The Airwaves Ducati team achieved mixed results in practice at Silverstone today. Gregorio Lavilla finished the day with a 1st and 2nd place. Leon Haslam achieved two 6th places but having come off mid way through the second session, his day ended early.
In the first 50 minute session Gregorio Lavilla was one of only two riders to record a sub 1 minute 27 second time. His time of 1:26.906 resulted in a 2nd place finish. Having completed 28 laps, more than most of his competitors, Leon Haslam was 6th with a time of 1:27.648.
Second practice was twice interrupted by a red flag; the first of which was due to a fall by Airwaves Ducati rider Leon Haslam. Having recorded his fastest time of the day on lap 14 he tipped off and, although he was not seriously injured, he did not return to the track. His time of 1:26.724 left him in 6th place at the end of practice. Greg had taken an early lead and following the red flag he continued to lap quickly. His best time of the day, 1:26.158, came on his second to last lap resulting in a 1st place finish.
Greg commented after the session had ended, "Today has not been too bad. There were many stops throughout the session, which made it difficult to complete the race run that we had planned, but everything was working well so I am happy. I have some more laps to go and, as we think the track is going to be hotter tomorrow, tyre choice will be crucial. The bike is feeling really good at the moment; from track to track it is working well and we are not having to change lots of things like we were last year. If it continues to feel this good, and I am able to complete some more laps in the morning, then I will be feeling confident for qualifying and the races."
Leon Haslam was upbeat about his day saying, "I was feeling really good today and the bike was working well in the first session and I was pleased with my lap times. I knew the Ducati was capable of much more, so in the second session I pushed a bit too hard and came off. I'm fine, a bit bruised, but I will be back out there tomorrow. I really enjoy this circuit and we have had good results here before, so I am confident that it will go for qualifying."
"It's been freezing cold at Silverstone all day but that hasn't stopped us from making strong progress with the Rizla Suzuki. The biggest positive is we have found a good tyre combination that should work well over a race distance.
"I was able to run quickly but there are still areas we need to work on. I'd like my GSX-R to be more comfortable and to find a little more confidence for running through the corners. We have ideas and I'm sure we can progress."
"On my very first lap, in incredibly cold conditions and with new tyres, I lost the front end and crashed. It was a silly mistake and while I was unhurt, it dented my confidence and I didn't make best use of the first session.
"I got my head into gear and took 2.5-seconds off my lap time in the afternoon and got through some good testing. I am suffering from a little bit of chatter and want more consistency from my rear brake, so we will be looking to fix that in the morning before qualification."