Eugene Laverty made a promising start to his first Silverstone MotoGP by setting the 16th fastest lap time, out of 25 riders, during Friday practice.

Riding the Open class Aspar Honda, the Irishman was only 1.5s from Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo.

"We know how important it is to get a slipstream around this track so I tried following a couple of other riders down the straights but in the end I actually set my fastest lap on my own," Laverty revealed.

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"I was able to set a consistent pace in both sessions so we have to be happy with the way we have started the weekend.

"There are bumps here, like Brno, but in different places. At Brno they are in the braking zones but that's not the case here. We still had to adapt the setting to deal with the bumps and we found something this afternoon.

"This is our best Friday since Jerez, we are starting to see where we can be and that is pushing us on. This is a very technical circuit, where the rider can make a difference so I will be pushing hard to keep up this positive start.

"Today the feeling with the bike was good over one lap but tomorrow we need to find a little more consistency."

Team-mate Nicky Hayden was 22nd quickest.