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Spies gets to grips straight away

Spies gets to grips straight away

Fifth fastest in the opening practice at the AirAsia British Grand Prix, the rookie of the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 team displayed an immediate comfort on the new Silverstone circuit

Ben Spies made significant progress throughout the opening session at Silverstone on Friday, beginning the fine-tuning of his machine and clocking the fifth best time of the session in the process.

The 25-year-old took his time to build up his speed before his session picked up serious momentum in the closing stages. A best lap of 2’07.250 was 1.259s off the pace of Jorge Lorenzo, who topped the timesheet, as Spies continued his trend of learning new circuits in a fast manner.

“It is a super fun track with a really cool design. It is really fast in a lot of places and I really like the fast right and left combination where they are building the new pits and paddock,” explained Spies, who comes into the weekend off a seventh-placed finished in the last round at Mugello. “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.”

Spies will be on more of a level playing field this weekend with the rest of the field not knowing the layout of the track, and he continued: “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,” he concluded.

MotoGP, 2010, AIRASIA BRITISH GRAND PRIX, Ben Spies, Monster Yamaha Tech 3

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