19.06.2010: Grand Prix motorcycles returned to Silverstone for the first time in over two decades today as MotoGP landed at the iconic British track. Jorge Lorenzo, the sole representative of the Fiat Yamaha Team whilst Valentino Rossi is recovering from injury at ho
Circuit Length: 3619 Weather: Dry Lap Record: 1'56.459 (Chris Vermeulen, 01/01/2003) Fastest Lap Ever: 1'56.096 (Jurgen van den Goorbergh, 01/01/2003)
Grand Prix motorcycles returned to Silverstone for the first time in over two decades today as MotoGP landed at the iconic British track. Jorge Lorenzo, the sole representative of the Fiat Yamaha Team whilst Valentino Rossi is recovering from injury at home, took to the new track with aplomb, finishing the day at the top of the standings in a session cut slightly short by rain. After sunshine had greeted the paddock yesterday, today was much cooler and the track temperature did not climb much above 20 degrees throughout the session.
Lorenzo was nonetheless determined to get to grips with the new circuit and completed 23 laps, more than any other rider this afternoon. With just under ten minutes to go he put in his best time of the day and moved into first place, remaining the only rider to dip under the 2'06 mark. Casey Stoner was second and Andrea Dovizioso third.
Jorge Lorenzo - 1st, Time 2.05.991, Laps: 23
"I'm happy with our first day's work here at Silverstone and I've really enjoyed the new circuit; it's fast and fun to ride. We've worked really hard and I've ridden a lot of laps in order to begin to understand every corner and every straight. Unfortunately it was cold today and the asphalt was cold too, which meant that without any reference points in the beginning it was quite difficult, but hopefully tomorrow and Sunday will be better.
Then in the last three minutes it started to rain so we decided to stop. We made a good start and then step-by-step I improved, so I think we are in good shape for a good race weekend. We will continue in the same way tomorrow and aim for the front row."
Wilco Zeelenberg - Team manager Jorge Lorenzo
"The target was to learn the track in a safe way and Jorge did well in this task, starting gently and learning step-by-step, without forcing himself into mistakes. The bike feels great with some really good points and some that could be a bit better - for example in the exit of the corners - but we are in good shape. We think we can improve more but we're already feeling strong. Tomorrow everyone will know the track better and therefore be faster but hopefully we will be too!"
Spies and Edwards get to grips with spectacular Silverstone
The Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team successfully navigated new territory today with Ben Spies and Colin Edwards making a positive start to the first British MotoGP race to be staged at the spectacular Silverstone track in over two decades.
The Texan pairing made significant progress throughout the opening session this afternoon, Spies and Edwards wasting no time in working on fine-tuning their machine settings to suit the challenging 3.667-miles layout as MotoGP returned to Silverstone for the first time since 1986. Spies was once again in impressive form, the 25-year-old taking his time to build up his speed before his challenge picked up seriou s momentum in the closing stages.
A best lap of 2.07.250 saw the reigning World Superbike champion finish fifth quickest before heavy rain started to fall in the final five minutes to bring a premature end to proceedings. Edwards has raced at Silverstone previously in his successful World Superbike career, but any knowledge of the venue counted for little with the circuit impressively transformed by a 5m revamp.
Despite finishing outside of the top ten in 12th, Edwards is confident that he can make big strides tomorrow with the experienced American planning overnight changes to make his YZR-M1 more agile through the fast sections of the circuit.
Ben Spies 5th 2.07.250 - 19-laps
"It is a super fun track with a really cool design. It is really fast in a lot of places an d I really like the fast right and left combination where they are building the new pits and paddock. And coming out of the first corner you are really picking up a lot of speed before that twisty part and it is all about finding the limit, learning how deep you can run it in. It was a decent session though it took me a while to get going.
With everybody shooting in the dark in terms of set-up, we were missing a little bit in places with the gearbox setting but overall I'm happy. I think everybody will improve quite a bit tomorrow and I know I can be much faster. I tried a completely different set-up to Mugello and that has helped in a couple of places and towards the end I was getting more comfortable with it. We can improve the bike, particularly with the gearbox, so I'm looking forward to tomorrow now we've got some experience and information on the track."
Colin Edwards 12th 2.08.525 - 21-laps
"The track is absolutely awesome and hats off to Silverstone because they did a fantastic job. The first corner is cool and then you're flat-out going all the way to the twisty section and you really need to be brave at that point. It is so fast and reminds me of Phillip Island where you can really push the bike to the limit of its performance and the whole lap is just fast, flowing and really challenging. It's just a lot of fun and they've done a great job. You're going so fast that it takes time to get your brain in gear so you can work out how to go faster.
I know there were some concerns about bumps. There are some out there but definitely no more than any other track. I'm only 12th which isn't fantastic but I know there is a lot more to come. The bike at the moment just feels a bit heavy and not just in the change of direction. It is a bit of an effort just to get the bike back upright from maximum lean angle, but we know we can make it better for tomorrow and get it feeling easier."
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Circuit Length: 4180Temp: 32Weather: Dry Lap Record: 1'33.678 (Valentino Rossi, 01/01/2005)Fastest Lap Ever: 1'32.647 (Daniel Pedrosa, 18/05/2008)Last Years Winner: Jorge Lorenzo 2010 MotoGP France - Le Mans 23/05/2010Race 1 - 28 Laps results1 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha ESP  weiter >>
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MotoGP World Championship Grand Prix Round 01Qatar Grand Prix at Losail Race Results
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