Two more press release previews of the Silverstone round of MotoGP, this time from the factory Ducati and Suzuki teams:
DUCATI MARLBORO TEAM BACK IN ACTION AT HISTORIC SILVERSTONE CIRCUIT
The British Silverstone circuit, which on May 17 inaugurated an impressive new structure called "The Wing" that includes offices, a pit lane and large, modern garages, hosts the sixth round of the MotoGP world championship on Sunday.
Construction of the new structure necessitated the relocation of the starting line, which is now situated nearly on the opposite side of the track compared to before, but the circuit's layout is identical to last year. Valentino Rossi, who was injured before last year's race weekend, has never competed at Silverstone, although he turned about twenty laps there last year aboard an 1198 street bike, during the aforementioned inauguration. On Friday, he'll face twin assignments: better learn the wide, fast circuit, and work on his bike's setup.
Nicky Hayden, meanwhile, has good memories of his Silverstone debut, as he took a strong fourth-place finish and just missed out on the podium. On Wednesday, the American did a lap of honor on the Mountain Course at the Isle of Man aboard a Ducati 1198 SP.
VALENTINO ROSSI, Ducati Marlboro Team
"Silverstone is a great track that's difficult and quite fast. I'll start on Friday with a small handicap because unfortunately, I didn't get to race there last year. I haven't ridden a MotoGP bike there, although I did about twenty laps on an 1198 street bike. I'll have to learn the track as quickly and as well as possible, as it's very technical, with several blind spots where taking the right line is very important. Of course we'll also have to work on adjusting the bike. Anyway, we're understanding better and better how to approach the setup of the GP11, and Ducati continues working on development. There's still work to be done, but it's clear which areas we have to address and we're all focused and determined to improve."
NICKY HAYDEN, Ducati Marlboro Team
"It's been a short week, because Barcelona was just a few days ago. After the race, I went to the Isle of Man TT, which was a great experience. Now it's time for Silverstone. We went there for the first time last year, so it's still kind of new and fresh for us. The track layout is the same, but they've changed where we enter the pits, which could make it a little different in some ways. It's a track I enjoyed a lot last year because it's big, long and fast. The pavement was a little bumpy in a couple of places, but it was perfect in other parts. I'm looking forward to it."
VITTORIANO GUARESCHI, Team Manager
"There are a number of aspects of the next Grand Prix that we'll have to handle as well as we can. Silverstone is a challenging track because it's technical and very fast, and finding the right lines is important. Nicky knows this well because he had a great race in 2010, finishing two tenths off the podium. Vale has only done some laps on a Ducati street bike, so he'll have to be quick at learning the track's secrets. The asphalt is new in some areas and bumpy in others, and that's a variable to keep in mind when searching for the right setup. Also, it's often quite cold in the mornings, which could limit the amount of useful track time even more than usual. In any case, the team is working very well, and everyone here is hugely committed, so we hope to keep making progress."
SILVERSTONE CIRCUIT RECORDS
Circuit Record: Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha – 2010), 2'03.526 – 172.005 Km/h
Best Pole: Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha – 2010), 2'03.308 – 172.309 Km/h
Circuit Length: 5,902 Km
MotoGP Race 2011: 20 laps (118,040 km)
MotoGP Schedule 2011: 13:00 Local Time
PODIUM 2010: 1st Jorge Lorenzo, 2nd Andrea Dovizioso, 3rd Ben Spies
POLE 2010: Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha – 2010), 2'03.308 – 172.309 Km/h
DUCATI MARLBORO TEAM'S BEST RESULTS AT SILVERSTONE
2010: 4th (Hayden)
Bike: Ducati Marlboro Team Desmosedici GP11
Race number: 46
Age: 32 (born 16 February 1979 in Pesaro, Italy)
Residence: Tavullia (Pesaro, Italy)
Number of GPs: 246 (186 x MotoGP/500cc, 30 x 250cc, 30 x 125cc)
First GP: Malaysian GP, 1996 (125cc)
Number of wins: 105 (79 x MotoGP/500cc, 14 x 250cc, 12x 125cc)
First GP win: Czech Republic GP, 1996 (125cc)
Poles: 59 (49 x MotoGP/500cc, 5 x 250cc, 5 x 125cc)
First Pole: Czech Republic GP, 1996 (125cc)
World Titles: 9 (6 x MotoGP, 1 x 500cc, 1 x 250cc, 1 x 125cc)
Bike: Ducati Marlboro Team Desmosedici GP11
Race number: 69
Age: 29 (born 30 July 1981 in Owensboro, Kentucky, USA)
Residence: Owensboro, Kentucky, USA
Number of GPs: 139 (139 x MotoGP)
First GP: Japanese GP, 2003 (MotoGP)
Number of wins: 3 (3 x MotoGP)
First GP win: USA GP, 2005 (MotoGP)
Poles: 5 (5 x MotoGP)
First Pole: USA GP, 2005 (MotoGP)
World Titles: 1 (MotoGP, 2006)
Hayden's Silverstone MotoGP Results
2010: Grid, 5th; Race, 4th
Rizla Suzuki off to new-look Silverstone for ‘home' Grand Prix
Publish Date: Wednesday, June 08, 2011
Rizla Suzuki has made the journey back to its home country of England for the sixth round of the MotoGP World Championship that will be held at the famous Silverstone circuit this weekend.
Álvaro Bautista is in a determined mood to carry on the good work of last weekend's Grand Prix, despite his disappointment of a frustrating race. The Spaniard is in a relaxed mood as he heads towards the team's busiest race of the year. The Rizla Suzuki squad is based in the south of England, and with many of the crew hailing from the UK, it all adds up to an exciting and hectic event for the whole team.
This Sunday will be the second time the British Grand Prix has been held at Silverstone since the event moved back to the Northamptonshire circuit after an absence of over 20 years. The MotoGP field raced on a totally new circuit last year– after its configuration had been changed since the last race in 1986. This year will again see a new layout following the opening of the state-of-the-art ‘Silverstone Wing', which sees the start and finish straight moving to the front of this fantastic new structure and the riders facing a brand new first corner to contend with on race-day. The 5'902m Silverstone track is the longest and one of the fastest on the MotoGP calendar, and this - coupled with the abrasive nature of the surface - will make tyre durability an important factor this weekend.
Rizla Suzuki will take to the track on Friday morning for the first of two free practice sessions on that day, followed by another free session on Saturday morning. Qualifying for Sunday's 20-lap race will take place during Saturday afternoon, when Bautista and the other MotoGP stars will battle it out for the best grid positions for the main event, which gets underway at 13.00hrs local time (12.00hrs GMT) on Sunday 12th June.
"I am really looking forward to the weekend at Silverstone, we need to get back to work and continue with what we did in the practice sessions last weekend. We did very well in those - and in the wet practice - but the race just didn't go to plan. I am more relaxed now than I was on Sunday and fully focused on the job ahead of us. I know Silverstone is going to be hard work both on and off the track, but I'm ready for it and plan to get a good result for the whole team at its home Grand Prix."