Q: What happened at the start.
CS: Ask my technician that, because it wasn't my fault.
Q: You weren't in second gear!
CS: No, the bike jumped and shuddered and shook, and it sounded like the bike basically exploded off the start, nearly stalled the thing and just started going horribly, and managed to keep it going. Got into the first turn and got shoved around and pushed around, and really spat out the back door.
I'm a little disappointed, because it would have been an easy second, maybe even battle with Jorge for the win, but I would have had to push for that.
Q: We seem to have gone from four Aliens to just one.
Jorge Lorenzo: But not the same, you know? Because in Mugello, it was Dani. It depends, not all the races will be like this.
We have the luck to be always in front in every practice of all the races, we are always in first position, second position, maybe third, and this gives me the confidence that I know that in the race, I can finish first or second. Also in this race, I knew I had a good pace.
Q: You have a huge lead in the championship. Are you thinking about race wins now, or about the championship?
JL: I don't think a rider can be racing thinking about the points. Because when you think about the points, it's impossible to win at this level, in the MotoGP class. So if we want to continue being on the podium and winning races, we have to think about enjoying every race, every practice.
Q: What do you think about Dovizioso's second place in the championship? Is Dovizioso your biggest rival, or is it Stoner or Pedrosa?
JL: You know for me, Pedrosa's faster than Dovizioso. But for me, Dovizioso is always there in the top four every race. So like in 250s, Dovizioso is the man of consistency, and maybe at the end of the championship he can beat Dani. But for me Dani has a little bit more talent, and he can win races.
While most of the silly season gossip focuses - quite understandably - on the fate of MotoGP's so-called Aliens, rumblings are also starting to emerge elsewhere. Perhaps the wildest of the other rumors currently doing the rounds concerns Loris Capirossi, whose tough season at the factory Rizla Suzuki team is starting to take its toll. According to the Gazzetta dello Sport (as reported by Autosport), and confirmed by GPOne.com, Capirossi's manager Carlo Pernat is looking around for a way to get Capirossi out of the clutches of Suzuki for next year.
Pernat has spoken to both Fausto Gresini and Lucio Cecchinello, looking to place Capirossi with one of the two Italian ex-riders. The LCR Honda option would require Capirossi becoming part of a two-rider team, something that would please Dorna immensely, but the problem for Cecchinello would be finding the budget. Perhaps a more realistic option for the Italian veteran would be a switch to Pramac, and making a return to Ducati, the manufacturer he scored his best results with.
Results and summary of the MotoGP race at Silverstone:
The Marlboro Ducatis found some speed during the morning warmup for the MotoGP class. Casey Stoner ended the session fastest, with teammate Nicky Hayden in 3rd, and Fiat Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo sandwiched between them in 2nd. The cool temperatures combined with the bumpy track to cause a couple of crashes. Dani Pedrosa lost the front on the way in to Club Corner, and slid off, walking away unhurt. Hiroshi Aoyama was less fortunate, being flicked off in a big highside. His injury status is unknown at this time.
UPDATE: Hiroshi Aoyama landed on his back and bruised it heavily. He was in severe pain, and has been taken to hospital for further examination. He will not be racing.
Q: Are you happy with your setup for tomorrow?
Dani Pedrosa: Yes, pretty much.
Q: Like everyone, you haven't decided which tire to use yet?
DP: Yes, it's a tricky decision! Because now we were most of the time running with the soft tire, but then we tried the harder one. It's difficult to judge right now, because at the end with a soft tire, you improve a lot with the lap time, so it's not an easy decision. I think we have to see the weather tomorrow, to see if it's warmer.
Q: Do you think the soft tire has the life?
Q: That first session was very impressive, faster almost every lap. Was that a full race distance or not?
Jorge Lorenzo: It was 17 laps. Almost race distance.
Q: That looks like being race pace, that looks like being good enough to do what Dani did at Mugello.
JL: I don't know. I think that race pace will be 2'03.8, 2'03.9.
Q: And you don't know which tire you're going to use yet?
Q: What happened in your crash this morning?
Andrea Dovizioso: So strange, but nothing dangerous. It's a consequence of the bumps and the rear movement. At that moment, the movement of the bike took the pressure off the front, so I lost the weight on the front and the front folded. It was strange.
Q: So you did qualifying on your number 2 bike?
AD: I don't have a number 1 and number 2 bike, I have yellow and blue! But there is no difference between them. We didn't need to try anything with the bike, so it was OK.
Q: Are you happy with your race pace.
AD: Not so happy with that, because we are 1 second off, and that's a little bit too much to start the race. But it's not really 1 second we are missing, I mean, when you race at a new track, you can learn a lot in the race, and it's easy to be faster. It's not like a normal track where you know everything, and in the race you can be so much faster. Tomorrow the lap time will be faster. But it depends on the tires tomorrow, the decision of the tires. Because nobody has chosen a tire yet, we have to wait to see the temperature.
Results and summary of Qualifying Practice from Silverstone:
Dani Pedrosa ruled the second session of free practice for the MotoGP class at Silverstone. The Repsol Honda waited until the last quarter of FP2 to put in the fastest lap of the weekend so far, and the first man to get under 2'05 at the Silverstone circuit. Pedrosa finished ahead of LCR Honda's Randy de Puniet, the Frenchman determined to make an impression in the UK, and Fiat Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo. Marlboro Ducati's Casey Stoner was 4th quickest, ending the session just ahead of Andrea Dovizioso, the Repsol Honda rider the last of the riders to finish within a second of Pedrosa.
The session was marred by a number of crashes, the tarmac changes and overnight rain catching several riders out, though none were seriously injured. Andrea Dovizioso, Ben Spies, Marco Simoncelli and Hector Barbera all went down during FP2, with Barbera coming off worst, the engine of the Spaniard's Pagina Amarillas Ducati GP10 continuing to run for a long time as it sat on its side, the cutoff switch failing to kill the engine. Running with no oil flow is likely to have been terminal for Barbera's Ducati, cutting his engine allocation by one.
With Valentino Rossi out until after the summer, the race is on to find a replacement. But with MotoGP bikes becoming ever more specialized, that's not as simple as it sounds. Most speculation so far has centered on the Monster Tech 3 Yamaha team, with Colin Edwards the name most commonly linked to the Fiat Yamaha ride. An announcement had been expected to the effect that Edwards would be replacing Rossi on Friday afternoon after FP1 at Silverstone, but the decision is still on hold.
When asked by MotoMatters.com, both Yamaha Motor Racing managing director Lin Jarvis and Tech 3 team boss Herve Poncharal confirmed that no decision had yet been made. "We have had many, many meetings," Jarvis said, "But we are still not decided."