It is hard to believe from the weather at least that we are in the middle of June but the start of the British summer at Silverstone provided a wet and cold welcome to the 125cc World Championship. Ambient temperatures of just 11°C and light morning rain made for a tricky opening free practice session that provided just five minutes of dry track time, whilst the afternoon was little better.
On a damp surface and with limited visibility the BANKIA Aspar Team riders made a cautious start to their weekend, with Nico Terol lapping second fastest ahead of Adrián Martín in eleventh and Héctor Faubel in fifteenth on the overall time sheets. As series leader Terol, fastest in both sessions, used the day to adapt his set-up, Martín was sixth fastest in the wet conditions this afternoon whilst Faubel spent the day finding his bearings at a circuit he is riding for the first time on a 125.
2nd Nico Terol 2.16.619 (20 laps):
“The lap times weren’t too fast this morning because the track surface was quite slippery and it was very cold. Even so my feeling with the bike was good. In the afternoon it started to rain again just when we went out on to the track and I almost crashed, but we came in and changed to the wet setting and I was able to get on the pace without risking too much. Little by little I got a good feeling which should stand me in good stead this weekend. The track is still quite bumpy and we had to work hard to set good lap times. It looks as though it will keep raining all weekend so we’ll have to keep working hard.”
11th Adrián Martín 2.19.429 (21 laps):
“The bike was working well today and it looks as though the wet weather suits us because I felt comfortable today. It was a strange day because I felt a little lost this morning and then the afternoon was spent getting used to the track in the wet. There were some sections that were very wet and others where it was barely damp so it was tricky. I tried to adapt as well as I could and hopefully we can get even more comfortable tomorrow.”
15th Héctor Faubel 2.20.570 (20 laps):
“I was a bit lost this morning because this is a new track for me on the 125. We were ready for dry conditions this afternoon but it started to rain in a really strange way and there were puddles in places and dry patches in others. We know what to expect when we come to England so we just have to get used to it. I am happy because the bike feels good again in all conditions but whatever weather we get tomorrow I hope it stays consistent.”
Source: Aspar Media
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