest of the weekend we still have some things we want to improve to make the bike work better giving us some more edge grip and traction. The track seems pretty good but some of the older sections are retaining a lot more water which is causing difficulties as in some areas you could be out on slicks but other parts are drenched. Looking at the way the wet tyres are working at the moment we shouldn't have too much of a problem though, the track seems to be kind on the Bridgestone tyres and not destroying them and even after this afternoon's session we didn't have a too big a problem with them".
ANDREA DOVIZIOSO - 5th 2'04.910
"This afternoon the track conditions were difficult especially because there are different types of tarmac which drain differently. For example, T1 and T4 were draining very well, whilst it was wet in T2 and T3. It took me a while to find the feeling and we struggled with the traction control set up. We worked on the different settings and I think that we can improve tomorrow. It will be important to practice again in dry conditions tomorrow as we did this morning in FP1, but all in all FP2 was also important because we may find similar conditions in the race".
-source: repsol honda