Danny Kent topped the time-sheets at a rain drenched Silverstone in the opening Moto3 practice session ahead of Sunday’s British Grand Prix.
The Englishman ended the session over 0.6s faster than Arthur Sissis but with conditions incredibly treacherous the majority of the field spent most of the session looking to familiarise themselves with the 5.9km circuit.
Even so it will have done Kent’s confidence the world of good to register the fastest time. The 18 year old has failed to register a point in the last two Grand Prix and with his team-mate, Sandro Cortese, leading the championship it is clear that Kent is under pressure to perform.
Sissis, also a team-mate of Kent aboard the Ajo KTM, has impressed this season and with a fifth place finish in the wet at Le Mans he has already showed his ability to ride in the rain.
If, as forecast, the weather continues to play a key role over the course of the weekend another strong showing from the Australian rookie should not be discounted. Efren Vazquez was the only other rider within one second of Kent with the Basque rider looking comfortable throughout the session.
Cortese was once again the picture of maturity with the championship leader riding well within himself and finishing the opening session fourth with French GP winner, Louis Rossi, fifth.
Last year Jonas Folger was victorious in the 125cc race at Silverstone but the German has endured a miserable time since then and has only finished in the top five once. His sixth fastest time showed once again that in the wet he is not a rider to be discounted but a repeat performance of last year’s victory would register as a massive surprise.
Elsewhere in the session Maverick Vinales and Miguel Oliviera were eighth and ninth fastest respectively with Luis Salom just outside the top ten in 11th after trailing Jasper Iwema by two hundreds of a second.