Dynavolt Triumph’s Kyle Smith started the opening day of free practice at Silverstone by posting the fastest lap in the wet FP1 this morning with his time of 1’00.516. This afternoon’s session started damp but drying and Smith waited until the times were showing a completely dry track before venturing out. With just six laps of the Northamptonshire circuit completed in the session, Smith high-sided at turn three landing heavily which resulted in a fracture to his pelvis, effectively ruling him out of the rest of the season.
Deputising for the injured Brandon Paasch, Michael Dunlop made his first laps on the Dynavolt Triumph in the wet morning session concentrating on getting used to the three cylinder machine. The weather conditions were against him making much headway in the afternoon FP2 but he improved his lap time by over 4.5s across the sessions to end the day in fifteenth position.
Michael Dunlop: “First day out on the Dynavolt Triumph. It’s been tricky, this morning was wet, trying to learn a brand-new motorbike but the second session we got a dry run (ish) and we started to learn what the bike is starting to do. It’s been hard trying to adapt from the four to the three cylinder but we’re getting there and the team are working hard. It’s a great opportunity, just hopefully work harder tomorrow.”
Dynavolt Triumph Team Manager Simon Buckmaster: “It’s not been the best day for us, Kyle highsided and he’s broken his pelvis. He’s gone to hospital now for further assessment and an operation. It’s really bad news, he was having such a great season for us. Obviously all our thoughts and wishes are with him, he’s a good guy and it’s such a shame for this to have happened.”
“For Michael’s first time on the bike, the conditions didn’t give him the best opportunity but he’s feeling the bike and getting into it. He’s working well with the team and I’m sure he will make a big improvement tomorrow. I’m looking forward to seeing him on it again.”