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Silverstone prospects with Gavin Emmett

Silverstone prospects with Gavin Emmett

After FP1 the riders have had their first experience of the new track, and the commentator assesses how the weekend could take shape at the AirAsia British Grand Prix.

Jorge Lorenzo topped the opening practice at Silverstone with Casey Stoner and Andrea Dovizioso hot on his trail as the MotoGP riders got their first laps in at the British circuit, and commentator Gavin Emmett looked at how the weekend could go after seeing the opening hour of on-track action.

“Casey Stoner is going to be in the hunt. I think at Mugello he sorted the front end and they just need to make the rest of the bike fit around it now,” explained Gavin. “Now he’s gone back to last year’s forks I think it’ll take a bit of time, but he’s always going to be quick and he just needs to reproduce it on race day.”

“We’ll see how Saturday develops because Jorge will of course be up there as well. Dovizioso can maybe challenge for the victory if he starts from the front row. He won in Britain last year, albeit on a different circuit, but he has that inspiration to look back on,” he added.

In Moto2 Shoya Tomizawa topped a wet session ahead of Anthony West and Xavier Simeon, and Gavin observed: “Tomizawa’s consistently up there and in those conditions he was excellent. We know how much of a great rider Anthony West is in the wet, and you can never count him out of the action at the front. Xavier Simeon has had a few wildcard rides now and he’s going to get a permanent deal soon because he’s looked really good.”

Finally looking at the 125cc category, Gavin noted the concentration being displayed by Bradley Smith who will be desperate to impress his home crowd this weekend. The young Brit placed fourth in the opening session.

“Hopefully Bradley Smith can fight them in his home GP, and the home support will give him a bit of a boost. He looks really focused,” said Gavin. “Luis Salom has also impressed me and is someone to maybe to look out for in the future, and it was again the Spaniards on top.”

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