On positive first day at Donington
Team San Carlo Honda Gresini took to the track again today for the first free practice sessions of the British Grand Prix at Donington Park. Alex De Angelis and Shinya Nakano ended the morning session in second and ninth place respectively,
whilst in the afternoon they maintained their competitive challenge to lap fifth and seventh fastest.
Alex declared himself more than satisfied with his day's work, citing an optimum feeling with his Honda RC212V that had allowed him to push hard from the first few laps.
Shinya is also happy with how he was able to ride today – his objective is to continue the positive trend through to qualifying practice tomorrow afternoon.
Alex De Angelis (5th - 1.28.992): “This first day of free practice has gone really well. I was second fastest in the morning and fifth fastest in the afternoon, lapping amongst the fastest riders throughout. I'm happy with this result for lots of unexpected reasons – despite having made progress over the past two races it was unthinkable that I could be so fast here! I'm really happy with the feeling with the bike and I hope I can improve even more before qualifying tomorrow. I'm satisfied with the consistent good performance from the Bridgestone tyres and the new front brake given to us by Nissin, which is more powerful and really helps out around here. As far as tomorrow is concerned, the weather will have an impact on the outcome of qualifying but in any case I'm confident because in the last wet test we did I was fast too.”
Shinya Nakano (7th - 1.29.207): “I'm pleased with how I was able to ride today and with the general feeling with the bike.
We tried two different types of rear tyre but we still have to decide which is better suited to our bike and my riding style. I'm happy with this afternoon's session, when we managed to improve considerably from the morning and I set the seventh fastest time. For qualifying tomorrow there's a question mark over the weather but I'll do my best to get a grid position that reflects the true potential of this team.”
Fausto Gresini – TEAM MANAGER: “Today has ended really well. Alex was fast from the morning and Shinya has also performed well. We've worked on the set-up of the bike and I must admit that the lap times make me really satisfied because they are in line with our potential. This is all fruit of the hard work done by the team and I hope it can continue in this way.”