Despite producing his best qualifying performance of the season, Xavier Simeon was frustrated with 18th on the grid at Silverstone.

The Belgian youngster felt he could have gone faster had he not encountered traffic when he went for a flying lap on soft tyres towards the end of the session. His best effort on hard tyres, a 2:10.77 was still good enough to seal a place on the sixth row.

The Tech 3 B rider scored his first points of the season in the Catalunya Grand Prix last weekend and feels he has the pace to replicate that in the race tomorrow.

“The qualifying went quite well at the beginning. We worked with a hard rear tyre and I did my best lap time with this tyre. At the end I changed to a soft tyre and then everybody was going very slow on the track and waiting a lot. That was very dangerous, you saw many riders being slow and stopped others and it was difficult to get a fast lap together and stay concentrated with these circumstances. I just had one good lap that saved my session.”

“I am happy that I did my best qualifying of the year so far, but I am also disappointed because I know I could have been faster. I know we have found a good rhythm and set up for tomorrow and I will try to give my team a good result.”

The weather forecast remain unpredictable and rain may well spice up what is already a frenetic class. The Moto2 British Grand Prix will start at 11am on Sunday morning.