Repsol Honda duo Andrea Dovizioso and Dani Pedrosa gave the Silverstone circuit a thumbs up following free practice for the British Grand Prix, even if both admitted to finding the surface rather bumpy.
The reigning British Grand Prix winner – albeit at Donington Park -, Dovizioso was the faster of the two riders in third place after steadily working his lap time down over the hour prior to the heavens opening.
Four tenths off pace setter Jorge Lorenzo, Dovizioso was happy with his initial base setting, even if he admits it was 'difficult to control the bike' over the bumps at times.
“The first impressions of Silverstone are very positive,” the Italian, who is yet to start from the front row of a MotoGP race, said. “It's a technical track, very fast and I had a lot of fun riding here today. There are different kinds of asphalt but this is not an issue, the main difficulty is the bumps. There are many bumps and it's difficult to control the bike because of these.
“I'm happy that I managed to interpret the track layout quite quickly from the beginning of the session. I had a good feeling with the bike and I think that we are starting from a good base. I also think there is a lot of room of improvement and we didn't push too much at the end because it started raining.
“We didn't test the new frame we have available here because it was important to learn the new circuit first. I hope we will have dry conditions tomorrow and for race day. Anyway the weather forecast is good so I'm optimistic we can have another good weekend.”
Italian Grand Prix winner Pedrosa was sixth best, 1.2secs behind his team-mate, the Spaniard focused on getting a feel for the circuit before chasing lap times tomorrow.
"It's funny because there was a very precise forecast of rain to arrive at 2.50pm and that's exactly when it came - with five minutes to go - so in fact we were very lucky to have most of the session with a dry track on our first visit to Silverstone.
“It's quite good fun to ride at this circuit - and it's also pretty bumpy. You can feel the difference between the old and the new parts of the track because the old sections are bumpy and slippery whereas the new sections are quite good. There are two or three very fast corners and some long straights, and obviously we've started with an approximation of the right gearing and we will need to adjust this a little bit. I think that the lap times will be very different tomorrow.
“At the beginning of the session we had a lot of traffic because everyone was checking the track. I didn't really push today for a lap time - I preferred to check my braking points and get my bearings. The circuit was also quite dirty especially at the start of the session, but I think it will improve tomorrow and the times will come down a lot.”