By Stephen English
Having claimed his first rostrum of the season in the previous round at Barcelona, and been fourth in Silverstone free practice, Andrea Dovizioso was left disappointed by an eighth place in qualifying.
Dovizioso qualified over one-second slower than Alvaro Bautista's pole time, but speaking afterwards the Italian was in reflective mood as he told of how wind played havoc with the handling of his Tech 3 Yamaha.
“I made a really bad start to the lap, but I want to take all the fault for this,” said the former 125cc world champion.
“I think that the reason that I was not so fast, just in the qualifying because in practice I was fast, is because there was a lot of wind and I ride.
“At turn six [Brooklands] the wind was like this [indicates a crosswind] so you have one idea where to brake and the line but when the wind is strongest you are already on the limit so you can make a mistake.”
Looking forward to the race, Dovizioso knows that a fast start is key.
“The lap [at Silverstone] is fast and long but the start is so short and I can't lose time in the first two laps; I'll have to push hard. Normally I'm pretty fast in the first few laps and I hope tomorrow is going to have better conditions and less winds.”
Team-mate Cal Crutchlow aims to start from the back of the grid after missing qualifying due to an ankle injury in morning practice.