Helped by knowledge from a recent track day, Randy de Puniet dominated the first half of Friday's MotoGP debut on the newly revised Silverstone grand prix circuit - a track he considers to be the best on the calendar.
The LCR Honda rider dropped to fourth in the closing stages of the free practice hour, but was still by far the best satellite rider and can't wait to get back out on track tomorrow.
“I had fun today and I am a big fan of this track. It suits my riding style and I am enjoying myself very much. In my opinion this is the best track in the calendar!” he smiled. “It's just a bit bumpy but we can rely on our machine set up.
“I lapped on hard rear tyre and the pace was consistent and gathered some useful data for tomorrow's session. We must fix some small things as this is our first outing here on this machine but I am pretty confident ahead of tomorrow's qualifying session.”
The Frenchman's best lap time was 0.448sec behind fastest man Jorge Lorenzo (Fiat Yamaha).