The British Grand Prix got off to an encouraging start for Telefonica Movistar Honda riders Sete Gibernau and Colin Edwards, each of whom have something to prove at this weekend's event.

For third in the championship Gibernau, the aim is to bounce back from two costly DNFs in a row, which have left him trailing Valentino Rossi by 13-points. As such, a solid fifth in first qualifying was a welcome start.

"We can be satisfied with the way we have started off here in England after what happened in the last two races," declared Sete. "We needed to have a little 'reset' and start to get the best out of all our hard work again. I still feel that the best of me is yet to come and we have not lost our way, not at all.

"Today's effort confirms that we are still working with cool heads and with clear ideas about what we need," he continued. "I feel good physically and mentally and am confident about the rest of the season, and that is a good base to start the recovery from. The circuit has improved a lot with the new surface and the times are pretty good, although we are all still adapting to it at the moment."

For team-mate Edwards the aim is to build on his consistency with some head-turning top three results, and the Texan did his confidence no harm by challenging at the front in both sessions - until eventually dropping to sixth after qualifying tyres took effect.

"I am really happy," smiled the former WSBK champ. "I have felt more comfortable than I ever have with the bike in this first session and that could be seen throughout the whole practice.

"After the race at the Sachsenring we have made a few small changes to the front end and my feeling has improved a lot," he revealed. "With the new track surface it was like starting again from scratch here because I could remember all the bumpy areas and now they're gone. I think the times will come down even more tomorrow."

"I have complete satisfaction in both my riders," beamed team manager Fausto Gresini. "They were able to set good lap times and they both have a good rhythm for the race. Tomorrow we will have to improve a few more details but I think the good work we have done today will lead to a jump in quality - we're on the right lines."

 

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