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Andrea Iannone leads the way at the end of first day of free practice for British GP at Silverstone. Team-mate Andrea Dovizioso lies in seventh

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Andrea Iannone headed the field after the first day of free practice action for the British GP, wwhich will be held at the Silverstone circuit on Sunday. The Abruzzo-born rider, after ending the morning’s FP1 session in seventh place, ran consistently quick laps in the afternoon to clock the fastest mark of the day in a time of 2’01.421, which he recorded on his seventeenth and final lap in FP2.

His team-mate Andrea Dovizioso was seventh quickest, with a time of 2’02.267, which the man from Romagna set on the sixteenth and final lap of the afternoon run. In the morning Dovizioso had been fifth quickest in FP1.

Today’s two free practice sessions were held beneath cloudy skies and with air/track temperatures of around 20 degrees, but the track surface was dry.

Andrea Iannone (Ducati Team #29) – 2’01.421 (1st)
“In FP2 we tried to change something from this morning’s set-up, but in the end we reverted to using the previous settings because I didn’t like the changes very much. On this circuit it is very important to get the rear of the bike to work well and we are focusing on this aspect. Tomorrow I hope it doesn’t rain because we still have a lot of work to do – me, my team and my race engineer, who is also helping me find the best lines on this track.”

Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team #04) – 2’02.267 (7th)
“This morning we had the same set-up on both bikes, while in the afternoon we tried two different set-ups, in order to try and improve certain aspects. Unfortunately however we didn’t succeed in doing this and my feeling with the bike didn’t improve either, so for this reason I was unable to lap strongly on the new tyre at the end of the session. All in all, we’ve got a good pace on used tyres, but it’s clear that we will still have to improve tomorrow and for this reason let’s hope we have a dry track.”