Casey heads the order on day one at Silverstone
The sixth round of the MotoGP World Championship began today in Great Britain, with Casey Stoner recording the fastest time of the day in the second (dry) session.
The morning run had taken place under wet conditions. Teammate Dani Pedrosa, who missed last yearÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s race at Silverstone through injury, had a busy day of work in which he clocked the ninth fastest lap time.
True to the forecast weather conditions, rain fell at Silverstone for the opening practice session. The rain came down from the early hours of the morning and the premier class riders had a completely wet track with which to contend. Casey Stoner and Dani Pedrosa made a cautious start, completing the session in fourth and seventh, respectively. Stoner undertook eleven laps Ã¢â‚¬â€Pedrosa fourteen.
With the sun out, the wind took centre stage in the afternoon. The asphalt dried for the second 45 minutes of practice, although another shower interrupted the session for 15 minutes. The riders returned to the track with 18 minutes remaining on the clock, and Stoner was able to put down the best lap of the day: 2Ã¢â‚¬â„¢04.791.
Dani Pedrosa, who missed the 2011 race through injury, faced the double task of adapting to a new track and working ahead of the race. The Repsol rider undertook a further fourteen laps in the afternoon, with a best lap of 2Ã¢â‚¬â„¢05.886. He was a little over a second down on his teammate.
“We didn’t learn very much from today. In the first session we tried understand the bike in the wet a little better, but it was gradually drying out throughout the session so it was difficult to take any real data. It was a similar situation this afternoon, we went out for a couple of laps and it started to rain which destroyed most of the session. We found the bike very hard to ride so we came in and made a change which took a lot of time and we didn’t manage so many laps.It would be nice if we get some better weather again tomorrow and this wind makes things very tricky, but everyone is in the same position. The chatter is a little better, we made another small improvement but we’ll need to check it tomorrow in some more consistent conditions”.
Source: Repsol Media