Britain's leading MotoGP rider Cal Crutchlow became the first to get a feel for the new surface at Silverstone and he has given it a firm thumbs up.
The LCR Honda man lapped on a race-kitted RC213V-S at the track today before taking some semi-willing victims out for pillion laps on the circuit which has its new surface laid over the winter in a multi-million pound facelift.
“It’s been a privilege to be at Silverstone today and to see the work and investment that has gone into the improvements to the track. Silverstone has listened to us as riders and they have resurfaced the entire circuit. I was really surprised at the consistency, and the grip levels across the entire lap were really impressive. The changes made are very good," said Crutchlow.
“Before the resurfacing there were lots of changes to the track surface, lots of bumps and it made it a tough track to ride fast. Now, the consistency is incredible and that’s definitely going to have an impact on lap records.
“If I was to take a guess at the impact on lap times, I would think it’s going to be about 1.5 seconds a lap faster than before and that’s a massive amount of time to save each lap at MotoGP™ level.”