James Toseland, the only home rider in this weekend's British MotoGP round at Donington Park, finished free practice in twelfth position after running out of fuel in the closing stages.
The Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rider had made frequent appearances in the top six during the session, which took place with wet tyres on an increasingly dry track, but missed out on a lap time when conditions were at their best.
“I did a lot of laps in the mixed conditions in Germany last weekend and that really helped me out a lot today,” explained Toseland. “I just kept improving and improving but unfortunately because I stayed out for the session I ran out of fuel right at the time when the track conditions were the best they had been for the whole hour.
“I wasn't sure how much time was left but having done 28 laps I knew it was going to be close on the fuel," added the #52, who rode through the pits. "It's a shame because I slipped down the order a little bit but I'm happy because most of that session I was right in the mix in the top six and it was pretty encouraging.
“This weekend is very important for me and as always I put my maximum effort into that session to start the weekend off on a positive note and I think I've done that,” he declared. “I've got unbelievable support here already and that makes me determined to get a good result on Sunday.”
Three places and one second ahead of Toseland was team-mate Colin Edwards, who spent the hour experimenting with different weight distribution settings to improve front-end feel on his YZR-M1.
Title contender Jorge Lorenzo told Crash.net
on Wednesday that he likes more weight on the rear of his bike than Fiat Yamaha team-mate Valentino Rossi and it seems Edwards is now also moving in that direction.
“I think we learned a lot and we made some big progress with the front-end problems I've been having,” he said. “We've been experimenting with body position to try and help improve the front and it seems to have worked. We're going more in Lorenzo's direction to get a bit more weight on the rear and not overloading the front. So I'm happy and looking for another good result at Donington.”