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Quiet opening practice in Jerez

Ivan Silva fastest in Friday practice (1) for the Spanish MotoGP at Jerez.
Opening MotoGP practice for the Spanish MotoGP at Jerez ended with just eight riders setting a lap time due to unpredictable rain showers.

A light shower descended just before the start of the 45-minute session. The off/on drizzle then caused 'in-between''track conditions for the majority of the session, before a heavy downpour in the final five minutes.

That at least meant full wet settings could be used with confidence and caused a few more riders to venture out.

But the timesheets were still led by Avintia's Ivan Silva (who has one part carbon fibre Inmotec frame alongside his FTR bike this weekend) thanks to a lap time in the earlier damp conditions.

Home rider Silva was credited with a lap time 5.967sec ahead of LCR Honda rookie Stefan Bradl, whose time came at the end of the session. Silva was ten seconds from dry record pace.

Last year's Spanish Grand Prix was also held in the wet and the mixed conditions are expected to continue for the remainder of the weekend.

Second free practice takes place this afternoon.

Friday practice (1):

1. Silva
2. Bradl
3. de Puniet
4. Bautista
5. Pasini
6. Pirro
7. Hernandez
8. Edwards

Tagged as: Jerez

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April 27, 2012 11:13 AM

"Kudos to the blokes who dabbled a little with a wet weather set up." The riders are only allowed 4 wets to get them through all of practice and qualifying. Given that the qualifying session could be fully wet, where's the sense in shredding a rain tyre on a partially dry track? The guys who had the sense not to go out are now the ones who will have an advantage if it's a wet QP, because right now they still have 4 fresh rain tyres. Which is why none of the top runners put any laps in.

Django, the problem is that it's too wet for the slicks, and too dry for the wets (they get chewed up fast, and they only have a limited amount of tyres for the weekend). DePuniet was saying that his wets were well-worn for the short time he was out there. I'm pretty sure they'd all be out there if it made sense.

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