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SilverstoneGP: Good impressions of the Silverstone Circuit & still work to do

Tom Lüthi completed the first laps on the resurfaced Silverstone Circuit and finished day one of the British Grand Prix in eighth position.

With sunny conditions in the UK, Tom Lüthi was having a strong debut into the weekend with the third-fastest time on Friday morning. In the beginning, the focus of his work was mainly on getting to know the new asphalt, understanding the behaviour of the tyres over longer distances, and then adjusting the setup accordingly. In the afternoon, in the second practice session, times got a bit faster and the time of 2'05.588 meant the eighth place in the combined classification for the Swiss rider.


Tom Lüthi P8 - 2'05.588 (+0.595)
«The new asphalt is nice to ride on, the bumps are not completely gone, but that would be complaining at a high level. Of course, we don't know how the new surface reacts in the wet, which was the reason for renewing the tarmac. But now I concentrate on my work. The first day was not bad. Most of the work we have is in the third and fourth sector. In a quick analysis, we've seen that I am pretty very fast in the first two sections. Generally, the rhythm is very good. First and foremost, it was all about getting to know the new asphalt, adjusting the bike, timing and tyres accordingly. Despite everything, I believe that the track was already quite fast this morning. I like the layout of the track, I can look back on several good experiences and in this weather, it is even more fun, but of course, our goal is to be at the front.»


Michael Thier Crew Chief #12 Tom Lüthi
«Overall, it was a good start. The track is pretty good compared to what we've had before and now there are only a few bumps left. Especially because of the new asphalt, we first had to understand which tyres can make it over the full distance. We've already expected the tarmac to be quite aggressive, but it seems like the race distance should not be a problem. Apart from that, we worked on the set-up this morning to find a bit more grip on the rear and to improve the turning of the bike. We took small steps in the right direction, but obviously, it wasn't enough yet. We will try new things for tomorrow in order to improve the turning.»


FP°1:
1. Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO / ITA / SPEED UP - 2'05.777
2. Jorge NAVARRO / SPA / SPEED UP - 2'05.860 (+0.083)
3. Thomas LUTHI / SWI / KALEX - 2'05.913 (+0.136)
18. Marcel SCHROTTER / GER / KALEX - 2'06.823 (+1.046)

FP°2:
1. Jorge NAVARRO / SPA / SPEED UP - 2'04.993
2. Remy GARDNER / AUS / KALEX - 2'05.122 (+0.129)
3. Augusto FERNANDEZ / SPA / KALEX - 2'05.282 (+0.289)
8. Thomas LUTHI / SWI / KALEX - 2'05.588 (+0.595)
13. Marcel SCHROTTER / GER / KALEX - 2'05.773 (+0.780)

Combined times of the first practice day: motogp.com