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Lorenzo tops opening MotoGP practice
The first practice of the AirAsia British Grand Prix was led by the Championship leader, who was the only rider under 2’06” on the new circuit. Casey Stoner and Andrea Dovizioso followed.

Jorge Lorenzo (Fiat Yamaha) was the fastest rider as the AirAsia British Grand Prix weekend got underway at Silverstone, taking in the new circuit layout in a best time of 2’05.991 in the first practice. The Spaniard set his best lap with just over 11 minutes to go, and the end of the session was marked by spots of rain under a cloudy sky.

One of only two riders in the MotoGP class to have ridden the track before its redevelopment Casey Stoner (Ducati Marlboro) was second on the timesheet. The Australian completed 18 laps on his Desmosedici GP10, the final of which registered his best time at 0.142s off Lorenzo.

Andrea Dovizioso (Repsol Honda), fresh off the back of a home podium finish at Mugello, continued his momentum as he timed in at just under four-tenths off Lorenzo’s early weekend marker. Frenchman Randy de Puniet (LCR Honda) had set the pace at the start of the session and eventually placed fourth on the timesheet, fractionally under a tenth off Dovizioso as he displayed a consistent race pace.

Ben Spies (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) will be hoping to take advantage of the fact that this is a new track for all and the rookie was fifth. His first run on the layout placed him 1.259s off Lorenzo and he will take great encouragement from the session, in which he placed ahead of Mugello race winner Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa by almost four-tenths. Marco Melandri (San Carlo Honda Gresini Team) was only two-thousandths further back in seventh.

Top ten times were also recorded by Aleix Espargar¢ (Pramac Racing), Marco Simoncelli (San Carlo Honda Gresini Team) and Nicky Hayden (Ducati Marlboro), and the riders will continue their adaptation to the track in the second practice session which gets underway at 9.55am local time on Saturday morning.



Rider Time Nat. Bike Team
1 Jorge Lorenzo 2m 05.991 SPA YAMAHA Fiat Yamaha Team
2 Casey Stoner 2m 06.133 AUS DUCATI Ducati Marlboro Team
3 Andrea Dovizioso 2m 06.347 ITA HONDA Repsol Honda Team
4 Randy De Puniet 2m 06.439 FRA HONDA LCR Honda MotoGP
5 Ben Spies 2m 07.250 USA YAMAHA Tech 3 Yamaha
6 Dani Pedrosa 2m 07.586 SPA HONDA Repsol Honda Team
7 Marco Melandri 2m.07.588 ITA HONDA San Carlo Honda Gresini
8 Aleix Espargaro 2m 07.927 SPA DUCATI Pramac Racing
9 Marco Simoncelli 2m 07.951 ITA HONDA San Carlo Honda Gresini
10 Nicky Hayden 2m 08.300 USA DUCATI Ducati Marlboro Team
11 Hector Barbera 2m 08.452 SPA DUCATI Paginas Amarillas Aspar
12 Colin Edwards 2m 08.525 USA YAMAHA Tech 3 Yamaha
13 Alvaro Bautista 2m 08.666 SPA SUZUKI Rizla Suzuki MotoGP
14 Hiroshi Aoyama 2m 09.639 JPN HONDA Interwetten Honda MotoGP
15 Loris Capirossi 2m 09.805 ITA SUZUKI Rizla Suzuki MotoGP
16 Mika Kallio 2m 10.227 FIN DUCATI Pramac Racing

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