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Enjoyable first experience of Silverstone for Lorenzo

Enjoyable first experience of Silverstone for Lorenzo

Fastest in the opening practice at the AirAsia British Grand Prix, the World Championship leader says he is in good shape after a first ride of the track on his Fiat Yamaha M1.

Jorge Lorenzo led the way at Silverstone on Friday afternoon as MotoGP action returned after 24 years away from the venue, and the Spaniard was extremely pleased with his hour’s work in FP1 as he set the fastest time of the session.

With much to take in on the redeveloped circuit, the Fiat Yamaha rider showed no signs of hesitancy as he posted a best lap of 2’05.991 with just over ten minutes remaining, making him the only rider under the 2’06” marker and 0.142s faster than closest rival Casey Stoner.

"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,” said Lorenzo, the sole representative for his team in Valentino Rossi’s continued absence through injury. “We've worked really hard and I've ridden a lot of laps in order to begin to understand every corner and every straight.”

Lorenzo, who has a 25-point lead at the top of the standings going into Sunday’s race and has not finished outside the top two in the four races so far, continued: “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.”

As well as slightly cooler conditions there were spots of rain towards the end of the practice, which grew heavier and forced the riders to come into Pit Lane three minutes before the scheduled end. Lorenzo and his rivals will be hoping for clearer skies on Saturday for the second practice and qualifying.

“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," he concluded.

MotoGP, 2010, AIRASIA BRITISH GRAND PRIX, Jorge Lorenzo, Fiat Yamaha Team

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